Today we’re pleased to welcome Pamela S. Thibodeaux to the 20QS spotlight.
1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hello! I am Pamela S Thibodeaux and I write “Inspirational with an Edge!” Christian/Inspirational fiction and creative nonfiction. My books have been reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.” If you’re tired of the same old explicit romance, yet think Christian fiction is bland or just too unrealistic, I urge you to check out my books. You can find them on my website (see link below).
Circles of Fate (women’s fiction) was published December 2014. Set at the tail end of the Vietnam War era, Circles of Fate takes the reader from Fort Benning, Georgia, to Thibodaux, Louisiana. A romantic saga, this gripping novel covers nearly 20 years in the lives of Shaunna Chatman and Todd Jameson. Constantly thrown together and torn apart by fate, the two are repeatedly forced to choose between love and duty, right and wrong, standing on faith or succumbing to the world’s viewpoint on life, love, marriage, and fidelity. With intriguing twists and turns, fate brings together a cast of characters whose lives will forever be entwined. Through it all is the hand of God as He works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
3. Please share a little about your previous books.
Circles of Fate is my second women’s fiction novel. The Visionary is my first. Along with those two, I have a four-part Tempered series, which includes Tempered Hearts, Tempered Dreams, Tempered Fire and Tempered Joy, along with the novella Lori’s Redemption, and a single title, The Inheritance.
As well as writing novels, I love to pen short stories/novellas and have several of those out too (A Hero for Jessica, Cathy’s Angel, Choices, In His Sight, Winter Madness).
I’ve been writing for over 30 years and published half as many, so I also have written non-fiction pieces for a few anthologies (The Horse of My Heart, Deliver Me, The Dog Next Door, Red, I Thirst, Cooking with Grace) and last but certainly not least, I’ve co-written a promo book for authors called Simple Promotional Tools for Authors and a devotional, Love is a Rose, which parallels the love of God to the words of The Rose, a song written by Amanda McBroom and performed by Bette Midler and Conway Twitty. Oh, and let’s not forego mentioning the 100-plus articles and essays I’ve written over the years.
Whew! Listing everything like this I look back with awe, wonder, and gratitude for the gift God has blessed me with.
4. Have you always written in the romance genre? If not, what else have you written?
I don’t always write romance (although except for spiritual nonfiction, it is almost exclusively what I read). As you can see from the question/answer above, I also write quite a bit of creative non-fiction. I guess you could say the bottom line is I write what God puts on my heart to write.
5. What or who inspired you to be a writer?
I can’t say who, but what inspired me to be a writer was being disappointed in what I had been reading. I thought I could do better. A bit arrogant now that I look back on the situation, but that’s what got me started. When I first began writing I wrote traditional romance. However, when I recommitted my life to Christ I committed my writing to Him also and the stories changed to incorporate and express the characters’ faith.
6. Where in the world are you?
I live in southwest Louisiana, in the town of Iowa, which is 43 miles east of the Texas border and 15 miles east of Lake Charles.
7. What do you love best about being a writer?
I love the creative flow in the first draft most but am learning to appreciate edits and revisions more as the years go on because they in turn help me write a better first draft.
8. What’s the biggest challenge being a writer?
My biggest challenge has always been the fact that I don’t write conservative Christian but edgy, sensual, “steamy and gritty” Inspirational. Most of my books are not published by a Christian house and therefore not always or easily recognized for the value they offer.
9. What’s your favorite romance trope?
Based on the definition of trope, I’d say it’s the idea that all romances are the same and are represented by a “bodice ripper” or cover with a couple embracing on it…romance novels have evolved so much over the years that most people shy away from the “traditional” cover art.
10. What’s your typical writing day like?
Well, I work from home as an independent writer, editor, promotions expert, so there is no such thing as a typical “writing” day. When I’m actively working on a project, I try to write every (week) day. I also get together with a couple of writing buddies one day a week in which I get the biggest part of my word count goal done. If I happen to be between stories, I may not write for days or even weeks. Well, that’s not altogether true because I’m always writing blog posts or something. LOL!
11. Where do you usually write?
Since 2010 I’ve been traveling and living/working between Louisiana and Texas so I have a desk set up in a bedroom in the house where I grew up.
12. When you’re writing, is it coffee, tea, soda, or water?
I’m not much on soda, so mostly water, although I enjoy coffee or tea on occasion.
13. Do you have other creative outlets? If so, what?
Nope, not really. I can’t draw worth a flip and creative outlets such as sewing, crocheting, etc. have never been my bag. I love to read and color (although I don’t do this much either unless with my grandchildren) and an occasional puzzle-type activity helps me stay sharp and do something different. Although this may not be considered a creative outlet, I enjoy dancing.
14. What book are you reading now?
Right now I’m between books. I recently finished reading The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder. I read a lot of spiritual non-fiction and have several that I haven’t read just waiting on my Kindle.
15. Name three of your favorite television shows.
Hmmm…I don’t watch a lot of “regular” TV… I love “Heartland,” but since it is no longer syndicated on an American station, I’ve resorted to the DVDs. Although I enjoy “The Good Witch,” “When Calls the Heart,” and “Big Bang Theory,” I’m not so hooked on any of them that I cringe at the thought of missing an episode or two LOL!
16. If you could have dinner with any author–living or dead–who would it be and what would be on the menu?
Oh, Nora Roberts to be sure, and we’d sit down to a seafood feast….boiled crawfish, shrimp and crabs, some bisque on the side, along with fried fish, alligator, and frog legs.
17. If you couldn’t be an author, what other job would you choose?
Oh I wouldn’t “choose” anything. I’ve never wanted a career, only to be a wife/mother/grandmother. That said though, I’ve had so many jobs….insurance agent, full-charge bookkeeper, tax preparer. I’ve been a cashier in fast food places, convenience stores, and did a stint as a cocktail waitress. I’ve also been an office manager, admitting tech in a hospital, and an administrative assistant. There’s not a lot left to do, LOL! But I must say writing is my favorite career out of everything I’ve done.
18. What are you working on next?
Currently I am working on a Christmas story which I hope to finish in time to submit for Pelican Book Group’s Christmas Extravaganza this year. I’ve also started working on a TV pilot for my Tempered series and screenplays for a couple of other books.
19. Anything else you’d like to share?
Not much else to share LOL! But I would like to take this opportunity to Thank YOU for having me on Romance Readers Club today and to send a special shout out to all of my readers out there…. Thank You for your love and support! I pray God blesses you each 100-fold for your investment in my career.
20. How can people find out more about you?
Website address: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1jUVcdU
Face Book: http://facebook.com/pamelasthibodeaux
Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib
Photos courtesy of the author.
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