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Working on book number three...

I am currently working on book number three, and as I type this, I'm waiting for my beta readers to finish reading and come back to me with feedback. I'm a bit nervous but also excited to get this book out! It's a women's fiction/mystery novel and should be out during the summer.

Book number four...

My fourth novel, a romance, will also be out by the end of this year, so stay tuned!

Other stuff...

I've just started writing a short story that will be available for free at some point in the future. As usual, it's not looking very short, so the timelines are a bit questionable at the moment.

I have several other works in different stages of planning, including a novel set in my hometown in Finland, so fear not - I'm not about to stop writing!

Books

These are the books I have published. You can get digital copies from all major retailers - just click on the book cover to be taken to the store of your choice - and paperbacks are available from your local Amazon store.

Below each book, you can also see reviews directly from Goodreads, some of my favourite quotes from said book that you can share by clicking on them and a playlist of some of the songs that inspired my writing.

  The Truth about Tomorrow  is a coming-of-age novel, which won  WriteIntoPrint 's Captivating Opening Contest in 2017.

The Truth about Tomorrow is a coming-of-age novel, which won WriteIntoPrint's Captivating Opening Contest in 2017.

If you knew the time of your death, would you accept it or run?

When Kyle French's father and clairvoyant mother die in a car crash that he alone survives, the question haunts him. Through his grief and survivor's guilt, Kyle looks for answers and tries to heal with his remaining family.

A story about the choice of either running away from your problems or making the right decisions to carry on, Pamela Harju’s debut novel is an emotional journey about coming of age and moving on even as your world collapses around you.

If you like strong characters, a distinctly Irish setting and a hint of the supernatural, buy The Truth about Tomorrow and follow Kyle on his quest to find answers and happiness.

WriteIntoPrint's CAPTIVATING OPENING WINNER 2017!

"Smooth and invisible exposition in the opening paragraphs, with an easygoing voice, and flavored with all of the senses." - WriteIntoPrint

 

 
  Yours Remotely  is a tragic love story set in the world of rock music. 

Yours Remotely is a tragic love story set in the world of rock music. 

Everyone loves a rock star – but can a rock star love you back?

Lea Woods wants a relationship. Gary Rock All, singer and guitarist in The Remotes, wants his band to take over the world. An undeniable attraction throws them into an all-consuming, if ultimately thwarted fling. As Gary struggles to cope with the fame success brings him, Lea sees him slipping away from her. He lives for his music - is there any room for her in his life? 

Yours Remotely is a gritty love story gone wrong for fans of damaged characters, dirty rock 'n' roll and sexy anti-romance.

 
 

About me

 With my dogs Toby, Dexter and Benny.

With my dogs Toby, Dexter and Benny.

I have published two novels, coming-of-age novel The Truth about Tomorrow, which won WriteIntoPrint's Captivating Opening Contest in 2017, and women's fiction novel Yours Remotely. I have varied tastes as a reader – some of my favourites include Stephen King, Diana Gabaldon, Susan Cooper and J.R.R. Tolkien – and that variety also comes across in my writing. I write in several genres, so I must apologise if after reading one of my books you discover that the others are not similar. I hope that once you have discovered my real-to-life characters, flowing language and story construction are something that you enjoy, you will be able to see past genre limitations.

 This is where I like to write.

This is where I like to write.

People often ask for sequels to my books. Again, I'm sorry to disappoint. I write my stories because certain characters have taken up residence inside my head, and the only way I can get them to leave is by writing their story. Nobody has, so far, decided to stay inside my head on a permanent basis. Once I've finished their story, they move out and leave me alone. That's why writing series is not my thing. Perhaps, one day, someone will come along who won't leave me quite so quickly, but at the moment, all my books are stand-alone. Imagine the freedom of fleeting from book to book and character to character though! So many worlds and possibilities to explore!

Apart from writing, I spend my spare time with my dogs. I've been doing agility since 1993 –  with different dogs, of course, because these dear creatures have such short lives – and am lucky enough to live in the Irish countryside and to have a garden large enough to fit a full-size agility arena where I can train my own dogs and accommodate our local club's agility classes.

 

 Doing agility with Toby. Photo credit: Paul McNama

Doing agility with Toby. Photo credit: Paul McNama

I love music, particularly rock, as you will discover if you read my stories. I travel all over the UK and Ireland to see bands most people have never heard of. My top three – in no particular order – consists of Muse, Young Guns and the late, the great Fearless Vampire Killers.

I love tea, big old houses – although I can only afford a SMALL old house that's always threatening to fall apart but is a real labour of love - and tattooed men. I was born and bred in Finland but moved to Ireland in 2002, where I am happily unmarried to my partner of many years. (Yes, he has a tattoo. A single one.)

Media

When I released Yours Remotely, I asked my newsletter subscribers to send in some questions to be in with a change of winning a free copy of the book. Here are the winning questions and answers!

How do you get started, first step, if you want to write and get a book published?  Is there a contacts area somewhere to know how to get in touch with the right people for help? – Emily

Whenever I talk to aspiring authors, their first concern is that they can’t get their novels finished. It IS difficult but obviously the first step to getting published. That’s why it’s so important to write about something that you feel passionate about. I realise that I could write more commercially viable stuff, but it’s not where my heart is. Also, have a plan when you start writing. Some people plan every step of the way before they write a word, but that doesn’t work for everyone. You do, however, need a general direction or you will hit a dead end before too long.

Writing clubs and classes are a great way to keep your motivation up and for feedback in the early stages. Those contacts can also help you get in touch with the right people when it’s time to get published. There are huge regional differences here, but if you want to get traditionally published, in most countries you need to find a literary agent first, and the agent will then approach publishers on your behalf. In some countries – e.g. Finland where I grew up – authors approach publishers directly. Literary festivals and literary associations in your country or area are a great point of contact on how to get started, so look them up on the internet.

If you prefer self-publishing as an option, other authors, particularly those in your genre, will be your best help. Do your research too so that you can avoid the major self-publishing pitfalls. Self-publishing will cost a bit of money, but it allows more freedom than traditional publishing and is a worthwhile option to consider.

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I am recently engaged so I am wondering if in your opinion is Ireland a good honeymoon site? - BF

Yes! It absolutely is. Ireland has so much to offer. We have vibrant cities and small towns with a lot of cultural offerings – art, music, literature, films etc. There are always festivals on, whether they are food, arts and crafts, music or literary festivals, so if you like to keep busy, town and city breaks are an ideal option.

For the old Ireland, make sure you visit the countryside. There is still so much unbuilt land in Ireland that you can find peace and quiet without any great effort. There are many quaint B&Bs in the countryside, and many local pubs offer rooms as well. A turf fire in a country pub with a pint of Guinness or a pot of tea – what could be more romantic than that?

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What inspires the creation on your characters? – Danielle

I’m a self-confessed non-people person, but boy, do I like to observe people! I love people watching – and I hope I go about it in a non-creepy way – so it’s my people watching that inspires my characters. I never write about characters who are taken directly from real life. My characters are a mixture of people I know, celebrities, other characters from TV shows, films or books, and of my own imagination fed by years of observing people so that the final product is quite unrecognisable from his or her origins.

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Who is/was the inspiration that started you on your writing career? – DN

I always wanted to write, which I guess stems from a love of reading that I can thank my parents for. I imagine that creativity is in my blood as I have some artists and writers in my family although not people close to me.

I think the initial push to start publishing my writing came when my mother died. I realised that life is short and could end unexpectedly, and if I want to be a published author like I have always dreamed of being, I need to do something about it; nobody’s going to come looking for my stories if I don’t put them out there. You need to go for what you want in life.

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Do you have a organized set times that you spend writing, or is your writing sporadic when ideas and thoughts come to you. Do you try to commit to so many hours a week you spend writing. I know this actually is more than one question but they all kind of go together. – Diana

I agree; they do go together. Finding time is always a challenge as I have a full-time job, three dogs and the rest of my life to run too. Most of my writing happens at the weekends and in the evenings, but another time I have found really productive is break times at work. I work from home three days a week, and when I take my tea break, I simply switch from my work laptop to my personal laptop and start typing. It all adds up at the end of the week. I try to have several scenes planned ahead so that I don’t get stuck when I sit down to write, and mostly, my target is to get certain scenes written in one session rather than have a word count or time target.


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