A gravely wounded King

A hidden sacred text

Two magical families five hundred years apart

A timeless threat


About Pam

Pam Chartrand is a native Californian who grew up near the mountains and beaches of Los Angeles. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Psychology. A former technical writer, she traded in the frenzy of Silicon Valley tech to become a practicing therapist by day and a writer the rest of the time. She lives in the mountains of Northern California with her husband and two wonderfully spoiled cats.

About The Herbarium

1559—A young village girl and a seminarian race across France and battle powerful factions to deliver a sacred text to the Cardinal to save their gravely wounded King. While in current day California, a young woman and a psychoanalyst enter a world of family secrets, time travel and ancestral witches to uncover the connection between her and an enigmatic girl that appears in a Wiccan bonfire.

Praise for Pam's Work

“From a Wiccan fire ceremony deep in the present day Santa Cruz Mountains, to a 16th century battle to save the life of the grievously wounded King of France, The Herbarium delivers a page-turning, taut thriller. The Herbarium is simply epic historical fiction.”

–Don Sanders, author of Go for the Green

“The Herbarium opens a doorway between the present and the past, as the healing secrets of a mysterious book are revealed. Chartrand paints life in 16th century France with color, drama and memorable characters; she’s a gifted storyteller.”

–Victoria Kazarian, author of Swift Horses Racing

“I found myself captured by a 16th century French maiden connected to today’s world. The intersection between the Crown and the Church during those tempestuous times had implications that carried on into the 21st century. I could not put The Herbarium down until the final page.”

–Patrick W. Andersen, author of Second Born


Latest Blog Post

Book club reads The Herbarium!

The Herbarium launch has been exciting and often surprising! I was especially thrilled when a book club selected The Herbarium for their June read and invited me to speak at their meeting. Even though I had to appear on Zoom, while the  group enjoyed a beautiful gathering outdoors in a…

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