Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Author Interview: Pam Bachorz

I’m pleased to welcome Pam Bachorz to the blog today! Pam’s newest release, Drought, is on bookstore shelves now. Welcome Pam!

TFE: Both Candor and Drought are dystopian novels. Do you see yourself ever writing something other than dystopian fiction?

Pam: Well, I never really set out to write something dystopian: I just write about things that fascinate me and things that freak me out. But I could absolutely see trying other things in the future. I think I’d get pretty bored if I’m still writing in the same exact vein, in 30 years.

TFE: I’m a self-proclaimed dystopian addict. Why do you think readers are drawn to books that take place in a dystopian world?

Pam: I think a lot of us are worried about stuff these days: limited resources, warring factions, technology that none of us fully understand, and people abusing power. Dystopian stories let us explore those concerns and feel like our worries are being heard. We can think “what if” without having to live through it.

TFE: If you were forced to live in a dystopian society what modern conveniences would you miss the most?

Pam: I love my food. I’d miss all my comfort favorites—Berger’s cookies from Baltimore, Snyder’s low-fat tortilla chips and fresh salsa, Trader Joe’s everything pretzel chips with chipolte hummus… mmmm. I think I need to get a snack.

Besides that, I sure do like my TV. And Internet. And having a light next to my bedside to snap on at any time? That’s pretty sweet too.

TFE: Please describe Drought’s main character, Ruby, in just three words.

Pam: Mystery. Seeker. Strong.

TFE: Do you feel your love of performing, and watching performances, has helped you write?

Pam: Absolutely—for me, writing IS performance. I try to use acting principles to immerse myself in each character and understand who they are; I find my posture changing as I write each person’s dialog. I also try to direct the reader’s eye the same way that you would on the stage. Look over here while I do this cool thing over there!

TFE: What books are you currently reading?

Pam: Right now I’m reading THE CURSE OF THE WENDIGO by Rick Yancey, FIVE FLAVORS OF DUMB by Anthony John, and then a non-fiction book about writing (THE ANATOMY OF STORY by John Truby).

If anyone is curious to see what I’m reading, I’m always happy to have more Goodreads friends!

TFE: What one book should everyone read, besides the ones you wrote of course.

Pam: I absolutely love Adam Rex’s THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY. I defy anyone to read that and NOT laugh out loud—or quote it to their friends. I think most people would be happier if they read that book.

TFE: Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Pam: Keep an eye on my website, in the weeks to come, for cool teaser videos about DROUGHT’s characters… and prize-pack giveaways when they launch!

Thanks so much!

TFE: You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by, and congratulations on the release of Drought!

Pam Bachorz on the web:

Website | Goodreads | Twitter

Pam’s  Books:



  1. Great interview. I haven't heard of THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY, so I have to look that one up. I really enjoyed reading Candor, and I cannot wait to read Drought.

  2. Great interview. I have to try this author sometime.

  3. what a wonderful interview. i am a new author and it was so interesting to read how for her, writing is performance. great interview! and i love the beautiful new look of your blog!