pizap.com14404391717522That’s right. I’m going to give away cool stuff. Stuff you read, stuff you wear, stuff I made, stuff I wrote, stuff other people wrote… (for hints, look left) The most important part is that IT CAN BE YOURS!

Here’s how it works:

Twice a month I’ll host a giveaway with one fantastic prize for one lucky winner drawn at random. To be in the drawing, you must like my Facebook page, and you must leave a comment on one of my website blog posts during the contest run time. Easy peasy.

The first giveaway will be announced this Friday, so stay tuned!

Pam Durban: The life of a writer

Pam Durban: The life of a writer

Award-winning author Pam Durban recently published her new short story collection, Soon. The title story was selected by John Updike for Best American Short Stories of the Century. In a Q&A released by Durban’s publicity team, she offers some interesting insights into her own writing process and writing in general. Here’s her answer to the question, What was the pivotal event and then the path that led you to become a writer?

I think I came to writing through a process of elimination. In my 20s, I had a series of writing jobs. I worked on a small newspaper in upstate South Carolina, and on a couple of alternative newspapers in Atlanta. But in every case, there came a time when I wasn’t satisfied with the writing I was doing because it wasn’t mine in the way I wanted it to be, and I’d get restless and move on.

If there was a defining time, it was the year or so that I worked at a community service organization in an old textile mill village in Atlanta called Cabbagetown, where I compiled and published a series of interviews with some of the oldest women in the community.

That project was so important to me because that’s where I first began to see what a story was and what it could do. The stories in that book weren’t fiction, but I learned some good lessons from them about fiction writing. I learned that in an immediate, almost tactile way, a story is an experience, that it has the power to bring a whole world to life.

After that project, I went to the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and then on to a series of teaching jobs that kept me living outside the South for the next 10 years. Those 10 years were crucial to my writing because they gave me a different perspective on the South and when I came back, I could see it as an outsider and an insider. It was that kind of double vision that I think made it possible for me to write the two novels I’ve mentioned as well as my stories about the South.

Details, details… Where to buy the book

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Leave it to a writer to neglect to mention where to buy her book. Seems like I’ve done exactly that. Since a number of friends have asked in the last few days, I’ve made a list of where to buy How to Talk to Rockstars.

And thanks for reading! I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, email me directly or leave a review on GoodReads or Amazon.

The list

• You can buy How to Talk to Rockstars from me directly right here.

• You can buy it from the publisher, Logosophia Books.

• If you’re in Western North Carolina, you can buy it from Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café (they have autographed copies) and at City Lights Bookstore. Have a favorite local bookstore elsewhere? Ask them to stock it!

• You can buy at the usual online retailers: Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

• And if you’re on GoodReads, follow me there — I’ll be announcing a giveaway soon!

Book news!

girl_reading_bookI’m thrilled to announce that How to Talk to Rockstars will be one of the eight titles showcased in the Debut Fiction ForeSight editorial article planned for the summer issue of Forward Reviews. Look for it on May 18.

Also, the Indiegogo Campaign is now 73% funded and on track for success. Interested in supporting the launch and book tour for How to Talk to Rockstars? Want you own advance copy? Make that happen here.

Launch of the “How to Talk to Rockstars” Indiegogo Campaign

Screen Shot 2015-04-01 at 10.30.43 AMYes, it’s April Fool’s Day, but this is not a joke! April 1 marks the start of my Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the book launch and author tour of How to Talk to Rockstars. Visit the campaign page for the *new* book trailer (videography by Jesse Hamm, an awesome song by Night’s Bright Colors and words by me) and fun incentives including homemade cookies, advanced copies of the novel and embroidered rockstar patches for your favorite denim jacket.

Please share the link! And thank you for coming along on this journey.

Click here for the campaign