Thursday, September 29, 2011

Meet Pam Hillman, Author of Stealing Jake

Please welcome my friend, Pam Hillman. We're going to have a fun time interviewing her and sharing the news aout her new book, Stealing Jake! See below for a Kindle drawing too!

About Pam Hillman: Award-winning author Pam Hillman writes inspirational fiction set in the turbulent times of the American West and the Gilded Age. Her debut book, Stealing Jake, won the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Genesis contest and was a finalist in Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart contest. She lives in Mississippi with her husband and family. 

Angie: Pam, are there ever times or seasons in your writing life when things feel overwhelming? If so, how do you get through those times?

Pam: Almost every writer I know is overwhelmed. The best thing to do is to keep moving forward, accomplish one task at a time, and as often as possible, re-organize and re-group. And, in the end, I am so thankful for talent God gave me, and the opportunity to pursue my dream, especially in this day and age of computers and internet connections.

Angie: What part of your main characters would you say was most like you?
Pam: Tenacity and dogged determination will see my characters through a lot of trials and tribulations. In Stealing Jake, former pickpocket Livy O'Brien is determined to help the street kids even at the risk of her own reputation, even her life. Sheriff's deputy Jake Russell is just as determined to rid his town of the group of street urchins, while young Luke puts his life on the line searching for his little brother. None of them are willing to give up or walk away.

Angie: What life or faith concept do you hope readers "catch"?
Pam: I write to entertain, but several of the reviews have just blown me away with what the reader has taken away from the story. One reader said the street kids were without hope, but went on to add,
"And yet God never leaves us that way, does He? Because He brings Jake and Livy together at His perfect time, not only to discover a future together, but so they can intervene in the lives of kids who have no one to fight for them."

Angie: Have you had any surprises from readers on something they connected with in your book that you didn't intentionally put there?
Pam: The one thing that readers have connected with is Luke. One reader said that Luke's story was interwoven so much with Jake & Livy's story that she couldn't imagine one without the other. Luke's story wasn't part of the original idea, but he kept niggling at my brain, and once I added the thread in his point-of-view, I knew the story was complete. I am surprised that Luke and the other street kids get as much "airtime" as Jake and Livy in reviews, but I guess I shouldn't be. I was pretty passionate about the street-kids story, and I guess it came through in the writing.

Angie: Do you have a favorite fan-friend story?
Pam: Oh, yes. I have a couple of writer friends whose mothers read Stealing Jake and raved over it. One said her mother wouldn't read a bad book, that "excellence" is her standard. Her mother called and told her that she "absolutely loved" Stealing Jake. Her mother goes to bed at ten, but kept reading several nights in a row to see what happened. She said her mother was not a gusher, but that she came pretty close to gushing over Stealing Jake! The other friend took her mother to the dentist, and her mother raved about my book to the dentist and his assistants. That made me smile. There have been so many friends, family members, and co-workers who have gone out of their way to tell me how much they loved my book. Those emails, phone calls, and texts are near and dear to my heart!

Angie: I love those stories! They're the stories that keep us writers going in the lonely days before anyone sees a page. Thank you so much for being with us today! Folks, please check out the information on Stealing Jake below.
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About Stealing Jake:

When Livy O'Brien spies a young boy jostling a man walking along the boardwalk, she recognizes the act for what it is. After all, she used to be known as Light-fingered Livy. But that was before she put her past behind her and moved to the growing town of Chestnut, Illinois, where she's helping to run an orphanage. Now she'll do almost anything to protect the street kids like herself.
Sheriff's deputy Jake Russell had no idea what he was in for when he ran into Livy--literally--while chasing down a pickpocket. With a rash of robberies and a growing number of street kids in town--as well as a loan on the family farm that needs to be paid off--Jake doesn't have time to pursue a girl. Still, he can't seem to get Livy out of his mind. He wants to get to know her better . . . but Livy isn't willing to trust any man, especially not a lawman.
Interwoven throughout is a group of street kids arrested in Chicago and sold as child labor. Leading this band of ragamuffins is young Luke, a scared, determined orphan intent on rescuing his little brother at any cost.

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