Monday, October 22, 2012

THE VISIONARY - Pamela S Thibodeaux - One Free Book

Welcome, Pamela. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
PST: I don’t intentionally write myself into the characters, but like most authors will tell you, I feel everything the characters feel so those emotions bleed over into the stories. Some wise soul once said, “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader” so I guess this is a good thing.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
PST: I have no idea, LOL! I can’t think of a single quirky thing I’ve done or do. That’s a question for my children and/or friends J

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
PST: One day I simply sat down and filled the pages of a five-subject notebook with a story. That was just the beginning. More stories came and more notebooks were filled, but not until I purchased a used word processor and began typing them into manuscript format and submitting them to publishers did I feel like a writer.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
PST: I read tons of spiritual non fiction but when it comes to fiction – romance is my favorite genre and I read all sub-genres of romance.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Prayer and meditation! I can’t emphasize the importance of quiet, quality time with God to stay centered and focused in your day to day activities.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
I don’t. My characters usually introduce themselves to me. In fact, in my current WIP I had no idea the characters full name for quite some time – all I knew was her husband called her “Mel.”

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
From the time I could articulate, my deepest desire was to be a wife and mother. By God’s grace I’ve been blessed in that desire and those are my greatest accomplishments.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A horse – these are some of the greatest and noblest of God’s creatures and I love them so much!

What is your favorite food?
Bread-I love bread in its every form…white, wheat, pitas, flatbread, pastries, etc. In fact, I love bread so much that when God asked me to give it up for lent one year, I questioned… “Surely this isn’t You, Lord?” Well, guess what? Yep, opened my bible for daily reading and turned straight to Matthew 4:4Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” In case you’re wondering, yes it was a sacrifice and yes, I did not eat a single slice of bread or any bread-like substance (crackers, etc.) for six full weeks!

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
PST: My greatest problem/roadblock is that I don’t write conservative which has hindered my being published by a traditional CBA house. However, I do stay within Christian principles and have been fortunate enough to find readers who enjoy and are blessed by my work.

Tell us about the featured book.
PST: Set in my hometown area of SW Louisiana, The Visionary revolves around twins Taylor and Trevor Forrestier…. 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.

Please give us the first page of the book.
PST: Taylor Forrestier awoke with a muffled scream. Her feet tangled in the bedcovers when she tried to bolt, and she landed on the floor with a thud and a whimper. She kicked free of the sheets and blankets then crawled into a corner. Eyes wide with horror, she tried to make sense of the shadows that danced around her, to separate the ones in the room from those in her mind. Her heart thundered. Breath escaped in short pants. She drew her knees to her chest, took several deep breaths to keep from hyperventilating, then closed her eyes and rested her head. Shivers overtook her slender frame. A sob escaped. Oh, God, would the nightmares ever cease, the ghosts ever rest in peace?

Resolve straightened her spine. Eyes still closed, she inched her way to the bedside table. Her hand trembled when she turned on the lamp. The light forced darkness from the room, but only one thing would push it from her mind. Agility born of fear drove her to her feet. She fumbled into a sweat suit, socks and tennis shoes, scraped her hair up into a ponytail, then fled.

* * * *

Alex Broussard turned right off Lakeshore onto Bor du Lac Drive. Though the name of the street meant “around the lake,” the stretch of road encircled only the eastern shore along the body of water once known as Charlie’s Lake. He parked his SUV in one of the far corners of the Civic Center’s lot, slipped the keys into his pocket, and headed out for a brisk walk along the seawall. Though the early March morning air nipped at the skin, he noticed others out and about.

Walkers chatted up ahead, joggers passed with a smile, a nod, or a murmured “morning,” and someone on roller blades whizzed by. A flash of color caught the corner of his eye. Alex watched a young woman jog down the steps, run along the water’s edge and back up and around. Then she flew on down to the boardwalk.

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Patty said...

Thanks for the interview and chance to win this book!

Patty in SC

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Thank you so much Lena for hosting me on your blog today and Thank You Patty for stopping by.

Good luck and God's blessings to both of you!

Marianne said...

Wow...this sounds like a true page-turner. Thanks, Lena and PST for a great interview and awesome giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win

marianne in northern Alberta


Tanya Hanson said...

Hi ladies! Pamela, it's always so good to get to know you even better. I am so sorry family issues kept me from Bandera this time around, but I was sure there in spirit. Lena, howdy to you, too! I sure appreciate your comments at Petticoats and Pistols!
Hugs and blessings to you both.

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Hi Marianne & Tanya!

thank you both for stopping by!

Good luck and God's Blessings.

rubynreba said...

The Visionary sounds so very good! Thanks for the chance to win it.
Beth from IA

Mary Preston said...

I'm looking forward to reading THE VISIONARY. It looks like a wonderful read.

Mary P


Jo said...

Sounds like quite the page turner here. Another new to me author whose books I would love to check out.

Jo from Southern Arizona

Lyndie Blevins said...

Thanks for the opportunity to get this book.
Lyndie Blevins

Duncanville, Tx

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me!!
Sharon Richmond

Diana Gardner said...

Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks! Portsmouth, VA

Veronica Sternberg said...

Sounds interesting and tough emotionally; looks good! I'm from MN.

spangldlady said...

I would love to win a copy, please enter me in the drawing!! I live in Springfield, MO. Blessings! Darlene