May 30, 2015: Pamela Tracy, Hands Across the Novel & Grammar and Critiquing for the Romance Writer

Hands Across the Novel

Pure characterization is highlighted in this workshop that divides your book into four sections and talks about how to chart growth via your hero, your heroine, your villain, and your plot.  Yes, you can consider your plot as a character.  Think Gone With The Wind.  How did the war change personalities as the novel went on?  How did Tara change? etc.

Grammar and Critiquing for the Romance Writer

As a college professor of English, commas give author Pamela Tracy no grief.  Do they give you grief?  They don’t need to.  Also, what is the difference between proof-reading, editing, and revising?  Let me help you with the very basics of writing tools and even show you how to look at the page as a whole during a hands-on romp through the process.

About the Speaker

Pamela Tracy is a USA Today award-winning author who lives with her husband (He claims to be the inspiration for most of her heroes) and son (He claims to be the interference for most of her writing time.) She was raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and started writing at a very young age (a series of romances, all with David Cassidy as the hero. Sometimes Bobby Sherman would interfere). Then, while earning a BA in Journalism at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, she picked up the pen again only this time, it was an electric typewriter on which she wrote a very bad science fiction novel.)  First published in 1999 by Barbour Publishing, She has since published almost 30 books and sold more than a million copies.

Pamela has written contemporary, historical and suspenseful – all in the romance genre.  Her 2004 devotional Promises and Prayers for Teachers went all the way to number 2 on the Christian Bestseller Association list.  Her 2007 suspense Pursuit of Justice was a Rita finalist.  Then, her 2009 suspense Broken Lullaby won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the year award.  You can find out more about Pamela at

Meeting fee of $25 members, $30 guests and walk-ins includes lunch selected from a menu of three items during Saturday morning check-in. SPACE MAY BE LIMITED. Walk-ins are welcome, but whenever possible, please guarantee your spot by reserving on our payments page or by emailing no later than 8 am Wednesday before the meeting.

LUNCH ORDERS ARE COLLECTED AT 10am. If you plan to be late, contact so we will be prepared to order on your behalf.

This event takes place at our regular venue, the Clarion Hotel, 4550 S. Palo Verde Rd., Tucson & will include a chapter business meeting.


Friday Friends : Elaine Joyce HONEY, I HAVE TO WRITE A BOOK.


I had been writing for quite a while, doing OK at it. I was nominated for an award along with two other authors for an anthology we had done. Unfortunately, I had hurt my knee and couldn’t go. My husband went in my place. Little did I know how much that weekend would change my life.

When he got home Sunday, I was greeted with, “Honey I have to write a book.” I should have known he’d be bitten by the bug sooner or later. He had sat next to an editor at lunch and he told her about an idea for a book. Something he hadn’t even told me at that point. The book was about the life of Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes nemesis.

OK, this was going to take some adjusting, especially since we were both working what we called “Rent Paying Jobs” For more than 10 years I had been the only writer in the family. At least I knew what to expect and could help him.

Luckily we each had our own computer, for years we shared one. Our reference books began breeding, Everything was doubled, computer paper, ink, memberships to writers groups and conferences.
We each are the others first editor. I have GDS(grammar difficulty syndrome) and he helps correct my mistakes. I on the other hand try to control his tendency to info dump.
We basically write differently, not just genres but style, he is more formal than I am. I have to remind him to use contractions.
A former research librarian, he has helped me research many things. He may not know something, but he does know where to find out about it. We’ve plotted while grocery shopping, swimming, on the bus, in the car. One day we were going to visit my dad and had stopped for lunch at a small cafe. We were on Cape Cod. Before we had stopped at the restaurant I asked him, what would you do if a revolutionary war soldier suddenly showed up and started shooting at these machines he knows nothing about. We were off, what would he wear, what would he think? How he would talk? As we entered the cafe we had begun talking about guns. My husband inherited his fathers love of military history and knowledge of guns. The cafe was quiet, it was late afternoon and an elderly couple came in and sat at the table next to us. After a few minutes of listening to us they very quietly got up and walked to the other side of the room. We were probably lucky they didn’t decide to call the police on us.
However, a second writer in the house also means, you don’t have to explain your strangeness to him. When he comes home you greet him with” _______(insert character name) decided to talk to me today.” He doesn’t look at you like you’re totally crazy.
Its nice to have someone to bounce things off, who is right there, it’s can be a blessing. As long as they are truthful.
A two writer family, whether its husband and wife, parent and son or daughter, is like a marriage. It takes understanding, trust, honesty and love.

Romance Writers of America® Chapter 58