The Haunting of Elmwood Manor:

A Pekin Dewlap Mystery

Delve into Danger with Pekin Dewlap as the Ghosties uncover their first Mystery, The Haunting of Elmwood Manor.

Pekin and The Ghosties find themselves in deep, trying to solve the disappearance of fourteen-year-old Miranda Talbert who went missing in 1918.

Will the Ghosties be able to help Miranda, or will Pekin’s business die before she solves the mystery?

Coming May 20th, 2019

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  • Pamela McCord

A Start to Writing

Updated: Nov 26, 2018

I had an odd and unexpected start to writing. One Saturday at Starbucks I was having coffee with my friend Mike Oldham, solving the problems of the world. He described a romance novel he’d been thinking about writing. He had the title and the ending and they were catchy and interesting. he said he was too busy, and asked if I wanted to collaborate on it. I thought it was a cool challenge. Even without ever thinking of writing a book, I didn’t hesitate before saying yes. We collaborated to the extent that he provided the title and ending and I wrote the book.


It was such a fun project. I reported on each milestone I reached, 5,000 words, 10,000, 25,000. Back at the beginning, the words just flew onto the page and I thought how easy is this? Then I was overwhelmed to realize I had to write at least 70,000 words. How would I get there?


It didn’t help that I’m a very literal, linear person. I don’t think in offshoots and meanders. It took years of work and a few readers and editors to get me to the end. It was immediately apparent how valuable those editors were. Applying their comments and suggestions, and rewriting more than once, I witnessed my novel growing into a polished story. A polished story that’s sitting in a drawer somewhere. Needless to say, it wasn’t a very lucrative collaboration for Mike.


But I got the bug. Now, a decade or so later, I’ve written five or six novels, and have a few more that are WIPs. It’s fun. Maybe someday it will also be lucrative!

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