Author - Agent - Publicist - Associate Producer [rollingseas]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
As a child I read Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island' and fell in love with the author and the adventure.
I had a fabulous English teacher in year four, Mrs Sharry, she inspired a world of magic through storytelling.
The first story I can recall writing was a composition about a dust storm in Outback Australia. When the humorous composition found my mother laughing I was literally hooked as a writer. Since then editors around the world have read my works.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
Go to AutorsDen.com to find out all the information required about the Author, Agent, Publicist and Associate Producer Pamela Faye. I am a Company Director for Rolling Seas Promotions Pty Ltd. http://www.rollingseas.com.au
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
Creativity can come at any time, any place. When a story starts unfolding, no matter where I am, I start writing. Any scrap of paper I can snatch up is lined with as much of the story as I can capture before I head towards the nearest computer. Once the story is down I edit to publisher finish.
Stories never present themselves with such glory ever again. You simply have to seize the moment.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
I guess if I had to present a genre of writing that has inspiried me all my life it would have to be action/adventure with a touch of romance stories. I love the greats: 'Gone With The Wind', 'Dances with Wolves', Wilbur Smith stories, John Grisham, and a host of other great authors. Two fabulous USA authors to read are Flo Fitzpatrick and Micqui Miller, both have novels heading towards movie productions.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Fabulous characters with unique individual traits. Storytelling that keeps the reader hooked from beginning to end - whether it be excitement, adventure, action, thriller, fantasy, science fiction, comedy, romance, music and dance, set the scene with each individual story. It's all about entertainment.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
Third person. Either are great.
What well known writers do you admire most?
To top the list in the 21st Century would have to be J.K. Rowling with the 'Harry Potter' series of books. The creativity behind the storytelling is truly exceptional.
The Classics: Ernest Hemingway - 'Islands in the Stream' is a fabulous story. Mark Twain's 'Tom Sawyer' and Hans Christian Andersen are great children's storytellers. Betrix Potter with Peter Rabit and A.A. Milne author of 'Winny the Poo'.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
Create the characters for storytelling with unique individual traits and stick with those traits, even through dialogue. Do not allow characters to meld together as one.
As a child I would sit and listen to people and watch them as they walked by. I still hear people when they speak, I still listen and watch them walk by. When you fall in love with people it is not hard to create from a world of pure joy and magic.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Possibly better when telling children's stories. When the world seems too frightening a place to be for my own little angels I become the Pied Piper who leads them away through the magic of storytelling.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
I have been given the God-given gift of storytelling. Why? I have no idea. I only know that this is the road I am meant to travel, so I do. It is a passion that has been driving me since I was a child old enough to understand who I truly am.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
No.... but there is no better place to excape than to the pure joy of storytelling when the world tosses harsh reality your way. We become fabulous writers when we truly 'Live... not merely survive'.
Does reader feed-back help you?
I listen to those who have a world of professional experience behind them. My first editor was a publisher, an editor, and an author. These are the experts I listen to. Readers will either like your style or not. You will never please every reader.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
No. I am a storyteller, that is what matters most to me as an author. The greatest award to receive for an author is when a book is taken to heart and the reader falls in love with the author for all time.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
No. Drafts are just drafts until they become edited manuscripts. The people I rely on for opinions are the editors of major publishing companies.
These are the people who matter most when it comes to telling any writer if they have the makings of a fabulous storyteller or not.
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I found my true voice as an author when I narrated the Native American historic fiction novel 'Chétan' in the voice of a Shawnee Elder from the spirit fires. Once you have spent five years walking in another person's shoes as an author, the rest is easy.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I am an author, agent, publicist, associate producer, I live and breathe the publishing and movie industries. Every day I work within this industry, I literally live and breathe it all. Goals? We are only ever limited by the depth of our visions and dreams.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
I live by the rolling sea. My office by the sea has open windows and bright light, every day I walk out onto balconies where either the vastness of rolling seas to the east, or the distant ranges to the west, inspire through this living breathing earth. There are trees swaying in the warmth of tropical breezes and birds singing melodies from the rising to setting sun. Australia is a land of vast unique beauty, the spirit of this fabulous country rises with it own inspiration.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
Yes I use a computer to write stories. Sometimes it is easier to simply close your eyes and roll with the flow of storytelling with fingers dancing over the keyboard.
I edit on both paper and screen, depending if I am happy with the flow of words. The idea with storytelling is to only use the words necessary to tell the story. Every word has its place and meaning. If I am not happy with the flow of words I will print out the page in book format and edit from there.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
For published authors the place to list your details is AuthorsDen - a world directory of authors where bios, books and news can be found. For the movie industry IMDB the international movie data base for industry professionals information. In our profession we use all the media, movie industry, and publishing sites available to the entertainment industry.
What has been your experience with publishers?
As an agent I work with major publishers worldwide. They have some fabulous editors onboard to work with.
What are you working on now?
Children's Stories for the educational publisher Scholastic.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
First, make sure you have an in-depth understanding of the art of creative writing and the publishing industry as a whole, and the marketing and promotions side of publication. Most of all, write from the heart and soul - if you don't as a writer, it will show through.
The publishing industry is a business - the business of publishing books so as to make money from best seller sales. It is also about promoting the author name so as a list of their stories will follow on from the first successful publication.
Once you understand all of this then ask yourself, what is it that readers in the marketplace are asking for at this point in time? Then turn around and face the manuscript you wrote years ago and re-edit with this in mind. Characters need to leap from the pages - as in the 'Harry Potter' series - to become larger than life.
Find an agent to represent the manuscript to publishers and be prepared to wait for answers with the offer of author/publisher contracts. In this industry, Rome was not built in a day.
Author - Agent - Publicist - Associate Producer
Sunshine Coast - Australia
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