I am absolutely delighted to welcome best-selling author; Pam Lecky to the blog for an exclusive chat. I am very excited to be helping celebrate the release of Pam’s latest book; Her Last Betrayal, go on take a look and let’s wish Pam a very Happy Release Day!!
Hello, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.
Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?
Creative, introvert, content (mostly), cat/dog herder!
Can you tell us a little about your latest book?
Her Last Betrayal, which will be published by Avon Books UK/Harper Collins on 14th April, is the second book in the Sarah Gillespie WW2 espionage series. The books in the series explore the war from a neutral Irish perspective and follow the adventures of a young Irish girl who finds herself caught up in the dark world of espionage on the Homefront in the UK. In this book, Sarah must tolerate a rather annoying partner, a US naval officer, who is full of himself. The sparks fly as they try to work together to complete a mission and their relationship is put to the test when one of the team turns out to be a German mole and their lives are at risk.
Buy Link: smarturl.it/HerLastBetrayal
When not writing, what do you like to do to relax?
Besides reading and photography, I love my garden and find I can switch off completely when I’m out in nature. I studied horticulture and have always had an interest in garden design but unfortunately never got to work in the area. I did, however, design and build a show garden for Bloom, which is the Irish equivalent of the Chelsea Flower Show. I also love making mosaics and I am currently creating one for a newly updated patio area of my garden.
If you could have a holiday home anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Definitely Italy and if I could afford it, Lake Como.
If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead character?
I would love to see my Victorian mysteries, The Lucy Lawrence Mysteries, adapted for TV or film, starting with No Stone Unturned. I think Keira Knightley would make an excellent feisty Lucy.
When writing, do you plot or just go with the flow?
I’m somewhere in between. I usually have a detailed synopsis (also a requirement for my publisher who isn’t brave enough to just let me loose!) but as I write and research, I can add plot twists or characters as they pop into my head. Those research rabbit holes generally provide a wealth of ideas.
What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Firstly, if you are serious about getting published, learn about the business, both traditional and Indie. If going the Indie route, treat it as a business and invest in the best editing and cover design you can afford. Lastly, but most importantly, enjoy the process.
If you were hosting a dinner party what three people (dead or alive) would you invite?
Georgette Heyer, Dorothy L Sayers, Anna Manahan (an Irish actress – she played Mrs Cadogan in the IRISH RM).
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun; What is your favourite snacking food?
Irish Tayto crisps (THE best crisps in the entire universe!!)
Thank you, Frankie x
About the Author
Pam is an Irish historical fiction author with Avon Books UK/Harper Collins. Pam is represented by Therese Coen at the Hardman & Swainson Literary Agency, London.
Her Secret War, a WW2 thriller, was released in October 2021 and the sequel, Her Last Betrayal will be released in April 2022.
About the Book
Her Last Betrayal
An Irish spy. A deadly betrayal. A dangerous mission to save her country…
After losing her family to a Nazi bomb attack back home in Ireland, Sarah Gillespie joins the British Secret Services to bring them justice.
Partnered with American undercover agent Lieutenant Tony Anderson, Sarah embarks on a dangerous mission that takes her from war-torn London into the black mountains of Wales. But when one of her team is revealed to be a German mole, and enemies begin to close in, what price will Sarah have to pay to save her country—and herself?
A gripping and thrilling tale about one woman’s bravery in WW2 Britain, perfect for fans of Kate Quinn’s THE ALICE NETWORK, Suzanne Goldring’s MY NAME IS EVA and Ariel Lawhon’s CODE NAME HÉLÈNE.
“So much excitement… this is the quickest I have ever read a book, I just couldn’t put it down. Read it, you won’t be disappointed.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Had me sitting in silence, tears falling… My mind was blown more than once… I can’t tell you how many times I was left thinking, ‘I didn’t see it coming.’” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Totally absorbing… It has everything. Suspense, spying, intrigue, mystery and a smattering of romance. A nail biting, gripping book that had me absolutely hooked from the first page…Outstanding.”Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“A gripping and thrilling tale… The writing was INCREDIBLE! I’ve never highlighted so many sections of a book before…!” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“What I especially love about this series is the Irish vantage point of the war, really unique in the genre, and so beautifully handled… Can’t wait for the next book in this absorbing series!” Literary Redhead, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Gripping… I couldn’t stop reading!” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“What an exciting read… a page-turner no doubt.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐