Sunday, October 18, 2009

An Interview With Pam Bachorz (in which I try to hypnotize you!)

Meet Pam Bachorz: Novelist, 2009 Deb, and resident creepster (and I mean that in the nicest possible way...I love to be creeped out!).

*everyone at once* “Hello, Pam.”

Pam Bachorz grew up in a small town in the Adirondack foothills, where she participated in every possible performance group and assiduously avoided any threat of athletic activity. Pam attended college in Boston and finally decided she was finished after earning four degrees. Her mother is not happy that Pam’s degrees are stored under her bed.

Pam lives just outside Washington, DC with her husband and their son. She likes to read books not aimed at her age group, go to museums and theater performances, and watch far too much television. She even goes jogging. Reluctantly.

As far as she knows, Pam has never been brainwashed. Or maybe that’s just what she’s supposed to say.

And her debut novel CANDOR, seriously, this just sounds amazing:

Oscar Banks has everything under control. In a town where his father brainwashes everyone, he’s found a way to secretly fight the subliminal Messages. He’s got them all fooled: Oscar’s the top student and the best-behaved teen in town. Nobody knows he’s made his own Messages to deprogram his brain. But then Nia Silva moves to Candor, and Oscar falls in love. He must choose whether to let Nia be lost to brainwashing—or to sacrifice himself.

Okay, are you ready, Pam?

1) Would you rather be the Bestselling Rockstar Author or an Acclaimed Literary Award Winner?

I refuse to pick! What I want is to be a storyteller who grabs their audience and doesn't let go until the end.

2) Make people laugh, cry, or hide under the covers?

Hide under the covers, for sure. If my story can break through into the reader's world and make the hair on the back of their neck stand up, job done.

3) Retire early or just keep writing from your beach house(s)?

I expect to be writing until the day I die!

4) FaceBook or MySpace?

I am a FaceBook addict but I don't inhabit MySpace as much, even though I've got an account there. I play a game of WordTwist on FB before settling in to write, every day.

5) After a period, one space or two?

My college journalism training insists on one space. And while we're at it, can we discuss the misspelling of its and it's? Um, hello, anywhere still there? Drat, they always disappear when I start ranting about grammar...

And your bonus question: What ONE WORD of advice would give to any aspiring writer?


Now, for the Grand Finale:

*waves watch in front of your faces* You are getting sleepy...

Repeat after me: I will buy CANDOR…I will buy CANDOR…I will buy CANDOR...

(I know, I know. But just because I'm lame, don't hold it against her!)

To find out more about Pam and her books, check out her website at


Lisa and Laura said...

I can't wait to read this book! I've heard really good things!

Little Ms J said...

My TBR pile is taller than me now!

Solvang Sherrie said...

I LOVE Word Twist! I like to play a game before I start writing, too. But sometimes I get sucked in to "just one more game..." syndrome :D

Candor sounds great--can't wait to read!