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5 minutes with: Pamela Callow

Critically acclaimed Halifax author Pamela Callow’s latest novel, Indefensible, will be hitting bookstore shelves Dec. 28.

Critically acclaimed Halifax author Pamela Callow’s latest novel, Indefensible, will be hitting bookstore shelves Dec. 28. The book, a follow-up to her debut novel, Damaged, is the second in her Kate Lange thriller series set in Halifax. Drawing on her experience working in blue-chip corporate environments, Callow’s series features Lange, a struggling 30-something lawyer whose career-making case turns deadly as she uncovers a scam that puts her in the path of a demented killer. In light of her latest release, Callow told Metro about herself and her novel.

Has growing up in Nova Scotia influenced your writing?
Oh yeah, for sure … there’s some different types of influences. I was educated here. So my legal background and my legal training have definitely influenced my writing. I felt that as a setting for my series, I kind of wanted to put Halifax on the map because I thought it was a pretty neat city. It’s a great city to set a thriller in.

What is it about crime that fascinates you?

I’ve always been fascinated by crime, even as a kid. I think it’s because I’m very rule- and law-abiding (laughs). I think it’s like you let your subconscious explore the other side. In terms of my training, after I was admitted to the (Nova Scotia) bar, I did a master’s in public administration and my specialty was public policy. I have to say, I’m fascinated by the values that underpin our society … but then when you put an individual in those scenarios, how does it work?

How much of Pamela Callow is in Kate Lange?
Kate’s not me. Her past life is not mine at all … what I will say is a lot of the experiences that Kate has working in her law firm are experiences that I have had to some degree, or personalities that I’ve encountered. Not actual people, because I never put real people in my books, but those kinds of scenarios … But Kate’s got some of my life experience in her, I would say.

 
 
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