Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group (http://bayouwritersgroup.com) 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.”
Your latest release is CIRCLES OF FATE. How is setting important to the story? Setting is always important because it adds flavor and texture to a character’s life and his or her story. Weather (heat, rain, cold) and terrain (rocks, hills, grass, etc.) can add layers of ambiance and rich detail to any story.
When I had the idea for Circles of Fate, I imagined a young couple thrown together and forced apart more than once, so military life would be one way for this to happen. My husband (now deceased) had been in the Army and stationed at Ft. Benning, GA when he was younger, so I decided to start the story there and drew on his memories as much as I could to provide adequate description. We’re always told to write what we know so the fact that I’m from SW Louisiana, just 40 miles from the Texas border, and am familiar with the other locations mentioned in the book made it easy to write those settings in.
All of my novels and stories to date are set in places I’ve been or fictional towns in states I’ve actually visited. The Visionary is set in my hometown area of Lake Charles, Louisiana on a piece of property that once belonged in my family. It is commercial property now, but memories of that old homestead and a little research made writing authentic setting incredibly easy. The Inheritance begins in the Seattle, WA area where my step-children reside and ends up in the Finger Lakes Region/Hammondsport, NY, both of which I’ve visited. My Tempered series is set in one of my most favorite places of all time—Bandera, TX.
I visited Bandera as a child and the place had such an impact on me, I remembered a lot about it. What I couldn’t recall, I filled in by obtaining travel books and brochures from the Bandera visitors’ bureau.
What led you to write this book? I believe every person has a love they desired but never really experienced. Most of us have at least one special man or woman of whom we dreamed would have been the perfect mate. Someone we wished we’d had the opportunity to date, who moved away, whom we let go, gave up on, or let pass us by. The little tug of wistfulness I felt whenever I’d see the romance that I let slip away, led to this story of unfulfilled love. Many times our choices are what lead to missing out on God’s gifts to (and His plan for) us. We get impatient with His timing or don’t understand His ways and rush headlong into less than His best.
Sometimes it’s just plain old life, or fate, that gets in the way of our dreams and desires. But God has a way of bringing us full circle and back into His promised land. In the case of Shaunna and Todd, it took a lot of years and many heart-wrenching moments for God to bring them together with a cast of other characters whose lives are destined to be forever entwined.
Growing up who were your heroes and do they “appear” in your stories? I grew up with three brothers, seven uncles and only a handful of female aunts and cousins so it’s hard to pinpoint a single hero. I’ve always loved horses and you’ll find those in most of my books. However, all of my heroes have many (if not all) of the qualities my husband had…a sensitive, sentimental streak along with a wicked sense of humor, tender feelings yet strong opinions, oodles and oodles of charm and charisma by the case.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work? It is first and foremost always my prayer that readers will seek a closer walk with God and second that they have a sense of satisfaction in the overall story. I hate to think of disappointing my readers in any way. That said, I know we can’t please everyone all the time. I also hope readers find encouragement to not only seek God and His purpose & will for their life, but to trust in Him and His word which promises us all things come together for the good of them who love God and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
Tell us about your blog. My blog, http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com has evolved over the years from a place I can showcase my work and connect with readers to one where I can share the things I treasure (Tuesday Treasure), thoughts and ideas I ponder (Thursday Thoughts) and books & authors I admire (Saturday Spotlight). Sometimes times you’ll see guest posts on these features.
You are definitely multi-tasking with your website services and speaking engagements. What can you tell us about them? I’ve always felt my writing is a ministry but to be honest, at the heart of everything I do is ministering. I love sharing my faith with others through speaking engagements and I’ve done so in writer meetings and conferences, women’s conferences and workshops. I also love the creative process so website services is another way of being creative while helping others to showcase their arts and crafts, books, or services.
What is the one question you wish an interviewer would ask you? Q: 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.