October 21st, 2009

CANDOR by Pam Bachorz

Today on the blog tour I'll be interviewing Pam Bachorz, author of CANDOR.


About Candor

Oscar Banks has everything under control. In a town where his father brainwashes everyone, he’s found a way to secretly fight the subliminal Messages. He’s got them all fooled: Oscar’s the top student and the best-behaved teen in town. Nobody knows he’s made his own Messages to deprogram his brain. But then Nia Silva moves to Candor, and Oscar falls in love. He must choose whether to let Nia be lost to brainwashing—or to sacrifice himself.

About Pam Bachorz

Pam Bachorz grew up in a small town in the Adirondack foothills, where she participated in every possible performance group and assiduously avoided any threat of athletic activity. Pam attended college in Boston and finally decided she was finished after earning four degrees. Her mother is not happy that Pam’s degrees are stored under her bed.

Pam lives just outside Washington, DC with her husband and their son. She likes to read books not aimed at her age group, go to museums and theater performances, and watch far too much television. She even goes jogging. Reluctantly.

As far as she knows, Pam has never been brainwashed. Or maybe that’s just what she’s supposed to say.

Me: Hi Pam, Welcome.  Thanks for stopping in to chat.  Tell us, what competes for your time and how do you manage to give writing the appropriate amount of time it requires?

Pam:I work another full-time job, and I have a wonderful family--and a 1937 house that always presents delightful little maintenance surprises (but we love it!). I schedule my writing each week and set goals too (such as, I'm going to write 20 pages this week). I post my schedule and my goals on my study door, and do my best to stick to them. 

Me: What is your writing routine? Do you outline or write as you go? Do you fully sketch and develop your main character initially, or get to know him/her as you write?

Pam I like to outline before I go, and I always want to know my major plot points before I start. But things definitely change as I draft the story. And then in revision I find the things that really matter.
I get to know my characters as I write--leaving much more room for them to develop than my plot. Sometimes I feel guilty, like I should spend more time on character development up front, but I get stir-crazy when I try to fill out questionnaires and do detailed character studies. I do freewrite about them, though, when I want to think about specific aspects of the character and how it intersects with the plot. 

Me: What do you particularly love about the setting you portray in your book?

Pam:The setting was inspired by the 6 years I lived in a planned community in central Florida, so I love reading my book and seeing the places that remind me of my old home and the friends who still live there. Although one of my favorite settings--a little lean-to in the woods--doesn't exist in real life, as far as I know. But I can imagine it out there! 

Me: yes, the setting in your book is very intriguing... :)  What actor or actress do you imagine playing your main character in a movie or T.V. version of your book?

Pam: I honestly haven't seen an actor who personifies Oscar for me. But I would love to see Neal McDonough, from Desperate Housewives, play my MC's father. He manages to combine creepy, controlling and compelling all at once.

Me: Great. Thanks, Pam and best of luck with CANDOR!

Additional Details

o Author Web site: http://www.pambachorz.com/

o Bookstore links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Candor-Pam-Bachorz/dp/1606840126/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1251759032&sr=1-1
IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781606840122


I wrote about how Sam spent several hours playing a fighter jet pilot video game at Chuck E. Cheese a few weeks ago. Well now, apparently, he thinks that qualifies him to fly a plane.

Tomorrow I leave with my two kids to fly to New Jersey to visit my family and do a book signing. And as if I wasn't stressed enough about flying alone with the kids (my husband is staying home) now Sam is declaring that he's going to go up to the crockpit (not a typo that's what he calls it) and help the pilot fly the plane.  Oh, we can wave hello to the pilot! I say enthusiastically, but no, he insists he's going into the crockpit - maybe even to sit on the pilot's lap.

This is paybacks, I'm sure.  I wrote a book about a plane crash and now I'm destined to have stressful air travel for the rest of my life.

So wish me luck and if you're in New Jersey - please stop by:
Saturday, October 24th 4pm
Bridgewater, NJ
(across from the Commons mall)