Book Lights Interview
Interview with Pamela Ackerson
D - This is Debra Parmley, the host of Book Lights and tonight I’m pleased to have Pamela Ackerson with me live on the show
Pamela Ackerson’s storytelling all began with her younger brother, creating wonderful children’s stories on vacation trips to keep him occupied. Later, she started writing poems and short stories as a teen.
Born and raised in Newport, RI where history is a way of life, Pam now lives on the Space Coast of Florida where you’re encouraged to reach for the stars. She’s just a hop, skip, and jump from Orlando and Disney World, where imagination and fantasy abounds. She has three children, all girls, three grandchildren, and a wonderful husband who puts up with her writer quirks.
Pam may have majored in child psychology with a minor in English, but her distinguished choice of careers never made fruition. Instead, life led her to working in restaurants, interior decorating, owning an advertising business, content editor for a publishing house, teaching and owning a ballroom dance studio, and real estate investments. She is a practicing herbalist and has been involved in the use of natural treatment with raw herbs for over thirty years. As her day job, she currently works as the V.P. of Marketing and Advertising for the book review magazine, Affaire de Coeur.
Welcome Pamela. I’m excited to have you on the show tonight to talk about your Wilderness series.
P – Thank you Debra for having me. It’s a pleasure to be here.
D- You write Native American Time Travel Romance. For readers who might be new to the genre or the era can you tell us about the Wilderness series and what elements they might expect to find in the books in your Wilderness series?
P – The Wilderness series focuses mainly on the Lakota Sioux tribe, their fight against the loss of their lifestyle, and the attempt to take over their land, Custer’s Last Stand—also known as the Little Big Horn Battle and Wounded Knee—the first one.
D - The first book in your series starts off with a magical bed which I found most intriguing. Tell us about Into the Wilderness.
P – Into the Wilderness is Karen’s return to the land of the Lakota. She and her husband, Standing Deer, a Hunkpapa Lakota, travel back and forth between both worlds. The Little Big Horn Battle is a tragic turning point for both of them.
D – I would love to have a magical bed that could send me traveling or back in time. That sounds marvelous. If you could have a magical bed, where would you want it to take you?
P – Hmmm, that’s a hard one. I’d have to say the turn of the century in Newport (my hometown) When all those gorgeous summer homes were all the rage, (They called them cottages—I call them mansions) all the summer parties, and such beautiful dresses.
D –I imagine you did quite a bit of research for the books in the series. Not only for different years the heroine travels to, but the different Native American tribes. What kind of real life research elements have gone into your books?
P – Wow, yes, I did years of research. The first four books were beta read by two Lakota Indians and other Native Americans. It was scrutinized thoroughly-- approved, adjusted, sacred ceremonies deleted—because some of them should only be verbally talked about and never put on paper, re-written, and is very, very accurate. Hahhahaha trust me, they made sure everything I put in there about the Lakota was accurate. I’ve even had historians praise the stories for their accuracy.
D – You’ve been an herbalist for many years. Are there any herbal remedies in the books? Did you put your knowledge into the stories?
P – No, not really. Herbal remedies are mentioned because that is the type of medicine the Lakota used.
D – What excites you the most about this book and series? What drew you to write it?
P – Oh boy, that’s a loaded question. I love love love history. And I like finding stories that can be interwoven with history. I wanted the story of the Native American’s fight put out there and not forgotten. I’ve actually had people (younger than me) ask who Custer was. We can’t change what has happened, but we can learn from what happened and not allow these historical events to go into oblivion. Unfortunately, there are still issues of people trying to take sacred land from the Lakota in North Dakota and South Dakota.
D – Your fifth and newest book, Out of the Wilderness has actor and cover model John Antorino on the cover. What can you tell us about that photo shoot? I’ll bet that was exciting.
P – Unfortunately, I wasn’t there. John has ridden before so he was comfortable being around horses. When I first talked to him about the shoot, I had asked about stock photos of him as a cowboy, with or without a horse. He had said he didn’t have any and well, now he does.
D – When looking at your book covers, the hero and heroine are always in shadow until the fifth cover. Then they are shown. Is the fifth book the final one in the series or will you write another?
P- Yes, good catch! This is the final book of the series. I’ve had a couple readers ask me to keep writing about them. Hahahah, maybe I’ll do it with their grandchildren.
D – Give us your website. Where can readers find you on the web?
P – That’s easy! PamelaAckerson.com
D – Where can readers find you in person? Any events coming up?
P- I’m planning on going to Romancing the Smokies hosted by Donna Wright and Sandy Sullivan’s Weekend with the Authors—both in Tennessee. I’m looking into a conference in Daytona Beach. We shall see about that one.
D - Pamela, thank you for joining me here tonight on Book Lights. It’s been fun chatting with you.
P – Thank You Debra, It’s been great!
D- I want to thank everyone for listening. Join me next week for Book Lights!
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