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

The Realm Awards Finalists' FB Party!
Friday, June 15, 2018

Welcome FB Party Friends! Thanks for participating! Here’s some of Willoughby’s favorite jokes.

Dragon Jokes

Q. What do dragons eat for a snack?

A. Firecrackers!

 

Q. What eats more tacos than one dragon?

A. TWO dragons!

 

Q. What's big and scaly and bounces?

A. A dragon on a trampoline!

 

Q. What sound do you hear when a dragon eats spicy salsa?

A. A fire alarm!

 

Q. Where do you go when a dragon sneezes?

A. Out of the way!

 

Q. What do you do with a green dragon?

A. Wait until he ripens.

 

Anyone who can share an additional dragon joke (suitable for kids) in the comments here will be entered into a drawing for some fun Willoughby swag!

 

                                                             


Mechanical Animals, Mechanical Animials, Mechanical Animals
Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Mechanical Animals … say THAT 10 times fast!  haha!

Today on Fairies, Fantasy, and Faith, the Blog Tour for Electrical Menagerie by Mollie Reeder, stops here so I can spotlight it! I gotta tell ya, I stayed up waaaay too late to finish this story. WOW! It was engaging, fun, a bit thrilling, and one that I’ll probably read again.

How to explain it? Well, to me, it’s an otherworldly steampunk, as it involves mechanicals, a bit of Victorian, and a totally non-earth-like world, as the worlds are islands, floating in the sky, connected by train tracks. Mollie’s imagination is amazing, and I was pulled in immediately and stayed with the characters all the way through.

Here’s more about The Electrical Menagerie:

The Electrical Menagerie, one-of-a-kind robotic roadshow, is bankrupt.

Sylvester Carthage, illusionist and engineer, has the eccentric imagination the Menagerie needs to succeed creatively — but none of the people skills. Fast-talking Arbrook Huxley, meanwhile, has all the savvy the Menagerie needs to succeed commercially — but none of the scruples.

To save their show, Carthage & Huxley risk everything in a royal talent competition, vying for the chance to perform for the Future Celestial Queen. In this stardust-and-spark-powered empire of floating islands and flying trains, a shot at fame and fortune means weathering the glamorous and cutthroat world of critics, high society, and rival magicians —but with real conspiracy lurking beneath tabloid controversy, there’s more at stake in this contest than the prize.

Behind the glittery haze of flash paper and mirrors, every competitor has something to hide… and it’s the lies Carthage & Huxley tell each other that may cost them everything.

"Dazzles from start to finish. In Carthage & Huxley, Sherlock & Watson fans will find another dynamic duo whose ready wit and sizzling banter (and inevitable personality clashes) never fail to delight. You'll be calling for an encore performance." Gillian Bronte Adams, author of The Songkeeper Chronicles

"The stuff that fandoms are built on." Kyle Robert Shultz, author of Beaumont & Beasley

 

Purchase Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Electrical-Menagerie-Celestial-Isles-Book-ebook/dp/B07D5TM5VS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39719906-the-electrical-menagerie

 

About the Author

Mollie’s first job was with a major theme park, where she operated a roller coaster, fixed parade floats, and helped Scooby-Doo put on his head. Now, Mollie is a movie producer and the author of character-driven science fiction/fantasy novels for adults who never outgrew imagination. Her favorite things include Jesus, dinosaurs, and telling cinematic stories that blend glitter and grit.

Social Media Links

Website — Twitter — Instagram

Giveaway!!

Explore the world of The Electrical Menagerie by entering to win this Celestial Isles prize pack, which includes: "High Victorian" playing cards by luxury playing card company Theory11, handmade galaxy mug by DeVita Designs, Science & Engineering Themed Pocket Notebook Set by CognitiveSurplus, and a tin of Electrical Menagerie themed tea (over a $50 value)! (US only.)

Link: https://kingsumo.com/g/8tf8sz/the-electrical-menagerie-steampunk-prize-pack-giveaway 

I’m looking forward to more from Mollie Reeder, Carthage, and Huxley!

 

                                                                    


The Power of Doritos
Monday, May 07, 2018

Anna is what they call “non-verbal” which means she doesn’t really use her words for her main source of communication. Even though she can. She’s capable. Anna likes to stand in front of me and stare. And I have to ask, “What  would you like?” And she’ll say, “Okay!”

“But you didn’t tell me anything!” I say. “What would you like?”

She responds, “Please!”

ARGH! “Anna! What. Do. You. Want?”

“Okay!” Then she turns and goes back to her couch. See, she wants me to read her mind so she doesn’t have to talk. That’s the autism.

HOWEVER … the other day, I gave her a bowl of Nacho Cheese Doritos and some juice. I was in the kitchen, cleaning up after lunch. I hear her behind me so I turned around and there she was with her empty bowl. And without any prompting from me, she said, “Want more chips.”

WOO HOO!!!  Do you know how HUGE this is? My almost 27-year-old daughter asked for more chips without me having to prompt her! The power of Doritos! hahahahaha! That’s kinda hard to truly understand if you don’t have a special needs child, but it’s just like when a child is maybe 2 or 3 years old and they ask for something without prompting. You get so excited that they got it!!! That’s what I live with – little moments like that. Moments that may never happen again.

But I’ll take them when I can get them.

I shared this with a group of moms who also have special kids. One mom thought about it, and she wrote such a beautiful response, I want to share part of it with you (with her permission).

Laura said:

Yes, when your child is dependent on you in most ways equal to a two-year-old, you rejoice in these milestones. You never, EVER give up hope. Anna’s achievement was equal to a mommy hearing her seven-month-old say, “Ma-ma” for the first time. And, yes, Pam rejoiced the same.

This incident got me thinking.

At times, I think we feel that God doesn’t rejoice over us quite the way He did when we were new Christians, or quite the same way He did when we were “being good”.

When the metaphorical ‘chips’ (anything we need to pursue God and to help His people) are down, He truly wants us to ask for the provisions and resources we need to do His will – that thing he sent us here to do.

Our Heavenly Father’s love for us is so pure and unconditional. I picture Him sitting on His throne cheering us all on. He smiles and laughs with us. He’s terribly proud when we succeed. He is so relieved and excited when we choose Him, when we use His love and empowerment to do those things He sent us to do. He never gives up on us! Never!

Today, when I go before Him in prayer, I think He would rejoice in hearing me say, “Want more chips!”

Is Laura right or what?

So …. go forth, my friends, and ask for more chips!