Welcome Pamela Nowak

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Many thanks to Petticoats and Pistols for once again welcoming me to their site! What a wonderful group of writers—I’m excited to be joining them!

 

 

This month, I’m launching my new western historical romance, Changes.   The third in my related-character series about St. Louis schoolmates, this is Lise’s story.  In 1879, Omaha librarian Lise Dupree struggles to keep her part-Sioux heritage hidden as she reluctantly agrees to help research legal questions for a band of Ponca Indians led by Standing Bear.  What begins as a quest for justice becomes a search for identity as she encounters ambitious district attorney Zach Spencer in a battle that will force them both to change the roles they have created for themselves.  In the process, they confront Lise’s haunting past, Zach’s political aspirations, the dangerous prejudice of an unstable Indian agent, and the subtle differences between justice and the law.  They discover smoldering love and a shared passion for justice—theirs if they can embrace the changes that have allowed them to open their hearts to one another.

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Since this is the third book in the series, there were challenges in developing the story.  Chances and Choices were set in 1876/77 and I’d already established that Lise was a part-Sioux advocate for Indians. My plot needed to be set around the same time and related to Indian rights—hopefully a real-life event.sept blog 4

 

 

 

 

So, I began to research. The Trial of Standing Bear was perfect.  It had instant conflict—my hero and heroine on opposite sides of the case.  As an added bonus, there were a host of real-life people such as General George Crook, Tom Tibbles, and Susette La Flesche who could populate my pages. I just needed create my hero, heroine, and villain and their inner stories.

sept blog 5My villain, Rufus, was the easiest to create.  Though his role was inspired by history, he is entirely fictional. Creating an Indian attack in his past, I set up his motivation then rounded him out a bit with some good qualities such as a love of children, so that he wasn’t one-dimensional.

 Zach was clear also from the first. As an attorney, he could have a solid identification with the law, one that would be resistant to change. Adding in Gramps as his idol helped to solidify his backstory. From there, I added in the political campaign and Adam Foster as a second villain. Gramps’ past arose once I created Lise’s character and needed to deepen her conflict.

Lise was more difficult—until I learned the law library was maintained within Omaha’s public library and that there were female librarians at that time. Her role set, I just needed to build her back story.  I owe my critique group a debt of thanks for insisting that someone who didn’t want to get involved needed huge motivation to do so.  That’s when Aunt Rose came into the story.  Not only did Aunt Rose allow me to develop a delightful character but she added an immediate reason for Lise to become involved. I was able to build Lise’s childhood history as well as make a connection with Gramps that would increase conflict.

It seems odd, to have my journey with Miriam, Sarah, and Lise coming to an end.  I hope readers will find Lise’s story fulfilling and make the jump with me to a new era (1905) in my next book. 

I’d love to chat with you, if you care to chime in about any of the topics I’ve raised or if you have a question.  If you can’t join in today, you can also find me on my website (www.pamelanowak.com), Facebook (www.facebook.com/pamela.nowak.142), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/readpamelanowak).

For those who can stay and chat today, please do!  I’ll be gifting one of you with a print copy of Changes.  I hope you enjoy! 

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Updated: September 10, 2013 — 2:06 pm

23 Comments

  1. I would love to read your book. The way you weave your fictional characters in among the historical characters sounds wonderful. Thank you for a chance to win a copy.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  2. Thank you for this very interesting post. I so look forward to reading this book and the others.

  3. Hi Cindy, Melanie!

    So glad you joined me and that I’ve sparked your interest! I love new readers.

    –Pam

  4. I forgot to mention…there should be trade paperback versions of the backtitles CHOICES and CHANCES available on Amazon later this week. And…today is a free day for the Kindle version of CHANCES.

  5. Welcome to the Junction, Pamela. What a great insight into an interesting topic. Sounds like you have a fabulous critique group. Would love to read your book and find out about Aunt Rose. 😉

  6. I’ve always enjoyed stories that have some basis in fact and anything to do with Native Americans I find fascinating. One of the best things about these blogs is finding out about new authors!

  7. Always great to learn about a new to me author!!

  8. My critique group is the tops! I’ve been blessed with several wonderful ones over the years and my partners have helped me build my craft and always steered me in the right direction.

    If any of you haven’t found that “fit” yet, keep looking. Not all groups are good fits. But when you discover the one that is, it’s worth its weight in gold.

  9. These books sound wonderful and I shall be searching them out and adding them to my TBR list. Thank you for sharing today.

  10. Hi Pamela! Welcome to P&P. We love that you’re blogging with us. How interesting to have a Native American heroine. I don’t see that very often. Usually it’s the hero who has Indian blood. I also think it’s great that you use some real-life people in your stories. I think that brings added depth. Good luck and much success to you! I’ll look for your new series to come out. The turn of century is such an interesting time period.

  11. Enjoyed reading the comments. Your book sounds really interesting. I am always looking for new authors to read.

  12. I always have such a good time here at Petticoats and Pistols.

    I LOVE western historical romance and wish there were more titles out there for us fans. Never can figure out what publishers mean when they say western historicals aren’t selling. My take–the lack of sales is a direct result of lack of supply!!

  13. I would love to read your book. I really enjoyed your post today.

  14. It was fun being here. You guys are the best!

  15. Hi Pamela! I loved hearing about your research and how you crafted your story! I find it all so fascinating and I look forward to reading more!

  16. Hello Pamela. I enjoyed reading this . The way you came up with your characters and intertwined them will just make the story better. I would love to win your book. Maybe I’ll get lucky. Thanks for a give-away. Thanks to the Petticoats & Pistols girls for having Pamela here today.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  17. Pamela, I enjoyed your posting. Very interesting history. Your book sounds awesome. Looking forward to reading it. Thank you for sharing this history with us and please enter my name in the giveaway.
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

  18. Hi Pamela

    I’ve done research on Standing Bear myself so I definitely have to get this book and probably the whole series.

    Petticoats & Pistols is one of my favorite blogs.

  19. Thanks, Ladies! I can tell you’re all die-hard history fans–just my kind of people. I wish I could give you each a copy of CHANGES.

    To make up for that…if you didn’t get a chance to download the Kindle version of CHANCES (Sarah’s story) yesterday…it will be a freebie again on Oct. 10.

    I really enjoyed talking with all of you. If you do read more, be sure to let me know how you liked it via my website or Facebook.

  20. Hi, Pamela!

    Congratulations on your new book – enjoyed learning how you developed the characters in your book!

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