From Lightbulb to Keyboard: Pam Bachorz

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

It’s time for another addition of From Lightbulb to Keyboard, this time with Pam Bachorz, author of CANDOR and DROUGHT!


Ruby dreams of escaping the Congregation. Escape from slaver Darwin West and his cruel Overseers. Escape from the backbreaking work of gathering Water. Escape from living as if it is still 1812, the year they were all enslaved.

When Ruby meets Ford–an irresistible, kind, forbidden new Overseer–she longs to run away with him to the modern world, where she could live a normal teenage live. Escape with Ford would be so simple.

But if Ruby leaves, her community is condemned to certain death. She, alone, possess the secret ingredient that makes the Water so special–her blood–and it’s the one thing that the Congregation cannot live without.

Drought is the haunting story of one community’s thirst for life, and the dangerous struggle of the only girl who can grant it.

Okay, Pam, you’ve just been inspired with a fantastic, breathtaking idea for a novel. What’s your next step? How do you take a light bulb to the keyboard?

I open up Scrivener and open my idea file. I made a few folder, then a new doc and start typing anything and everything about the idea. Next I go trolling the Internet for inspiring pictures; before I fully outline a story, I have to have portraits of all my characters hanging above my desk! I also go looking for inspiring music (right now I have Katy Perry and Nicky Minaj on heavy rotation for my current brainstorming project). After the fun of finding inspirational materials, I do a full outline.

Hmm, Scrivener! I’ve tried it once after hearing so many writers rave about it, but I ended up going back to Word. Sounds like I should give it another try, though!

Thanks, Pam, and happy writing and drawing, everyone! 🙂

About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger/vlogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and Joyful Miles, mom of two awesome boys, wife of one fantastic husband, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She loves run-on sentences and adverbs. She also still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that.
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2 Responses to From Lightbulb to Keyboard: Pam Bachorz

  1. Laura, thanks for this awesome post. Pam, the blurb is fantastic. There’s so much to learn just from the blurb and how you created it. It truly makes me want to read the book NOW. Good job.

  2. Laura Bowers says:

    You’re welcome! 🙂

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