Interview with Pamela S Thibodeaux

When did you first start writing?
I began writing in five-subject notebooks over thirty years ago after reading one-too-many disappointing romances. Pregnant at the time, I'm not sure if the thought that I could do better was prompted by hormones or what, but that was the impetus to my writing career.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book Circles of Fate (as yet unpublished) is a romantic saga that takes place at the end of the Vietnam War and continues through the Granada Invasion. The book covers nearly twenty years in the lives of Shaunna Chatman & Todd Jameson as the couple are continuously thrown together & torn apart by fate. Through it all is the hand of God as HE brings together people whose lives will forever be entwined.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My writing has been tagged, "Inspirational with an Edge" (tm) and reviewed as "steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message. Therefore, it is sometimes difficult to find a publisher who will take my work. That said, most of my titles have been previously published with a small press. I decided to independently publish all reprints as well as any new work that does not fit within the traditional guidelines of Christian publishing houses.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm fairly new to Smashwords but the sales of my first title published through this platform (Lori's Redemption) encouraged me to put my other works here as well. I believe by offering so many formats, Smashwords broadens my audience which is the goal of every author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love watching a story unfold and my characters grow in their faith.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. As an Inspirational author, my goal is to reach a hurting world with the hope and healing offered through a relationship with God & Christ. Recently I received an email from a reader whose faith was encouraged after reading my novel, The Visionary....This is why I write.
What are you working on next?
I am in the process of editing Circles of Fate for publication as well as formatting & uploading my titles to Smashwords. I also have 2 fiction works in progress as well as a couple of nonfiction projects under way.
Who are your favorite authors?
Fiction: Nora Roberts, Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Julie Lessman. NonFiction: Wayne Dyer, & Marianne Williamson.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Simply enjoying the gift of life regardless of my circumstances.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading is my #1 pastime. I also enjoy hiking, swimming and dancing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, the first story I ever wrote turned out to be my novel, Tempered Hearts which then led to the series.
What is your writing process?
I am 100% SOTP writer. I don't plot or outline or anything. I simply sit down and write. When I am actively working on a project I try to write every day.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I've been an avid reader since about the age of four but the first story I really remember being impacted by was The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. I've always loved horses and these books fed that love.
Describe your desk
I have two LOL! One is a wooden desk with room for a desktop computer which includes a couple of shelves handy for all the books I read. The other, a regular computer desk, has a stack of books on one corner of the top shelf, pictures and inspirational gifts there also.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually pick books by my favorite author and sometimes by recommendation from friends.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a professional cover artist. I usually send her the blurb and my ideas and leave the creativity to her and she always does a great job!
Published 2017-10-31.
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Books by This Author

Keri's Christmas Wish
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 26,440. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
For as long as she can remember, Keri Jackson has despised the hype and commercialism around Christmas so much she seldom enjoys the holiday. Jeremy Hinton has studied all of the world’s religions and homeopathic healing modalities. Will all of his faith and training be for naught when a rare bacterial infection threatens the life of the woman he loves?
Tempered Series Bundle
Series: Tempered. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 313,630. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Christian » Romance
Tempered Series Bundle by Pamela S Thibodeaux includes four full length novels plus a bonus short story!
Circles of Fate
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,270. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
With intriguing twists and turns, fate brings together a cast of characters whose lives will forever be entwined.
The Visionary
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,930. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
A cross between Francine Rivers's "Redeeming Love" and Danielle Steele's "Malice" The Visionary deals openly and candidly with adult survivors of child abuse and the awesome power of God to heal the most wounded of souls.
Tempered Joy
Series: Tempered, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,610. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Christian » Romance
Can two young people who clash from the onset learn to trust in the healing power of God and find love and happiness amidst tragedy and grief? Book 4 in Tempered series
Tempered Fire
Series: Tempered, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,460. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Christian » Romance
Based on Proverbs 22:6, Craig Harris must learn the hardest lesson a father has to learn...to let go and let God make of his children what HE will. Will Amber & Stanley survive the wishes of everyone around them with their relationship intact? Book 3 in the Tempered Series
Tempered Dreams
Series: Tempered, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,120. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Christian » Western
Can dreams be renewed & faith strengthened? Book 2 in 'Tempered' series. Deals openly and candidly with domestic violence
Tempered Hearts
Series: Tempered, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,030. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Christian » Romance
Only when hearts are tempered, minds are opened & wills are softened can man discern the will of God for his life....Book 1 in Tempered series by Pamela S Thibodeaux
Simple Promotional Tools for Authors
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 11,750. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Sales and Marketing, Nonfiction » Career Guides » Arts
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Not all great authors are born…most are made and effective promotion is what makes them! In this comprehensive Ebook, Author, Speaker, & Promotions Expert Pamela S Thibodeaux, and Penny Carlton, who is a Writer, Producer, Creative Development, Publicity, & Brand Integration specialist, share proven promotion and marketing tips and tricks.
Love is a Rose
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 10,100. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Devotional
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Music is the magical entry into the spirit world; the golden gate into the Kingdom of God. But we mustn’t be of the mindset that God only uses Christian music to reach out and touch our mind, heart and spirit. God uses any and every means available to speak to His children. Our job is to be open and receptive.
Lori's Redemption
Series: Tempered, Book 5. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 24,480. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Western
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.