Pamela S. Thibodeaux
Author of the Tempered Series
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.” Sign up to receive Pam’s newsletter and get a FREE short story!
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Hello Pamela! I’m so glad you’ve joined us on the Spotlight!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born and raised here, I live in SW Louisiana just east of the Texas border. I am the mother of four (two by blood and two by marriage) wonderful, talented, productive adult children and 3 grandchildren. I work in the Insurance industry selling Home, Life and Medicare products.
Holy cow, you are busy! How did you choose this genre?
I chose to write romance because that is what I love to read – most sub-genres as well (Historical, Regency, Suspense) however, the Inspirational/Christian genre chose me in 1989 when I recommitted my life to Christ and committed my writing to Him. Although I do not write Conservative Christian and am not published through traditional CBA publishers, my stories do stay within biblical principles.
Lovely! Is there a genre you have never written but would like to?
I’ve often thought of writing a Historical novel but am not a fan of research. Still the idea is there.
That’s really true and very refreshing! Is there a genre you’ve never written but would like to?
Crime fiction. If only I had an idea. Maybe someday.
I'm not a huge fan of it myself but I do like things to be accurate, so it's a labor of love. Do you have some new projects on the horizon?
Yes! I am slowly and methodically getting all of my books in Audio. Tempered Hearts and Tempered Dreams audio-books are available now also. Tempered Joy will follow later this year and this summer my latest book, My Heart Weeps will be published in all formats (print, Ebook, and audio). Meanwhile, I’m writing Tempered Truth and hope to have it completed and ready for publication this year as well. After that who knows? I have a whole host of ideas just waiting to be brought to fruition.
I want to turn mine into audio too and it does take money and time to do that! What are your favorite books? They can be any genre.
The Born In trilogy (and just about anything else) by Nora Roberts and Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers are my ALL-TIME favorites. I keep these on the shelf (seldom if ever loan them out!) and re-read them pretty much annually.
You gotta love Nora! That is a great series that's stood the test of time. I'll have to check out the others. How about the lengths of stories? Do you write short stories, novellas, novels, nonfiction...?
Yes, yes, and yes LOL! I’m published in all of these veins. I have 7 full-length novels and 2 novellas out there. Love in Season (Pelican Book Group) is a collection of eight short stories, five of which were published as stand-alone novelettes between 2007-2010. I have a devotional titled Love is a Rose that parallels the love of God to the lyrics of The Rose (performed by Conway Twitty & Bette Midler) and have contributed to several other non-fiction books from dog and horse stories to devotionals offered as free reads through Pelican Book Group.
You are amazing! Tell us about your journey from an aspiring writer to a debut author.
Like many, my journey was a long and often detoured one. I began writing in 5-subject notebooks nearly 40 years ago. From that, I progressed to a word processor. I was pitching when paper and SASE were the only way to do so LOL! but not until I got my first computer did I land a contract with a brand new E-publisher in 2000 (nearly 20 yrs after I first picked up a pen and notebook). I took the files for Tempered Hearts and Tempered Dreams and had the print copies done up by a local printing company and set up signings in the Books A Million stores back when authors were allowed to bring their books in. That is not an option at all in any of the chain stores that I’m aware of, which is why most authors choose self-publishing through companies such as Amazon and Ingram Spark.
If you were stranded on a deserted island and you could have 3 (inanimate) objects, what would they be? A Bible, a picture of Jesus, and a picture of my family/loved ones.
Do you need supreme quiet when you write or do you prefer music or background noise?
This depends entirely on where I’m writing. At home, I prefer quiet – oh, I may have the windows open and hear the birds and critters outside or music in another room as background noise but mostly I like it quiet. I can’t listen to music on my computer or phone because I get too wrapped up in that to concentrate on what I’m doing. If I’m at a writing retreat with others, I –again- prefer quiet or the sound of computer keys clacking. I enjoy bouncing ideas or scenes off each other with those in attendance, but can’t take the television or radio on there either. I especially love it when we chat, write, chat, write, etc. and tend to get lots of writing done. I’ve also written at the library or coffee shop but they usually tend to be too busy for me to seriously concentrate.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I believe the message I try to get across in every book is: Relationship not Religion. God doesn’t care what banner you wear, He is more interested in having a personal relationship with you. Also, no matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done, the love of God and the Blood of Jesus can cleanse the ugliest of sinners and heal the most wounded of souls.
Finally, What would you like to say to your readers?
THANK YOU and may God bless each and every one of YOU with a rich increase of His almighty good!
About the Book
Publisher: Temperance Publishing
An Imprint of Pamela S. Thibodeaux Enterprises LLC
Emotion burst to life within her and swarmed through Amber until it overflowed, warm, and wet down her cheeks.
Stan tasted her tears and groaned. Loosening his hold he broke the kiss, burying his face against her shoulder. “God,” he mumbled, lifting his head to meet her gaze. “I’m sorry.”
She looked at him wide-eyed and trembling. Anger, desire, and wonder warred in her eyes. She rolled them in an exaggerated gesture. “Now, he apologizes,” she muttered then leveled her gaze on him.
“Why haven’t you kissed me like that before?”
His breath heaved while he struggled for control. “Didn’t think it was proper, still don’t.”
“So that’s what you meant by all lips and teeth and tongue?” she asked, her voice quivering with awe.
He stepped back, touching her cheek with his uninjured hand. “Yes.” His voice was raw, eyes fierce. “But not with anger, never with anger. I’m sorry.”
Grabbing his hand, she pressed a kiss into it. “Show me,” she urged her eyes soft and warm. “Kiss me again, Stanley.”
“No, Amber.” But she was pressing against him, her arms sliding around his neck. Senses dulled by fatigue, resistance clouded by pain, control ravished and weakened by desire, Stanley succumbed with a groan. Hauling her gently but firmly against him, he buried his lips on hers, this time with devastating tenderness.
His mouth embraced hers tasting, teasing, savoring her lips as though he were a starving man biting into his first meal in weeks. His teeth nipped at her lip, tugging a moan from deep within her. Amber clung to him weakly as they slid to the floor.
I think we need another excerpt, Pamela!
Craig’s jaw dropped and eyes widened as much from her remark as the way she looked, all breasts and hips and curves, with incredibly long legs in an extremely short skirt. He couldn’t have been more surprised had she sprouted wings or horns. “You can’t wear that, it’s indecent!”
Amber laughed, placing a kiss on his cheek. Short skirts and boots were all the rage. “It’s the style,” she said, wiping the pale mauve lip print off his freshly shaven skin before walking away.
“To hell with style, it’s too short! Who determines style anyway?” Craig demanded, and heard her answering laughter.
“Nobody’s father that’s for sure! Don’t have time to change. Come on brat,” she called to her brother. “We’re going to be late.”
Placing a quick kiss on his mother’s cheek and slapping his father’s hand with a high-five, Ace ran to meet his sister. “I’m not a brat,” he countered in the familiar morning banter.
“Yes you are,” she argued, placing a kiss on his silky blond head. “You’ve been a brat since the day you were born,” she concluded, her blue eyes dancing into his gray ones as she helped him into his jacket.
The door closed behind them before Craig found his voice. “Why didn’t you tell me?” he demanded of his wife, who was nearly doubled over in a fit of giggles.
“Tell you what?” she asked, gasping for breath. “That she’s growing up?”
“That she’s built like a...” he stuttered, flushing at the description that came to mind, positive it wasn’t appropriate for his daughter. “And who in the hell is Stanley Morrison?”
Tamera’s giggles turned into shouts of laughter. “Oh man, I wish I had a camera, the look on your face is priceless,” she remarked, once she’d caught her breath. “Did you expect her to stay five forever?”
Let’s finish with everyone’s favorite… Speed Dating!
Favorite movie: Breakthrough, Pretty Woman & A Few Good Men
Best place you’ve visited: Bandera, TX
Place you’d like to visit: Ireland and Jerusalem
Favorite food: BREAD all kinds and types... sourdough, white, wheat, whole grain…biscuits, breadsticks…you get my drift LOL!
Favorite drink: Water
Sports team: New Orleans Saints & LSU Tigers
Oxford comma, yes or no? UGH… I don’t care just use them appropriately.
Pen or pencil? Pen
Favorite music? Everything EXCEPT heavy metal or rap
Coffee or tea? Coffee
What does your desk look like? A mess LOL!
What is your writing vice or must-haves (e.g. for me it's post-its, red pen, and coffee)? None really.
Plotter or pantser? 100% SOTP panster
Mac or PC? PC
Favorite dessert? Almost anything Chocolate
Jamie Fraser (Outlander) or Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades)? Neither
You have a time travel machine. Where and when? Jerusalem – the time of Jesus
Are you earth, wind, fire or water? Earth