Local Denver Author, Pamela Nowak, weaves together romantic suspense novels by crafting memorable, strong female characters who overcome physical, emotional, and social obstacles, all to be with the men they love.
Chances (2008): A feisty, outspoken female telegrapher…a conservative, conflicted undertaker…. Amid Colorado's suffrage fight, they don't see eye to eye. But Sarah and Daniel discover a smoldering passion offering rewards far greater than they ever imagined. To claim it, they must surpass their differences, stand together against violence and charges of prostitution, and take a chance on love.
Choices (2009): A rebellious officer's daughter, an honorable enlisted man, and a forbidden relationship... In 1876, narrow social rules govern life at Fort Randall. Miriam and Jake resist them all, facing her abusive mother, a manipulative lieutenant, possible court-martial, escalating deception, and violence. To claim their love, they must have the courage to shape their own destiny.
Nowak said, “I guess I've been writing all my life. As a teen, I started at least two manuscripts and wrote numerous short stories. In 1993, I completed the first draft of the manuscript that would become Choices. After joining a critique group of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers the following year, I realized how much improvement my writing required and spent years learning and re-writing. In 2001, I started winning contests and was able to really hone my craft. I rewrote Choices seven times in all. Once the manuscript was ready, I began seeking publication, which took several years after that. “
Nowak’s first novel, Chances, was named one of Booklist's Top Ten Romances of 2008, was awarded the 2008 HOLT Medallion for Best First Book, and was a 2008 WILLA Finalist in Historical Fiction. Choices has been entered in several contests, but results will not be forthcoming for a few months.
Nowak said, “I am currently doing my final revisions on my third book, Changes, which will complete my first related-character series. Changes takes place in Omaha in 1879 during the trial of Standing Bear, a Ponce Indian fighting to retain rights to his tribal lands. Lise, a part-Sioux librarian who is hiding her heritage, becomes involved in helping Standing Bear and quickly finds herself at odds with Zach, the district attorney. Lise and Zach must battle their own perceptions, a vengeful Indian Agent, and a manipulative politician as they confront changes that will alter their lives.
“I am also plotting my next book, which is yet untitled. This book will take place in Denver in 1905 and will launch a new related-character series.”
When asked her advice for new authors, Nowak responded, “If you are new at writing, get involved with a writing group, such as Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and learn as much as you can. Find a critique group that works for you and participate. Go to writing conferences. Apply what you learn and work at your writing constantly. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do it. Don't give up.”
Nowak will be attending the Romance Writers of America conference in Nashville at the end of July and the RomCon (a new conference that allows readers to interact with their favorite authors) here in Denver in early July.
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