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, and blogger at As The Eraser Burns, Joyful Miles, and Write, Run, Rejoice. In the past, she's been a waitress, telemarketer, cook, real estate agent, and during her college days, a costumed character at holiday parades. (Memories of being terrorized as a candy cane still haunt her at night.) At the age of thirty, she pursued her dream of being a writer. Her first novel, Beauty Shop for Rent, a “Steel Magnolias for teens,” was inspired by a rusted sign by a charming old house, and now, she can honestly say that writing is a thousand times more rewarding than being a candy cane!
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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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