Merseyside author Pam Bloom is hoping Friday 13th is not going to live up to its unlucky name this week, as she’s chosen it as the launch date for her latest novel.
Pam, from Meols, Wirral, will be reading a chapter from her third novel, After Harry, at Write Blend bookshop in South Road, Waterloo from 7pm on the night, as well as signing copies of this and her other novels, and answering questions from the audience.
The evening will also feature a performance by local psychological illusionist (a magician in the Derren Brown mould) Matt Colman.
Pam explained: “My latest novel is an adult paranormal/supernatural thriller/suspense with a touch of romance, which I know is a bit of a mouthful but covers all the bases…
“It tells the story of one woman’s battle back to normality after the sudden death of her only child – a battle made all the more difficult as the trauma somehow gives her the ability to hear other people’s thoughts. As a counsellor helping people overcome all sorts of problems, the protagonist finds this both a curse and a blessing.”
Pam grew up in Liverpool and attended Holly Lodge Comprehensive School for Girls and studied English Language and Literature at the University of Liverpool before training as a
reporter on the Merseymart newspaper in Penny Lane.
After 26 years’ working in newspapers including the Daily Post & Echo, journalist Pam turned her hand to writing novels to interest her teenage daughter in reading.
Pam, who lives in Great Meols with her husband, teenage daughter, cat and multiple fish, had always had designs on writing her own book. When she was made redundant from her role as a sub-editor in 2015, she suddenly found herself with lots of time on her hands. As well as volunteering for the Citizens Advice Bureau, she decided to put this time to good use by penning her first novel.
An avid Doctor Who and sci-fi fan, it was only natural that Pam chose the genre to unleash her literary talents.
Explained Pam: “I always wanted to be an author. I have written stories and poems, on and off, since I was old enough to know how. I started several novels over the years – most abandoned for various reasons – and loved writing as part of my job.
“Whole New World[s] was my first completed novel. I wrote it while working part-time, with the aim of getting my book-hating, then 11-year-old daughter, to read. It didn’t work, but I did read it to her and she liked it!”
Pam self-published her first two books Whole New World[s] and Running on Amazon – which are part of The Parallel Universe Adventures trilogy. Aimed at 10-year-olds and up, the sci-fi series is receiving consistent five-star reviews from kids and adults alike, and book one is being taught to children in years five and six at three Wirral schools.
Along with After Harry, Pam will be signing copies of her first two novels at the launch this Friday. Entry is free, and refreshments will be available to buy in the coffee shop above the book shop. So, don’t miss the chance to get your signed copies of Pam’s latest masterpiece.
You can also buy them online. Find out more at www.pambloomauthor.com