Monday, July 21, 2014

Let's blog with a visionary

Today Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux who is the co-founder and 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.”
Welcome Pamela and Alex Broussard from The Visionary a women’s fiction release from Five Star Expressions & Temperance Publishing.
Alex, tell us a bit about The Visionary. A visionary is someone who sees into the future. Taylor Forrestier sees into the past but only as it pertains to her work. Hailed by her peers as “a visionary with an instinct for beauty and an eye for the unique”, she is undoubtedly a brilliant architect and gifted designer. But she and twin brother Trevor share more than a successful business. Their childhood was wrought with lies and deceit and the kind of abuse that’s disturbingly prevalent in today’s society. Can the love of God and the awesome healing power of His grace and mercy free the twins from their past and open their hearts to the good plan and the future He has for their lives?
What did you think the first time you saw Taylor Forrestier? That she was as breathtaking as sunrise or sunset on the lake. I didn’t know her name at the time because she was jogging and I was sitting on a bench at the Civic Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
And your second thought? That I was too busy to get involved with a woman despite that it had been way too long since my last relationship. Then when I saw her again, an hour or so later at the firm she and her brother owns, well….
Did you think it was love at first sight? Not sure I believe in love at first sight but something definitely happened. Guess I’d call it “intense interest” from the moment our eyes met and then when we shook hands….wow….
What do you like most about the Taylor? Everything! But that’s too general. I love her sheer, natural beauty. She has a gorgeous body and intriguing brain and her talent, her gift, is absolutely mind boggling.
How would you describe her? She has rich, honey-colored hair shot with equal proportions of red and gold highlights. Flecks of green and gold sparkle in wide, deep-set, topaz eyes fringed by thick, golden lashes. I’ve always heard that fraternal twins aren’t identical but she and her twin, Trevor are as “mirror image” as I’ve ever seen.
How would she describe you? I’m not exactly the tall, dark and handsome type but Taylor says “short and sexy.” That’s just hilarious! But I’ll take it as truth. Actually, I’m only about five-eight or nine and a little over endowed around the middle—though not overweight or sloppy—with sandy-colored hair, hazel eyes that alternate between green and brown and I have a mustache. She’d probably tell you I’m generous and kind but I can be tough and inflexible when necessary. Guess I’m just an all around good guy.
What made you choose Financial Analyst as a career? Before he and my mother died in a collision with a train, my father was an investment banker. Being a geek who loved math more than sports, I chose financial analyst as a way to do what he did, only on a larger scale.
What is your biggest fear, Alex? Up until I met Taylor I guess my biggest fear was that I’d never find the woman of my dreams to settle down and have children with. I was an only child and orphaned as a young teen so I’d love to have a whole passel of kids.
How do you relax? A glass of wine always works but my favorite way to relax and reflect is to sit on a bench at the Civic Center and watch the sun rise or set over the lake.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? To tell you the truth, I’m not big on blood, gore and violence in the books I read or movies I watch. I love a good story that’s funny and true to life but has a happy or at least emotionally satisfying ending. Just as life’s too full of blood, gore and violence, it’s too short for anything less than the hope and promises of happy ever after.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? After my parents died I had a really rough time with anger and rebellion. That caused me to bounce around foster homes then the local boys’ home. There my dorm parents and I really connected. One evening Mr. Doucette told us we had a choice in how our lives turned out. We could continue on our destructive paths or we could know and understand our weaknesses, focus on our strengths and make something positive out of our individual circumstances. He is also the one who helped me decide to pursue a career in the financial industry. He was just an all around great guy who believed in me, in us, when no one else really cared.
Thanks, so much for that insight, Alex. Now it's time to share the spotlight with Pamela. What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? That’s hard to say. I’ve been an avid reader since early childhood where I started with Dr. Suess then moved into horse stories then sweet romances at about age 12 or 13. By 15 I was into historical romances. So I guess you could say romance books of every nature impacted me the most because I just love a HEA ending!
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? I heard of Five Star Expressions when another author friend of mine got published through them. I submitted The Visionary in 2009. It took a little over a year for acceptance then another 18 months to publication. Since Five Star bought First Rights and publishes only in hardcover, the softcover and electronic rights are published through my indy imprint, Temperance Publishing.
What book are you currently reading? For the past couple of months I’ve been on a Nora Roberts kick along with my standard spiritual non-fiction reading.
What's up next for you? Currently I have 2 fiction and 2 nonfiction projects in the works as well as a novel I’m getting ready for publication. I am also proofing my 4 part Tempered series to go to print.
This has been a great visit. Can't wait to see what Pam brings to the table next month!
Kat and Veronica

To learn more about Pamela S Thibodeaux and the stories she creates go to: Website address:
Twitter: @psthib


  1. Great interview! Alex sounds like a keeper. :)

  2. Alex sounds like a great guy! And I find it interesting that your publisher only does hardcover when most won't even invest in paperback these days. I think that's great! And how wonderful that you get to retain the rights to the ebook and paperback. Are the covers the same? THE VISIONARY sounds wonderful! I wish you all the best with it and your other writing endeavors.

  3. Thanks Diane! I enjoyed interviewing my character this way. No, MJ the covers aren't the same but similar. Wish you both the best with your own writing too!

  4. I read Pam's book a year or so ago and was very moved by it. Strong woman with a horrific, traumatic past, and a gentle, loving hero. Definitely "inspirational with an edge"!

  5. Wow...thanks Kate! So glad you enjoyed the book & Thanks for commenting!