Bio

Pam McCutcheon

I’ve been a reader all my life, starting out with fairy tales and graduating to reading everything in the house when I grew older, including my parents’ romances, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, and action / adventure.

If a writer can combine romance and humor with a fantasy, science fiction, or a paranormal element, I’m hooked. Add action / adventure, and it’s even better!  Since I couldn’t find quite enough books that combine these elements, I sat down to write some of my own. The result is the books you’ll see on this website.

And now that I’ve taken an early retirement from my government job, I am working at my first love—publishing—and providing services for other writers.  I live in Colorado with my three dogs: Mo, Daisy, and Trixie.

FAQs

Q: Do you have a degree in creative writing?

A:  Uh, no.  I have a B.S. in Industrial Engineering.  Hey, I like both words and numbers.

Q: How did you get started writing?

A: I’ve always loved to read, and was a “wannabe” writer for a long time. I wrote a little when I was very young—a horrible mish-mash of the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew, but didn’t do any more fiction writing until I after I went through a bad time in my life many years later. Reading wonderful novels helped me through that hard time and I decided then that I wanted to write books that would do the same thing for other people.

Q: How did you sell your first book?

A: It took me two and a half years to write my first book, Golden Prophecies, but I was learning the entire time I was writing it: joining writing organizations, attending classes and conferences, reading writing books, analyzing the market, getting feedback from a critique group, and writing. Luckily, Leisure Love Spell was buying futuristic romances and they bought my first book in April 1994 after it had been rejected by three other publishers.

Q: Where do you get your ideas?

A: From a strange little man in Peoria. . . . In other words, I don’t know! They attack anytime, from everywhere—when I’m watching movies, reading books, taking a bath (my best ideas strike when I’m soaking wet), whenever. I just open my mind and let them come.

Q: Why do you write under more than one name?

A: I established my romance writing career as Pam McCutcheon, and most of those books are romantic comedies with a very light tone. When I decided to write fantasy, some of those stories are very different. So as not to disappoint Pam McCutcheon readers who are looking for an amusing romantic read, I use Pamela Luzier for the fantasies. And now that I’m writing Young Adult urban fantasy which is quite different from the other two, I have a third name—Parker Blue. Debra Dixon came up with it to reflect my writing, and I love it.

Photos

Mo, the inspiration for Fang in the Demon Underground Novels
Mo, the inspiration for Fang in the Demon Underground Novels
Daisy, aka Miss Poopy Butt
Daisy, aka Miss Poopy Butt
Trixie, the Doodle Bug
Trixie, the Doodle Bug
Editor Debra Dixon with "Fang" and e
Editor Debra Dixon with "Fang" and me
Booksigning with Donnell Ann Bell
Booksigning with Donnell Ann Bell
Conference with Sharon Silva, Jude Willhoff, and Karen Fox
Conference with Sharon Silva, Jude Willhoff, and Karen Fox
Victorian Tea Party with Paula Gill, Karen Fox, Deb Stover, Angel Smits, Maureen McKade, and Laura Hayden
Victorian Tea Party with Paula Gill, Karen Fox, Deb Stover, Angel Smits, Maureen McKade, and Laura Hayden
The "Madame"
The "Madame"
Riding a dolphin in Cozumel
Riding a dolphin in Cozumel