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
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…Read More