About the book:
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.
An Interview with Pam Bachorz:
Me: What were your favorite books (or types of books) as a teen, and what was it about them that appealed to you? What, on the other hand, would make you put a book down?
Pam: I loved a mix of books. A lot of what I was reading, as a teen, was adult fiction: the YA genre was only just beginning back then. My mother handed me my library card and let me check ANYTHING out. I loved that. When I did read YA, I loved the creepy/suspense/sci fi stuff: Lois Duncan, Mildred Ames, Julian Thompson. But I also devoured and collected--with copies still sitting right by my desk--the Sunfire Romance series.
Me: Have your reading tastes stayed the same, or have you discovered new loves and peeves (and if so, what are they)?
Pam: To this day I love a mix of fantasy, sci-fi and chick lit books!
Me: What was your favorite part of writing CANDOR, and what was the hardest?
Pam: I loved writing the last few chapters; I knew I was going to a good and surprising place and they flew out of my fingers. The hardest part was, I think, all of the real-life stuff that interrupted my creative flow: moving twice, having a baby, dayjob stuff, etc.
I am hoping that things will be a lot less EXCITING with the book I'm writing now.
Me: Did you draw on any people/places/experiences from your life while writing?
Pam: CANDOR's setting was inspired by Celebration, the planned community I lived in, in Florida, while I wrote most of it. People who live in that town may recognize certain spots, and you can find pics of inspirations on my website. That being said, Candor, Florida is obviously a complete invention. Nobody's getting brainwashed in Celebration--at least, not that I remember. :)
Me: What was the most exciting moment during the publishing process? The scariest?
Pam: There's been so many exciting things and honestly they just keep getting better. I think the most shocking and wonderful moment was when my agent, and then my editor, told me all these specific reasons that THEY loved MY book. Wow, I thought, they really read it. And they liked it!
The scariest... I had to ask my husband about this one. He said he thinks I'm most scared by the next page--that what I write next won't be what I wanted. Yep, he's got it.
Me: What are you working on now?
Pam: I'm working on another dark YA for Egmont USA. I have a couple of urban fantasy ideas cooking too. Guaranteed it won't be the typical or anything you've seen before. I hate reinventing the wheel!
Hope you enjoyed getting to know Pam! More interviews to come later this month. :)