Pam Halter
Writing Editing Serving

Welcome to my website!

As an author, I'm honored to have had my writing published and am looking forward to more projects in print. It's my goal to show God's truths in story form. I work hard to never preach, but to engage and entertain my readers. I'm also learning about myself as I go along.

As an editor, I'm here to help and encourage you. I have been on this writing journey since 1994 and have gleaned a lot along the way. What do you need? If you are a new author and need a fresh pair of eyes, I can read your manuscript and give you notes, examples and encouragement. If you're experienced and need some feedback, I can help strengthen your story. Check out the editing page.

As a parent, I know it's not an easy thing, raising a child with special needs. Many days I feel isolated, tired, frustrated, and sometimes angry. We can encourage each other when the days are heavy and we can rejoice when they are light. If you're the parent of a special needs child and are feeling overwhelmed and need support from someone who understands, please visit my blog.

As an inspirational fantasy novelist, I'm always learning. If you're a Christian who writes fantasy, reads fantasy, or wonders if a Christian should even enjoy fantasy, this is the place to talk about it. I'm looking forward to some great discussion!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope I have blessed you in some small way today.  
~Pam

Recent Posts

Willoughby's Illustrator is Having a Map Drawer Clean Out!
Thursday, May 25, 2017

hey, Willoughby friends! Would you love to have an original piece of Willoughby's first book? Kim is offering a special! But you have to be fast, because I've already snapped up 3 illustrations. Ha!!

And Kim has a lot more than just Willoughby to offer. It's never too early to start shopping for Christmas. Imagine the joy to be able to give a one-of-a-kind, signed by the artist, original piece of art. No photo copies here!! WOOT! Please share with your friends!

You can message Kim at picturekitchenstudio@gmail.com

Check out her artwork at www.picturekitchenstudio.com

 

                                                         

 

                                  


Blog Tour - Jill Hackman
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Today, I'm excited to introduce my friend, Jill Hackman, and her YA novel, SPARK. Jill is a fellow Realmie and I'm looking forward to spending time with her this summer at the Realm Makers conference in Reno!

FFF: Welcome, Jill! I'll post the synopsis for SPARK at the end of this interview, but I'd love to know more about how you chose the names in your novel.

JH: Thanks, Pam! One of the most enjoyable elements of crafting a story is choosing and creating names. Whether it’s character names, or place names for landmarks and cities, names evoke certain feelings which add to the overall atmosphere of the story.

When I read The Lord of the Rings trilogy, I was amazed at Tolkien’s ability to play with words and names (and even created languages). Most authors choose people and place names after researching their meanings. I found Sue Browder’s The New Age Baby Name Book invaluable.

FFF: I've used baby name books, too. And I love finding a perfect name that has a particular meaning.

JH: Yes! In the First Prophecy of Linneah, the meaning of names is important. “World Ruler,” “Bull,” and “Raven” are mentioned, referring to Donalt, Taurin, and Brenna, respectively. Other names I used because of their meaning were Baldwin (“bold friend” which describes him very well), Erhardt (“honorable and brave”), and even Reina (which is Latin for “queen” because she’s so queenly in her behavior). The griffins all share the same last name—Leon-Ahren which means “lion-eagle.”

I did the same thing with place names, starting with the scary forest beyond the outskirts of Linneah. Silvastamen is also known as the Dark Wood (Silva is “a wood” in Latin + Taman which means “dark or black”). All the mountains were given robust names, such as Steen (“stone”) and Gibor (“strong”). The cliffs that make up part of Linneah’s coastline are called the Galt Cliffs. Galt is a Norwegian name meaning “high ground.”

When it came to the lake lying just outside Wildamek in the middle of the mountains, I drew a blank. After much thought, I labeled it, “Indermitt”, which in German means, “in the middle.” Yes, it was cheating, but I was out of ideas.

FFF: I wouldn't say cheating - I'd call it being creative.  :)  What other books helped you with names?

JH: In Jill Willamson’s book, Storyworld First, she offered a good rule when adding language to speculative fiction. Her advice is to focus on the people first, then build the language around them. I applied this rule to the names and areas where the characters live. What kind of image did I want to put forth when my characters showed up on the page? Were they elegant, mischievous, flamboyant? Adrik, the blacksmith, is a Camlo from Wildamek. The Camlos are a rough and rugged mountain people, so their names have hard consonant sounds, much like what’s found in the German language.

FFF: That is so cool! Do you ever use names of people you know?

JH: Sure - authors can also pay tribute with the use of names. Linneah is a blend of my two girls’ names. Every author puts a little of themselves into each story, and I wanted to honor the two people who have changed me in some of the best ways possible.

FFF: I love that! And I'm sure your girls love it, too. Thank you so much for sharing part of the process with us! Congrats and God's blessings on your novel!

JH: Thanks for having me!

 

J.M. Hackman has held many positions: assistant librarian, office assistant, office manager,

substitute teacher, writer, wife, and mother. She still holds the last three. And loves it. She

received a degree in Elementary Education from Pennsylvania State University and now

spends her days writing stories, consuming massive quantities of chocolate, and looking for

portals to other worlds. You can find her at www.jmhackman.com.

 

About SPARK

Brenna James wants three things for her sixteenth birthday: to find her history notes

before the test, to have her mother return from her business trip, and to stop creating fire

with her bare hands. Yeah, that’s so not happening. Unfortunately.

When Brenna learns her mother is missing in an alternate reality called Linneah, she

travels through a portal to find her. Against her will. Who knew portals even existed? But

Brenna’s arrival in Linneah begins the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy, including a royal

murder and the theft of Linneah’s most powerful relic: the Sacred Veil. Hold up. Can

everything just slow down for a sec?

 

Unwilling yet left with no other choice, Brenna and her new friend Baldwin (Um, hello,

Hottie!) pursue the thief into the dangerous woods of Silvastamen and beyond. Exactly

what Brenna wanted to do for her sixteenth birthday. Exactly. When they spy an army

marching toward Linneah, Brenna is horrified. Can she find the veil, save her mother, and

warn Linneah in time? And more importantly, why on earth doesn’t this alternity have

Belgian waffles?

 

Purchase Link on L2L2 Website: http://bit.ly/2mf4Iwg

SPARK is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBook, Kobo, and any other online retailer,

and SPARK can be requested at any bookstore or library.

                                                                


Willoughby Wednesday 5-17-17
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

hey Willoughby fans!

If you’re new to Willoughby, let me introduce you. Willoughby is a young, somewhat clumsy, gentle dragon who is learning to live and interact with friends from the Meadow near his home. In this picture book series for ages 4-8, Willoughby learns about friendship, getting along with creatures different from himself, and discovers he can do things he never thought he could.

Things are a bit quiet in the Land of Dern at the moment. But even though it’s May, Willoughby is already thinking about his birthday party, which will be celebrated on Facebook on Sept. 17th. I’ll post details when it gets closer, but if you know a child who shares Willoughby’s birthday, please let me know.

Willoughby will be meeting kids in a couple of libraries in New York City the first weekend in June! Those details are being planned right now, as well.

Kim has started some sketches for Willoughby’s next book: Willoughby and the Lumpy Bumpy Cake! Willoughby wants to bake a cake for his best friend, Rosewings’s, birthday, but every time he tries, it turns out lumpy, bumpy, black and burned. How can Willoughby get a cake baked in time to surprise Rosewings?

We’re planning to release Lumpy Bumpy Cake in November.

Willoughby is available on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Willoughby-Friends-Book-Terribly-Itchy/dp/193879611X/  OR, if you want an autograhped copy: www.fruitbearer.com