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 - World Building in Curse Bound
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

hey FFFers – today the Blog Tour for CURSE BOUND by Jennette Mbewe stops here! I was fascinated by a couple of the landscapes in the novel.

But first, a little about the story.

Kael's worse fears have come true. Betrayal has shaken the Guardian Circle, the High Guardian is dead, and Ayianna and Prince Vian are in the hands of the Sorceress, but he and his companions must finish their quest, before they can attempt a rescue mission. Unfortunately, Desmond's parting gift left them stranded on the western cliffs of Nälu.

Jathil, once heir to the throne of Arashel, believes her father will aid them, but first she must face the crimes of her past. When she does, she could never believe the outcome, nor the rippling effect it would have on the nations.

Meanwhile the Alliance braces for war, but division threatens to undermine their efforts. When Nerissa returns from Ganya with the dragon regiment, she discovers a bigger problem. The curse bound are waking. 

As the quest nears completion, Kael is forced to choose between his heart and duty, and neither choice bodes well with him. Either way, he will face the Sorceress and her armies sooner or later. The battle for Nälu has begun and there can be only one victor.

                                                                    

Isn’t that cover fabulous??

 

Okay, so Jennette is here to share two really cool places in this novel – The Maze and The Blue-Fire Sea Cave.

Welcome, Jennette! I’m excited to share these unique places from CURSE BOUND!

JLM: Thanks! Epic fantasy involves sweeping landscapes and cultural experiences. Much like our own world. Today, I will share with you two places we’ll see in CURSE BOUND that have NOT been seen before in the other two novels.

The Maze

In Darkened Hope we did catch a teeny tiny glimpse of it, but in CURSE BOUND, you are going to experience the maze and what our characters will encounter within it. Because you know it wasn’t going to be just a maze, right?

FFF: Of course!

JLM: The Maze is first alluded to in the riddle Kael tries to decipher back in Bonazpur toward the end of Secrets

Kept.

                                                                                  Silver pure

                                                                                Mind secure

                                                                        In the belly of the earth

                                                                   grows a tree of hailed worth                                                                 

                                                               through a maze of dark and stone

                                                                    hangs the silver pinecone

 

                                                     

No one knows who built it and the only way to reach it—yes, you guessed it—is swathed in riddles.

. . . .one must climb the highest to reach the lowest. From within, become the lowest to enter the highest to reach the lowest.

FFF: Wow – that would about drive me nuts. I’m not good with riddles.

JLM: Yeah, our characters didn’t like the riddles either, but, as Kael will soon find out, it will only make sense once you’re there. I can’t remember the maze being inspired by anything, except the process of HOW you get there.

FFF: Well, getting there is important! What inspired you during the writing of The Maze?

JLM: Two very different things inspired the world-building behind these scenes.

*Find me in the River. One of the times I was really struggling (I’ve had many, ha!), I had this song on repeat, and I was contemplating on the lyrics and I had an AHA moment. A river is the lowest point in a valley. When the story had been purely allegorical, the characters coming down into the valley represented a moment of breaking and humbling.


*Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I love how elements of the riddles tied into the story. Thus we have Kael standing before three doors within the golden dome. He had to decide which of the three would allow him to access the maze that contains the silver pinecone.

FFF: Well, who doesn’t love Indiana Jones?

JLM: Right?

FFF: Next is the Blue-Fire Sea Cave. Just the name creates incredible images in my mind!

JLM: The real name is the Nijaulta Sea Cave. Its name means Blue-fire. Once you stand within this massive cavern, you will understand how perfect that name is. The cavern is located within the rocky sea cliffs in southern Nälu beneath the city of Praetan. A massive sea lake pools within the cavern and when the sun outside shines through the waters and the crevices in the rock, the lake glows as if a fire had been lit within it and bathes the entire cavern in blue. This location was inspired by the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra) in southern Italy. AND it is where the final scene takes place.

                                                  

FFF: Wow (again) I love this so much! Thanks for this peek into the unique world of CURSE BOUND. Congrats!

JLM: Thanks for having me!

 

About the Author

Writing as J. L. Mbewe, Jennette is an author, artist, mother, wife, but not always in that order. Born and raised in Minnesota, she now braves the heat of Texas, but pines for the Northern Lights and the lakes of home every autumn. She loves trying to capture the abstract and make it concrete. She is currently living her second childhood with her wonderful husband and two precious children who don’t seem to mind her eclectic collections of rocks, shells, and swords, among other things. Here, between reality and dreams, you will find her busily creating worlds inhabited by all sorts of fantasy creatures and characters, all questing about and discovering true love amid lots of peril.

Her debut novel, Secrets Kept, was nominated for the 2014 Clive Staples Award. Her second novel, Darkened Hope was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Alliance Award.

 

Social Media Links

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Facebook Book Launch Party

Curse Bound is coming soon! Join us as we celebrate its release on July 11th, 2019 at 7pm - 10pm CST. There will be plenty of bookish fun, games, and giveaways. AND we have special guests Kyle Robert Shultz, Lindsay A. Franklin, and Jenelle Leanne Schmidtwho will be joining us and sharing about their books.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2272368246213478/ 

Purchase Links

Purchase on Amazon

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46356413-curse-bound


BLOG TOUR - KEEN
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Hey FFFers! Today, I’m featuring Laura Zimmerman and her debut novel, KEEN.       

                                                                             

 

Half-faerie Caoine has no control over the banshee lament she sings each night, predicting

the death of others. A senior in a brand new high school, she expects the same response

she’s received at every other school: judgment from fellow students over her unusual eyes

and unnaturally white skin and hair. However, when Caoine arrives at West Lincoln High,

for the first time in her life she finds friends. Real friends.

 

But being a teenager is never easy, especially when the star soccer player, Oliver, sets his

sights on her. Allowing him to get close means revealing her curse to the human world. She

can’t let that happen. Life spins further out of control when her lament comes out during

the day, those whose death she predicts die right in front of her, and a dark faerie known

only as the Unseelie prince blames Caoine by leaving her the creepiest notes ever. Her

curse is not supposed to work like that.

 

In a race against time, Caoine must uncover the Unseelie prince’s identity and stop a spell

before it unleashes hell on earth, all while trying to control her banshee song and finding a

place among her peers. 

 

FFF: Doesn’t that sound amazing? And it was. I had the privilege to read an ARC and write an endorsement. Here’s what I wrote: “The lure of the banshee’s song is irresistible in life (and death), and it’s no different in Keen. I was pulled into the story from the first line to the last. Laura Zimmerman’s debut novel is intriguing, engaging, and hard to put down. I can’t wait to see more from her!”

But it was so much more. Even though it’s a YA novel, I was still engaged with Caoine’s struggle and misunderstanding of her gift. Laura did a great job keeping me wondering just who the Unseelie Prince was – almost until the end! There were some humorous parts, which helped break up the tension, which was needed. And I loved how Caoine was able to make friends, even though she had to work to hide her gift.

I loved it so much! It was fresh and fun and unique.

Hi Laura! I’m so excited to have you on Fairies, Fantasy, and Faith to talk about your debut novel, KEEN.

LZ: Thank you so much, Pam! I'm so excited you got to read an early copy!!

FFF: So, the question all authors get: where did you get the idea to have a half-fae main character? And more importantly, a half banshee?

LZ: The idea of having a banshee as the main character came from watching a TV show with my teenage daughter. In it they featured a teen banshee which intrigued me, since I'd never read any books or seen any shows with a banshee. I knew very little about banshees and (of course!) took to researching them. The more I learned, the more my brain asked, "What would it be like to be a teenager in high school with the weight of being a banshee on your shoulders?"

FFF: I know what you mean about not knowing much about banshees. My knowledge was limited to the one in Darby O’Gill and the Little People. Hahaha!  So, is there a lot of information about them?

LZ: When it comes to banshee & fae lore there is a lot of differing information, especially depending on which culture you base your information on. Some lore simply refers to the banshee as "fairy woman" but doesn't consider her full faerie. But I decided to make it easier for the reader by making the banshee full faerie in my story mythology.

                                                              


The idea of making her half-fae (or half-banshee, really) didn't happen until I began writing the rough draft. I knew I wanted her heritage to be linked to her birth and decided to have her turn fae on the night of her birth.

Ultimately, I believe all my ideas come straight from God, so I don't think it was coincidence that I watched that TV show with my daughter! *wink*

FFF: I know, right? God is the most creative. I love that He cares even about our fantasy stories!

Tell us a little more about your research. I love research and I spent hours and hours researching fairies for Fairyeater. Then because I’m me, I gave them all a twist. Did you do that, too?

LZ: Ha! Yes, I love doing lots of research! I started with grabbing all sorts of books about faeries (or fairies--the spelling doesn't matter much!) and reading what I could. I quickly found that faerie mythology varies greatly, depending on what the author chooses to include. Fairytale fairies will be vastly different from the faeries used in Dungeons and Dragons. I continued my research online and continued to find a ton of information. I eventually had to narrow down what I wanted my faerie "world" to look like, and yes, like you, I gave the mythology of the fae and banshees my own twist! I tried to include some basic faerie lore--like they can't lie and can't touch iron--but I don't focus too much on some of the things other faerie books may have focused on.

FFF: Well, I loved what you did and am sure others will enjoy KEEN as well. When you feel your creativity is a bit sluggish, how do you get it sparked again?

LZ: Oh my! That can be difficult! Sometimes I just need to change projects all together, choosing to write something short (like flash fiction) or just changing genre and pursuing a different story. Other times it's simply jumping to a different chapter within the work to get my creative juices flowing. And honestly, there are even times when I have zero inspiration and I feel "stuck" but I sit down to write that chapter anyway and somehow the entire thing just flows. If one thing doesn't work, I try another. I find my dry spells never look exactly the same.

FFF: I totally get that! How many books are you planning in the series?

LZ: Right now I've got 3 books and 1 novella planned, although that could change. *wink* I think there could be room for a few more novellas. And you really never know about a series. If the Banshee Song Series is received well and readers want more, I'll absolutely continue writing!

FFF: SWEET! Besides writing, tell us what else you enjoy.

LZ: Oooh, I love movies and reading. (So basically writing but on the opposite end of things!)

I'm involved in my church and enjoy spending time with the Ladies Ministry there. I also am quite crafty, so you might find me doing book folding or some other fun craft.

                                                                     

I do enjoy cooking and baking, although I'm quite an amateur at baking, so don't expect anything grand! Lol. Otherwise, snuggling with my kitties or hanging out with my family is my favorite of all things to do!

FFF: Snuggling with cats, yes. We just got a kitten 2 weeks ago and he’s quite distracting! Kitten paralysis is stronger than cat paralysis.  Haha! But that book folding!!! That’s amazing!

Are you planning to attend Realm Makers this year?

LZ: Yes, I am! *squeals* I am so excited (and blessed) to get to go again. I've already got Realm Makers 2020 on my calendar, too!

( www.realmmakers.com )

FFF: YAY!!! Can’t wait to see you! And next year, the conference is almost in my backyard! It will be nice to not have to fly. Of course, that means I can bring more STUFF. 

LZ: Stuff is good! Thank you for having me on your blog today, Pam. This was so much fun! I'd love to talk more about KEEN if anyone wants to grab me at Realm Makers or wants to connect with me on Instagram, Twitter or via my website Caffeinated Fiction!

FFF: Thanks for giving us such a fabulous story! I can’t wait to read more!

 

        Laura L. Zimmerman lives in a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, three        

daughters, and three furbaby felines. Besides writing, she’s passionate about loving Jesus,

anything Star Wars, and singing loudly. She takes her coffee black and spends her days

pretending to do yoga.

 

You can connect with Laura here:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lauralzimm

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lauralzimmauthor/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8199582.Laura_L_Zimmerman

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lacrow1040/

 

And if you love Facebook Parties, put July 11th on your calendar!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2493632554004865/

 

KEEN’s official release date is July 9th, but you can order it now!

http://www.love2readlove2writepublishing.com/books/keen/


COVER REVEAL - Keen
Thursday, June 6, 2019

hey FFFers! I’m wild with delight to share the incredible cover for Laura Zimmerman’s debut novel, KEEN, which I had the opportunity to read for an endorsement. I was like, “Oh please, please, please let me like this! Laura is a friend!”

I LOVED IT!!

 

Back Cover Copy:

Half-faerie Caoine has no control over the banshee lament she sings each night, predicting the death of others. A senior in a brand new high school, she expects the same response she’s received at every other school: judgment from fellow students over her unusual eyes and unnaturally white skin and hair. However, when Caoine arrives at West Lincoln High, for the first time in her life she finds friends. Real friends.

But being a teenager is never easy, especially when the star soccer player, Oliver, sets his sights on her. Allowing him to get close means revealing her curse to the human world. She can’t let that happen. Life spins further out of control when her lament comes out during the day, those whose death she predicts die right in front of her, and a dark faerie known only as the Unseelie Prince blames Caoine by leaving her the creepiest notes ever. Her curse is not supposed to work like that.

In a race against time, Caoine must uncover the Unseelie Prince’s identity and stop a spell before it unleashes hell on earth, all while trying to control her banshee song and finding a place among her peers.

Senior year just got real.

 

Seriously! Doesn’t this sound incredible??

 

Sooooooo … you’re really here to see the FABULOUS cover, yes?

 

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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Isn’t this crazy cool?? And trust me, the story is EVEN BETTER! Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing has another winner! I’m so blessed to be part of L2L2’s team, as well.

Release date is July 9th, so stay on the lookout for pre-orders and the blog tour!

Congrats, Laura! I’m super excited for you, and so very happy to be your publishing sister!