Talking about the creative writing process is aways interesting and today Pamela Cook – teacher, author and creative writing coach – shares her thoughts on the creative process. Pam has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing and published Blackwattle Lake in 2012 after participating in the Queensland Writers Centre/Hachette Manuscript Development Program (she wrote the first draft of 50,000 words during NaNoWriMo in 2009). Pam talks about how each story has its own process and how she writes her first drafts quickly. She uses word sprints, reads widely and values her network of writing friends. And somewhere amongst it all we talk about plot, Pam’s other books and why she refers to her books as rural fiction with romance elements. The Crossroads is her newest novel, released at the end of 2016, and makes for perfect summer reading here in Oz. You can find out more about Pam and her books here.