I had a great time interviewing Pamela Eglinski for my KC Writes interview series. Pam and I first met through Kansas City Writers Group, and we worked together on Volume 10 of Kansas City Voices.
We had tons of fun talking about:
- The challenges of writing: novels, novellas, and anthologies. Pam talks about how each form is a beast of their own.
- How her art background can serve as inspiration, and how a Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec fits into her current time-travel historical novella.
- The gift and curse of having a writer’s observation skills. And how observing the real world helps make stories stronger—even when writing stories about otherworldly creatures like mermaids.
- Pam’s tricks to focus herself and get work done.
- The tricky line of research and writing, and if the story line comes first or the research?
- Traveling to the end of the Silk Road in China, and how travel plays into the authenticity of her writing.
- What being a member of the Alliance for Independent Authors has done for Pam.
- And so much more, including my favorite the part where I put Pam on the spot in the speed questions round.
You can listen to the whole podcast at: http://jessica-conoley.podomatic.com/
I round out every interview by asking about three KC Creatives we need to keep our eye on. Pam had a hard time choosing individuals and chose to talk about the great community Kansas City has built for creative people, our beautiful Kaufman Arts Center, and the Nelson Atkins Museum.