Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Faculty Interview: Pam McCutcheon

Compiled by Jason Henry

Are you excited? We certainly are! Why shouldn't we be? The 2015 Pikes Peak Writers Conference is just around the corner! It has been an absolute pleasure recruiting the incredible faculty that we have lined up for you this year and the workshops they will be teaching are proving to be just as amazing.

Pikes Peak Writers Conference is known as one of the best and friendliest conferences for many reasons. One of those reasons is that we provide as many opportunities as possible to not only learn from our faculty, but to get to know them. Keeping in the spirit of that very statement, we interviewed all of our faculty members to get inside their heads just a little. Really, we don't see the point in waiting until April. Do you?

Over the weeks to come, we will be posting those interviews along with the responses right here on the PPW Blog. Be sure to check in on Facebook and Twitter as well! We hope you enjoy reading these brief Q&As as much as we have!

Pam McCutcheon (Author, Colorado)

1. What are the most compelling elements you feel are necessary for a good read? 
Compelling characters with real emotions you can relate to and care about.

2. What do you see as the pleasures and difficulties of being a writer/artist in today's world? 
The rapid change in technologies give authors many more opportunities (pleasure) but create confusion (difficulties) in knowing what the hell to do make a career out of this crazy business.

3. What is the best career/writing advice someone has given you? 
Puke it out now, clean it up later. (Nora Roberts)

4. Would you pass that same advice on or alter it?
I’d pass it on, definitely.

5. What do you love most about your career?
I love crafting stories that engender a specific emotion (usually humor) in readers. When my critique group gives me a smiley face in the right place, it gives me warm fuzzies.

6. What is something you wish everyone knew (or didn't know) about you? 
Despite the fact that I love to teach, I’m a raging introvert. I’m not rude, just introverted!

7. Which fictional character do you relate to the most, and why? What character would your friends/family pick for you? 
Strangely enough, I relate most to the telepathic hellhound in my Demon Underground series. He’s snarky and says what he thinks, but cares about his friends and family. My friends would probably agree.

Quick Qs:

Pen or Keyboard? Both. Pen for drafting a scene skeleton the night before; keyboard for puking it out and editing.

Plotter or Pantser? Both. I plot in advance with a plotting board, but leave the way open for my characters to take me in different directions (and boy, do they!)

Book or E-Book? Both.

Spicy or Mild? Both. Spicy romance, mild YA.

Sunrise or Sunset? Sunset—I’m a night person.

Mister Rogers or Sesame Street? Captain Kangaroo.

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook.

Pam McCutcheon is the author of romance novels and how-to books for writers under her own name, and the Demon Underground YA urban fantasy series under the name Parker Blue. Pam’s latest releases are an updated e-book version of her popular Writing the Fiction Synopsis, as well as e-book versions of her romance backlist. Parker’s sixth Demon Underground book, Catch Me, is coming out in early 2015 from Bell Bridge Books. Pam/Parker recently quit her day job and is now working full-time as a writer, editor, and speaker. She can be found on the ’net at pammc.com or parkerblue.net.

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