Pamela L. Todd on the Beauty of Ordinary Characters

release bannerAs a reader, I flirt with a lot of genres. I enjoy fantasy then historical with maybe even a taste of horror. But contemporary…that is where my heart truly lies. Especially my writing heart.

I’ve written a few paranormal romances, most of which will more than likely never see the light of day, a historical romance and some YA. But my best work really does come when I write contemporary. I love the age we live in, where women have power and sexual independence they aren’t afraid to celebrate.

The best part about writing contemporary romances? Giving everyday women the chance to believe these great loves and romances can happen to them.

My characters aren’t extraordinary. They aren’t unattainable. They could exist anywhere and pop up in anyone’s real life. In my latest release, Now You See Me, my protagonist Jo Carpenter is a terrified woman living a life in shadows. The last thing she expects is to fall head-first into a relationship with Nate, a cheated man nursing a broken heart and a dollop of resentment. Separate, they are normal people just trying to make it through the rest of their lives unscathed, but together, they create this amazing love affair that brings them both to life. Their love is the extraordinary feature.

And that is why I adore writing and reading contemporary romances – the possibility of it all. That you could walk out your front door and bump into your destiny. I really enjoy books that are so far out of the realm of possibility that they just can’t help but be wonderful, but let’s face it…don’t we all wish there was the chance of getting a letter from Hogwarts? With contemporary you don’t have to wish…you can simply believe.

Right now I’m working on the second instalment of my Beautiful Sinners trilogy, the first of which publishes next year. This is contemporary again, and involves another difficult situation. These characters (I hope) will be easy to like and understandable. They sure need it. I have no definite plans to only write contemporary in the future. I write what comes and keep it that simple…it seems to work! I do have a few other genre possibilities that will come up shortly, but as for contemporary…I hope that well never runs dry.

nowyouseeme_800Blurb for Now You See Me: 

Invisible. A ghost. No one sees her. No one knows her. Until him. 

For the last seven years, Jo Carpenter has been a ghost in her own life. No friends. No permanent address. No long-term job. And that is exactly the way she wants it… Until a typing error lands her on Nate Harding’s doorstep in the city of Edinburgh, answering his ad for a roommate.

Nate and his luxury house are a different world for Jo. Tall, rugged and with a voice that seems hardwired to Jo’s sex drive, Nate is a distraction Jo can’t afford, but neither seems able to fight the growing tension between them. Nate’s touch brings Jo back to life and every encounter leaves her craving more. As they grow closer and intimacy creeps its way around them, Nate knows there are things Jo isn’t telling him. What he doesn’t realize is the less he knows about Jo and her past, the safer he is.

For years Jo has been careful—hasn’t let her guard down, got too comfortable or let anyone get close enough to see the person beneath her protective armor. Soon it isn’t just Nate that Jo has fallen for—it’s his whole family, from his adorable niece to his eccentric sister, Suze, who quickly becomes the best friend Jo has ever had. Against her better judgment, Jo let’s herself believe she can have a normal life. In Nate’s arms she forgets the things that haunt her, and the reasons she should leave that innocent family become all the reasons she can’t.

About Pamela L. Todd: 

Pamela has adored books since she can remember. There was no greater pleasure than discovering a new world to venture into, a new character to fall in love with…until she created her own and realised there was something even more magical. 

When she isn’t locked away at her computer, or scribbling in a notebook, Pamela can be found as her alter ego—namely wife to Matthew and mother to Todd. They also share their home with a schizophrenic cat and two greedy goldfish.


Pamela L. Todd on the Beauty of Ordinary Characters — 7 Comments

  1. Pamela, I move between writing contemporary romance and historicals set during World War Two. I love both time frames, but I agree, this is a great age to write about because so much is possible. Best of luck with Now You See Me.

  2. Welcome to the Cafe, Pamela. I’m also a fan of the everyday character. Princesses, billionaires and super-successful CEOs are nice, but I want to read about the Average Jane who finds the courage to change her life. As a reader, I find it inspiring. As a writer, everyday characters hold my interest.

    • Hi Reese,

      Thank you for your warm welcome :)

      Thank you for reading and commenting! I agree, while I do enjoy the ‘unattainable’ characters, I really love the everyday ones.


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