Author Archives: pamelagibson

Playing Not-So-Innocent Games

Authors love to interact with readers and one of the most common ways is to post a game on our Facebook page, or Fan page, and encourage everyone to play. It’s sometimes silly and we can like or laugh with … Continue reading

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Excuse Me, Where is the Restroom?

Decades ago—and I do mean decades—I wrote local histories for publishers like Windsor, Donning, American Historical Press, and Arcadia. The nice people in their publicity departments arranged for me to appear at book signings at places like county fairs, Costco, … Continue reading

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Writing in Another Time Period

I write in two historical time periods: California, just before and after 1850, and Regency England, 1811-1820. The first requires the use of a few Spanish language terms to give the Californios authenticity. The second can be quite problematic. “Are … Continue reading

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Longing for Uninteresting Times

“May you live in interesting times” is supposedly a Chinese curse. Yet no one has ever been able to trace it to anything even comparable in the Chinese language. Instead, the closest anyone has come to finding its source is … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Technophobe

Technology hates me.  I was born without the gene called, “ability-to-understand-technology.” You might say I am “technophobic.” And I learned this early in my writing career. Years ago, when my first book came out, my publisher arranged for a Facebook … Continue reading

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Writing in an Obscure Subgenre

Did anyone see Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones in that old Zorro movie? It had action, sizzle, humor, and a happy ending. The setting was California before hordes of fortune-seekers descended on the land and changed it forever, before it … Continue reading

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We All Need Friends

Everybody needs a writing buddy. Some have two legs, others have four. But writing is a lonely business and it’s nice to have someone nearby, either virtually or in person, to help or provide encouragement. When I first started writing … Continue reading

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Antagonists: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

This blog post is for the writers in the group, but readers, too, can relate because it is about one element that appears in most books: the antagonist. I recently attended a seminar called Writing on the Dark Side. The … Continue reading

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Football Junkies Unite

I confessed on a SoulMate blog post last year that I’m a sports nut. Since my favorite baseball team does not have a post season, I’ve now turned to my next favorite sport. Football. I love football. The college teams … Continue reading

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When the Well is Dry

You’ve heard of artists losing their muse. It happens to writers, too. Inspiration can come in many forms. It can come to you while watching a sporting event, a pretty girl nervously striding along a dark path, or a woman … Continue reading

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