PURPLE! PURPLE! It’s PURPLE the crowds scream and cheer and dance and all is MERRY AND BRIGHT!
That’s right. New 3Q’s color for a new batch of 3Q’s folks. I realize now I had a lot of red. A few blue. A LOT of green. And now we’re on purple. My planning wasn’t so great ha!
And to kick this off, we have a fantastic friend dropping by today for the inaugural PURPLE 3Q’s – none other than Pamela Morris!
Please welcome Pamela!
Steve: What does your writing time look like? Do you try and write at the same time each day? Do you have a word count you attempt to hit?
PM: My writing time is very limited as I also hold a 40 hour/week job + commute time. If I’m lucky, and coherent enough, I may sneak in an hour or two after dinner and before bedtime. As I’m not a night owl by any stretch of the imagination, that doesn’t happen often. I’m a morning writer which pretty much leaves me with just Saturdays and Sundays to try and work in some writing time. When I do get some time in, I shoot for 1000 words minimum. Despite time being against me, I’ve managed to write eleven novels and five children’s books. I’m not sure how, but there it is.
Steve: You’re riding an elevator and BAM! It gets stuck. What two authors (one living and one dead) would you happen to find yourself stuck with?
PM: I would love to meet Tanith Lee, who passed away in 2015. Her collection of short stories from Red As Blood – Tales from the Sisters Grimmer had such a profound impact on my writing. I’d never heard of such a thing as a twisted fairy tale before I found her work in the late 1970s. Her writing style can be challenging to read for some, but I love it. It’s so unique and she didn’t limit her genres. She wrote Horror, Sci-fi, and Fantasy with equal skill.
As for a living author, I think maybe Andy Davidson, author of In The Valley of the Sun – one of the most unique and memorable vampire novels I’ve ever read and I’ve read a lot! I once had a collection of 200+ vampire novels. I don’t know a lot about Mr. Davidson, and think he’d be an interesting one to sit down and chat with for as long as it takes for them to get that elevator going again – hopefully a few hours.
Steve: Tell me about your newest release (novel/story/poem/novella) and why someone should read it!
PM: In June 2022, I released my own collection of twisted fairy tales, Not Your Grandma’s Fairy Tales: A Twisted Treasury of Tales Retold. As mentioned earlier, I discovered this type of writing back in the late 1970s. Following Lee’s lead, you’ll find a little bit of Sci-Fi, a touch of Fantasy, and of course, Horror. These aren’t just re-creations, but completely different tales that may take a bit of effort to recognize the origins of. I mean, last I knew, none of the original fairy tales took place in a prison on the moon! I’ve already started a second collection, which hopefully won’t take as long to complete as the first.
Also in 2022, my short story, Of Donuts & Demons was part of Crimson Pinnacle Press’s anthology Old Scratch: Demon Tales & Devil Hells. It’s a great collection of demonic weirdness.
Steve: Bonus Question! If you were transported back in time, which Pop Band/Hit Band would you hope to find
yourself a member of?
PM: As I’m not in the least bit musically talented, I don’t think I’d add much to any band. Not that I haven’t tried to be musical, mind you. I took three years of piano, but never followed through much and recently gave my piano away to a future hopeful player. As a five-foot, three-inch female, I doubt very much I’d have fit well with the whole image KISS was going for either.
Hey – they all wear platforms anyways!
Thanks so much for doing this, Pamela!
To find more of her work, check the links!
One thought on “3Q’s – Pamela Morris – the writer who didn’t join KISS!”
I love Tanith Lee! Great elevator pick!