Looking Out The Window: Pamela Thibodeaux Talks About The Inheritance, Her New Book About A Lonely Widow
Hi Pamela, first, tell us a little about yourself.
Thanks for having me Gail! I am a mother and grandmother, author, editor, promotions expert. I am a licensed insurance agent and am studying to be certified as a Life Coach. Those are the many hats I wear. On a more personal level I am a woman of God whose soul (and sole) purpose is to share my faith, knowledge and experience with others and in doing so, (hopefully) in some small way, soften hearts, open minds and touch lives.
Many writers were avid readers as children. Were you? If so, what did you read?
YES always! I’ve been an avid reader as far back as I remember and I read horse books (Black Stallion series, Misty of Chincoteague, etc.) voraciously. In fact, I still love horse stories and movies. Heartland is my favorite TV series LOL!
Let's talk about your writing. Why do you write?
I began writing because I was bored with what I’d been reading but that quickly turned to writing for the sheer love and joy of sharing….my faith, my heart, and the characters that become so real to me.
Where do you get ideas for your books?
This is one of those questions that’s hard to answer. Well not hard but the answer is everywhere….could be a snippet of conversation I overhear, news story, event in my or a friends life, a dream, a thought, or just a character who shows up in my mind and starts talking. I’ve written stories and novels from just about every scenario mentioned too LOL!
In three words describe your style of writing.
Inspirational with an Edge ™. OK that’s 4 words but they sum up my writing style. Although I write for God, I do not write conservative Christian.
What is your writing schedule and where do you write?
I began writing in 5-subject notebooks 35 years ago then graduated to a word processor and after, a computer. I wrote daily, and in the years to follow–beginning Dec. 2000–I’ve had a work published nearly every year. That was my goal – a new book or new version (EX: E-version of current print book) every year. But after my husband’s death in 2009, my writing became very sporadic. I still had things published, but most were projects in various stages of completion or publication before his death. Not until 2016 was I able to start and finish an entire story and have it published (Keri’s Christmas Wish). 2017 was again very sporadic. I tried several times to write for a popular women’s magazine but haven’t been successful yet. However, my goal for 2018 is to focus once more and set aside a few hours at least 1 day each week to write personal fiction and non-fiction. As for where, I have a desk set up in my bedroom but am known to grab a piece of paper and pen from someone or write using the note feature on my phone.
Are you a plotter or a pantzer?
100% panster but I may try the Snowflake Method of plotting this year because I seriously want to write more and get something new out to my readers.
Does your faith affect your writing? If so, how?
Always. When I recommitted my life to God in 1989, I committed my writing to Him, praying/vowing I always write something that brings Him glory. My focus changed from romance to inspirational romance. I had no idea of the CBA or any of its guidelines. As I mentioned in another Q/A – although my characters express their faith in God/Christ I do not write conservative, but my (and their) faith always sines through and it is amazing the Biblical or spiritual truths I learn through writing their story! So I guess you’d say my faith affects my writing and sometimes my writing affects my faith.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
*Stay open: Listen to constructive criticism and take the best advice to heart.
*Keep learning: Hone your craft! Reader’s expectations are always evolving and we as writers should too.
*Never quit! Writing is a gift and a talent given to you from God. Don’t hide your gift or bury your talent.
What would you be doing if you weren’t writing?
I have no clue. I’ve recently been fascinated with photography so perhaps I’ll trade pen and paper (or computer screen) for film and lenses.
US Postal worker Raymond Jacobey has been in love with the little widow since he first set eyes on her. A wanderer searching for the ever-illusive soul mate, Ray has never stayed in one place too long. Raised by self-centered, high-power executives, he's longed for the idyllic life of residing in a cozy house in a small town with the love of his life. Will he gain the heart of the lovely widow or will he lose her to the wine country of New York?
Rebecca’s heart fluttered at the charming, boyish grin he bestowed on her. She knew he’d spoken more than mere words; he’d spoken his heart. Tears filled her eyes and clogged her throat when she thought about what the future might hold. Standing on the threshold of that great unknown, she had never been more acutely aware of anything than she was of this moment, this man.
He looked at her intently. His thumbs stroked the back of her hands, chasing the chill from her blood. Lethargic warmth stole over her. As though in a fog, she watched him lift her hands to his mouth and press his lips to her palm in a touch so tender it sent shivers down her spine.
He lifted her chin and waited until she looked at him again. ‚I want to kiss you, Becca, here in the midst of Paradise.‛ His lips covered hers with devastating tenderness.
He let out a primitive grunt of satisfaction as he let go of her hands and pulled her closer. An answering purr escaped her as tiny pinpoints of pleasure bathed her senses with light and color. Never in her life had she felt so alive, so consumed with sensations.
Whether a moment or an eternity, she had no idea how long they stood there, his mouth in sweet possession of hers, but when the kiss was over, she realized she was pressed against his body. Her breathing came in sharp, almost painful rasps, and her fingers were clenched in his thick, sandy-colored hair. Appalled at her wanton response and the needy way in which she clung, Rebecca stumbled away with a startled cry of distress, and began to run.
Bio: Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”
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