Writing is my life. Life is my hobby. ~Emma Lai

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Pamela Thibodeaux on Tempered Joy

Emma: Today, I am featuring an interview with author Pamela S. Thibodeaux on her story Tempered Joy, published by ComStar Media and available from All Romance.


All around rodeo cowboy and heir to the Rockin’ H Ranch, Ace Harris is determined not to fall in love. He’s only loved one woman in his life, his mother, and no one can even come close to filling her boots. Lexie Morgan thinks rodeo cowboys have rocks for brains and a death wish for a soul. A broken childhood and the death of her father and best friend leave her doubting and questioning God (despite her years of religious upbringing) and afraid of love. 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?

Welcome, Pamela! Tempered Joy is book 4 of your Tempered Series, which also includes Tempered Dreams, Tempered Hearts, and Tempered Fire (available from All Romance). What thread ties all of the stories in the series together?

Pamela: Hey Emma. Thanks for having me on your blog today. When I first had the idea for my ‘Tempered’ books, there were only going to be 2 – and no thread. Then along came Scott Hensley, the doctor in TH and I just knew he would have his own special story. As that book developed, the thread came to life…..are Craig and Scott brothers? This question came up in a pivotal scene in Tempered Dreams and my editor told me I needed to answer the question or omit the scene. By that time, I knew there would be four books so I responded that if I answered too soon, I might lose some readers LOL. The truth is revealed simply and briefly in Tempered Joy, but lots of other questions linger….which leaves room a 5th book one day (Tempered Truth).

Emma: Isn't it amazing how series take on lives of their own?

In your Edgy Fiction Christian Lover’s profile, you’ve listed yourself as a writer as opposed to both a writer and a reader. Why is that?

Pamela: Hhhmmm, didn’t realize I’d done that because I am a reader – a very avid reader. In fact, I go on reading binges where I’ll devour books on a daily basis for as little as several days up to a month. Alas, if I continued, I’d never get any writing done LOL! (I’m going to go fix that now @ EFCL).

Emma: LOL! I had a hard time believing a writer could not be a reader...since I'm an avid reader myself!

In a column you wrote for The Cata Network, you discussed whether you could be writing something more profound and meaningful. I feel that sometimes the best media to discuss deep topics are the lighter ones, such as romance. You have a larger audience. Have you contemplated how many seeds you might have planted through your romance?

Pamela: I like to think I’ve planted many seeds, watered a few and helped all readers grow in their faith with God through not only my romances but non-fiction writings as well. But when I read a truly profound non fiction book, I often wonder if God will ever entrust me with such wisdom and insight and enable me to share that with others.

Emma: Only time will tell...

I know you have multiple shorts: A Hero for Jessica, Cathy’s Angel, Choices, and Winter Madness; a novel, The Inheritance ; and a free read, Review of Love, available from White Rose Publishing.

Do you have any other works I’ve missed?

Pamela: Nope that’s it for now. I do have 2 WF novels which are not published yet and several non-fiction articles at Associated Content and Helium. I write some devotional poetry & essays for publications like Christian Star Newspaper, Penned from the Heart and Words to Write By. One poem has been picked up by Churchmouse Publications.

Emma: Care to share any projects you have in the works?

Pamela: Currently I am working on an entry for White Rose Publishing’s Hearts Crossing contest. Not sure if I’ll make the word count/deadline but trying. I also have another story/novel in the works titled Lori’s Redemption and several other ideas I’d love to develop. Along with these projects, I have an analogy titled, Love is a Rose, which parallels the love of God and the life of a Christian to the words of the song, The Rose, written by Amanda McBroom and recorded by Conway Twitty & Bette Midler that is looking for a home. I hope to have word on this project soon.

Emma: Thank you for your time, Pamela, and good luck on your future books!

Pamela: Once again, thank YOU, Emma for having me and may God bless you in all you do.*Note to readers* all of Pamela’s books are on sale! Check her website for details.


Skhye said...

Wow! What a huge series. And best of luck with that contest. I had to run out the door like two seconds ago! LOL If only time travel were a possibility...

Emma Lai said...

Thanks for stopping by, Skhye!

Sarah Simas said...

Holy Cow! Now that's series!:o)

Great interview, Pamela and Emma. I love learning more about awesome authors!!

Debra St. John said...

Hi Emma and Pamela. Thanks for the interview. Pamela, your book sounds fabulous. I have a soft spot in my heart for rodeo cowboys.

Emma Lai said...

Thanks for visiting Sarah and Debra!

Mary Ricksen said...

Wonderful blog Pamela, there's is a big heart in you that I thank you for sharing.

Emma, well you know how I feel about you!

Emma Lai said...

Thanks for posting, Mary! :)

Cate Masters said...

Great interview, ladies! All the best with your release, Pam!

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Thanks Ladies for stopping by!

Been having trouble with this wireless network I'm on today so wanted to THANK you while I had a chance!

Hopefully I'll get back on later.

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Emma and Pamela,
Great interview. You have accomplished so much Pamela, congratulations.

Mona Risk said...

Great interview. Pam, one day you'll have to teach me how to write inspirational as I received a special request from my niece who is a nun. To think I spent five years learning to add sensual tension to my stories. LOL

Emma Lai said...

Thanks for dropping in Cate, Margaret, and Mona!

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Been trying to post a nice THANK YOU note but keep getting kicked off the network connection. Who says wireless is great?

So, THANK YOU ALL for stopping by and commenting.


Emma Lai said...

Thanks for visiting Margaret and Mona!

Kaye Manro said...

Good Luck, Pamela!