Pam Halter
Writing Editing Serving

Welcome to my website!

As an author, I'm honored to have had my writing published and am looking forward to more projects in print. It's my goal to show God's truths in story form. I work hard to never preach, but to engage and entertain my readers. I'm also learning about myself as I go along.

As an editor, I'm here to help and encourage you. I have been on this writing journey since 1994 and have gleaned a lot along the way. What do you need? If you are a new author and need a fresh pair of eyes, I can read your manuscript and give you notes, examples and encouragement. If you're experienced and need some feedback, I can help strengthen your story. Check out the editing page.

As a parent, I know it's not an easy thing, raising a child with special needs. Many days I feel isolated, tired, frustrated, and sometimes angry. We can encourage each other when the days are heavy and we can rejoice when they are light. If you're the parent of a special needs child and are feeling overwhelmed and need support from someone who understands, please visit my blog.

As an inspirational fantasy novelist, I'm always learning. If you're a Christian who writes fantasy, reads fantasy, or wonders if a Christian should even enjoy fantasy, this is the place to talk about it. I'm looking forward to some great discussion!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope I have blessed you in some small way today.  
~Pam

Recent Posts

Blog Tour for BURN
Thursday, May 21, 2020

Hey FFFers! I’m one who loves the special features on DVDs. I enjoy seeing things about the making of movies, and meeting the cast, and learning about things that not only didn’t make into the movie, but fun things that happened during the making of it. TLOTR movies, extended versions, have HOURS of special features! *happy sigh*

I also love doing research while I’m writing. It brings a story to life when you include real things. Especially in a fantasy. So, I’m super excited to share some behind the scenes information JM Hackman found while writing BURN.

Welcome, Jill!                                                

JMH: hi, Pam! I’m excited to be here!

FFF: Okay, let’s jump right into it. I’m itching to see what you found! Please share some fun things you learned while writing BURN.

JMH: Although I write speculative fiction, kernels of truth can be found in the Firebrand Chronicles. Here are four cool facts I learned while writing BURN.

Praying mantis blood is green. I didn’t mention the color of mantis blood in Spark anywhere because...ew. After talking about it in BURN, I went searching. Since mantises don’t have lungs, they use hollow tubes to “breathe” in air and oxygenate their cells. The fluid in their bodies is green. https://animals.mom.me/praying-mantis-breathe-9482.html 

                                                            

FFF: So what you’re saying is Praying Mantises are from Vulcan. 

JHM:   Haha!  I guess so.

FFF: What else do you have for us?

JMH: There’s a difference between sirens and mermaids. A mermaid is half fish/half woman with an enchanting voice. The facts on sirens are less clear-cut. In Greek mythology, a siren is a half bird/half woman nymph who seduces sailors with her voice. But many myths and stories describe sirens as being the same as mermaids only with predatory natures. https://www.audubon.org/news/sirens-greek-myth-were-bird-women-not-mermaids

                                                                            

FFF: I kinda like the idea of half bird/half woman.

JMH: Sea sponges are animals, not plants. Although sea sponges share some of the same characteristics of plants, (stationary, don’t have internal organs or nervous systems), they do have a skeleton and are considered a simple, multi-cellular animal. http://tolweb.org/treehouses/?treehouse_id=4291 

                             

FFF: Very cool!

JMH: Wolves and ravens have a symbiotic relationship. This was discovered after I wrote the scene where Luna and Brenna meet. In the wild, after wolves make a kill, ravens scavenge the leftovers (sometimes taking too much!), and the birds have led wolves to animal carcasses too tough for their sharp beaks. While ravens serve as sentries at kill sites, during “down times” the two species have been observed playing with each other. https://www.stemjobs.com/wolves-and-ravens/

                                                  

FFF: I love that!

JMH: Many people think speculative fiction authors make stuff up. And we do, but it’s surprising how much research and authenticity finds its way into our stories. Readers can then suspend their disbelief and enjoy the tale, knowing the line between truth and fiction is very thin indeed.

FFF: I totally agree! Thanks for sharing these cool true facts with us! And congrats on completing the third book in The Firebrand Chronicles! I’m looking forward to reading it!

JMH: Thanks for having me!

 

Okay, so you all may have seen the Cover Reveal for BURN, but here it is again. Because it’s FABULOUS!!!

 

                                                          

 

Life: 1. Brenna James: 0.

An AWOL talent, an enemy-occupied hometown, and a Life Shade boyfriend—Brenna
James just wants something to go right. Although her family has been given sanctuary in
Syeira, Brenna will never be safe as long as Rune is hunting down and killing Firebrands.

Can someone please wake her up already?

When a prophecy sends Brenna and Baldwin on a confusing quest, they aren’t sure where
to begin. They must find the Caelestis Staff, a powerful object that both cuts and mends
space itself. Rune wants it too, and he’ll use any lethal tactics necessary to obtain it.

Yeah, nightmare material right there.

A traveling oasis, plenty of man-eating mermaids, and one Skeleton King later, Brenna
seriously doubts she has the edge she needs to confront Rune. When Brenna’s faced with
the biggest test of her life, will she burn like the Firebrand she is? Or will she burn out?

 

BURN releases on May 26, 2020
Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing, LLC
Genre: YA Fantasy, 322 pages, ISBN: 978-1-943788-41-5

Pre-order Link on L2L2 Website:
www.love2readlove2writepublishing.com/books/burn/

J. M. Hackman loves thunderstorms, bookstores, and happy endings. She’s never met a
reading nook she didn’t like and prefers soul talk to small talk. When she’s not writing, she
spends time with her two munchkins and her handsome husband who supports her in this
crazy profession. Her days are filled with writing stories, consuming massive quantities of
dark chocolate, and looking for portals to other worlds. You can find her at
www.jmhackman.com


COVER REVEAL - Burn
Thursday, April 9, 2020

hey FFFers!  I have another cover reveal for you!  It’s the third book in the Firebrand series by JM Hackman.

                                                                      

 

But first, a little about the book.

Life: 1. Brenna James: 0.

An AWOL talent, an enemy-occupied hometown, and a Life Shade boyfriend—Brenna
James just wants something to go right. Although her family has been given sanctuary in Syeira,
Brenna will never be safe as long as Rune is hunting down and killing Firebrands.

Can someone please wake her up already?

When a prophecy sends Brenna and Baldwin on a confusing quest, they aren’t sure where
to begin. They must find the Caelestis Staff, a powerful object that both cuts and mends space
itself. Rune wants it too, and he’ll use any lethal tactics necessary to obtain it.

Yeah, nightmare material right there.

A traveling oasis, plenty of man-eating mermaids, and one Skeleton King later, Brenna
seriously doubts she has the edge she needs to confront Rune. When Brenna’s faced with the
biggest test of her life, will she burn like the Firebrand she is? Or will she burn out?

 

WOW! Doesn’t this sound AMAZING??

Before I share the cover, which is CRAZY COOL (no pun intended), here are the first two covers to remind you of their awesomeness ….

 

                                          

 

Ooooooooooooooooh!!!  BUT if you think these are fabulous, WAIT until you see the cover for BURN!!!

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Isn’t that FABULOUS????   Congrats, Jill,  and Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing!!


BLOG TOUR - Shadow Light
Monday, April 6, 2020

Hey FFFers! A couple of weeks ago, I shared the cover for Shadow Light. Now it’s time for the Blog Tour!

In this stop on Shadow Light’s Blog Tour, I’m going to talk a little about fairytales and allegories. Why do we love them so much? What is the appeal?

First, let’s see what the book is about.

                                                                      

 

Night lived in a tower at the end of the world.

Her name was Layla, and the world did not know her.

Day had no tower.

His name was Aeric, and the world held no refuge for him.

Yet with the evil Coroc and his army of shadow fiends terrorizing the lands, Layla and Aeric must work together to restore light and hope before all is lost.

Night and Day must unite to save all peoples from eternal, terrifying evil in this lyrical tale that combines the wonder of George MacDonald’s fairy tales with the beauty of Tolkien’s The Silmarillion.

 

WOW! Doesn’t that give you a little thrill? It does for me.

I realize fairytales and allegories don’t appeal to everyone, but I think most of us would rather have a happy ending than a tragic one. The happy ending is what appeals to us.

God’s creation is filled with fantastical-fantasy-fairytale-like things! A sunrise over a misty lake. A huge, red/orange full moon. The call of the mourning dove. A rushing stream. A ring of mushrooms. Gnarled tree roots. So many things in nature stir our imaginations and we love it.

These are just three pictures I took near my home. I have loads more. Aren’t they cool??

                                                    

My favorite genre is fantasy. I love the possibilities! And great truths can be told in fantasy. It doesn’t matter if fairies or elves or shadow fiends aren’t real in our world. They are real in story world. And I think that’s what makes things come to life for us.

                                                                   

Check out Shadow Light: https://smile.amazon.com/Shadow-Light-Short-Fairy-Tale-ebook/dp/B0867P8XZ3/

 

 

Author bio:

Sarah Delena White was raised by wolves in an alternate dimension. She writes eclectic speculative fiction that reworks mythology with a fine balance of poetry and snark. She's an experienced world traveler who loves to weave world folklore and ancient concepts into vibrant, original story worlds. She is the administrative manager for Uncommon Universes Press. When she's not writing, she can be found making elegant designer bead jewelry, traveling to festivals as a professional ballad singer, drinking tea, and seeking to create the perfect latte. She can be bribed with dark chocolate.

 

Website: https://www.sarahdelenawhite.com/  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SarahDelenaWhite/  

Reader group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/389303541610351/  

Instagram: @latte.elf

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