30 July 2010

Getting to know you Thursdays with Pamela S Thibodeaux

Please join me in welcoming  Pamela S. Thibodeaux to getting to know you Thursdays. I meet Pamela through the White Rose Publishing group. Its been fun getting to know new authors to me and I hope you are enjoying getting to know them also. 

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hey Jenny, thanks for having me here today! I am a Christian mother and grandmother and a writer of “Inspirational with an Edge!” romantic & women’s fiction and creative non-fiction. I’ve always been an avid reader, and am the co-founder of Bayou Writers’ Group.

2. When you were a child did you have a favourite book or books?
Yes, I absolutely LOVED the Black Stallion series by Walter Farley – read every single one and still have the ceramic horse my grandfather painted for me based on ‘The Black’

3. Do you have a favourite Genre to both read and right write?
Romance is by far my favorite genre – any and all sub-genres…well, I’m not overly fond of paranormal or fantasy romance, but I’ll try anything once LOL!

4. Did you have favourite authors growing up who have influenced you?
I’ve read so many authors growing up so it’s hard to tell but I can say Nora Roberts and Francine Rivers have influenced my writing the most.

5. When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I’m not one of those who knew from a young age she wanted to write. Actually, I had a hissy fit one day after reading one-too-many ‘insipid little romances’ that I thought I could do better. Pregnant at the time, I’m not sure if that was a hormonal moment or what, but it was the catalyst which jump-started my writing career.

6. How did you go about becoming an author?
I simply sat down and began to write -longhand- in 5-subject notebooks. I did that for eleven years, penning most of my now-published work. Becoming a published author was a lot of trial and error. With no formal writing education and no clue about writers groups, critique partners, rules of writing, etc., I was pretty much writing by faith (although I didn’t realize it at the time). Then one day my aunt invited me to attend a conference with her and things started happening. A couple of years later I joined a writers group and began submitting articles for newsletters and querying publishers and agents. Chip MacGregor, who was at Alive Communications at the time, suggested I send my work to a free-lance editor for help in focusing the story. I did and that was the wisest decision I’d made up until that point. Not too long after, my novel Tempered Hearts was accepted by Writer’s Exchange E-Publishing and as they say…the rest is history.

7. If you were not a writer what would you like to be?
My greatest ambition in life was always to be a wife & mother and God graced me with 4 beautiful children (2 by blood & 2 by marriage), 3 terrific grandchildren, and a wonderful husband who passed from this life into eternity in August 2009. I’ve never had the ‘dream’ of being anything else and am not sure what God has in store for my future but writing is and always has been a gift from HIM I choose to share.

8. Outside reading and writing what do you like to do?
I absolutely love horseback riding and dancing.

9. Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit?
My favorite places to visit are Bandera, TX where my Tempered series is set and Seattle, WA where 2 of my children & 1 grandchild live. I love to travel though and hope to see the entire US and possibly Ireland, New Zealand & Israel one day.

10. If you could have a meal with 3 living people who would you choose and why?
Nora Roberts, George Strait and Max Lucado – all three are people I truly admire and would love sitting down to dinner and having a nice, long conversation with. I believe each one would have tons of wisdom and insight to share.

Finally can you tell us about your current books and/or any that will be coming out soon.
My current release is In His Sight, a romantic suspense from White Rose Publishing.

Blurb: Grade school teacher Carson Alexander has a gift—a gift that has driven a wedge between him and his family. Worse, it’s put him at odds with God. Feeling alone and misunderstood, Carson views God’s gift of prophecy as the worst kind of curse…that is until he meets Lorelei Conner, landscape artist extraordinaire, and perhaps the one person who may need Carson and his gift more than anyone ever has.  

 Lorelei Connor is a mother on the run. Her abusive ex-husband has followed her all over the country trying to steal their daughter. Distrusting of men and needing to keep on the move, she’s surprised by her desire to remain close to Carson Alexander. Through her fear and hesitation, she must learn to rely on God to guide her—not an easy task when He’s prompting her to trust a man.

Can their relationship withstand the tragedy lurking on the horizon?

Also where we can find you on the web.
Folks can find me numerous places on the web like Face Book (http://facebook.com/pamelasthibodeaux) and other networking sites. – My website is: http://pamelathibodeaux.com & Blog: http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com


Carol Ann said...

Great getting to know you better, Pamela. Your newest release sounds wonderful. My favorite kind of book to read and to write. Congratulations and may God continue to bless you.

Marianne Evans said...

You're such a gem, Pam! And your books never fail to hit home with me! Blessings to you - and may you enjoy tremendous success with the new release!

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Thanks Marianne and Carol Ann! Compliments from my fellow WR authors are some of the best.

May God continue to bless you both!

Donna B said...

In His Sight is a wonderful read! I enjoyed it tremendously!

Nice interview Pam! Still enjoying Texas???

Tanya Hanson said...

Hi Pam, oh, just your mention of Bandera has my heart pittering! I miss you.

In His Sight is terrific...I finished it without stopping. God continued blessings on you! oxox


Stacey said...

Loved getting to know more about you, Pam. I would definitely sit down to dinner with George Strait, too. Absolutely love that cowboy. In fact, the hero in my upcoming Five Star book resembles him very closely. Hope you're enjoying your summer at the Silver Spur Ranch in Bandera.


Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Hey Donna, Tanya & Stacey!

Thanks for stopping by - I AM enjoying Bandera & Silver Spur - go home next week but I'll be back to work on a 'per need' basis LOL!

Thanks again for commenting - not sure when In His Sight will be up at Amazon but if you enjoyed the story, please review it.



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