Hersey author publishes first of Christian romance series
HERSEY — The story of Windy Jordan as she matures and seeks love and fulfillment unfolds in the debut novel of Heresy author Pamela Symonds.
Published in 2008, “The Hollow of His Hand” is the first of a quartet, four volumes that trace Windy’s failed marriages, her continuing search for happiness and a growing reliance on God and his plan for her life.
Volume two, “The Sun Shall Not Smite You,” was released in 2010 and volume three, “Showers on New Grass,” followed in June of last year.
Loyal readers of the popular series of Christian romance novels can watch for announcements of publication of volume four, “The Shadow of His Wings,” planned for later this year.
“I’ve always loved writing,” Symonds said. “I started my first novel in the seventh grade and have been writing off and on ever since.”
“Writing is an extension of my faith,” she explained. “Writing these novels is my personal ministry. My life belongs to the Lord. It’s not about me, it’s all for his glory.”
Symonds also has extensive experience writing for newspapers and other publications. For several years she was a contributor to the Northern Michigan Christian, writing many feature stories as well as her own column.
Participation in several Maranatha Christian Writer’s Conferences near Muskegon served as an inspiration to Symonds. She acknowledges and appreciates the encouragement of fellow author and instructor Jack Metzler who recognized her talent and supported her goal to progress from aspiring writer to published author.
“I met Pamela at the writer’s conference,” Metzler said. “She was a student and had a lot of potential. We worked together and I encouraged her. Her books are inspiring and she has a real feel for people and their needs. They are good stories with a real spiritual content.”
Metzler, who lives in Houghton Lake, is the author of several widely read novels. Readers may be interested in two of his titles, “Tachechana” and “River of Joy,” both available in most bookstores.
Symonds also draws inspiration from a local writing group. She and a small number of writers have been meeting weekly for four years in Reed City. During the two hour sessions, members read selections from current projects, provide constructive feedback, offer mutual encouragement and exchange writing tips.
Born and raised in South Haven, Symonds moved to Hersey nearly 26 years ago with her husband, Phillip, a retired state policeman. Their son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren live in South Haven.
If you’d like to meet Symonds in person, watch for notices of book signings and other appearances which may be scheduled locally during the summer months. In the meantime, readers may purchase the novels directly from the author, $10 per book.
To speak to Symonds about her work, place a book order or learn more about the writing group that meets in Reed City, contact her at (231) 832-3498.