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Interview with Pamela B Cherry. Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing? I grew up in Ireland, Dublin born, then my family moved to 'the Garden of Ireland' known as Wicklow. I was packed off to boarding school north of the country to Dundalk Grammar School. I absolutely loved my years there. I have only happy memories of growing up, summers in a caravan by a big sand dune by the sea at Brittas Bay, apple pies and ice cream and riding my bike. My Dad was hard working, loved gardening, the countryside and the seaside. My Mum was at home caring for my two elder sisters and me. When we moved to Wicklow I was about nine years of age, my sisters had married and so I enjoyed the life of an only child. I spent all of my free time at a big country hotel where there was an equestrian centre. I used to cycle there every day (about five miles) and work with the horses, clean stables and tack and hope that I would be rewarded with a free ride in the afternoon. When did you first start writing? I started writing stories when I was about nine. I was the bane of my teacher because she would set the class to write a one or two-page 'composition' and mine always ended up six to ten pages of a story. My grammar and spelling was not the best in those days, so she had a lot of correcting to do! What inspires you to get out of bed each day? Since I retired there seems to be so much to do, the very fact of getting out of bed is inspiring in itself. We should not waste a minute. There are people in this world who are 'driven' and there are people who are very laid back and take each day as it comes. My husband Robert and I are both driven, we have so much to get done each day, and I am inspired to accomplish what I can during the day, even if it is only to tidy the garden and cut the grass, the mundane jobs have to be done, but when I have an idea for my book, I just can't wait to get at the computer to get going on it. When you're not writing, how do you spend your time? Since I retired, or should I say, since I reached retirement age, I have not got a minute to spare each day. I love gardening, but I don't like a lot of 'work' in the garden, I organize it so that it is easy and enjoyable. I love to play golf which I do with Robert most weeks. We also love to play some tennis and we do a lot of walking. Spending time by the sea is one of our favourite times. Living in France there is a huge opportunity for exploring and even driving to other countries to experience their culture. With all of the afore mentioned there are 'sitting' times when I will read or listen to my latest podcasts or audio book. Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? Yes, the teacher gave us a composition to write about a penny. Most of the other kids wrote about a penny, what it looked like and how it was made. My story was about ten time longer and told the story of how the penny was minted, sent to a bank and then handed out to the first person. The story followed the life of the penny through all the 'hands' and 'pockets' that it passed through. What's the story behind your latest book? My husband Robert and I went to visit a long time friend in Phoenix Arizona. When we got there we found that she had moved out of her master bedroom and into her guest room, giving us the master bedroom. She was about 81 years old and we were not expecting her to wait on us, so, within a couple of days we were shopping, cooking, washing up etc. She exclaimed that this was wonderful and like having a holiday in her own home. Robert had the idea that this situation would make for a good movie. Couple go to stay with elderly lady, take over her house, her family and friends could get upset that they were getting pushed out of the frame, especially if she was wealthy and they stood to lose some inheritance. The story grew and expanded from there. Describe your desk My desk is very tidy, I do have a couple of sticky notes stuck here and there though. I also have a small notebook in which to keep record of information which is easier to find in the book than on the computer. I also have about five pairs of spectacles - it seems that some days my eyes change depending if I have been out in the sunshine or inside. How do you approach cover design? Covers are difficult. I decided to pick a theme and each cover will have a similar appearance. My covers have been home-made by myself and another author who does her own covers and helps out people like me. What is your e-reading device of choice? Well, I think there is nothing like holding a book in my hands. I am particular about the feel of the book and the print though. For convenience and for night reading I find that reading on the Kindle or iPad is terrific. What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you? Every aspect of communication works well, one has to be prepared to tell everyone, everywhere about how great their book is. It is also important to always have some books on hand to gift or to sell when the opportunity arises. What is the greatest joy of writing for you? The greatest joy is the coming together of the story. I don't make notes I have a very loose plan in my head. I wake in the morning, get an idea and then I go and work on it during the day. Occasionally plots and ideas will come to me and I will jot them into the iPad Notes or on a sticky note but I usually work day to day and the story comes and evolves. What do your fans mean to you? Fans are wonderful! I get such a thrill when someone gets in touch and lets me know how much they enjoy my books. What are you working on next? I have a plan for the continuing story about Mervyn and Stephanie and of course the flighty sneaky Brock. But I am just completing a totally different book concerning the afterlife. My sister passed away nine years ago. About a year later I started finding feathers, little white fluffy feathers of a kind that she loved as a young child. I found these feathers in places where they couldn't possibly have blown into. I have written about these experiences. I have also had several unexplained spiritual experiences and one where I was visited by a young man who had just passed away, he wanted me to give his mother and family a message. This was life changing. The book is an easy read and I hope to publish it this year.
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