PG My current release “To Be Human is an Honour” is available on Kindle. It charts my spiritual and physical journey around the world. Experiencing many different cultures and people, I share their wisdom and understanding about our beautiful planet and our place upon it.
AW What first got you into writing and why?
PG I wrote my first novel when I was 9 but never finished it. It was an Enid Blyton style magical story. I’ve always written informally; letters home to my parents during my travels and poems to express feelings and emotions. Then in recent years, I kept being prompted in all sorts of ways to write more formally, so I decided to start writing books.
Since the autobiography, I have now started a series of children’s novels based in the Mesolithic Period of Stone Age Britain. I think we can learn so much from history. Living in total harmony with their environment for 2000 years, they left hardly any trace of themselves. The first novel is completed and I am awaiting responses from publishers.
AW You write Historical YA novels and non-fiction. Is it all imagination or do you also undertake research?
PG Obviously I didn’t need research for my autobiography, but I did double-check facts with people and sought permission from them. For the children’s novels, I did extensive research, which I found absolutely fascinating.
AW And what about other types of writing? Have you ever dabbled with short stories, for instance, or other genres?
PG I belong to a writing group in Todmorden and every couple of weeks we are set a writing challenge. Initially, I did mainly poems but I’ve started branching out into short stories as well, which is fun. I’ve just written a short story with a positive view for the future: something I think we all need at the moment!
AW Famous authors, such as Roald Dahl and Dylan Thomas, had a special space for writing. Do you have a writing ‘shed’ of your own?
|Difficult not to be inspired by a scene like this!|
PG I have a small room upstairs which is an office style space. I find it easiest to write in there, however, for my inspiration, I often walk the dog to trigger ideas. The quiet space surrounded by nature really helps to clear my head and clarify ideas.
AW Finally, if you had a whole afternoon to yourself and could choose to spend it with any one individual, living or dead or a character from a book, who would it be, and what would you want to discuss?
PG I’d love to spend the afternoon with Desmond Tutu. I would like to discuss how he manages to find so much joy in everything around him and I’d like to giggle and laugh with him. I love his wisdom and laughter.
about the author... A happy childhood full of love and books led Pam Golden to study teaching. Once she had finished her education, she found her wings and flew. After many adventures around the world, she finally met her husband and they settled down in Yorkshire, where their son was born. Her philosophy is simple; that love, in the broadest meaning of the word, is the answer. She believes that everything in life happens for a reason. Pam has always had a vivid imagination and started writing her first children’s book when she was nine years old. She never finished it but has finally realised her dream in the completion of a children’s novel many years later.
about the book...An energising glimpse of a young woman’s life through a wide variety of experiences; starting in 1978, she sweeps you up and carries you with her. Sharing her emotions, her understanding of the world and her spirituality, she travels both physically and metaphorically around the globe. With her sympathetic approach to the people she meets, combined with humour, sadness, wisdom, love and occasionally bizarre happenings; you will become drawn into her world of trust and belief that everything happens for a reason, helping to create a beautiful pattern of life.
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