Grave Dangers, Interview of the Heroine
Question: Pamela, what made you leave your comfortable home in the Silicon Valley to go to the hills of Vermont?
Answer: My husband was on a business trip for General Electric and he had an opportunity to take the family with him for a year.
Question: Did you always go on business trips with your husband?
Answer: Only when it was in the U.S. and if it was for a school year.
Question: Did you mind taking the children out of school?
Answer: Oh No. I felt that they were gaining more by living in new places than they could by staying home.
Question: Did you feel that way after going to Vermont for a year?
Answer: Well, what happened in Vermont was a very unusual set of circumstances.
Answer: Well, my son could have been killed by a very dangerous man.
Question: That would be a great deterrent for anybody, Pamela.
Answer: I wouldn’t ever want to experience something like that again.
Question: Did you live in a dangerous area?
Answer: Actually if it had been more peaceful I think I would have been floating on air.
Question: I always think of Vermont and colors.
Answer: The color of the leaves in the Fall, and the falling snow in the Winter, combined with the rivers and creeks were so desirable.
Question: How did it happen that your son was almost killed in such a peaceful setting?
Answer: He met a young man who had witnessed the murder of his mother and had been hiding in the woods for five years.
Question: How did he happen to meet him?
Answer: My son was attacked by some mountain men while he was riding his dirt bike, and the young man came to his rescue.
Question: Did the young man tell you who killed his mother?
Answer: Well, eventually we got the whole story and decided to bring the criminal to justice.
Question: How did you do that?
Answer: Our next door neighbor, a former monk, joined forces with us and we set a trap for him.
Question: If you set a trap how did your son get involved.
Answer: The murderer arrived early and saw us. He kidnapped my son before we could do anything.
Question: So after your trap backfired what happened.
Answer: We called the police and my husband rushed home. In the meantime my neighbor and I chased up the mountain after him.
Question: Did you catch him?
Answer: No. We had everyone on the mountain looking for them.
Question: That must have been so frightening for you, Pamela.
Answer: When you’re fighting to save your son you don’t have time to be afraid. My mind was racing like a train to outwit this killer.
Question: What did the monk do to help you?
Answer: He was driving. He knew everyone on the mountain and where they lived, but there were many boarded up vacation cabins and we couldn’t search them all.
Question: Well, you wouldn’t be here talking to me if you hadn’t saved your son.
Answer: It wasn’t that easy but I have to leave you here.
Question: Did you ever bring the criminal to justice???
I was born in the Panama Canal Zone and traveled back and forth to the U.S. until I graduated from High School. I then attended nursing school in San Jose, California, and graduated from our local college with medicine as my background.
I married my husband of 55 years and we had six children, three boys and three girls. While they were growing up I taught Great Books in their school, was a den mother, 4-H leader, organized and led a teen club, was a museum docent, helped in food kitchens, taught religious education, entertained on stage, and generally volunteered where needed.
When my children were all in or out of college I began my book writing career. Prior to this I had free-lanced articles and poetry to various publications. My first book, “Onward Peregrinos,” launched my career as an author of books. I went on to write 7 more books in many different genre’s, including two mysteries, "Grave Dangers," and "Murder in Southport."
My husband and I moved to the Sacramento area when our home became too big for the two of us. We enjoy visiting our children and grandchildren who are now scattered across four states.