We had the good fortune of connecting with Pamela F. Knight and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pamela, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I grew up learning about handling things. It was never a matter of someone else doing it for you. My dad taught me how to handle money and to be independent. My mother taught me from an early age to deal with things and not allow them to overwhelm me. However, sometimes, the independence overwhelms other things in my life. After my divorce, I had only myself to depend on. I had run a household and cared for my children with a husband that was Navy and then traveled extensively in civilian life. This gave me a basis for juggling the things that needed to be done. In handling more than many during my life, I also worked parttime in a “temporary” capacity. This afforded me the ability to work with many types of people. It heightened the diplomatic side of my personality that my mother had helped me develop early in life. After working under constraints that I wasn’t happy with, I decided I should be on my own. A childhood friend of mine had been asked to use her experience as a personal assistant and I reasoned that I could also do that. We had different skill levels but were both quite capable. So, after several years of working for someone, I had an opportunity to break out on my own and did. I tried a couple of different avenues but sort of fell into writing. I enjoyed working for myself, being creative and producing something that could help others. I am now published in a number of books. And I have six published books of my own. My current favorite project is a re-write of one of my first books, Living in the Fire. I have increased the number of chapters, added questions at the end of each one, and am doing a 15 minute Bible Study video on FB each Monday evening.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is writing non-fiction. I have a wide range of subjects that I have pursued in that writing. I have learned how to research things to learn more about them. I have done my best to speak only the truth. Yes, I am opinionated and that does come out. However, I can also change my mind if presented with the truth that overwhelms my opinion. My goal is always to be helpful to others and give them a good outcome. Whether I am writing poetry, history, or something inspirational, it is my desire to convey hope to others. Life is never easy. I have often said that we are either headed into, out of, or through something. Trials and tribulations of life teach us the things we need to know. They teach us how we have made mistakes and how to avoid things in the future. With my writing, it is my hope that I can express to others a better path or a better way to handle current difficulties. I don’t always express that well verbally. Giving my opinion on a computer screen where I can edit and rewrite, is much easier than telling someone face to face. My stubborn independence tends to raise up in person. I don’t want to do that. I truly want others to make their own decision. I can only hope they will use what little advice I have to give.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh, my. I am such a hermit. This isn’t easy to answer. I am the one always depending on others to show me things. Our area has so much to offer and I would be entertaining myself as well as whomever joined me. I love sea food and Mexican food so those would be places where we ate. I would definitely want to check out some of the museums in the area. Ft. Worth has a wealth of cultural events, including Bass Hall. Concerts and shows available in Dallas would be a draw. Irving has a wonderful community concert series that gives you a number of options from ballet to singers. Grand Prairie Arts Council provides some productions of all types at the theater down town. Being older, these are the types of things that appeal more to me than many of the other available options. Of course, there are water parks in the area and, Six Flags in Arlington. Grand Prairie has horse racing and there is baseball and all types of other sports around. I guess it would depend greatly on the time of year, and who was coming to town. For us older and more sedimentary folks, that would mean museums and shows.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people who are responsible for my current situations. Of course, my parents, Bill & Faye Flynt (now deceased) made sure that I not only had knowledge but became wise and used common sense. I am thankful to my sons, Stephen & William, who have given their talents that I might be successful. And I am grateful to the many friends who influenced and encouraged me through the years. Those that I can think of right away are Donna who was a great example, and Peggy, a great encourager. Both are life-long friends. And, there is a group of ladies I knew from High School that encouraged me to write. But most of all, I am thankful to my Lord, Jesus, who has guided and protected me even when things seemed to be failing.