About Pamela Lynne
Pamela Lynne grew up in the American South, surrounded by Southern Gothic works by Faulkner, O’Connor and the like. These authors helped shape her evolving mind and continue to influence everything she produces as an adult. It was a Regency-era wit from across the Atlantic, however, who seeped into her being.
She often describes her developing years as “Longbourn, The White Trash Version,” and credits Jane Austen for what little sense she brought away from that time. She has met her share of Willoughbys and Wickhams, Bingleys and Tilneys, and writes about them all.
Pamela currently lives among the rolling hills of Tennessee with her husband of more than a decade, three kids, two cats and one very blond dog. She is still a Marianne hoping to grow into Elinor, or Claire from Steel Magnolias.
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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a wife and mother with a serious word addiction. I have always lived in my imagination and dabbled with writing nearly my whole life. I began devoting time to writing and publishing about four years ago while I was pregnant with child number three. I currently live in Tennessee but was born in Arkansas. I have been married to a wonderful man for thirteen years and we have three brilliant and beautiful children.
2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?
Day to day I mostly read happy and light books that don’t require me to delve too deep. When I have an extended period of time to devote to reading, I look for the books that will bring out a variety of emotions and hopefully teach me something about myself or humanity along the way.
3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?
A sunny day in my own backyard sounds pretty great these days. That may not sound too exciting, but I spend so much time indoors writing these days that just stepping outside at all sounds lovely.
4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?
I love to cook and I spend a great deal of time searching for recipes and learning new techniques. Food Network is constantly playing at my house. My son expressed an interest in learning to cook this summer so I have really enjoyed being in the kitchen with him.
5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?
Inspiration truly is everywhere. I draw a great deal from my past and my family as well as experiences I have had recently. I write historical fiction, but current situations still apply so well to the past. The human heart is the best source of inspiration.
6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?
Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. I will resist the temptation to say it is because she ends up with Mr. Darcy. Though that it enough reason, there is so much more to learn from her experiences as an independent thinking woman during a time when females were either adornments or subordinates.
7. What's your favorite reading spot?
My kitchen table. Reading is a great indulgence these days and I associate it with my other favorite indulgences—wine and food.
8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?
I love the mountains of North Carolina in the US. We lived there for six years and return every fall to see the leaves and ride the train. It is the most beautiful place I have ever seen in the fall but the lakes and rivers are just as beautiful in the spring and summer. For nature lovers, it is a must see destination.
9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?
Write what makes you happy then add a beautiful man with a roguish smile and wicked sense of humor.
10. What can we expect from you in the future?
I just finished Family Portraits which is the sequel to my first published novel, Dearest Friends. I t will be available for sale in September. I am also currently rereading all of Jane Austen’s classic novels and comparing my feelings for them now with when I first read them as a young adult. You can read my musings at www.janeiteatforty.com
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