USA TODAY Bestselling author Pamela DuMond discovered Erin Brockovich’s life story, thought it would make a great movie, and pitched it to ‘Hollywood’.
Pam writes Romance — especially Rom-Com — Mysteries, and Self-Help.
She’s addicted to Game of Thrones. She likes dogs and cats equally, prefers her coffee strong, her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, and her foods non-GMO. She lives for a good giggle in Venice, California with her fur-baby.
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Pamela DuMond Deets:
Pam was born Terre Haute, Indiana at St. Joseph’s Hospital. The only reason she knows this is because her mother told her the dramatic story of her birth every year on her birthday.
In grade school Pam attended Lutheran school in a Chicago suburb where she was forced to memorize large sections of the Catechism, and be a part of the choir, even though it was painfully obvious that singing wasn’t her strong suit. Pam was awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution Award in the 8th grade, and to this day, has no idea why they picked her.
In high school Pam attended Wheaton Academy and became a cheerleader because they didn’t have a softball team. Junior year she transferred to Downers Grove North and graduated early to go to college.
She went to Purdue for a year, was terribly homesick, and transferred to Loyola University in Chicago. She attended National College of Chiropractic and earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
Life after College:
Pam started her own chiropractic business. She traveled to Mexico and Europe.
She met and married the wrong guy in her thirties and moved from Chicago to L.A. When that marriage thing didn’t work out, she stayed in Southern California for the beautiful weather.
Pam worked with Erin Brockovich around the time Erin was investigating the horrific water poisoning in Hinkley and Kettleman, California. She’ll never forget when 20/20 had a spotlight on the case, but cut Erin’s part of the interview from the show. She distinctly remembers telling Erin, “Your life is a movie. You helped so many people in Hinkley, I think you could help a lot more.”
Erin gave Pam her permission to tell folks about her story. Pam introduced Erin to an Exec at Jersey Films which got the ball rolling to develop Erin’s story into the Erin Brockovich movie starring Julia Roberts. The movie was nominated for four Academy Awards, and Julia Roberts won the Oscar for Best Actress.
Over the years Pam experimented with writing, jewelry design (her work was featured in a few boutiques and art exhibits in Chicago), painting furniture, and content editing. Eventually the writing bug stuck.