This is a BIG thrill for me. I read and critiqued Pam’s story before it became a book, so in some small way I feel like I’ve been a part of the process from manuscript to published novel. Welcome, Pam.
CANDOR came to the world on 9/22/09 and here’s what it’s all about.
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.
AND INTRODUCING THE AUTHOR, 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.
I ask almost the same questions of all the Debs, but none of their answers are ever even close to the same. We are such a diverse group and that’s one of the interesting things about knowing them. So let’s find out some not too personal, but interesting things about Pam.
Of all your favorite books, which one do you wish you had written?
UNWIND by Neal Shusterman. Awesome concept. Brilliant execution with gut-wrenching scenes. I drooled with jealousy from start to finish.
What fictional character do you wish you could be?
Oh, probably Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables, though I’m probably not designed for early 1900s life. I’d like to be Anne in her “Avonlea” and “Island” periods (fans of the book know what I mean!). Things got too sad for her starting with “House of Dreams”.
After chocolate what do you eat to make the writer-block pain go away?
Lollipops of all flavors, and sometimes candy canes.