Cate: Please welcome Pamela S. Thibodeaux. Pam, will you please share a short bio with us?
Pam: Hi Cate! Thanks for having me today. First and foremost, I am a Christian but I’m also a mother and grandmother. With the help of a friend, I Co-Founded Bayou Writers’ Group in 2002. I’m multi-published in romantic fiction and creative non-fiction.
Cate: Tell us about In His Sight and where it's available.
Pam: My latest release In His Sight is my first romantic suspense and is available now from White Rose Publishing.
Cate: Please tantalize us with a story blurb or excerpt.
Pam: 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?
Cate: What inspired you to write about the theme?
Pam: I initially began writing this story for a contest White Rose Publishing hosted in 2009. Unable to finish before deadline due to personal issues, I completed the story and sent it to WRP in Jan and it was accepted!
Cate: Any specific inspiration for your characters (an actor/actress or personal hero)?
Pam: Well, for the contest, we had a cover with a couple on it and a blurb – so I followed those guidelines for the story although I did make a few changes.
Cate: How do you pick the character’s names?
Pam: My characters usually introduce themselves to me.
Cate: Do you feel as if the characters live with you as you write? Do they haunt your dreams?
Pam: Yes and yes LOL!
Cate: What's next for you?
Pam: I’m hoping to get another short story or two written and find a home for my two Women’s Fiction novels.
Cate: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Pam: I began writing at the age of 22. My first publication was Tempered Hearts and my “call” was actually an email from Sandy Cummings of Writer’s Exchange E-Publishing Co. Sandy had commissioned a few articles for an Ezine the moved from that into opening her company. I read the guidelines and submitted the novel. She emailed me within 24 hours and accepted! Tempered Dreams followed in 2001 – both have been re-released through Com Star Media, LLC along with books 3 & 4 Tempered Fire & Tempered Joy. All 4 novels are available in ebook, print and on Kindle!
Cate: Congrats! Describe your writing in three words.
Pam: Inspirational with an Edge – okay that’s four LOL but that is my tagline.
Cate: Do you have a writing routine?
Pam: Not at this time. When I worked full time, I wrote early mornings, evenings and weekends. Now I write when and where I can.
Cate: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Most rewarding?
Pam: As a writer of inspirational fiction the most challenging aspect of writing is tempering the sensuality in my novels. I’ve been an avid romance reader for too many years to count and I enjoy a good, steamy novel – ROMANCE of course, not vulgar or graphic but due to the genre I chose I must tone that down. Having the tagline of “Inspirational with an Edge!” I tend to push these boundaries while still staying within biblical principles. The most rewarding aspect is to receive positive feedback from readers and reviewers.
Cate: What’s the most interesting comment you have received about your books?
Pam: “I couldn’t put it down!” is the comment that excites me the most – especially when it comes from an avid reader – one who reads extensively and voraciously. Of course that comment is just as rewarding when someone who never reads says it LOL!
Cate: That is a great compliment! Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?
Pam: Favorite authors are Nora Roberts, Francine Rivers and Julie Lessman although I’m one of those voracious readers I mentioned above – I love to read – fiction and non-fiction – although romance is my genre of choice and my TBR pile is too high to mention.
Cate: What impact do electronic readers create on the bottom line for authors? Or in people/the environment in general?
Pam: Electronic readers are great for the environment as it reduces the number of trees that are destroyed to make paper to print books – although I doubt they will ever fully replace print – even though there are definite advantages to e-readers when it comes to selection and storage of books, you just can’t replace the feeling of curling up with your favorite novel. As for authors, having books available to readers in electronic format can only be a positive thing.
Cate: Where can readers find you on the web?
Pam: Website: http://pamelathibodeaux.com; Blog: http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com; Face Book: http://facebook.com/pamelasthibodeaux and numerous other networking sites. You can follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/psthib
Cate: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Pam: Do you judge a book by its cover? If so, what about it – the blurb, cover art, what?
Cate: Readers, Pam is giving away a copy of In His Sight to a random commenter... so start commenting. She'll pick a winner tonight.