Saturday, July 1, 2017

Author Pamela S. Canepa Interview

Hi guys!

I've got another author interview!!! Read below for more information on her books and how to check them out! :)

I've got the blurb here for one of her books, Detours in Time, as well as a cover image for you guys to check out! Directly below that is the interview! It isn't mentioned, but this author and these books can be found on Goodreads and added to your shelves! :)


Feisty Tabatha, a struggling artist, and Milt, an awkward Science professor, set off on a journey to the future. What was supposed to be fun soon turns quite intense when they make discoveries about their future selves and end up on other “detours.” The two set events into action that may save one life, yet destroy another. Can these friends of completely different mindsets agree on a course of action? Can Tabatha stick to Milt’s rules of time travel? Both Milt and Tabatha struggle to witness and not participate in a place and time that is not yet their own.

Amid the backdrop of a future that reveals great wonders and horrors, Tabatha and Milt must resist the temptation to use discoveries from future technology to aid them when they return to the present. Detours in Time starts as a fantastic escape and grows to present many moral dilemmas and surprises that can either destroy the strongest friendship or bring two people closer.

Science Fiction author, Pamela Schloesser Canepa, author of the Made for Me series and the newly released, Detours in Time.


1.) When do you usually write?  S
ince I am still employed as a teacher, I write mostly on the weekends, holidays, and during the summer, unless an idea is buzzing in my brain, which means I will stay up late and write when the spirit moves me.  When it hits, I try to make the most of it!


2.) What made you decide to start? 
I started writing stories and poems as a kid.  My mom received a Mother’s day poem when I was eight, so of course she has encouraged this habit all along.  I’ve always loved reading, so being a voracious reader probably inspired me, and being a teacher of English means I have studied a lot of writers.  I love to write for fun most of all: fun, emotional release, and the thrill of inventing something with my imagination.


3.) Tell us a little about your book that can't be found in the blurb. 
This quote says a lot about the main characters in Detours in Time, my most recent release, and sets the mood:  “He was twenty years her senior, but from his childlike curiosity and goofy sense of humor, one wouldn’t know it, and they got along very well.  Of course, traveling back in time and meeting his twenty-two-year-old-self did not help matters for Pinky at all.” 

This book also takes place in 1997, from which my characters travel to the future.  Exploring the 1990s brought back many fond memories for me, and it helped me imagine doing everything differently.  It was also fun to write of a time when people had to call each other or walk over to their friend’s house if they wanted to see them.  My female lead doesn’t even own a computer!  Imagine!  It was great fun writing about her reaction to the technology they discovered when traveling to 2047.


4.) Who was you're favorite character to create, and why? 
I love most of my characters.  Today, I think my favorite is Pinky, a.k.a Tabitha.  She’s young, independent, outspoken, and stubborn.  She has strange eating habits, like my mother.  I always tell her not to skip meals. She is also set in her ways, when you think she would be the open-minded one in my story.  However, she has a strong moral standing.  I also love her style.  😊  it was fun creating that as well.


5.) Who was you're least favorite (or most difficult if you can't choose!)? 
George Mahoney.  He is pretty evil.  I only touch upon him in this book, but he will return in a future book.


6.) What made you choose this genre? Are there other genres you hope to try your hand at eventually? 
Writing in sci-fi helps me release a lot of anxieties.  I have long been a fan of sci-fi and the ethical questions it raises, as well as the perilous situations it puts characters in, forcing them to emerge as true warriors.  As far as other genres, yes, I hope to publish the paranormal genre.  It’s another genre where there are endless possibilities.  As a true worry-wart, I have often pondered the what-ifs of many situations.  What if my plane crashed?  You can see that question through positively as well; what if my plane crashed and my adrenaline surged enough for me to lift one side and rescue several passengers?  Think about it, people have done impossible things.  Why?  Because there are so many possibilities in this world.  My favorite quote ever is very comforting to me:  “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” – by William Shakespeare, Hamlet.  What this means to me is that this world around us is not all there is.  There is so much more.  I love to dream of something more.  Don’t get me wrong, I was raised as a good, Christian girl, but all of these possibilities out there only comfort me; they do not shake my faith at all.  When I have felt low in my life, it always made me feel better to think of things that were once considered impossible.  My favorite inspiration in nature is the flying squirrel.  Imagine the day he first discovered he could fly!


7.) What is your writing method like? 
Oh, this question is hard to answer.  I get overcome with ideas.  I used to get hit with ideas, and then sit down to write later (key word), remembering none of them.  Now, I make notes on my check register as I’m out and about.  I remember having conversations at parties, years ago, and someone would say, “You should patent that idea.”  Well, guess what?  I forgot all those ideas.  I didn’t think like a writer, I thought like a dreamer.  You have to put the dream to pen and paper.  I don’t want to lose ideas anymore!  I’m in my late forties and finally a published author.  This could have happened sooner.  That aside, I would say I am not too organized, though I am researching ways to get better organized.  I’ve started doing makeshift outlines for my writing.  I am also reading about story arcs.  So I think I will get more organized.  My method is also a little bit of a 5 tab method.  There are five tabs or more open on my computer sometimes.  I am also trying to work on that. 😊  Oh, well.  Life is short.  Sometimes I want to do it all.  However, I know when to close some of those tabs so that I can get at least one thing done!


8.) If you were stranded on an island with one of your characters, who would it be and why? 
I’d love to be stranded with Milt.  He is brilliant, with a child-like sense of curiosity.  I think he could be happy anywhere, and we’d be able to distract our minds from any discomfort.  I imagine the things he would say when we are looking up at the stars at night.  I am sure the view of a night sky would be wonderful on an uninhabited island.  He is sort of a man-child, but he is smart and could help us find food, water, shelter, etc.  He is pretty patient, too.


9.) Tell us where we can find your book(s), and more information on your work.   


10.) Is there anything else you would like to add?   
There will be future publications within the next year, to include a sequel to Detours in Time.   Sign up for my newsletter at my website listed above, or please follow my blog or author Facebook: blog, (Author Facebook).
Thanks, Pamela!
Hope you all enjoyed the interview! Questions and comments welcome! :)