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J&K: Who is Pamela Clare during the holidays? (author, gift giver, last minute shopper, baker)
PC: I’m usually going out of my mind, trying to finish a book, buy gifts and do a lot of baking all at the same time. I’ve got two young adult sons, so I like to make Christmas special for them. That usually means a lot of decorating inside and out, and lots and lots of baking. I don’t like to shop — I’ve never been a shopper — so I dread the malls and the whole present-buying scene. I often skip buying stuff for paying for experiences that we enjoy together. One year, for example, I took them to a ranch to go horseback riding in the winter. A lot of my shopping is at the last minute. But we have some annual traditions. And that’s what makes Christmas special for us — enjoying those traditions year to year. Probably the one my kids would think of first is my Christmas cookies.
J&K: What’s the one holiday book everyone should read?
PC: A CHRISTMAS CAROL by one of my favorite authors, Charles Dickens. The story is quite profound. I have it on audiobook and often listen to it during the holidays while I’m baking or cleaning.
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PC: I try to write less. Writing is such a demanding profession, and all writers sacrifice family time in order to get words on the page. But holidays are special, so I try to shut it down between Christmas Even and New Year’s Day. In years past, I have missed Thanksgiving Dinner to write. But I would never miss Christmas.
J&K: If you’ve written a holiday themed/titled book, what is it about? If you have not, would you write a holiday themed/titled book in the future?
PC: I love Christmas-themed romances. Before I started writing, I would indulge in many during the holiday season. I would snap them up at the grocery store and read one after the other. I just don’t have time for that now. I have always, always wanted to write a holiday romance set in Victorian England, but I haven’t done it yet. I’ve also wanted to write an I-Team Christmas, but goodness knows how I’d fit all seven (or eight) couples into that story. And my readers would want them all. I know they would. If I left anyone out, I would hear about it. (Of course we would!)
J&K:What is the most meaningful/best gift you’ve ever received?
PC: My younger son as a tradition of making me a calendar using photos of things we did during the previous year. I always love those! I adore my kids and love spending time with them. One year after both of them had been in serious car accidents, I demanded they stay off the roads and inside my house for three days straight — Christmas Eve through what would be called Second Christmas Day in much of Europe. I think they knew how terribly hard those two accidents had been on me — both of them had been injured and both vehicles totaled — so they didn’t argue. We watched movies, ate my cookies and fudge, enjoyed some fantastic dinners together. That was a gift for me — to have both boys safe and alive and in the house. I called it Bubble Wrap Christmas because I had threatened to wrap them both up in bubble wrap and lock them in the house for the next 20 years.
J&K: What are you excited about for 2014?
PC: What about 2013? (Haha. We got a little ahead of ourselves.) Well, for 2014, I hope to have the last couple of I-Team books out, as well as a historical and perhaps something entirely new. I also look forward to doing a lot of traveling over the next couple of years. I want to go back to Denmark and do some research for a couple of books I want to set there during the Nazi occupation in World War II.
J&K:What are you currently working on? Can you give us a sneak peak?
PC: I’ve got a big reissue in February, with RIDE THE FIRE, one of my most popular historicals hitting shelves again. It will be available in both print and ebook formats and will contain the never-before-published epilogue as well as a fresh edit by me. It’s the third book in the Kenleigh-Blakewell Family Saga, which takes places in Colonial Virginia.
Right now, I’m working on Book 6 in the I-Team series, which is titled STRIKING DISTANCE. Here’s the blurb from the back of the book:
Her past is a secret—even to her.
Discovering it will be the most dangerous move of her life.
TV reporter Laura Nilsson, known as the “Baghdad Babe,” spent eighteen months in an Al Qaeda compound after being kidnapped live on the air. Two years later, she’s still wondering why.
No rescue mission in Javier Corbay’s fourteen years as a Navy SEAL affected him the way Laura’s rescue did. No woman has stirred his protective instincts the way she has. And he wants her more than he’s ever wanted anyone.
As Laura and Javier’s passion ignites, so does Laura’s need to discover the mystery of her past. Especially when she learns that her abduction was not random—and that she’s still a target for a killer with an impenetrable motive. Now Javier will have to rely on his skills to keep the woman he loves from being struck down before she dares uncover the truth.
In some ways it’s the most intense I-Team book I’ve written so far. Readers can catch the prologue, as well as an excerpt from RIDE THE FIRE, on my website.
Christmas Day or Christmas Eve?
Christmas Day. We open gifts in the morning, usually late morning because we sleep in.
Real tree or fake tree?
A real tree. I never fake anything. ;-)
Specific gifts or gift cards?
Mostly specific gifts. Sometimes gift cards round out my gifts for someone. I prefer giving experiences, then gifts that make a difference in someone’s life. Gift cards are last. When the boys were little, I would tell them that I was getting them only socks and underwear for Christmas. Oh, the good old days!
Fruit cake or gingerbread?
Neither. I make several kinds of treats — a creamy milk chocolate fudge, pecan pies with a shortbread crust (my own recipe), and my special Christmas cookies. Now what’s so special about these cookies, you ask? The frosting and the way it mixes with the taste of the cookies, which are a basic vanilla refrigerator cookie, rather than a sugar cookie. Truly, we almost have to put these under guard. When the last one is gone, they’re gone again until next Christmas, though my kids have suggested I make them for all holidays.
Just enough decorations or “every tree lighted, blow up snowglobe, snow man in the yard” decorations?
We usually hang lights on the house and in the big tree out front. No blow-up stuff or plastic lawn decorations. Just lights and sometimes treats for the birds. I lived in Denmark for three years and really love their understated way of decorating, so I’ve borrowed from that. They use real candles on their trees, but I’m not that brave. So we use tiny lights.
Gifts under the tree throughout the month or Santa delivering all on Christmas Eve?
When the boys were little, Santa kept the gifts hidden till after the kids were asleep on Christmas Eve. Now I put them out whenever they’re wrapped.
Gift bags or wrapping paper? Lately our entire family has gone over to gift bags. You can use them again and again and again. They sort of cycle their way from one family unit to the next from year to year — from me to my brother to my parents to one of my kids. So they’re more environmentally sound. Plus they’re so much less work than wrapping everything! Which do you all prefer?
RIDE THE FIRE:
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Length: 368 pages
Publisher: Berkley (February 5, 2012)
Sometimes survival isn’t just about staying alive…
Widowed and alone on the frontier, Elspeth Stewart will do whatever it takes to protect herself and her unborn child from the dangers of the wilderness and of men. Though her youthful beauty doesn’t show it, she is broken and scarred from the way men have treated her. So, when a stranger wanders onto Bethie’s land, wounded and needing her aid, she takes no risks, tying him to the bed and hiding his weapons before ministering to his injuries.
But Bethie’s defenses cannot keep Nicholas Kenleigh from breaking down her emotional walls. The scars on his body speak of a violent past, but his gentleness, warmth, and piercing eyes arouse longings in her that she never imagined she had. As Nicholas and Bethie reveal to each other both their hidden desires and their tortured secrets, they discover that riding the flames of their passion might be the key to burning away the nightmares of their pasts.
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