From the talented P.D.Workman, we have the newest release in the “Auntie Clem Bakery” Series
(Hey now, we can’t do horror all the times! Sometime we gotta come down from horror overdose)
|And check out number 1 and 2|
P.D is a talented and writer from Canada (That right there, you know she extra nice, eh?)
She took the time to grant us a mini-interview and I found her answers touching and very interesting.
What has influenced your writing the most?
I know the usual answer is a particular author, book, or teacher. But for me, I think the thing that has influenced my writing the most is my feelings of compassion and empathy. The stories that I read in the news that I often end up clipping for use in future stories tend to be about injustices done, people in dire circumstances, articles that are biased against the victim, etc. A lot of the time they feature abuse, mental illness, or homelessness. I can remember many times as a young writer, watching a movie or listening to a song and being so overwhelmed by emotion that the only way for me to handle it was by writing it out. Writing has always been the best way for me to deal with grief, depression, or other stresses. As much as I would like to give all of the homeless teens a hug and take care of them, or to somehow reach out to comfort everyone suffering from abuse, mental illness, addiction, or other disorders, the best way for me to touch the most people and influence social change is to write.
So I will continue to study and write about those issues, even when I am writing in a more lighthearted genre like my recent cozy mysteries. You’ll still find characters with checkered backgrounds, physical and emotional challenges, and dealing with discrimination and injustices.
What was the most challenging mental health issue you explored/featured in your writing, in which book?
There have been some real doozies. Probably with the trauma bonding, PTSD, and depersonalization disorder suffered by Chloe in book #4 of the Between the Cracks series. It was truly gut-wrenching to write about what she went through, both externally (the abuse) and internally (depersonalization et al.) I really internalize what I am writing, so living inside the head of a character like Chloe can be really hard.
Chloe is part of a series, but it can be read as a stand-alone book.
A quick line of advice of any beginning writers or artists?
It is an amazing time to be writing. There are so many opportunities for us to learn, share, and spread our words. Don’t let the naysayers get you down, whether they are experienced writers, family members, or friends. You are learning and growing in your craft, and as long as you continue to do that, great things are going to come.
P.D. Workman (Pam)
Read more about about her and the varied works she has written on her website.