We all have bad days and times when we’re sure our luck is circling the proverbial drain. But Charlotte Nightingale’s whole life seems to be unlucky. Her family disregards her or uses her as a scapegoat for anything and everything; her boyfriend cheats on her and steals from her; and her bosses and landlord are trying to just get rid of her. In fact, the only person who seems to look at Charlotte kindly is Kwan, the local Chinese take-away delivery guy. Kwan just happens to be a student of feng shui, and he starts making slight adjustments on Charlotte’s behalf. As the old adage says, things will always get worse before they get better, and that certainly is true in this case.
Feng Shui + Charlotte Nightingale is the chronicle of the absurdities of Charlotte’s everyday life. A true comedy of errors that has a tendency to push the boundaries of believability just a little, but in a way that will keep readers engaged and chuckling. Charlotte has a heart of gold – even if she is stuck in a mud pile and sinking quickly – and you can’t help but root for her and wait for circumstances to finally turn in her favor.
About the Author
Pam Ferderbar was born and raised in Wisconsin, the only child of two loving but quirky parents who fostered her creativity by setting a place at the table for Pam’s imaginary friend, Dokka, and even prepared for him his favorite meal; an invisible dish called muggar. After graduating Marquette University with a B.S. in Journalism, Pam worked at Ferderbar Studios, the family advertising photography business where she honed her skills as a TV commercials director, and was paid to play with imaginary friends called actors.
In 1994, Ferderbar moved to Los Angeles where she directed commercials for Microsoft, Wells Fargo Bank, Bally’s, ITT and others, and in her spare time wrote screenplays such as Bob Dylan Stole My Wife, for which she is currently seeking financing for a Wisconsin-based production. In 1998 she wrote the novella Feng Shui and Charlotte Nightingale, sparking a bidding war for the movie rights. New Line Cinema purchased the rights in a record-breaking $800,000 deal, and a few months later all the executives on the project were fired and Pam’s movie was shelved. Classic #CharlotteMoment. As Charlotte would say, “It wasn’t my fault!”
After completing a novel based on the novella Feng Shui and Charlotte Nightingale, Pam returned to Wisconsin in 2013. Pam’s father Tom Ferderbar, a student of the great Ansel Adams and a master photographer himself, tutors Pam in the art of photography. Pam is working on a second Charlotte Nightingale novel and a companion book with reader’s “Charlotte moments” complimented with illustrations and Pam’s own photographs. Pam and her friend Dokka continue to play.
Pam blogs for the Huffington Post and she is a member of the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, and the Coalition for Photographic Arts/Milwaukee.