Interview with history and romance novelist Pamela Gibson

I’m
happy to welcome novelist Pamela
Gibson
here today. She and I are chatting about her new Regency historical,
Scandal’s Bride.

During
her virtual book tour, Pamela will be giving away a $20 Amazon or Barnes and
Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be
entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your
chances of winning, feel free to visit her
other tour stops
and enter there, too!

Bio:

Author
of eight books on California history and twelve romance novels, Pamela Gibson
is a former City Manager who lives in the Nevada desert. Having spent the last
three years messing about in boats, a hobby that included a five-thousand-mile
trip in a 32-foot Nordic Tug, she now spends most of her time indoors happily
reading, writing, cooking and keeping up with the antics of her gran-cats,
gran-dog, and gran-fish. Sadly, the gran-lizard went to his final reward. If
you want to learn more about her activities go to
https://www.pamelagibsonwrites.com and sign up for her blog and quarterly
newsletter.

Welcome, Pamela. Please share a little bit about your current release.
Scandal’s Bride is the sequel to Scandal’s Child and follows
the story of characters introduced in the first book. Lady Gwendolyn Pettigrew
needs a husband and it won’t be the old rake her father has chosen. John
Montague needs a wife with a dowry, but is sure no one will want to marry a
penniless second son. When it’s suggested by the characters in the first book
that they could solve each other’s problem, they agree to a marriage of
convenience with certain stipulations. It seems perfect, until they discover
there’s a catch. Gwen treasures the independence she’s been promised, but she
also wants to be a mother. John, who spent months researching mental illness
and looking for a suitable place to care for his deranged mother, does not want
to bring children into the world. He believes madness may be inherited and
after the horrors he’s witnessed, he refuses to take a chance. As the
characters become friends and gain each other’s trust, their mutual attraction also
grows. This becomes a major conflict in the book as their sexual tension is set
among secrets and lies while battling an outside force that wants them to
abandon their home in Yorkshire and return to London.


What inspired you to write this book?
This is my second Regency novel. The first was Scandal’s Child, intended
to be a standalone. But while writing the epilogue an idea began to take form
about a book for Lady Gwendolyn, a friend of the heroine in the first book. I
also wanted to bring back the younger brother of the hero in the first book. I
had planted a few seeds that could sprout into an intriguing plot. Scandal’s
Bride was the result.




Excerpt from Scandal’s Bride:
He removed his waistcoat, laying it
over the topcoat, and sat down opposite Gwen. “Gwen . . .”
“John.”
They both laughed, and it was a good
feeling. He drained his wine glass. “Drink up. I want to talk to you before we
retire.”
Her eyes widened, and her breath
seemed to catch. Was she feeling faint? He certainly was. Why had he left this
so long? Most people consummated their marriage the first night.
She picked up her glass and took a
hefty swallow. Her cheeks were as pink as her dress, and she looked as good as
an iced sweet in a bakery window, something he’d like to swirl his tongue
around and gently taste.
Get on with it.
He took a deep breath, scooted his
chair closer to hers until their knees touched, and took one of her hands in
his. Her fingers were long and well-shaped. He wondered what they would feel
like on his . . .
“Gwen . . .”
“John.”
They laughed again, and their merriment
gave him an opening. He placed his hand behind her head, leaned in, and took
her bottom lip in his mouth, nibbling as he watched her face. She was as
wide-eyed as he was, not even trying to move away. Then her lashes fluttered,
and her eyes closed as she moved closer, inviting him to deepen the kiss. She
moaned as his lips closed over hers, and he was totally undone.


What exciting story are you working on next?
The third book in the Scandal series is barely underway, but I’m already
excited to be working on it. It’s about a man who returns from the Napoleonic
Wars, depressed and defeated, and the woman who helps him want to live again.
It’s called Scandal’s Promise and will probably not be available until
next year. I’m also working on my first contemporary mystery, part of my Love
in Wine Country novella series and I hope to release the second book in my
Mission Belles series called Return of the Fox. This series takes place
in California’s romantic rancho period, just prior to the Gold Rush.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When
I was in the fourth grade, my class visited a theme park based on the American
West. I was so impressed I wrote a long poem in iambic pentameter chronicling
that visit. I was eight or nine years old. During high school and college, I
worked as a newspaper reporter. I guess that’s when I really felt that I was a
writer, although reporting is very different from writing fiction. Because of
my journalism background and my major in history, after graduation I was
contracted to write several history books on local topics. It wasn’t until
years later, when I was close to retirement, that I began studying the craft of
fiction and sold my first novel although I had dabbled in fiction before then.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do
you do other than write and how do you find time to write?

I am now retired and my days are filled caring for a disabled spouse. My
writing time is from five to eight o’clock in the morning, grabbing an hour
here and there during the day. When I worked outside the home full time, I
wrote during holidays and vacations. I once took a week off, holed up in a
friend’s cabin, and wrote twelve hours a day to meet a deadline. I can’t do
that anymore, but I’ve written entire chapters while sitting at a bedside or in
waiting rooms in doctor’s offices. Writers find time in bits and pieces, even
when it isn’t convenient.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

When
I’m working through a plot problem, I pace. Then I stand in front of the
refrigerator or cookie jar and I graze on whatever is there. Then I pace some
more. Then I sit down and see what appears on the screen of my laptop. I’m not
sure how moving my jaws and my feet relate to stimulating my brain, but it
seems to work.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I
wanted to be a cowgirl. I rode around on a broomstick (maybe my subconscious
wanted to be a witch and I didn’t know it). The broom was my horse. One
Christmas my parents gave me a cowgirl outfit with hat, skirt, and vest. I was
six. It must have made an impression because I remember it in great detail. I’d
ride around the back yard on my broom, hiding near the garage, looking for
outlaws. I don’t recall having a shiny six-shooter, but at some point I
acquired a tin star. I probably made it myself out of aluminum foil.
After
the fourth grade I definitely wanted to be a writer, although detective was
right up there when I discovered Nancy Drew. Nurse came next with the Sue
Barton nurse book series.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?

I
first started reading Regencies when quite pregnant with my first child. I was
told they were great ways to escape. They were and I still highly recommend
books written in this period. My favorite Regency author is Mary Balogh who
wrings emotion from every character. It is my greatest hope to be able to do
the same. I want my readers to feel what the characters are feeling, live what
the characters are living. It is a gift. I hope someday to have it.

Links:


Thank you for being a guest on my blog!
Thank
you for having me.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

8 thoughts on “Interview with history and romance novelist Pamela Gibson

  1. Pamela Gibson says:

    Thank you for hosting me on your blog, Lisa. While answering your interview questions, I was reminded of things I hadn't thought about in years. I can picture myself on that scraggly old broom I used as a horse when I wanted to be a cowgirl as a child. Thank you for helping me dredge up some wonderful old memories.

  2. James Robert says:

    Thanks so much for both the book description and giveaway as well. I enjoy hearing about another good book.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *