My Friend Pam’s Debut Book!
November 17, 2011
Pam Meyers, writing as Pamela S. Meyers, is a friend of mine from back in the Windy City. Her first book just came out, and I’m happy to share it with you.
When April Love signs on to be an in-house chef at an old lakeshore mansion in Canoga Lake,Wisconsin, she comes face to face with her long-lost love, the drop dead gorgeous Marc Thorne. It doesn’t take long for their old magnetism to recharge, but how can she trust the guy who left her nearly at the altar eight years earlier? Her gut tells her something happened to Marc in between — something he’s reluctant to reveal.
When April’s boss is murdered, Marc is accused of the crime. Unless April can find out who really killed Ramon Galvez, her chances for love will end up at the county jail. But someone else is just as determined she not solve the mystery . . . and will go to any length to stop her.
Pam, what made you want to write this book?
Pam: I’ve always loved romance and mysteries and decided to write a story that married the two elements. I grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and have always been fascinated by the many twentieth century mansions that dot the lake’s shoreline. I toyed with the idea of setting the story in one of those homes, but decided to create a smaller lake and village just to the east of Lake Geneva to gain more freedom with some of the details of the story.
Is there a sequel to Thyme for Love?
Pam: I’m so glad you asked. Thyme for Love is the first in a three-book series called “On the Road to Love.” Books two and three involve April and Marc, and both are set in Canoga Lake. In Love Will Find a Way, April moves into an old Victorian home with plans to turn it into a restaurant and catering business. It isn’t long before a discovery made while renovating the home threatens to hijack plans for the grand opening. In book three, Love’s Reward, April and Marc’s wedding plans are in full swing, until it becomes apparent there is someone who doesn’t want them to marry.
Uh-oh. Spoiler alert there! Have you written any other novels?
Pam: My first novel languishes in my computer at the moment. Authors seldom publish their first written work as that often turns out to be a practice project. I’m very excited to have a second novel coming that is set in my hometown of Lake Geneva. Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin comes out in June 2012 from Summerside Press. It’s a 1933 historical romance, and I had a blast researching for the story.
Which leads me to ask — how do you get your story ideas?
Pam: There’s an old adage to write what you know. I might add to always keep your eyes and ears open for a possible storyline. That first novel I wrote was sparked by something someone said to me when she showed me a picture of my great-grandfather’s grave. Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin grew out of wanting to know the history behind the beautiful recreational building that has become an icon of the area. And just today a newspaper article sparked an idea I’d like to develop into a proposal.
Sadly, though, I hear there’s more to life than writing. Not sure I agree, but whatever. (Just kidding, everyone!) What do you do when you’re not writing?
Pam: I volunteer at my church in the multicultural ministry, helping Japanese women learn to speak English and lead a women’s small group Bible study. I’m also chapter president of my local ACFW chapter which meets monthly. Also, I enjoy reading (surprise, surprise) and movies. Love to cook and find new ways of making things. You’ll find an adaptation of a recipe someone gave me called Chicken George at the back of Thyme for Love. I loved having April prepare it in the novel and look forward to experimenting with more recipes for the sequels.