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Pamela Jeffs is an Aurealis Award nominated speculative fiction author from Queensland, Australia. She has numerous short fiction pieces published in national and international anthologies and magazines. She has released several short fiction collections including Red Hour and Other Strange Tales, Saloons & Stardust: A Collection and Five Dragons. Her first children’s book titled ‘Turtle Island’ was released in March 2018. For further information, visit her at www.pamelajeffs.com or Facebook at @pamelajeffsauthor.
What’s your background, what compelled you to start writing?
My background is in the fields of Interior Architecture and Design. I have always worked in creative fields. As for writing, I have written ever since I was a small child. I grew up in rural Australia without much in the way of entertainment so reading books and writing stories were what I had. I adore writing and have even from that young age.
What book from your childhood do you remember the best? Why?
‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis. And why? Because I cried when Aslan died. As a child, this was the first time I realised that words carry weight and absolutely have the power to make people feel.
What’s your most favourite under-appreciated novel?
‘To Ride Hell’s Chasm’ by Janny Wurts. Just brilliant, beautiful story telling and filled with strong characters…might actually read that one again now!
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Pay real attention to small details and remember them. What do things really look like, tastes, scents and textures. These are the things that give your writing depth.
Besides hard work and talent, what other traits has led to your success?
A thick skin, belief in myself and the understanding that while writing is art, it is also a business.
What’s brewing? What projects are you working on?
This year I am excited to be working on several more speculative fiction short story collections and novellas