Five For Friday With Author Pamela Jane Rogers
We interviewed the author and today we hope to shed some light on this wonderful artist of words!
A Little about the author and her featured title first!
Born in 1948 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Pamela earned her BFA degree in Art from UNC-G in 1970. She taught art and worked in interior design in her husband's home town before meeting the renowned artist who would mentor her for the next seven years. Pamela's life changed drastically with her decision to end her 19-year marriage and seek the way to best continue her painting career. Following her muse led her to an epiphany in an olive grove in Greece, presenting more paths to enlightenment and resulting in a more fulfilling life than even she dared to dream. GREEKSCAPES is a sensitive and personal life story. It's also about the role of art in helping an artist make difficult choices, accept loss, adapt to change, and grow from past sorrows and joys in order to fully embrace the beautiful reality of living in the present. Pamela lives on Poros Island in Greece with her brand new Scottish husband, an acclaimed art historian, and one very spoiled cat.
I always knew I was an artist, although it took me many years to discover the creative life I had always yearned to live. After a twelve-year marriage trying in vain to have a child, my depressed state of mind was beginning to take its toll. Only my paintings implored me to look inside and free up my emotional stalemate. What I found was not always pleasant, yet my persistence led to a brilliant painting mentor and then, by a twist of fate, to Greece. "What can I paint here?" I asked myself. I soon found the answer, and a bizarre epiphany in an olive grove gave me the knowledge I needed to change my life. But to leave everything, move to another country and face possible failure?
It's probably tempting the Fates for a middle-aged woman on her own with minimal resources to believe she can still realize her dreams - and yet it's certainly worth a try!
This Second Edition of GREEKSCAPES Journeys with an Artist is a memoir, edited by Bryony Sutherland(about Bryony is below). This second edition includes a larger version - GREEKSCAPES ILLUSTRATED JOURNEYS WITH AN ARTIST, which includes my paintings, as many readers requested. There are a few surprises that were not in the original version, and for those of you who have bought the first edition, the illustrated memoir will also be on Kindle for quick and less expensive access.
As a visual artist, it took me many years to find the creative life I desired. After a twelve-year marriage trying in vain to have a child, my depressed state of mind was beginning to take its toll. Only my paintings over the next years implored me to look inside and free up my emotional stalemate. What I found was not always pleasant, yet my persistence led to a brilliant painting mentor and then, by a twist of fate, to Greece. "What can I paint here?" I asked myself. I soon found the answer, and a bizarre epiphany in an olive grove gave me the knowledge I needed to change my life. But to leave everything, move to another country and face possible failure? It's probably tempting the Fates for a middle-aged woman on her own with minimal resources to believe she can still realize her dreams - yet it's certainly worth a try!
We have selected Five questions from our interview with the author to share with you today!
How long have you been a writer and how did you come to writing?
I wrote my first story when I was 8 about a little girl in a red cape, who ‘hoodwinked’ the wolf. My mother thought it was hilarious. By the age of 12, I was reading Thomas Hardy and identifying with Tess of the D’Urbervilles, thereby gaining a huge reverence for writers and thinking I’d never be able to write a book! It was during my first swim in the Aegean Sea that words formed so clearly in my head that I felt obliged to write them down… so Greece made me do it.
What and/or who inspires you to write?
Oh, the list of writers I admire is long and growing. Great emotion fills over the rim of me, inspiring me to either write or paint. When I fall in love…with a moment, a place, an idea, a flower – or see something beautiful, I have the irrepressible urge to share it with anyone who will listen (or look)…or read.
How did you come up with this story?
It didn’t take much imagination, as I lived it! When my Greek friends began having such dire financial problems, I decided to add my many magical experiences in Greece to those of other philhellene writers. I hired a wonderful editor (Bryony Sutherland) to help me make some vital decisions about what not to include.
What are 3 of your favorite lines/quotes from your book?
If you could share one thing about yourself that you would like readers to know what would it be?
I hope my memoir will inspire others to make the life-affirming changes that are best for them, and maybe even enjoy a holiday in glorious Greece!
Stop over to Meet The Author Pamela Jane Rogers at Rukia Publishing to read the full interview and learn more about this fascinating author!
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