Pamela Barker is a writer, performer, and director from Toronto. She is also weird accordingly to a lifelong list of friends, co-workers, family, and random strangers.
Hell, I’m writing this, so let me switch up my narrative choice here.
I think weirdos are getting more street cred these days. Whatever that means. I like streets, but roads are better. And credit? Unless you like your own work, flattery will just fall… well, flat.
In the past, I’ve written a couple of plays (using a pseudonym – more on that later in a blog), directed a few more, and have gotten on stage to act more recently. I find writing and directing for theatre is easier when I put myself through the experience of performing every once in a blue moon.
Music usually gets me thinking about characters and choices. From one song, a whole world can emerge for me. Sometimes, I’ll listen to that song over and over again while writing a particular moment – usually the climax of a scene.
And, yes, I’m writing my first novel right now. My deadline for the first draft is June 1, 2013. If I reach my goal, I’ll post the opening chapter here on this website – so look out for that. Also in the works is an original musical. I’m collaborating with long-time friend Ash Catherwood and a small ensemble cast. More on that soon!