Wednesday, August 23, 2006
If you’re reading this, then it’s because you love Harlequin Historical romances, right? Or maybe you’re here because you’re curious about us, the authors at HH.
Well, as long as you’re reading, I’m Pam Crooks. I write westerns for Harlequin, and my seventh book, WANTED! was just released this month.
Ironically, many years ago, I entered the very first book I ever wrote in a contest. One of my judges was intrigued with Lark as a secondary character. She noted that she would’ve made a great heroine, and for some reason, that kind comment stuck with me. I always knew I’d write Lark’s story, and WANTED! is the result.
I think of all the books I’ve written, I’ve never had a heroine as conflicted as this one. She’s the only one who knows the location of the stolen money she helped bury when she rode with an infamous outlaw gang. Her case is the only one the hero never solved. He has some personal stakes in the money. So does Catfish Jack, a desperate outlaw from her past. To reveal the money’s location would expose her guilt, ruin her new, law-abiding life and throw her back into jail. If she doesn’t reveal the location, Catfish will kill her. What a quandary to be in, eh?
As for the woman behind the author, well, they don’t come any more ordinary than me. I’m a wife of thirty-one years, mother to four beautiful daughters, and grandmother to the sweetest angel in the world. In the last five years or so, I’ve become increasingly aware that I’m getting older, which I deplore, so I’ve been making a concentrated effort to take care of myself. I try to eat better and exercise more. I’ve done some traveling and loved it. Unfortunately, deadlines have kept me away from airports lately, but I have a growing list of places I want to visit. It’ll happen eventually.
Currently, I’m hard at work on book one of three I’ve recently sold. I’ve been re-thinking my writing process, concentrating more on writing that first draft and less on perfectionism.
I’ve found it fascinating how differently we writers write. If you’re a writer, what works best for you?