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.
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.