Welcome back, Pamela. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I write to share my passion for God and His message of hope and healing to a hurting world and since I love … well … love, I write romances to share my beliefs in love everlasting and happy ever after.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Other than the births of my children two days stand out most in my memory: The day I married my (now deceased) husband and the birth of my first grandchild. Both brought gifts beyond measure.
How has being published changed your life?
Other than making me busier than a person should be allowed, I don’t believe being published has changed my life much … unless you count the many wonderful friendships I’ve encountered which may not have happened otherwise.
What are you reading right now?
I always have a stack of reading and To Be Read material by my bed and on my kindle including spiritual non-fiction and of course romance.
What is your current work in progress?
I have several fiction and 2 nonfiction projects in various stages of completion and a whole host of ideas waiting to be developed.
What would be your dream vacation?
I have several of those but if I had to pick, my dream vacation would be a trip to
and the Cliffs of Moher.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
Settings are as varied as the characters and story and each come to me in numerous ways. For instance, Lori’s Redemption is a spinoff of my novel, Tempered Fire so it had to be set in
. However, I’d heard of a town in Bandera, Texas Wyoming called Recluse
and thought it would be interesting to set a story there. Since Lori travels
the rodeo circuit I managed to bring both places into focus in this story.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Nora Roberts. I’d love to know how she manages to be so prolific and still find time to relax and I’d enjoy finding if she has a favorite story (or stories) out of all the books she’s written.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Horseback riding tops the list but I also enjoy swimming, hiking, and other outdoor activities.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
I know writing daily is recommended but to be honest, making time to write is the biggest obstacle I face at this point in my life and career. I haven’t overcome it completely and am actually looking forward to the New Year because I’ll have a lot of unfinished projects off my To Do list and time will be freed up for me to write. Believe me, I am READY to get into a regular habit of doing so!
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Write the book of your heart, stay true to your voice and style, be flexible and teachable, write for the love of writing, continually hone your craft, never give up!
Tell us about the featured book.
Lori Strickland (introduced in Tempered Fire) has always been known as her father's "wild child" with no desire to change until she meets ex-bull-rider-turned-preacher Rafe Judson. Her attempts to change her wanton ways come to naught until she realizes redemption only comes with true repentance.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Eager for fresh air, Lori Strickland pulled on her tights, shorts, and slid leg warmers over her calves. A hooded sweatshirt covered her tank top. Thick socks and tennis shoes completed her outfit and she left her bedroom ready for her morning run. She slipped out the door, careful not to wake her parents feeling safe in knowing ranch hands would be stirring about and watch out for her as she traipsed the perimeters of her home. She stretched then started out at a slow jog then picked up her pace to match the whirlwind of her thoughts.
Through all the years of strife and turmoil, those tumultuous teenage years, running remained the one consistency in her life. Probably because it mirrored her desire to get away from the repressive atmosphere of small town existence. There wasn’t much to do in
Nothing she hadn’t done hundreds, maybe thousands of times already. Lori hated
it, loathed every moment of being stuck in the rut of her reality. High school
was a drag. The day she graduated, a year behind her peers, she took off to
work in various low-paying, dead-end jobs in Bandera, Texas San Antonio, hoping the big city would add
spice to her life. Unable to support herself or survive without financial help
from her father, she succumbed to his pressure and enrolled in community
college then moved back home. Now, two years later she still had no degree, no
real job, and no clue what to do with her life.
So glad its Saturday; no school today. Relief swept through her. Lori eased her frantic stride into a much smoother gait and took slow, deep breaths that heaved out in wisps of fog in the chilly air. She rolled her head and shoulders in an attempt to shake off the tension which built and crested with her thoughts. and took in the sights, smells and sounds around her.
The rich, damp earth tickled her nostrils. A hint of spring teased her senses; its fullness and warmth only a few weeks away. Soon she’d be able to forego the tights, legwarmers, and sweat shirt for her customary shorts and tank or sleeveless t-shirt. Roosters crowed and horses neighed their welcome, night creatures scurried into nests and dens. Before long, more than ranch hands would be out and about. Traffic would increase as people made their way to work or family outings. This was her favorite time of day, when night gave way to morning. Lori slowed her pace as the sun peeked over the horizon and turned the sky into a masterpiece of contrast. Light and color battled the darkness, a hint of yellow, a burst of pink then peach, and finally orange.
Lori didn’t think of herself as a spiritual person. Oh, she attended church, twice on Sunday and again on Wednesday as she had all of her life, but found the routine stifling. But in this slice of time when darkness gave way to radiance and shadows turned from possibilities into reality, her spirit soared and she hoped one day God would shed some light on His purpose for her life.
A ray of sunshine glinted off an object and caught the corner of her eye. Lori turned to her right and stared out over the arena where barrels sat, aligned in a perfect V-shape. A thought sparked. Rodeo.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Website address: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com
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Thank you, Pamela, for sharing this new book with us.
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