Author Spotlight: Dr. Pam Misher
Dr. Pam Misher is a retired school administrator who is currently an administrative and curriculum coach. She wholeheartedly believes that encouraging children to read books in their areas of interest will strengthen their reading skills and encourage a lifelong love for reading. Let's get to know her a little better, shall we . . .
First, let’s get to know you a little better
Where would you go in a time machine?
(1) Go back to the 1960’s and have an interview/conversation with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., (2) Go back to January 2009 at President Obama’s inauguration. Be on the STAGE when he becomes president, AND most importantly, (3) go back when Jesus walked on this earth to meet and talk with him.
Which super power would you like to have?
The superpower of “The hand of healing.” I would like to touch people and help to cure cancer, diabetes, dementia etc. and heal blindness and deafness.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
A neon orange. Orange is warm and soft. Neon would represent “standing out among others” but NOT in a pushy way. Neon Orange represents a type of “leadership.” Strong, confident with a clear vision and direction, but reassuring and calming.
What’s your favorite old school jam?
Earth, Wind & Fire: “Sing a Song,” “September,” and “Reasons.”
What TV show can you absolutely not miss?
NCIS and Matlock and CNN/MSNBC News!
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
A Black Female’s Perception of Leadership
Now, on to your writing
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I became the principal of my 3rd school (Title I), I noticed several of my students could not read and did not like to read. I decided that when I retired, I would write children books to encourage students to read.
What inspires you to write?
My inspiration comes from knowing that anyway I can bless children, I will do that!!! I will continue to share the importance of education and reading, because that is the key to ending poverty.
What genre do you write and why?
I will continue to write children’s books, with characters which include children of color. There are not enough books with “brown” faces in them.
What moves you to share your experiences with the world?
As a former teacher and administrator, I have experienced many situations with children, parents and teachers pertaining to teaching and encouraging students to read. I want to add more books for students to read.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or are you one of those who write only when they feel inspired?
I have finished writing my first and second books. I am currently working on my third book. I usually pray first, wait to get an idea then write. My drive or ideas come in seasons, sporadically. I really don’t have a timeline, i.e. every two years produce a book. I want to write and get them published as fast as I can. The need is go great!
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
My quirk is that I only write late at night. Never during the day. I am not sure why, but I am more relaxed late at night.
How do you select the names of your characters? I try to find characters (animals, young characters) that would appeal to young children. As I continue to write, I will later move into writing for older students.
And just a bit more
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
It would be an eagle. The eagle represents strength, wisdom, focused, power, vision, inspiration, determination, perseverance, persistence, and loyalty. They soar above all situations and they mate for life. They work as a team with their mate. They also care for their young. They know exactly what it takes to survive without excuses and they make things happen.
How do you think it will feel when you publish your book?
I will feel relieved, honored, humbled and EXCITED!!!
Why did you choose self-publishing?
I really wanted to see if this is something that could do. I am not sure of the pros or cons of self-publishing, but I want to give it a try. It is hard work, which is fine, and I hope the next book is easier to finish.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
Yes. Educational Authors: Tony Wagner, Todd Whitaker, Malcolm Gladwell, Baruti Kafele, and John Maxwell. Spiritual Authors: Bishop TD Jakes and Joyce Meyers.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I should have started earlier, studied the process for self-publishing, and put aside additional funds. It is also important to have a ‘professional, knowledgeable and supportive publisher’ and I am truly BLESSED to be a part of Divine Legacy Publishing.
Any advice you would like to give to aspiring writers?
Put aside additional funds. Put yourself on a workable timeline, follow this timeline, and do not get distracted. Write from your heart and do not let others discourage you. Lastly, make sure you have a professional, caring, and supportive publisher. I am very fortunate!
What does literary success look like to you? Success is: Writing and publishing more books quicker. Hopefully, to sell my books to children, teachers and schools around the United States!! To expand to a range of different genres and to keep encouraged.