10 Questions with Pam Grout
Posted on 18 May 2017
Today, we have New York Times Bestselling author and blogger Pam Grout on our blog. We're so excited to have her. Read on to know all about her favorites, her writing journey and more.
Personality Type (Myers-Briggs): ENFP
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Ppasta
Favorite Season: Spring
City of Your Dreams: I love so many cities—Capetown, S.A., Sydney, Australia, Verona, Italy are three that spring to mind
Morning person or night owl: Varies
What is your favorite part about being a writer? That I get to do what I love to do.
What was the turning point/ life-changing point in your spiritual journey? Was this one ‘aha!’ moment or a series of moments?
I continue to have ‘aha!’moments to this day. And my spiritual journey continues to change and expand my life.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I’m an avid pickleball player. I also enjoy reading and hanging out with my possibility posses.
How did it feel to hit the best-seller lists the first time?
It was the realization of a lifelong goal.
What were your favorite and least favorite parts?
It took away all financial worries. Least favorite: people think I’m something special, somehow different than them when I’m really just a normal human being with all the same emotions as everyone else.
You have written for many magazines over the course of your career. Do you think there’s a difference between writing shorter pieces and a full-length book?
The only real difference is one takes longer. Do you have a preference for one or the other? I enjoy both and feel so grateful that I get to publish in both arenas.
Where do you find inspiration for your work?
I find inspiration by applying my rear to the chair. It always comes eventually when I show up and do my part.
What do you think is the most important quality for a non-fiction writer to have? Faith and bull-headedness.
Do you remember when your first work was published? How did it feel? Does it feel different now?
I remember my first book very clearly. I self-published it and, because the cover was yellow, my daughter, who was 4 at the time, and I set them out (I had received a big box full) across the floor to resemble a yellow brick road. She had some ruby red slippers and she danced across the books. Before that, I had many pieces published in various publications from Travel+Leisure to Scientific American Explorations. It’s hard to remember the first article—maybe for my high school newspaper?
What is the best compliment that you’ve received for your work?
That my books and blog posts have literally changed or saved someone’s life.
Thank you so much for doing this interview with us. Do you have any projects in the pipeline? When can we expect to hear more from you?
My new book, Art & Soul Reloaded: A yearlong apprenticeship for summoning the muses and igniting your bold, audacious daring side debuts August 2017.
You can find Pam on her website and social media here:
Travel Website: www.georgeclooneyslepthere.com