Tuesday, December 09, 2008

On the Ninth Day of Christmas - Pamela Tracy

Today's special guest is Love Inspired author Pamela Tracy. The first contact I had with Pam was after I'd read one of her books and reviewed it and she e-mailed to say thanks. I was so pleased when she e-mailed again to say she'd like to take part. Her biography begins:

Pamela Kaye Tracy is a writer and teacher in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she lives with a newly acquired husband.

That made me laugh - so here you go with the rest of it!

(Yes, Pamela is somewhat a newlywed. You can be a newlywed for seven years. We’re only on year six) and a confused calico cat (Hey, I had her all to myself for sixteen years. Where’d this guy come from? But, maybe it’s okay. He’s pretty good about feeding me and petting me).

She was raised in Omaha, Nebraska, by Albert and Rosemary Tracy. For forty years she honesty told people she was an only child, and then, just eight years ago, she met her birth mother and as a fringe benefit found a sister and brother. That's now expanded to birth father and his wonderful daughters.

She started writing (A very bad science fiction novel) while earning a BA in Journalism at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Luckily, that manuscript is missing, but after moving to Arizona, her father made her pack up the stuff in the basement where she discovered a few writings from her teenage years. Most were romances. Most had a hero who suspiciously sounded like David Cassidy. Whoa! In these written-by-hand epics, the heroes were even named David Cassidy. No wonder he didn't have time to do more seasons of the Partridge Family.

Pamela seriously turned to writing after her mother's death in 1993. She'd always told her mother she wanted to be a writer. It was a way to work through sorrow.

Her first novel It Only Takes a Spark was published in 1999. Since then she’s published twelve more writings in both romantic comedy and Christian inspiration romance. Her novella, “I Do, Too” in the anthology Dear Miss Lonely Heart was featured in Crossings book club and released in hardback. Her novella “Murder or Matrimony” in the anthology The Wildflower Brides was featured in the Doubleday book club and also released in hardback. Promises and Prayers for Teachers, an August 2004 Barbour release, was her first non-fiction book and went to number two on the Christian Booksellers Association’s bestseller list.

Pursuit of Justice, her first novel with Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense was released in March of 2007 and was a RITA@ finalist. It also took second place the the American Christian Fiction Writer's Book of the Year contest. Broken Lullaby was a Romantic Times magazine top pick in March of 2008!

Pamela attends the Church of Christ. She is an English professor - you'll find no comma errors in this website! Her husband Don is a plumber. Besides going to church, writing, teaching, camping, sewing, reading, grading papers, cleaning house, yakking on the phone to friends, and taking care of her family, she is often asked to speak at various writers’ organizations in the Phoenix area. She belongs to Romance Writers of America, The Society of Southwestern Writers, The Arizona Authors’ Association, and the American Christian Writer’s Association. She serves as the president of their local chapter Christian Writers of the West. In February of 2005, her newlywed status changed to that of newlymom.

Pam sent a very generous package for inclusion in the 12 Days of Christmas Box:

Pursuit of Justice, Broken Lullaby, and a non fiction, gorgeous book called Everyday Promises.

Today's clue is Nativity

Send the clue to donna@donnaalward.com with the subject line of 12 Days of Christmas. One entry per e-mail per day.

And only 3 days to go!


  1. Hey Donna, I'm familiar with Pamela's books but, didn't know a thing about her prior to this post, so thank you very much.

  2. I love Pamela's books. I have read her bio on her website. I would love to win any of her books. God Bless you and her.

  3. I bet the cat is wondering who this man is!! My cat of 14 years will not have anything to do with my husband and he was there long before we got her!! I really enjoy Pamela's books!!

  4. Wow, thanks ever so much for the comments. Anita, what else do you want to know? Squiresj, thank you for loving my books. Judy, where would romance writers be without cats!