Pamela L. Newton


Pamela L. Newton is a seasoned marketing executive whose lengthy career includes over twenty years in the entertainment industry. Now, with the publication of her revolutionary new memoir, A Candle for My Mother, Newton adds “author” to her professional resume.

Infected at an early age by her mother’s adventurous spirit and love of worldwide travel, Newton grew up to embrace a similar lifestyle, grateful for any and all opportunities to travel the globe and experience other cultures.

“I’ve always enjoyed telling stories,” she reminisces. “My mom was the best storyteller ever. I have such fond memories of entertaining friends and family with tales of her travels, and of my own. With this book, I’m realizing a dream that I’ve held close to my heart for decades: writing this ‘love letter’ to my mother, highlighting our family’s highly unusual lifestyle.” Newton notes that the book does not sugarcoat her upbringing. “It highlights the good and the bad, the wonderful and the scary!”

The revolutionary approach employed by A Candle for My Mother will allow each reader to “personalize” the book, and give tribute to his or her own mother within its pages, Newton promises. She explains that readers will be able to utilize the book’s blank pages to write personalized messages to their own mothers.

The youngest of four daughters, Newton’s father was an oil driller who hailed from Pennsylvania; her mother, a bookkeeper, grew up in Duluth, Minnesota. The couple met and married in California. Although money was tight for such a large family, her mother never gave up her dream to see the world, and she talked her husband into working overseas. As a result, Newton began her world travels at age three! She’s lived in such exotic locales as Iraq and attended boarding school in England. After moving with her family back to Southern California, Newton spent her summer vacations in Kuwait where her father was then working.

Newton began her professional career in retail at the May Co., a department store later purchased by Macy's, but left the retail buying life for an eleven-year stint as an executive search consultant, a headhunter. She then moved on to the entertainment industry, working her way up to become Vice President of Marketing and Licensing for Paramount Pictures. She would later become Head of International Retail Partnerships at DreamWorks Animation, traveling about 100,000 miles a year to such exotic locations as London, Paris, Madrid, Sydney, Hong Kong, Seoul and Berlin. Currently, Newton divides her time between writing and teaching marketing courses at The Los Angeles Film School, where she enjoys mentoring the next generation of talented entertainment industry professionals.

“It’s my hope that the readers of my book will find their own story in their individual relationships with their mothers, recognizing their own mothers’ gifts to them,” Newton explains. “This book is designed to be a gift. Read it, write in it and then give it to your mother…with gratitude.”

Smashwords Interview

What was your influence?
My mom was a huge influence. She was a terrific storyteller! I was also influenced by the authors whose stories I loved to read, but again, with thanks to my mother who developed a love for reading in all my sisters and me.
When did you discover you wanted to write?
For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed creating stories, reading stories and writing. My mom told me about a time when I went with my sister, Kathy, to her preschool. I was about 2 ½. When Mom came to pick us up, the teacher was amazed by the fact that I kept all the “older” children (all about 4 years old) engrossed by telling a series of stories. She told my mom that I would be a writer one day and to please bring me back anytime. In the 6th grade, I wrote a collection of poems dedicated to Miss Sheedy, a teacher I adored, and she gave me great encouragement. But somewhere along the way, I got involved in business and the entertainment industry and put my writing on hold. I thought of writing as a hobby, not a profession.

I have had the idea to write about my family’s unusual life for more than 20 years. I even went so far as to ask my mom and a couple of her friends to record tapes of family stories while I collected letters and researched the unusual places and times in which we lived. I was always so busy in my jobs so that I started and stopped a lot, never really making much progress.

That has all changed now. I have a wonderful group of friends and professionals who are lending their expertise in support of this project, and most importantly, I have made it a priority having finally found a way forward that feels right.
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Where to find Pamela L. Newton online


A Candle for My Mother: A Daughter's Journey Toward Gratitude Inspired by the Stories of Lorraine E. Newton
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 76,190. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
A Candle for My Mother is an inspirational story of Lorraine Newton, who longed to travel the world despite being the mother of four young children. “I’m going to see places, come hell or high water!” Her stories are told in her own words from letters and recordings made before she died. Her daughter began a tradition to honor her with gratitudes as she lit candles in churches across the globe.

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candles    cultures    family    gratitude    memoir    mom    mother    sisters    travel    travel memoir