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

COVER REVEAL - The Soda Pop Wars
Monday, August 3, 2020

hey FFFers – I am delighted to share this cover with you. It’s the sequel to a super fun middle grade fiction, Iggy and Oz - The Plastic Dinos of Doom by J.J. Johnson (which won a Realm Award this year!!  WOOT!!)

But first, meet J.J. 

 

                                                           

J.J. Johnson grew up in Pryor Creek Oklahoma. He attended Oklahoma Baptist Universtiy with a major in Student Ministry and a minor in Sociology. He currently resides in Edmond Oklahoma where he lives with his wife, Ashley, and their boys.

He strayed from his short stories for adults into middle grade, and let me tell you, he found his voice there! His boys are an inspiration, I’m sure. Their antics he shares on Facebook always make me laugh.

In the first book: 

Iggy Risner is your typical wise-cracking twelve-year-old. When his younger brother, Oz, wakes him in the middle of the night claiming he heard a monster in the attic, Iggy takes him upstairs to prove him wrong. But instead of a flesh-eating beast, they discover hundreds of their plastic toy dinosaurs that have mysteriously come to life.

When the dinos escape the attic and start terrorizing young kids in the neighborhood and trampling flower beds, somehow Iggy, Oz, and their friends must catch the plastic dinos of doom before the damage escalates. But what do you do when your parents doubt your story, and a group of clueless neighborhood bullies stand in the way?

                                                                     

 

The sequel, The Soda Pop Wars sounds even more fun!

What if you discovered soda pop that gave you superpowers with each sip?

Iggy Risner is back with another laugh out loud neighborhood adventure. However, this time the stakes are much higher. The discovery of a long-forgotten soda pop machine is about to turn the neighborhood on its end. Not only does the soda taste great- it gives every kid who drinks it: Superpowers.

Flying Orange, Walk Through Walls Rootbeer and Invisible Grape. For Iggy, the chance to be the neighborhood hero is too tempting to pass up.

When a group of high school bullies gets their hands on the soda- Iggy joins forces with his arch-nemesis.

Will they keep the neighborhood from being ruled by a gang of high school tormentors? Or will they find themselves losing a battle that could cause every kid to live in terror?

Iggy & Oz: The Soda Pop Wars will make your child’s imagination soar and make the hair behind their necks stand on end as they read on. Full of twist and turns, this is perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Last Kids on Earth.

 

And now … the cover!!

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Does that POP or what??  hahahaha!! (pun intended – hee, hee!)

You can preorder it now: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08F1R18SB/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i3 

I ordered mine and can’t wait to read it!

And the first book is FREE on Kindle right now! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WF8WR8Q/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0 

Yeah. I’m an adult. But I enjoy a good story, and Iggy & Oz are a lot of fun! It sometimes feels good to pretend you’re 12 again.

Congrats, J.J.!  Looking so forward to having more fun with Iggy & Oz!


Encouragement from a fellow special mama
Friday, July 31, 2020

Wow – it’s been over a year since I posted anything here. I didn’t realize it had been so long. 

Okay, so even though it’s hard to be Anna’s mommy, she’s taught me some things. Most parents of special kids say the same. We didn’t choose it, and we’d never ask for it, because really, who WANTS their child to have a disability?

Know what I mean?

Anyway, my friend, Laura Kirk, shared this on her Facebook page and I asked if I could share it here on my blog because there are so many similarities with her life and mine. I hope it blesses you today!

 

                                                             

 

Leslie Kirk brings out the best in me. She causes me to SEE people!

For example: I have learned to curb my annoyance with incompetent drivers. Instead of thinking - that driver needs to take another driving test, I think - maybe they're doing their best, given their circumstances.

Or, when interacting with a seemingly clueless cashier, bank teller, information desk attendant, I try to respond kindly until I eventually receive the proper advice or info I'm looking for. Maybe they're doing their best.

When I see a child with a disability - instead of being embarrassed for the parent or sorry for the child, I actually KNOW what to do and say, that will ring true and help them accurately.

I am more keenly alert to those around me that need extra consideration. Someone who will sit and listen to them, even if what they're saying makes little sense to me or fails to keep my interest. I know they need to feel that what they are saying deserves a kind response and a listening ear. An interested nod. They need to know that they matter.

And, you know what? My life has been enriched by, not only my daughter, but those her existence has caused me to notice, to learn from. They help me to focus on what's truly important. Love. Community. Our need for each other. Our need to be heard. Our need to know that there's a God, and He holds us delicately in His hand.

Leslie's life has thrown open my own curtain to God's throne! Ripped it to shreds. Just like Elisha's servant, God has opened my eyes!

[Elisha prayed, “Lord, open my servant’s eyes so he can see.” Then the Lord opened his eyes. He looked up and saw the hills. He saw that Elisha was surrounded by horses and chariots. Fire was all around them.
2 Kings 6:17]

I see them! I see that all of heaven is behind me, fighting for me. I see that God loves me more than I could possibly imagine. That He sits on His throne purposefully commanding the universe to bend to the plan He has for me, and, yes, for Leslie. Isn't it amazing that regardless how big or small your God-ordained plan, all heaven and earth are following the commands of the God of this universe to bring it about, to complete it?

God has a remarkable plan for Leslie. He always has.

And, as I walk boldly to the Throne of Grace that resides behind that shredded curtain, He tells me things, miraculous things, beautiful things, hopeful things.

I look into Leslie’s eyes, and I see Him looking back at me.

Love and Blessings, Laura K

 

 

 

Laura lives with her husband, Walter, and adult special needs daughter, Leslie, in the small town of Bremen, Georgia, fifty miles west of Atlanta. She’s the life coach for Leslie, and enjoys volunteer work in her community, and taking trips to the beach. Gardening, canning, and yard work fill her spring and summer days.

Laura is also writing women’s fiction.


COVER REVEAL - Azriel
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

hey FFFers! I’m super excited to share this cover with you. But let me preface it with an experience I had at a writers conference. I was attending a mentoring clinic, so there were only a few of us squirred away with the teacher. No one new could come in, as we were working on our WIPs (work in progress).

One of the attendees was African American. Her story was soooo good! But as we talked about marketing, she shared with us that publishers don’t put black characters on the cover, as that would not be good for sales. Even if the main character was black.

I said, “What? Black people don’t read novels??”

We were all astonished and outraged!

I’m so happy to report that was several years ago, and things have changed some. I’m hoping for more good changes in the future.

Okay, so y’all know my debut YA fantasy novel, Fairyeater, came out in 2018 through Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing https://www.love2readlove2writepublishing.com/  The publisher/editor, Michele Harper is encouraging, supportive, uplifting, and has a great eye for great stories! I’m happy to be part of this publishing family.

That said, I’d like to introduce my new publishing sister, Lee James.       

                                                                         

Lee James writes stories of hope and redemption. Whether she creates fantasy, mystery, or historical fiction, her beautifully awkward characters traverse a dark labyrinth on their journey to a hopeful end. Her work is dedicated to sharing the beauty of Christ, one faith-infused project at a time. Keep up-to-date with all of her stories at www.leejameswrites.com 

Her debut novel, Azriel, looks amazing!!  Check it out:

Bree Faro learns early in life that she has only herself to depend on. Due to her feisty nature and unusual ability with a sword, she is educated in every fighting style imaginable and excels at them all. When she’s sent to infiltrate the city of Azriel, she does not expect to find her place among the Watchmen of the Keep, but they welcome her as one of their own.

Little does Bree know that her new companions are in danger.

An immortal creature lies in wait for any Keeper of the Flame, the city’s water source has dried up, and they are under constant attack from the Yirtzi—former Watchmen reduced to vengeful spirits, who sold their souls for power only to realize the enemy of Yahweh does not translate to the friend of mankind. Not only that, but the Watchmen are fraying. Hostilities come to a head when a Watchman is murdered.

Only a Watchman can kill another Watchman, and all eyes shift to Bree.

Bree finds herself faced with a choice. Does she engineer the betrayal of the powerful city, or does she embrace her destiny as a true Watchman of Yahweh and find the killer before it’s too late?

 

WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!  Can’t wait to read it!  It’s scheduled to release this fall.

But you’re here for the cover … so let’s get to it!

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I mean, seriously, are you READY for the awesomeness??

 

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Is your mind blown or what? I can’t even imagine this fabulous cover would hurt book sales! The publishers who think this would hurt book sales need to seriously SEE this cover!!

Congrats, Lee, Michele, and all the staff at L2L2!  Sara Helwe Digital Arts has outdone herself!!