Meet Guest Author Pamela S. Wight…

I secretly enjoy reading . . .

oh, I can’t say . . .

Well, I’ve got to admit it . . .

I refuse to be ashamed of the fact that of all the genres I read, of all the authors I respect and sometimes try to emulate, of all the literary, historical, suspense and contemporary fiction I read, what I most enjoy is . . .

Women’s Fiction.

I fought this knowledge for a long time.

Even when I, myself, published two books that can be categorized as “women’s fiction.”

Instead, I call the genre of my novels “romantic suspense,” both words being true.

But basically, I write women’s fiction.

Why should that be embarrassing or shameful? How horrible, that I have been sucked into the male-dominated literary power structure of believing that books written for, by, and about women are somehow… LESS.

A close friend recently attended a luncheon for the celebrated author Kristen Hannah, author of the bestselling book The Nightingale. I’d read several of Hannah’s books over the years, fun easy reads like Comfort and Joy, Home Again, Between Sisters. Even though she attracted a tremendous amount of readers and several of her books became bestsellers, I never treated her books, or her writing, seriously.

After all, she “just” wrote women’s fiction.

The first book I read by Hannah, Firefly Lane, sold over 1.2 million copies. Yet a Publishers Weekly review noted: “Hannah goes a little too far into Lifetime movie territory in her latest, an epic exploration of the complicated terrain between best friends. . . . Hannah takes the easy way out with an over-the-top tear-jerker ending, though her upbeat message of the power of friendship and family will, for some readers, trump even the most contrived plot twists.”

Ouch. Not a lot of praise for this writer of “women’s fiction.”

I read these types of reviews in the past, and my distain for the genre heightened (even though I enjoyed reading the genre!).

Then, Hannah published The Nightingale in 2015, which immediately shot off the book charts. Men, women, reviewers (kind of) loved this book. Amazon made the book a “Spotlight Pick for February, 2015.” Amazon’s reviewer noted that the book is a “weeper and a thriller,” a “melodrama that combines historical accuracy . . . and social/political activism,” and is “fast-paced, detailed, and full of romance.”

Many, many literary classics can be described the same way, but with much more gravitas.

But after all, Hannah is “just” a writer of women’s fiction.

My friend reported back to me after he attended the luncheon for Hannah at a well-renowned California indie bookstore . After the chicken and rice, the author spoke to the crowd, proclaiming proudly, “I am an author of women’s fiction.”

Her vibrant fan base applauded enthusiastically.

Many of her readers call her a feminist, and now I understand why.

In a published interview, Hannah notes that “Interestingly enough, (The Nightingale) is both part and parcel of what I do . . . women’s stories are so often overlooked, forgotten or overshadowed by men’s stories, and we as women have just as many heroic, courageous stories to tell. Sometimes it’s more courageous to stay at home and try to keep your children safe, and to make the choices that need to be made in pursuit of that. It’s important that we remember the contributions that women make.”

I get it now.

Women’s fiction is a genre to be proud of.

So, I break my own ground here by announcing: I write Women’s Fiction.



Pamela S. Wight is the author of two romantic suspense novels. Her first book, The Right Wrong Man, has rave reviews for taking readers “on an exciting adventure with lots of intrigue, unexpected plot twists, and romance.” A year later, Wight published her second novel, Twin Desires. A reviewer notes: “Another page-turner by Pamela Wight! She has a knack for creating fleshed-out characters the reader develops a true affection for, nice people with vulnerabilities that not-so-nice people exploit. While, this definitely falls into the category of romance, it is much more than that. It is also a murder mystery. The characters we most care for are in real peril, and the action never stops. I lost myself in an engaging story and sighed when I flipped the final page. Read it!”

Pamela earned her Master’s in English and continued with postgraduate work at UC Berkeley in publishing. She teaches creative writing classes in the Boston and San Francisco Bay areas.

Many readers enjoy her “weekly blog on daily living” called Roughwighting

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68 thoughts on “Meet Guest Author Pamela S. Wight…

  1. Great post, and an interesting exploration of mixed feelings around this genre. I love the point about ‘sometimes it’s more courageous to stay at home and keep the children safe’. Amen, Nail on the Head, Hallelujah and Couldn’t Agree More etc etc. And thanks too for introducing me to a new author! I’ve never read anything by Kristin Hannah. Time to put that right 🙂 Raise a glass – To Women’s Fiction! Blessings, Harula x

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  2. Story always come first for me before a classification. That’s done to lead readers to the right shelves these days, isn’t it? I don’t think in terms of genre and I love women’s fiction, which shows us life in an entertaining way. You go, Pamela, and congratulations. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  3. Whenever I pick up a new author I’m not familiar with, I truly judge the book and the story it tells, not the genre as that depends on what I’m in the mood for! And many times, especially in romance writers, it is amazing how many men write anonymously under women’s names. I do read a number of genres as I am in contact with writers of all kinds, If the story is well written and captures my attention throughout, it doesn’t matter if the author is a man or a woman. We like what we read and we write what we like. . .after all, we’re writers not labels.

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    • “We are writers, not labels.” Hear Hear!!! And I do the same thing. When I finish an edgy, tight literary novel, I then head straight for a sweet light love story. Then I’ll go to a mystery novel, and then perhaps a novel full of family drama and revelations. Each author writes from her/his heart, and each novel is not a label, but a work of truth and beauty. Love your comments here – thank you.

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  4. Wonderfully articulated Pamela, reminds me of Jane Austen, who struggled to write and follow her passion despite the social norms of those times. She has always inspired me but we have come a long way, nice to be writing in this era where women writers have proved their mettle beyond doubt. Keep writing dear friend, your words evoke natural response.

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