Teaser Tuesday with Pamela Beason!

Today’s Teaser Tuesday is with Pamela Beason!


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Blurb: When Terrence Langston ran Langston Green, the
plant nursery sailed along like a well-run ship. But when his daughter Elisa
takes over after his sudden death, she feels more like the Captain of the
Titanic. First the business is struck by vandalism, then an earthquake, then
arson. And now a hunky insurance investigator believes that Elisa’s behind all
the destruction? Does she have to get killed to prove her
innocence?

Excerpt:
When the first ripple of earth surged toward her, Elisa
Langston stood up and stared, not trusting her eyes. The field around her was
quiet; all she heard was the rasp of rubbing branches overhead. Even after the
wave had lifted her and set her back down, then rolled on toward wherever it
was going, she didn’t quite believe it. Was she hallucinating?
But then a second wave, this one more malevolent, roared
through the ground, driving her to her knees. Ridge after ridge of earth rolled
through her field like breakers surging toward the beach. Car alarms sounded in
distant parking lots. Increasing in speed and size, undulations of soil rose
and fell around her, tearing landscape fabric, noisily tossing her neat rows of
potted plants into mangled piles. Overhead, branches cracked and popped as the
taller trees around her shimmied and swayed like crazed hula dancers, showering
her with red and gold leaves.
A streak of black-and-white fur flashed past.
“Simon!” she shouted, but the panicked cat was gone. She
didn’t blame him. If she had four legs, she’d be running, too.
This was the biggest earthquake she’d ever experienced. And
the weirdest. It felt as if the planet had suddenly returned to its ocean
origins, and the whole world was liquid again. A large wave swelled up beneath
her, toppling her backwards, and she was nearly buried by a sudden deluge of rainbow-colored
foliage. A tremendous ripping sound came from the north, followed by a
thundering crash that reverberated through the ground and rattled her teeth.
The old homestead! Elisa dug her fingernails into the dirt, trying desperately
to regain her feet and turn toward the noise. Snapping sounds erupted all
around her. A sweet gum crash-landed a few feet away, its impact jolting every
bone in her body. She flailed wildly, struggling to find purchase in the
roiling soil. A rush of cold air blasted her face, and then she felt a crushing
blow to her legs and chest. After a brief close-up of speckled bark, her world
went black.
Author Biography:

Pamela Beason lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes novels and screenplays and works as a private investigator. When she’s not on the job, she explores the natural world on foot or cross-country skis, in her kayak, and underwater as a scuba diver.

Pam is a recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award. She is currently working on a new mystery series that will debut with ENDANGERED from Berkley Prime Crime in December of 2011.

Twitter: @PamBeason

Q&A Thursday with Pamela Beason

Today’s Q&A Thursday is with Author Pamela Beason!

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What is the worst thing you’ve
written, how did you learn or know it was bad, and what did you learn from it?
What?! Everything I write is
amazingly good!
Okay, okay, I do have this
tendency to write really snarky conversations. In my mind, they pass for witty
banter, but some people don’t appreciate my sarcasm and think I’m just plain
mean. My critique partners have set me straight on that a few times, and I’ve
learned that I really need my critique partners to tell me when I’m making my
characters unsympathetic. Actually, it would probably be a good idea if my
critique partners would follow me around and prevent me from getting into
scrapes in real life, but they seem to want to focus on their own lives.
Why did you start writing and when
did you decide to go professional?
Does this mean I’m now considered
a professional writer? Yippee! Seriously, I think I’ve always written. When I
was really young, I used to write various scenarios about how I’d kill off my
little sister. (Stop worrying, she’s fine.) Then I wrote an ongoing saga about
a canine secret agent when I was around 13 or so. In college, I always got As
if I could take an essay exam; a multiple-choice test always ended up much
lower because I would start to think about all the ifs, ands, ors, and buts
associated with each choice. As an adult, I made a living from technical
writing and editing and from private investigation work, in which writing
reports that can stand up in court is very important. I spent a lot of time
studying screenwriting. And now I’m finally starting to make a living from
fiction, which is my true love.
Do you write in more than one
genre? Which ones and which do you like the best?
I write mysteries and romances. I
am most naturally a mystery and adventure writer, so my romances have a lot of
suspense and action in them, but there’s some romance in my mysteries, too. I
like strong active characters, and I am personally a real nature lover, so my
stories have a lot of animals and outdoor activity in them. You’ll never find me
writing about shoes or recipes (although I do wear shoes on occasion and I also
love to eat good food).
Do you read other author’s books
when you’re writing? If so, do you read the same genre or something different?
I read about six books a month. I
read in all fiction genres and nonfiction, too. The story and the characters
just have to be interesting to me. When I get stuck in my work in progress, I
read my favorite authors in the genre I’m writing in—that often jogs my mind
back onto the right track.
What is the most difficult part of
the entire writing process for you? Queries, pitches, editing, etc.
Synopses! I’d rather write an
entire novel than a synopsis! That said, writing one really helps the author to
focus on what’s important about the book. Often I find in writing a synopsis
that I haven’t emphasized my theme enough, and I go back and revise the
manuscript to strengthen it.
After the book is written, the
hardest part for me is marketing. I’m pretty darn clueless about how to do
that. For example, people have told me that I should have a natural tie-in
between my novel THE ONLY WITNESS and the current movie about the Planet of the
Apes, but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to take advantage of that.
If you could have the same type of
career as any author currently publishing who would it be and why?
Tough question—I can’t make up my
mind. Nevada Barr, because I love her books and we write a lot alike, or Jodi
Picoult, whose books I always adore and who has the courage to write about
difficult subjects. And of course they are both always bestsellers! CJ Box is
another author I’d love to emulate (we both write outdoor mysteries); he’s done
a fantastic job of writing and creating a wildly successful career for himself.
Author Biography:

Pamela Beason lives in the Pacific
Northwest, where she writes novels and screenplays and works as a
private investigator. When she’s not on the job, she explores the natural world
on foot or cross-country skis, in her kayak, and underwater as a scuba diver.

Pam is a recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award.
She is currently working on a new mystery series that will debut with
ENDANGERED from Berkley Prime Crime in December of 2011.

Twitter: @PamBeason