Posted by Trish Milburn Sep 17 2014, 12:01 am
I’m happy to host debut author Pam Mantovani today since I’ve known Pam for years and was really happy when I heard about her first sale.
Tell us about your new book.
When Army Ranger Logan Montgomery returns to his family’s ranch in western Montana to mourn the loss of his father, he discovers that his best friend had a little girl as the result of their lovemaking the night before he left to join the service. He sets out to prove himself to her – that he’s come home to stay. Deputy Sheriff Kendall Grant has worked hard to build a stable life for her young daughter, Marissa. When Logan discovers he’s Marissa’s father, Kendall refuses to believe he intends to become a doting daddy. She’s convinced he’ll grow bored with small-town life and re-enlist. More than anything, she’s afraid this time he’ll shatter both her heart and Marissa’s. How can she learn to trust that this time it’s forever?
How did the idea for this book come about?
I am not at all ashamed to admit I went after the most popular romance themes – a cowboy and a secret baby. I did however think I’d put a twist on the familiar by, rather than the heroine keeping the hero from finding out he is the father, instead she refused to tell their child. My critique partner is the one who gave me the idea for the beginning and with that the book just seemed to take off. I would never say the book wrote itself but every time I thought I was stuck, something would come to me and the story moved along.
Tell us a little bit about your journey to publication.
My journey has been long, in some part because there were years when I didn’t actively pursue publication as much as I could have. At times this journey took a circular route as I tried to find not only my voice but where I felt I was best suited. It seemed, however, that I always came back to a more traditional, contemporary romance. 2013 RWA National in Atlanta began on my birthday, a significant one. I’d pretty much decided after the conference was over, that I was done. I’d given the pursuit of publication all I knew how to do at that time. Then, miracle of miracles, Deborah Smith bought my book while I was at the conference!
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Like so many other authors, I was a reader at an early age. Every time I would read a book, I would reach the end and think, “Oh, I wish I could write.” It simply never occurred to me to consider that I could do so; I thought you had to “born” a writer. Shortly after I decided to try my hand at writing, I recall reading a book where the author said he was always surprised that people think nothing of believing a person could learn to be a doctor, in fact expect it, but never considered that a person could “learn” to be a writer. It was an eye-opener for me.
Is there a book that you read that really had a big impact on you and/or made you think, “I want to be a writer”?
The book that comes to mind that I read about the time that I decided to try my hand at crafting a story of my own was Nora Roberts’ All The Possibilities, which is part of her beloved McGregor series. I remember immediately finding every book that I could by her. I’ve read everything she’s written, most at least twice and several of them three or even four times. Once, when my chapter in south Florida invited her to present a one-day workshop, I got to go to dinner with her – which involved parallel parking on Miami Beach on a Friday night!
When you’re not writing, what do you like to do for fun?
I quilt, although I don’t actually piece together all those square a triangles. Deb Dixon and I actually have a quilting partnership in which she makes the top and then I do a hand-stitched design. The husband and I have a rather large yard, including a garden pond, which require quite a bit of gardening and care. We also love doing home improvement projects. I can handle a pretty mean scroll and jig saw if I do say so myself.
How can readers connect with you via social media?
Pam will be giving away a copy of Cowboy on Her Doorstep and a bracelet she’s made to one lucky commenter today. What would you like to ask Pam?