Who would have guessed, all those years ago, that Pamela Martin would someday be able to say, “I am a writer!”? Pam grew up an Air Force brat, which gave her the foundation to write creative stories – she saw a lot of new places and met quite a few “characters” along the way. Those are still cherished memories, and they taught important life lessons — flexibility, acceptance, respect, patriotism.
After graduating with a BAT from Sam Houston State University, Pam began my career as a teacher, starting out in first grade and, eventually, moving all the way to middle school and high school. Throughout that part of her working life, Pam wrote the occasional press release, many curriculum units, and related classroom materials, but writing was a sideline until about 2008, when she took a step past the light and became a freelance writer. Hundreds of articles, product descriptions and blog posts later, she found the opportunity to write fiction, what turned out to be her true career love!
An Interview with Pamela Martin
Where did you grow up, and where do you live now? Tell us something a lot of people don’t know about your home town.
I grew up an Air Force brat, which meant moving every three years or so. I was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and we lived in San Antonio. Houston, and Magnolia. We lived a year in Goldsboro, North Carolina, after nearly three years on Okinawa.
Currently, I live in Goliad, Texas, birthplace of Texas ranching and of the Presidio La Bahia, one of the significant battles of the Texas Revolution.
What is your favorite part of writing Cozy Mysteries?
I love laying out clues to the mystery, but I like creating that small-town vibe even more. I love to “meet” new characters who may or may not be based on people I've known (most likely, they represent traits from multiple people), and I like sharing what living that slower-paced, community-based life is like.
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
Some part of me has always enjoyed writing, but I wrote mostly journalistic types of articles until recently. I wanted to write fiction, but I was afraid to find out that I was lousy at it. A couple of years ago, I read a children's picture book, Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster, by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt, and I found myself taking the message to heart. When I saw an advertisement for a ghostwriter for a cozy mystery series, I gathered my courage and took a chance. The rest, as they say, is history – four ghostwritten novels and two of my own!
If you weren’t an author, what would you be doing?
I spent almost 20 years as a classroom teacher. If I couldn't continue as an author, I think I would have to being doing something related to education – a teacher is who I am, and not just what I do.
Do you have any pets? Please tell us about them!
I don't have pets currently, but I have in the past. My first was a sweet toy poodle named Pierre, and the last was a beta fish named Sushi.
Have you found your own real life happily ever after?
I hope not, because that would mean there was nothing else to look forward to, nothing else to achieve. I have found my ‘happily right now,” though.
What is one book that impacted or changed your life that you think everybody should read? Tell us about it.
There are so many that it's hard to choose just one. Hind's Feet in High Places made a strong impression on my spiritual life, supplementing what I was already learning from the Bible. As I mentioned before, Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster convinced me to step away from the comfortable style of writing I was doing, and another of Michelle's books, Dog and Mouse, constantly reminds me to look for the blessings right in front of me, instead of missing them because I'm looking to far ahead.