PP: The first time I ever tried to write, I was a few years out of college. I wrote the first chapter of a romantic suspense set in Washington, D.C. about a whistle blower. I rarely talk about this writing attempt because it came to an abrupt end when I had no idea what to do with chapter two. I had no concept of story structure and decided I must not have any talent because a real writer would know what came next. In my defense, I was an engineering major–absolutely no literature or writing classes. It was a few more years before I tried writing again and discovered that the library was filled with how-to-write books, and that story structure, characterization, etc. could all be learned.
BBB: Are there particular activities or places that inspire you as a writer, or does inspiration just come out of the blue anywhere and anytime?
PP: I get my best inspiration from movies and music. Movies give me story ideas, character ideas, location ideas, you name it. And music–the right music–can move me emotionally, really tapping into my creativity. I always write to music for this reason, mostly movie sound tracks and new age instrumentals.
BBB: How do you keep track of your world building?
PP: A lot less than I’d like to! I’m an extremely logical person, but for some reason I completely lack the gene for organization. I can organize my day, my thoughts, my book. But when it comes to organizing stuff, I’m hopeless. I’ve forever standing in the middle of a room wondering where I put whatever it is I’m looking for. I’ll think of five logical places it could be. And, invariably, it turns up in a sixth. It’s the same when I file things on-line. They haven’t made a good enough search engine for me, yet. So, yes, I have files and files of world building and I end up spending far, far too long searching for things. I do have to pat myself on the back, though. When I started writing Vamp City book 2, I made myself a Vamp City Bible. And while it’s not perfectly organized, all the key info is in one place. All I have to do now is keep it up. But I’ve written seven Feral Warriors books and every time I think about wrestling down that mountain of information I shudder and go back to writing. One of these days…
BBB: What books did you most enjoy reading while growing up? As a teen? What genres do you read for pleasure now?
PP: I adored Nancy Drew when I was a child and loved Gothic romance as a teen, but no one book comes to mind. The very first adult romance that I read was Laurie McBain’s Moonstruck Madness, and I absolutely fell in love with that book and with the romance genre as a result.
BBB: Please describe the concept of Vamp City for our readers.
PP: My Vamp City series is a multi-book romance, kind of a romance-urban fantasy hybrid with continuing characters. Washington, V.C. (Vamp City) was created in 1870 by a powerful sorcerer. A vampire utopia, it was an exact replica of the humans’ Washington, D.C., but one in which the sun never shone—a world of perpetual twilight where vampires can live openly and safely, free to hunt and feed on the humans brought in for their sustenance and pleasure, a paradise where every vampire can, if he wants to, own his own house and his own blood slaves. In book 1, A Blood Seduction, Quinn Lennox accidentally stumbles into Vamp City with her brother and is soon captured by the vampire Arturo Mazza. Vamp City’s magic is dying and Quinn, with her latent sorcerer’s blood, is the only one who can save it, but all Quinn wants is to find her brother and escape. Arturo has no intention of letting her go.
BBB: How would you explain the basic premise of the Feral Warriors series?
PP: When the story begins, the Feral Warriors are the last nine shape-shifters left in the world and each shifts into a different animal: tiger, wolf, snake, fox, lion, jaguar, panther, hawk, and cougar. The story of the Ferals, as told in book one: “Eons ago, before the rise of human civilization, two immortal races battled the Daemons for control of the earth—the Mage, or magic ones, and the Therians, the mighty shape-shifters. Though traditional enemies, the Mage and Therians banded together to overcome the High Daemon, Satanan, ending his reign of terror and destroying his armies. The cost of victory was high. To win that ultimate battle, both races were forced to mortgage nearly all their power. Only one Therian among each of the ancient lines of shape-shifters was left with the power of his animal. They are called the Feral Warriors.”
BBB: Did you do any kind of research to determine the details of your characters lives / lifestyles?
PP: I research locations from time to time, though I live in the Washington, D.C. area, where all my books take place, so the research is easy enough. Where I did the most research was in creating Vamp City, since I had to really understand 1870 D.C. I found it fascinating!
BBB: Out of all of your characters, which have you most enjoyed writing and which has proven the most difficult?
PP: Honestly, I have to say Jag, from Rapture Untamed (Feral Warriors book 4), for both. He starts out as such a troublemaker, such an ass. He has no filter for his mouth. But deep down he has a good heart even if he doesn’t think so. When I write, I hear the dialogue. It just comes to me and I write it as I hear it. And I never know what Jag’s going to say. He utterly entertains me. On the flip side, he absolutely didn’t want to be a hero and the heroine, Olivia, and I had to drag him to it kicking and screaming.
BBB: What aspect of being an author do you most enjoy?
PP: Ha! Working in sweat pants with no commute. More seriously (not that I don’t seriously love working in sweatpants), I love, love, love meeting and hearing from readers. You guys are the reason I write.
BBB: What’s coming up for you in 2013?
PP: December 26th, 2012, the seventh book in my Feral Warriors series, A Love Untamed, comes out. This one is Kieran/Fox’s and Melisande’s book. Then February 12th, Avon Impulse is releasing the Vampires Gone Wild anthology which I’m doing with Kerrelyn Sparks, Amanda Arista, and Kim Falconer. I have a brand new Vamp City story in that one. Then come June 25th, Vamp City book 2 comes out, A Kiss of Blood.
BBB: What do you think the future holds for paranormal romance and urban fantasy?
PP: I think the future for paranormal romance and urban fantasy is bright, bright, bright. As if there wasn’t already a huge readership for these books, today’s kids are growing up reading Harry Potter, Twilight, and hundreds of other fantasy-type stories. As they get older, I expect they’ll be looking for books with a bit more bite. And they’ll find them!
Books in the Feral Warrior Series in the order they should be read:
Desire Untamed – ONLY .99 Cents on Kindle
A Love Untamed
Hearts Untamed – A Feral Warriors Novella
Pamela Palmer is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen novels including both the Vamp City and Feral Warriors series. When Pamela’s initial career goal of captaining starships failed to pan out, she turned to engineering, satisfying her desire for adventure with books and daydreams until finally succumbing to the need to create worlds of her own. Pamela lives and writes in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
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