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Pamela Griffin

Pamela Griffin

Pamela Griffin is the author of more than 40 books, three of which have been named ACFW Book of the Year. She works as a paid critiquer and also teaches writing classes. Pamela lives with her two sons in Texas.
Q&A: Pamela Griffin

Q&A: Pamela Griffin

(July 2011)
The author discusses her 3-in-1 historical romance collection Connecticut Brides: Three young women of 1930s Connecticut venture out of their comfort zones in search of something to direct their future.

Q: Your 'Romancing America' book started out as separate titles for the Heartsong Presents readers. Tell us how the individual novels are linked together into a larger picture.
In the case of Connecticut Brides, they were the last three stories of a generational series I started with my first Heartsong Presents book, 'Til We Meet Again, in 2000. This book told the stories of the children of my heroes and heroines from previous titles, and the love they found, as well as bringing a conflict with regard to an enemy from Book One to a final close and the fulfillment of true forgiveness full circle.

Q: When you were originally writing the series, how much were you focused on each individual title -- and how much were your eyes on how each piece fit into the larger story?
I always kept the previous titles in mind as I wrote, as well as those I knew would come, to fit it into the greater picture of what I hoped to achieve with the last book. At times, characters from past and future stories made an appearance to further the underlying theme I had in mind from the start. For instance, a favorite character of mine, Joel, a young rapscallion at a children's reformatory, who made his first appearance at age ten in Book Two (Romancing America's New York Brides) grew up throughout the series, his secondary character important to each story and the theme I was trying to impart as a whole - and he appeared in each book that came afterward, a little older, at last having his own story of love in the second to last book of this series.

Q: What was your inspiration for the original series? (And how much did your original plan change over the course of the arc?)
I went to see Titanic and came out depressed by the tragic love story. I was inspired to create a tale about a love that survived the Titanic tragedy and all of the conflicts that arose from different relationships formed aboard ship, which led to Book Two, the heroine a survivor in hiding in New York from her murdering accomplice, then on to Book Three, involving one of the villains who'd been on the Titanic making an appearance in story, and so on. Besides the inspiring theme of each different story, threads were woven throughout all titles intended for the purpose of bringing the conclusion to form a beautiful tapestry -- broken relationships mended, former enemies forgiven, leading back to the first book, etc., in a manner that revealed God's power and gave Him glory. My plans changed when, as I was writing, another idea would pop into my head for a character I'd introduced and their story, which also aided my plan of the threads weaving together, until what had originally been planned as a three book series became a seven book series instead.

Q: How does your faith influence your writing?
Greatly. I dedicate every book I write to God. Without Him, I would not be doing this. Sometimes the lessons my characters learn have an impact on me, and I am convicted or consoled.

Q: What do you most hope readers get out of your fiction?
To be inspired through an entertaining story that speaks to the heart; to be drawn closer to God. And if they do not know the Lord, to be assured that His love for them is very great and He's always there to turn to and will never reject anyone, no matter what they've done.


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