So, Pamela, where did you get the idea for this novel?
I’m a college English professor. I read all kinds of essays and journals. Years ago while sitting in the student union one night, when it was dark outside and empty inside, I suddenly thought, “What if....” It took years for Janie to get her turn, but she’s been asking me to write the story for about eight years.
In looking at the cover, if you could add a caption or captions, what would they say?
Maybe you should run!
How long did it take you to write?
Six months. I work full time and have a nine-year-old son. My life is this wonderful adventure that has me teaching big kids, going to fun adventure with little kids (little league, cub scouts, Youth Leadership Training for Christ), and then sitting down and writing about romance at night. I write a thousand words a day.
What is your favorite scene?
The opening... definitely the opening. Hmmm, I’m working on a Love Inspired novel right now, and I love the opening. I need to look back and see if I always love the openings.
Who was your favorite character and why?
It would have to be Janie because I can identify with her. She deals with students while she’s little more than a student herself. She has dreams. I remember when I was a young teacher. My dream was to write.
If you could pick fictional characters to play the hero and heroine, who would they be?
I always do this.
This is Rafael Salazar: cop This is Janie Vincent: art teacher
Tell us one thing you learned during research.
I learned about the value of the EpiPen for people who have nut allergies.
This is your 25th book. Exactly what does that mean to you?
LOL, that maybe I ‘do’ know how to write.
What do you plan to work on next? I’m working on a Love Inspired contemporary. I’ve called it the Weaver’s Needle, but the name will change. It’s about a woman who manages a guest ranch and an ex-con who comes to work for her father. He turns out to be a gifted rider, something she’s always wished to be.
What are you reading for pleasure right now?
I’m really into veterinarian books. I blame Eleanor. I read her Harlequin Heartwarming The Country Vet and turned about and bought Vet on the Loose. Now, I’m reading the last Brenda Minton Love Inspired.