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Pamela Burford

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Las Cruces, New Mexico, The United States



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Pamela Burford comes from a funny family. You may take that any way you want. She was raised in a household that valued laughter above all, so of course the first thing she looked for in a husband was a sense of humor. Is it any wonder their grown kids are into stand-up comedy and improv? Oh, and here's another fun family fact: Pamela's identical twin sister, Patricia Ryan, aka P.B. Ryan, is also a published novelist. Patricia is the Good Twin, and yeah, Pamela knows what that makes her. But hey, Evil Twins have more fun!

It should come as no surprise that everything Pamela writes is infused with her own quirky brand of humor, from her feel-good contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels to her popular Jane Delaney mystery series,

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Pamela Burford Ive taught countless writing workshops on many topics, and at the heart of all of them is one fundamental question: How do I get (and remain) happily…moreI’ve taught countless writing workshops on many topics, and at the heart of all of them is one fundamental question: How do I get (and remain) happily published? Everyone in the biz has his or her answer. Here’s mine.
1. Read all types of fiction, various genres and literary fiction, and analyze what you read. Don’t confine yourself to romance or suspense or paranormal urban shapeshifting or whatever—you don’t learn that way.
2. Join a writers’ organization. That’s where you hone your craft, learn the market, make contacts within the industry, and get the emotional support you need to keep going.
3. Don’t try to adhere to someone else’s way of working. Maybe you do your best writing at 3am. In crayon on toilet paper. While cleaning out the gerbil cage. Pantser, plotter, it’s all good. Every writer must discover what works for him or her. It’s a very personal experience.
4. Be willing to learn from others, both your favorite authors and your writer buddies. No, don’t just yes me, really do it! I’ve seen mediocre writers improve dramatically and get published by taking critiques to heart and doggedly studying their craft. I’ve also seen gifted writers who were too arrogant to learn from others and whose best work is holding up table legs.
5. Give yourself permission to write garbage. Yeah, I’m talking to you! Don’t be such a damn perfectionist. No, this does not mean you pack up your garbage with an SASE and send it off to your dream agent. It means don’t expect instant brilliance. You’ve got to flex the writing muscles. It’s a process.
6. It’s become a popular meme, but that doesn’t make it any less true: Talent. Persistence. Luck. Pick any two.(less)
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Night fishing sounded like so much fun. You get to fish. At night. With your pals on a boat in the Atlantic.

Okay, heres the thing about boats. They rock. Which is not an issue for the lucky people who dont get seasick. And heres the thing about seasickness. You dont find out youre one of the unlucky ones until youre on the damn boat. And heres the thing about damn boats. When youre on one, you... Read more of this blog post »
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Little Elvises by Timothy Hallinan
And you know women, they're both back there turning it into the crime of the century. Planting it in a little garden in the center of their hearts and watering it with feelings. Talking about it, sharing it. You're a cheat, you're a heartbreaker, you're like a museum exhibit, Everything That's Wrong with Guys.
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“The brooch was a cheap bauble, but one with powerful sentimental value. Not that Irene was the sentimental type, aside from the smother-love she lavished on her toy poodle, but she’d known Colette her whole life. They’d grown up in the same grimy apartment house in Bay Ridge and had at one time”
Pamela Burford, Undertaking Irene

“Oh yeah, that’s what you want to be,” she muttered as she slammed the drawer shut and fumbled for the one next to it, “the kind of woman men sleep with out of pity.”
Pamela Burford, In the Dark

“She’d located the junk drawer and it bore fruit: a short candle stub, the remnant, no doubt, of some intimate dîner tête à tête. A little more exploring turned up a mostly empty matchbook and a squat, wax-encrusted glass candlestick. She crammed the candle in the holder and touched a lit match to the blackened wick.”
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“My name is Jane Delaney and I do things my paying customers can’t do, don’t want to do, don’t want to be seen doing, can’t bring themselves to do, and/or don’t want it to be known they’d paid someone to do. To dead people.”
Pamela Burford, Undertaking Irene

“Dean was about to dismiss me with a quick nod, but my name caught his attention. “Hey, you’re that Death Diva girl, right?”
“’Fraid so.”
“Huh.” He studied me a moment as he extracted a lighter and pack of cigarettes from his shirt pocket. I studied him back. Dean’s head bore the aftermath of what had to be the world’s worst hair transplant. Reddish brown crop rows marched back from a severe, slightly lopsided hairline. The whole mess had been meticulously blow-dried and sprayed in a swept-back style more appropriate to the 1980s.
He tapped out a cigarette. “You make money doing that?”
“Why, yes I do,” I said. “That’s kind of the point of it.” That’s the number-one question I get asked.
“What’s the weirdest thing you’ve done, eh?” The number-two question, right on schedule.”
Pamela Burford, Uprooting Ernie

“You’re repulsive, Mike.”
“I said, you’re impulsive. Such a fun, impulsive guy.” When Leah looked into her date’s little eyes, she couldn’t help picturing Mavis Fletcher’s prize sow Gertie in a two-thousand-dollar silk suit and a gold Tag Heuer watch.”
Pamela Burford, Snowed

“Bob leaned back and straightened his red paisley power tie. His smile was a bit lopsided and more than a bit suggestive. “In my experience, older women have very definite ideas about what they want—ideas that don’t include wheezing, potbellied, middle-aged guys with receding hairlines.” He chuckled and smoothed his flaxen tresses once more.
She drummed her fingernails on the white tablecloth and looked for the waitress. That made six times so far this insolent pup had used the term “older women.”
He gave her the once-over. “Nowadays, older women are so—”
God help him if he says...
“—well preserved.”
Lina briefly closed her eyes. It was going to be a long evening.”
Pamela Burford, Too Darn Hot

“Lucy woke with the munchies the night the kidnappers came for her.”
Pamela Burford, Snatched

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