Author Archives: Pamela Callow

When Research Includes a Trip to Paris

Ah, yes, for how many years have I longed to write that title. I have always been a big researcher. I honed my research skills through undergrad, professional and graduate degrees. I love me a good research book. For the Kate Lange legal thriller series, I conducted extensive research into various subject matters: police procedure, biomedical issues, forensic anthropology, forensic pathology, and tattoos, amongst other things. But I didn’t have to go very far to conduct research on the setting, because my series is set in Continue reading →

Filling a Bucket — and Lighting a Fire

 Sue Rodriguez I have just returned from a whirlwind trip to Europe, partly to research settings for my new historical espionage novel. While I’ve been away, the #icebucketchallenge hit North America. What has been fascinating to me about this social media phenom is two elements. First, the fact that everyone wants to do the challenge (perhaps because the world news has been so terrible, and this is a positive act that we can control). Secondly, that ALS is suddenly becoming a disease on everyone’s radar. Continue reading →

powerpam V.2.0

I’ve always been a big believer in moving forward. I’m presently working on the fourth version of an outline for my new novel, a book that is a significant departure from my Kate Lange legal thriller series. This is a book that spans three continents against the background of war – and it is set in the late 18th century. It has challenged me on many levels. Firstly, I needed to become an “expert” in the period about which I am writing. I have spent the Continue reading →

Upping Your Chances to Become Einstein

Last month, I was a Panel Master at the International Thriller Writers’ Thrillerfest VIII. The topic: “Is There a Soundtrack to Your Book?” At first, I was concerned that the question assigned was too… ahem… one-note. Either you had a soundtrack or you didn’t. But as I delved into researching the topic, I was delighted by the many facets of how music permeates our creative process, the resulting artistic work, and the audience which receives it. Albert Einstein told Shinichi Suzuki (creator of the Suzuki Continue reading →