Friday, December 16, 2011

A Visit with Pam Thibodeaux

I am excited to be part of my very first blog tour. Feel free to comment if I'm not doing this right. Ha! Please comment to enter a contest. See below.

With great pleasure, I wish to introduce a special person and wonderful writer, Pam Thibodeaux. She writes what she calls "inspirational with an edge." A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Pam moved to my part of the country in north Texas where I've been fortunate enough to visit with her and attend one of her classes. This award winning author co-founded and is a lifetime member of Bayou Writer's Group. Besides women's fiction, she writes inspirational romance and creative non-fiction. Even with her busy schedule as author and speaker, I found her eager and willing to help new writers like myself.

Her new release is entitled "The Visionary." I highly recommend it. Pam's writing was new to me, so I read this new book with no expectations, just curiosity. Truthfully, few people could handle the delicate topic of childhood sexual abuse resulting in murder. This book demonstrates the breadth of God's grace. The tender way which Ms. Thibodeaux illustrates hope over a dark, untalked-about subject is unrivaled.

Trevor hovered in the place between wakefulness and sleep, darkness and light, heaven and hell. He could hear his sister’s voice, but he couldn’t see her, couldn’t find her in the darkness, and couldn’t reach her in the red haze of pain and fear. He was hot, so hot. He burned with anger and shame and shook with the fear that kept him bound, unable to get to her. He felt trapped, helpless. She called to him again, but it was the sound of a little girl whimpering. He mumbled her name, assured her he was there, that he’d save and protect her. It wouldn’t happen again, he promised and struggled to jerk his hands from their restraints, to break through the darkness and rescue her.

Question: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Answer: The hardest part of writing The Visionary was depicting the gruesome abuse the twins suffered as children and then realistically portraying the healing available through the awesome power of God's love and their struggle for relief from a past too horrendous to live with any longer.

Question: What do you like about your publisher?
Answer: They are author-friendly, patient in helping new authors understand their rules without making them feel ashamed or embarrased.

Question: What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
Answer: The biggest challenge I face is not having my work accepted by the “Christian” publishers. As one reviewer said, “though undeniably Christian, it is never dogmatic or insular; offering faith rather than religion.” (Review of Tempered Dreams by Elizabeth Burton for Blue Iris Journal) My books deal with issues in a way that is unacceptable in the traditional CBA market. Now that is not saying that my books are better than those published through traditional CBA publishers, only different. As I’ve said many times, everything that gives God glory deserves to be praised!

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Barnes & Noble:

Anyone commenting on my blog will automatically be entered in a drawing for 4 lucky winners of an autographed copy of "The Visionary." Also, go back to any of the other blogs and comment for extra chances in the drawing. My post is the last stop of Ms. Thibodeaux's blog tour. Here is the list of those who've previously posted about "The Visionary" in case you're interested in going back, reading those reviews and commenting on them:

Nov 16th: Amber Stockton:

Nov 17th: Karen Kelly

Nov 18th: Author Expressions

Nov 19th: Tracy Krauss

Nov. 20th: Jessica Ferguson

Nov. 21st: Guest @ LASR

Nov 22nd: Robin Bayne

Nov. 23rd: Clare Revell


Nov 25th: Tanya Hanson

Nov. 26th: Delia Latham

Nov 27th: BWG Blog

Nov 28th: Raquel Byrnes

Nov 29th: Marianne Evans

Nov 30th: Shawna Williams

Dec 1st: Jan Rider Newman

Dec 2nd: Vicki Cain

Dec 3rd: Justin Lugbill;

Dec 4th: Curt Iles

Dec 5th: Dana Pratola

Dec 6th: Sylvia Ney

Dec 7th: Shonell Bacon

Dec 8th: Joanne Troppello

Dec 9th: Nona Cross

Dec. 10th: JoAnn Carter

Dec 11th: Donna Basinow

Dec 12th: Guest @ Edgy Inspirational Romance

Dec 13th: Michelle Sutton

Dec 14th: Guest @ PenTalk Community

Dec. 15th: Judy Leger:

Dec 16th: Janet K Brown

Good luck to all.
Thank you, Ms. Thibodeaux, for trusting me to review your book. I enjoyed it. God bless.


Sandy Elzie said...

I find very few authors handle abuse of children well...and few publishers want to handle it unless it's a text book.

I've written a memoir about a girl who was abused and then moved on to an abusive marriage, drugs, prostitution, prison, etc until she got so low that she could only look up. She now helps girls that are dealing with some of the same issues--the ones she lived through. God is using her for His glory. Publishers are shy about the subject matter...ignoring the thousands upon thousands affected by this same situation.

Congrats to you for finding a publisher who wasn't afraid to deal with the less popular and I wish you success on your book.

Anonymous said...

Janet, thanks for introducing me to Pam. Pam, sometimes it only takes one author to open the door for others. Thanks to you, and authors like you, Christian books that offer faith over a particular dogma may soon become normal. Years ago I read romances, and none of them were set in the United States, something that bothered me. After authors began submitting stories set here in the USA, publishers began using them. Now, romances set in the USA are fairly common (I think). This review would encourage me as a reader...“though undeniably Christian, it is never dogmatic or insular; offering faith rather than religion.” Looking forward to reading your book.

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Wow! I try to get to my tour stops early but you two beat me here LOL!

Your book sounds intriguing Sandy and I wish you the best of luck & God's blessings with it.

Hi Devoted, I remember that time when very few books were set in the US and I too, am glad that has changed.

It is my prayer that publishers everywhere start looking more at the story than the bottom dollar. True many still do this but just as many won't take a chance on a new or unknown author who writes like we do.

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

You are entered into the contest.

Sharon Ervin said...

Nice, terse interview. Enjoyed it and would love to win a signed copy of the book.

Sharon Ervin

Catch me on Kindle at:

JP said...

Janet, thank you for sharing Pam's book. This is a must read for those who have endured abuse of any kind.

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Thanks Sharon & JP for stopping by!

Want more chances to win?

Visit all the stops & leave a comment!


Unknown said...

Since I know about this problem first hand I would like to see how you handled it in the book. I would love to win a copy.

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Hi Sharon, your name is in the hat for every comment.

Thanks for following!


Unknown said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. I appreciate your dropping by. Pam will be drawing for the free books sometimes tomorrow.

Unknown said...

Sandy, good luck with your book. I agree, Devoted, this book is inspiring that God is mightier than anything the devil brings to us.Glad I was able to direct each of you to a new age in Christian books. We need all both the sweet ones & the ones who deal with unspeakable problems. God deals with anger and doubt, but he also deals with murder and child abuse.

Unknown said...

Hi Janet, this is what I wrote as a comment on your interview. Sometime I don't get the things to "take" therefore, I have just sent it to you. If it is not there, could you put it on for me? Pam is a great lady, and i am happy to hear about her book.
In Jesus' love,
Lucy Adams
(I am a "quiet" member of cwfi.. so we have not met yet.) :O)

It is with great surprise that I read about your visit with this author, Janet. I have known Pam only through her Wordsmithjournal ministry, and I have advertised my book on that web site. Now I know her as the author of this story that I am sure is a blessing of healing. The subject is painful, of course, but the devotion of the twins to one another and faith in God to overcome the pain will be uplifting. I would like to win a copy of the book. Thank you and God's blessings for a huge best seller.
Lucy N. Adams