INTERVIEW: PAMELA THIBODEAUX

Long and Short Reviews is pleased to welcome inspirational authorPamela Thibodeaux whose newest book The Visionary was released in November from Five Star Expressions. It deals openly and candidly with adult survivors of extreme child abuse and the pain they endure to find healing and wholeness.

A Visionary is someone who sees into the future Taylor Forrestier sees into the past but only as it pertains to her work. Hailed by her peers as “a visionary with an instinct for beauty and an eye for the unique” Taylor is undoubtedly a brilliant architect and gifted designer. But she and twin brother Trevor share more than a successful business. The two share a childhood wrought with lies and deceit and the kind of abuse that’s disgustingly prevalent in today’s society. Can the love of God and the awesome healing power of His grace and mercy free the twins from their past and open their hearts to the good plan and the future He has for their lives? Find out in…The Visionary ~Where the awesome power of God’s love heals the most wounded of souls.

“The hardest part of writing The Visionary was depicting the gruesome abuse the twins suffered as children,” she said, “and then realistically portraying the healing available through the awesome power of God’s love and their struggle for relief from a past too horrendous to live with any longer.”

“What comes first,” I asked, “the plot or the characters?”

She laughed. “If I had the answer to that I’d be much more prolific! Seriously, each story is different. Sometimes a character will come to me and start talking about his or her life. Other times a plot will come to me from a thought, song, news report, or merely a word. And yet others, I may have a dream or vision of some incident and just start writing. Many folks get ideas and plot out everything with character sketches and/or interviews, etc – I envy them. I am 100% SOTP writer.”

Titles, for her, are about as elusive as plot and characters. Occasionally she will get the title first and then develop the story around it, but more often the title will come from something one of the characters say.

“For instance, in one novel, the hero’s grandfather makes the comment, Only when hearts are tempered, minds are open and wills are softened can man discern the will of God for his life—hence the title, Tempered Hearts,” she explained. “In my latest novel it came to light that the heroine, Taylor Forrestier, is hailed by her peers as a visionary with an instinct for beauty and an eye for the unique and from that came my title The Visionary.”

When Pamela’s not writing, she likes to read.

“We all have our vices. Some folks go on eating binges, others drinking binges and then there’s gambling and other forms of entertainment or maybe compulsive behavior. My main vice is reading, and please, don’t turn me loose in a book store with any substantial amount of cash or open credit card,” she said with a laugh. “Depending on the size of the book, I’ll read a novel a day several days in a row until the need is satiated.”

Pamela told me she absolutely loves the creative process.

“Nothing delights me more than to watch a story unfold and the twists and turns a plot can take when the characters invite (or sometimes drag me along) on the adventure that comprises their life,” she said.

She admitted that she’s not strictly disciplined when it comes to her writing, even though she feels like she needs to because she’s not written anything new in a while.

“I’ve completed a couple WIP’s and edited existing projects, but nothing brand new—and how I long to just throw everything out and start fresh,” she told me with a laugh. “However, when I am actively writing, I write—very little editing, or working on other projects, limited time online, not much networking or blogging, sleep comes only in snatches, meals are scarce and light, and definitely no playing! Many writers have a routine or schedule and the perfect music to aid their creative process. For me, a little background noise (TV or radio in the other room) is OK but mostly I have to have quiet when I’m writing otherwise I get sidetracked way too easily.”

On a more personal note, I asked, “What is your favorite animal?”

“Horses are by far my favorite animal. Nothing is more soothing to a battered spirit than being on horseback with God’s glorious creation all around.”

Other favorites include pizza, especially if it’s loaded with mushrooms or spinach, and ice-cold Coke.

“Nothing beats the taste of an ice cold Coke,” she explained to me, “especially when you don’t keep them in the house and dream about one all night long.” She laughed. “Once I met my husband for coffee and breakfast and ordered a Coke first.”

Unfortunately, her husband died in 2009 and, if she could, that’s the one experience she would erase from her past.

“Have you ever cried during a movie?” I wanted to know.

“I think the proper question would be have you ever not cried during a movie!” She laughed. “Depending on the type of movie I’m either shedding tears of sorrow, joy, or just plain awe.”

Finally, I asked, “To what or whom do you credit your success?”

“Many people have a love/hate relationship with their muse. My muse is the Holy Spirit and I accredit every ounce of success to the grace of God because without HIM I seriously doubt I could write a single word, much less stories that bring hope and healing to so many.”

About the Author:

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.”

Buy the book at:

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Find the author online at:

Website address: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com

Blog: http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com

Bayou Writers Group: http://bayouwritersgroup.com

Email: pthib07@gmail.com

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Be Careful What You Pray

I guess you can say I’ve been a Christian most of my life although I remember as a teen when a friend’s baby died I struggled with my belief in God quite a bit. Then of course were the years when the marriage I was in was anything BUT living the Christian life. But the Bible teaches us to “train up a child in the way he should go and he shall not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6).

This does not however, say that child will never stray from his or her upbringing—only that he will not depart from it. In other words, the way you raise your child will always be a part of him or her and at some point in their life, they will return to the teachings of their youth.

Same goes for the old adage “be careful what you pray.”

The fateful day when I recommitted my life to Christ, I also committed my writing to Him, praying that I never write “just another romance” but something that would touch hearts and impact lives for His glory.

Thus began my journey into the world of Christian fiction and times when I wished I’d never said that prayer. Though basically romances, my stories addressed issues like domestic violence, death, betrayal and grief and sent me on an emotional roller coaster ride more times than I care to admit. My books dealt with the characters’ intense emotions such as anger and sexual tension without glossing over these feelings – yet stayed within Biblical principles and I came to discover the joy of portraying the awesome power of God to heal, save, guard, and guide.

Then along came The Visionary. What I thought would be my “light, sweet romance” became a story that pulled at the very core of everything I knew about human emotions, challenged everything I believed about God and made me question why I put myself through the turmoil of writing.

The realization came when a friend said she thought the main characters, (m/f twins) were “extremely close” and warned it might be too much for an inspirational novel. Since I’ve never written conservative Christian fiction, I didn’t worry too much about that, but did set out on the quest to find out why they were so close.

What had happened to them or between them that made them cling so tightly to one another and afraid to allow others into their world?

As Christians and as writers we’re called to look a level deeper but let me tell you, the answer to that question came as such a complete shock that I argued – yeah, literally argued with God that I was NOT the person to write this story! For three days I’d sit down to write and get up in a total panic, unable to type a single word for the debate going on in my mind, heart and soul.

If you’ve ever heard that still, small Voice in your spirit you’ll know what I mean when I say He brought me up short with the question, “Who are you writing for anyway?” and I remembered my prayer to never write “just another romance.”

Resigned, I sat down and wrote the entire first draft in four months while working two jobs during the busiest season of the year for a book keeper & tax preparer.

So when you think of all the great advice out there for writers…write what you know, hone your craft, be flexible and teachable add Be Careful What You Pray to the list.

A visionary is someone who sees into the future. Taylor Forrestier sees into the past but only as it pertains to her work. Hailed by her peers as “a visionary with an instinct for beauty and an eye for the unique” Taylor is undoubtedly a brilliant architect and gifted designer. But she and twin brother Trevor, share more than a successful business. The two share a childhood wrought with lies and deceit and the kind of abuse that’s disgustingly prevalent in today’s society. Can the love of God and the awesome healing power of His grace and mercy free the twins from their past and open their hearts to the good plan and the future He has for their lives? Find out in…The Visionary ~ Where the awesome power of God’s love heals the most wounded of souls. Available now through your local bookstore or online @ Amazon.com & BarnesandNoble.com

*This post is part of a month-long virtual book tour where 4 autographed copies of The Visionary will be given away. Follow the entire tour (list of stops on my blog http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com) and leave a comment on each spot because the more times your name goes in the hat, the more chances you have to win!

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.”
Website: http://pamelathibodeaux.com
Blog: http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com

GUEST BLOG: PAMELA THIBODEAUX

Look a Level Deeper

Where do you get your ideas?

This question is either highly appreciated or deeply resented by authors. I mean, are great inventors asked the same question? Was Einstein, Ford, Bell or the Wright Brothers asked where their ideas came from? How about Bill Gates or the owner of FaceBook or any other musician, film maker, or other modern-day creator?

Where does anyone get an idea for anything?

Some say from life. Others credit their muse as the means by which they get their ideas. My answer is usually: Divine Inspiration. Lately I’ve been thinking about a comment I often use and how it may relate to this question.

As Christians we are called to look a level deeper – as writers we are taught to look a level deeper.

Judge not lest ye be judged, walk a mile in his shoes, don’t mock what you don’t understand….these are all variations of that statement.

What does this have to do with where I get my ideas?

Everything!

This statement doesn’t apply only to people but every aspect of life.

Look at your circumstances – go a level deeper and ask questions: Why are they the way they are? Who made them this way? Where did I make a mistake (in thoughts, words or deeds)? What (if anything) can I do to change them? When will they change? How can I change/grow as a result of them?

Who, What, When, Where, How & Why ….These deep, searching questions of the heart and soul are the wellspring from which all creativity -from which all of life– flows.

This is what we writers do…we look at a person, event or circumstance and then ask questions – in doing this we get the inspiration to write down those answers. We get to know our characters and what motivates them. By continuing to ask throughout the creative process, we add twists and turns, depth and texture and we often write the answer we’d like to see which is usually very different than what is obvious or common.

The answers to these questions were imperative for Carson Alexander of In His Sight, if he was to save the heroine (Lorelei) and her daughter (Laurel) from the danger he sensed lurking on the horizon.

If you are a reader, then read with this new insight. If you’re a writer, ask yourself if you are looking a level deeper into the lives & circumstances of your characters and even into your life for answers and inspiration. If you’re the average person wondering how to change your own life know that you can…. with the power God gave you…. the power to create (through thoughts, words & deeds)!

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.” Pam’s titles are available in Ebook & Print and ALL are available for Kindle and Nook!

Website address: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com
Blog: http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com
Bayou Writers Group: http://bayouwritersgroup.com

Is it Love or is it Madness?

Well Friends, this will be my last post for the weekend. I hope you’ve enjoyed my previous ones and hope to see you ALL again in the future!

Since this is a Valentine’s Day Kickoff and we’re discussing romance…let me share with you a funny story about roses, kisses and happy-ever-after.

Recently I went dancing with a couple of friends and met a wonderful gentleman. As the night was drawing to a close, he said… “You’re the romance writer, how is this happily ever after? The night is almost over.”

My response, “Happily ever after takes a long time.”

We laughed and then he told me to pick a rose from the gentleman walking around in the club selling them.

I picked a WHITE one.

Of course, he questioned as to why and I explained the meaning of the colors and said, “I’m not ready for red roses” (by that point in the evening he knew I was widowed).

The next time we saw each other – again out dancing – he bought me a yellow rose and asked what it meant. I reminded him that yellow was for friendship – which was perfect at this point in our relationship. His comment….

“When can I buy you red roses?”

I didn’t answer that question.

Am I ready for romance, kisses and happy-ever-after?

Yes, in God’s time and very possibly with this wonderful, Gentleman.

But let me tell you friends…..love is giddy…it’s thrilling…it’s terrifying….Love is sheer madness!

Winter Madness
© 2008
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
ISBN #: n/a – short story
Pamela S Thibodeaux
“Inspirational with an Edge!” ™

Rocks instad of Roses?

When is a rock better than roses? No, I’m not talking diamonds…I’m talking a plain, old run-of-the-mill rock!

When my husband and I were dating we went for a walk along the railroad tracks by my parent’s house one day and he picked up a rock then handed it to me with the following words…..

My love is like this rock; it’s strong and solid, it’ll never change, it’ll last forever and there’s not another one like it in the world.

In that moment I wouldn’t have traded that piece of hardened earth for a million roses!

My husband passed away August 18th 2009 but I still have that rock -and the one I gave him another time – both (along with a printed/framed copy of his words to me) are displayed in the shadowbox my dad built to house special mementos of these precious 20 years of my life.

Although I miss him dearly – I haven’t given up on love, romance or roses so watch for my next post!

Pamela S Thibodeaux
“Inspirational with an Edge!” ™
http://pamelathibodeaux.com/
http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com/

Are Roses Good for Seduction?

Okay, this might not be the most appropriate topic for a Sunday LOL! But we’re going to talk about it anyway.

Many people associate roses with seduction ~ after all ~ red wine, candlelight & roses make a lovely statement.

Here is a scene from my novel Tempered Joy when the hero, Stanley Morrison executes perfect timing in giving his wife, Amber a rose……

Stanley stood for a full moment and drank in the sight of her, her skin flushed from the heat of the water. Soft tendrils of black silk curls escaped the clip to frame her face. Desire poured through him with the force of an erupting volcano. She didn’t open her eyes, but he could tell by the soft smile on her lips that she knew he was there. He knelt by the tub and caressed her face with the flower.

Amber smelled the sweet floral scent of the rose before it touched her face, before the soft petals caressed her cheek and lips.

Tempered Joy
© 2008
Publisher: ComStar Media
ISBN: 1-933866-14-4

Purchase Tempered Joy in paperback from Amazon or directly for the author at a reduced price (email pthib-7@centurytel.net for details) Get the Kindle edition for only $1.99!

Pamela S Thibodeaux
“Inspirational with an Edge!” ™
http://pamelathibodeaux.com/
http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com/

Signature Roses?

Hi Again!

Okay, I’m not talking about the actual deep pink, Signature rose, but a situation where the color of roses signify the giver.

Clear as mud? LOL!

Let me explain…..

From their first meeting, hero Scott Hensley has given his lady, Katrina Simmons roses – yellow roses – which soon became his/their ‘signature’ rose.

Here is a scene where she first connects the two in her mind…..

Turning toward the table, she caught sight of the single rose that, against all odds, continued to thrive in its vase. Taking it out of the window, she carried it to the table and set
Yellow rose of Texas.
The thought made her think of him, the strangely tender doctor she’d met that night.
Tempered Dreams
© 2005
Publisher: ComStar Media
ISBN# 0-9769960-3-0
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Pamela S Thibodeaux
“Inspirational with an Edge!” ™

it down. Tenderly fingering a silky petal, she smiled. “I don’t know if you’re a special breed of flower or just a stubborn one, or if you’re a symbol of grace, beauty, and hope from God, but you sure are beautiful,” she spoke softly, feeling a little foolish talking to a yellow rose.

Single Rose or Bouquet?

Hello Again!

Since my initial post discussed the meaning of different colors of roses, I thought it’d be fun to continue the thread with more posts about roses. We all love the idea of a dozen roses, but personally, I think a single rose means just as much if not more than a dozen. Here is a scene from my novel, Tempered Hearts where a single rose is all hero Craig Harris needed……

“It’s beautiful,” Tamera breathed, fingering its soft petals and inhaling the
“I’ll get some water,” he offered, picking up the empty vase off the tray. He watched through lowered lids as she reached for the ribbon around it. Seeing the ring tied securely to the knot, her eyes widened in surprise then lifted to meet his.
“Craig?”

sweet scent.“Will you marry me?” he asked, kneeling in front of her.

 Tempered Hearts book 1 in 4-part series
© 2005
Publisher: ComStar Media
ISBN# 0-9769960-2-2

Purchase TEMPERED HEARTS At AMAZON.COM As a PAPERBACK For $16.95 OR Directly From the Author for a reduced price! (email for details: pthib-7@centurytel.net) or get the KINDLE EDITION FOR ONLY $1.99!

Pamela S Thibodeaux
“Inspirational with an Edge!” ™
http://pamelathibodeaux.com/
http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com/

In a single, sweeping motion, he handed her a rose nestled in green paper.

Roses for Valentine’s Day? Think again…..

When you hear the word “Valentine’s Day” most people think roses….lots and lots of red roses. But did you know that the color of a rose has meaning?
In researching my upcoming women’s fiction novel, The Visionary, (due Nov. 2011 from Five Star Expressions) I had the opportunity to research the topic of roses and was amazed at what I found.
Writers for White Rose Publishing understand the symbolism of the White rose is purity (hence white wedding gowns, white baptismal gowns, etc). Peach roses represent sympathy (or loyalty). Yellow roses are given in friendship and Pink signify innocence and sweetness – which is why you see mostly pink & white bouquets given to young girls. Black roses usually embody death or dislike.
But what about all those Red Roses? You guessed it….Red roses are the symbol of love and romance which make them the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your spouse or significant other.
In some cultures roses symbolize the answer to a specific prayer while in others, dreaming of a rose garden means your death will occur in spring. So, the next time you’re tempted to give roses as a gift, think about what you appreciate about and want to say to the person receiving them.
My short story Choices takes place on Valentine’s Day and has references to roses symbolizing the answer to prayer.
Best-selling novelist and songwriter, Camie Rogers has penned numerous accounts of the secret love she holds in her heart. Country-Music Superstar Kip Allen has changed from the shy, humble boy, to the epitome of “star.” Can the two rediscover each other after one night of his Home is where the Heart is Tour? 
Choices is available now from White Rose Publishing for only $1.00 and Kindle for only $.99!
Pamela S Thibodeaux
“Inspirational with an Edge!” ™
                                       http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com/