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 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!

 

                                                                      


Book Review - SINKING
Monday, April 23, 2018

     hey FFFers – check out this fabulous cover for the novel, SINKING! I loved this book and am really excited about the upcoming sequel, DRIFTING. Here’s a little about the first book in the series.    

                    

                                      

Jocelyn (the name Lady Edith gave her) is found naked on the beach. She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know how she got there. At first, she can’t even remember how to speak or breathe. The last thing she does remember is someone saying remember!

But she can’t!

Lady Edith takes her in and it’s quickly clear she wants Jocelyn to replace the daughter she lost. She begins to teach Jocelyn everything she wants Jocelyn to know. But she’s not a very nice woman. Jocelyn finds more of a friend in Helen, the servant.

One of the answers Jocelyn needs has been discovered by Lady Edith – a piece of coral jewelry – but Edith hides it because she feels it has value and wants compensation. You see, Edith is not well off since her husband died. She writes to an estranged nephew, Thomas, planning to “sell” Jocelyn to him.

Jocelyn continues to learn about the world around her. Even though she’s afraid, she’s brave and smart and she learns quickly. But she keeps “hearing” a man’s voice – she believes it’s the sea – calling to her to “Come back to me.”

One day, Jocelyn steps into the sea and the voice is delighted she’s alive. He calls again. The sea tries to pull her in. She feels energized, but the waves push her back to land. She’s determined to solve this mystery.

Thomas arrives, accompanied with Captain Aiden. Both men are taken with Jocelyn, but for different reasons. Jocelyn senses something bad in Thomas and tries to avoid him, but that’s about impossible as he’s staying in the house.

One evening, Captain Aiden, who has come for dinner as Thomas’s guest, finds the coral jewelry among some books.  Jocelyn sees it and becomes obsessed to hold it. Lady Edith lies and tells them it’s a family heirloom.

Day after day, night after night, the man’s voice continues to call Jocelyn to “Come back to me!” But as hard as she tries, she can’t remember. Thomas offers to take her on ship in order to search for her family. She agrees. Thomas goes to Lady Edith and offers her 10,000 pounds for Jocelyn, promising he will marry her in India. Edith had been hoping for more, but Thomas threatens to strip her of everything she owns if she refuses.

They board the ship. Captain Aiden is furious Jocelyn is coming with them. The sailors believe death comes to any ship that carries a woman. But Thomas is insistent. Jocelyn tries to leave, but the sea will not allow it. Its waves hit the ship, preventing her from disembarking. An old sailor recognizes this and convinces the rest to allow her to stay.

Aiden had purchased the coral jewelry from Lady Edith, and on ship, he discovers its clockwork-like mechanisms. It gives him a shock, so he uses a splinter of wood to turn the gears which lights up the medallion. A small wheel pops out and the captain can’t put it back in. The old sailor, Nicholas, sees it and knows it comes from another world – the sea.

Jocelyn dreams of a violent escape from one who would have murdered her. Another woman is killed, protecting her. The sea responds to her dream, waves pounding the side of the ship.

The ship sails on, and eventually, Jocelyn learns she is a mermaid. Her betrothed finds them. The ships continues to India, where the adventures continues on land. There’s more to the story, but you’ll need to read the book to see for yourself. I found the story intriguing and can’t wait to read the sequel, DRIFTING, which will be releasing this week!

 

Here’s a peek of DRIFTING:

Jocelyn plunges into the ocean near Calcutta, India, thrown overboard by a man claiming it’s the only way to save her life. As she sinks, the transformation begins, and the ocean welcomes her back into its embrace.

Aidan Boyd thought the only way to save Jocelyn was to give her back to the ocean, but now he’s not so sure. Aidan doesn’t believe in mermaids, but he can’t explain the way she changed. Will he see Jocelyn again? Or has he condemned her to a watery grave?

Jocelyn drifts in a world she’d forgotten only to find she’s hunted by a deadly force from the ancient city of Thessa, the reason she was hidden in the world above. But she cannot get Aidan out of her head. Was what they shared real? Or was it a fantasy brought on by her unconscious need to seduce a human?

Both Aidan and Jocelyn begin a desperate and dangerous journey to discover the truth … and hopefully each other. But will their love be enough?

Look for DRIFTING on Amazon, April 26th.

                                                                                   

 

Sarah Armstrong-Garner lives in Northern California with her husband and three children, and get this: not only is she an author, screenwriter, and photographer, she also shoots indie films with her husband. You can visit www.SarahArmstrongGarner.com to learn more about her and her upcoming releases.


Author Spotlight - Imani Ariana Grant
Monday, April 16, 2018

hey FFFers – I’m super excited to introduce you to 9-year-old author, Imani Ariana Grant! I met her on April 7th at the Beau Arts Book Festival in Philadelphia! When Imani Ariana was 8-years-old, she got the idea to write a book ... and she did it! Isn’t that cool?

So, join me in welcoming Imani Ariana!

FFF: Hi, Imani Ariana! I’m so happy to have you here on my blog. I have lots of questions. Ready?

IAG: I’m happy to be here, too! I’m ready!

FFF: Why did you publish your story?

IAG: At first I was curious about how long it took for a book to be published and what my story would look like being illustrated. I also published my story because I wanted to share my knowledge with other children and teach them about the 8 planets in the solar system. 

FFF: Where did you find your illustrators?

IAG: My awesome publisher, Dr. Mellissa Sue-John from Lauren Simone Publishing House, connected us with the most amazing and creative kids illustrators for my book. It was cool to know that they are also children. Simonne-Anias Clarke who is 16-years-old and Zachary-Michael Clarke who is 13-years-old. 

FFF: I love that! Do you have more similar story ideas? Like, are you planning a series? 

IAG: I enjoy science, so I am currently working on my next book which is also in the science category. I guess it could be considered a science series. 

FFF: A series is always a good thing. Do you write by hand or by computer?

IAG: I write my draft by hand but then I type it on the computer to email it to my publisher.

FFF: What else do you enjoy besides writing? 

IAG: I enjoy a lot of things including singing, dancing, playing basketball and the violin, and swimming. I also enjoy play dates with my friends, exploring and meeting new friends. 

FFF: All those things help you be a better writer, too! What is your favorite snack?

IAG: I have a sweet tooth, so my favorite snack is Welch’s fruit snacks. 

FFF: Besides publishing a book, what is the coolest thing you ever did? 

IAG: The next coolest thing I have done was help my mom build my website and managing it. I also recently cut all of my hair off. I think that was a brave thing to do and pretty cool.

FFF: You look so cute with short hair! And the beauty of hair is it grows back. How do you like to relax? 

IAG: If I am traveling, I like to sit on the beach and relax. When I am home I like to watch a movie with my family. 

FFF: The beach is my favorite place in the world! What advice do you have for other kids who would like to write and publish a book? 

IAG: My biggest advice is to follow your dreams and do not give up. 

FFF: That’s good advice for any age! Your mom helps you a lot. What advice does she have for other moms whose kids want to write? 

IAG’s mom: As a mother, I believe it is the responsibility of parents to give our children confidence and nurture their talents by allowing them to express themselves. So I would say to other parents, recognize your child strength and talents from an early stage and give them the confidence to believe that they can do all things through Christ that strengthens them. Seek help from experts who can help your child achieve their goals. 

FFF: Perfect advice! I’m so happy you encouraged your daughter! Thank you! Imani, where can we find your book? 

IAG: Currently, my book is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, www.laurensimonepubs.com, brownboybrowngirl.com and also on my own website at www.magitots.com 

We are working very hard to get my book in as many bookstores as possible across the US and around the globe.

FFF: I believe you will do that very thing! Thanks for being here today! I know all my friends, followers, and fellow authors will join me in telling you to keep going! Please make sure to let me know when your next book is out! 

IAG: I will! Thanks for having me!