Today Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome author Pamela S Thibodeaux and Raymond Jacobey, from The Inheritance a romance released by the Pelican Book Group.
First, a bit about this fascinating story:
The Inheritance is about the chance we all long for…the chance to start over. Widowed at age thirty-nine and suffering from empty nest syndrome, Rebecca Sinclair is overshadowed by grief and loneliness. Her husband has been deceased for a year, her oldest child has moved to New York in pursuit of an acting career and her youngest child is attending college in France. Having spent over half of her life as a wife and mother, she has no idea what God has in store for her now. Will an unexpected inheritance in the wine country of New York bring meaning and purpose to her life and give her the courage to love again?
US Postal worker Raymond Jacobey has been in love with the little widow since he first set eyes on her. A wanderer searching for the ever-illusive soul mate, Ray has never stayed in one place too long. Raised by self-centered, high-power executives, he’s longed for the idyllic life of residing in a cozy house in a small town with the love of his life. Will he gain the heart of the lovely widow or will he lose her to the wine country of New York?
Hi, Raymond, welcome to Wild Women Authors. Tell us what you thought the first time you saw the Rebecca. Oh I knew the moment I laid eyes on her that she was the woman of my dreams.
And your second thought? That I’d have to bide my time and be patient. You see, I took over the mail route (which is how I met her) right after her husband died. My heart broke for her and her children.
Did you think it was love at first sight? Most definitely. Every think about her touched me on a level deeper than anyone else had.
What do you like most about Rebecca? That’s hard to say, I mean she is sweet, beautiful, tender, funny.
How would you describe her? Becca has jet-black hair and eyes so rich in color they remind me of violets. Though not tall, most wouldn’t call her a raving beauty. Her eyes are a bit too wide-set, but they are fringed with thick, black lashes that most women would die for. Her cheekbones appear too high for the small, baby-like face and, like most of the women I know, she constantly battles with that infamous extra ten pounds. But there’s just something about her slightly rounded figure and soft features that melts my heart.
How would she describe you? Oh I don’t know. I’m not a big man, nor am I male model material. But she and her daughter said I’m “incredibly cute and sweet.” HA! Don’t know how I feel about that. A man likes to be reminded of his strength and prowess, not ‘cute and sweet.’ But I guess since I’m not overly buff, and basically a happy guy that’s OK. Anyway, I have sandy-blond hair, which constantly needs trimming, green eyes and sport a healthy tan all year. I stay fit by swimming almost daily in addition to my mail route on which I walk miles and miles every day. At least it feels like miles and miles.
What made you choose Postal Carrier as a career? A wanderer at heart, my biggest desire was to see the world. Flat feet kept me out of the military so, I obtained my first job fresh out of high school with the U. S. Post Office in my hometown. Whenever wanderlust takes hold, I’d pick several places on the map, send in applications and resumes then wait for a job offer. Once that was received, I’d put in for a transfer and move on to continue my career in a whole new state, city or town. This enables me to see at least some of the country. Until I met Rebecca, I very seldom stayed in one place more than a year or so and I occasionally take a college course or two, but that was as deep as my roots went in any given place. In the past eighteen years I’ve lived and worked in fifteen different locations.
What is your biggest fear? My parents were high-strung, high-powered executives and we never had a lot in common. They’re wealthy, powerful and passionate about everything and I’m a bit shy and insecure. My biggest fear was that I’d never meet my soul mate or if I did, she wouldn’t want to settle down in a cozy place or raise our children, if she even wanted them, to love and honor their individuality and without trying to mold them into little replicas of us.
How do you relax? Swimming helps ease the tension when I feel all wound up but a nice glass of wine and a good meal, which I don’t mind cooking, always works. And of course prayer.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Rebecca of Sunny Brook Farm. I know she was a precocious child but I just love her effervescent personality. My Becca makes me think of her.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Forgiveness is the key to happiness and even when you think you’ve forgiven until you let go of those toxic emotions, you’re not really free nor can you truly be happy.
Now a bit about our author visitor: 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.”
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? What influenced your decision to submit to them? I initially wrote The Inheritance, with Harlequin’s ‘Next’ line in mind but after reading a couple of those books I knew it wouldn’t fit. Then I heard about The Wild Rose Press’s inspirational line (White Rose) and after checking the guidelines, decided to submit to them. . It took about six months from query to release. Takes a little longer now since the White Rose line is now an imprint of Pelican Book Group.
What book are you currently reading? On my bedside table it The Alchemist and on my Kindle, The Practice of the Presence of God.
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 an experience. Sure wish Raymond delivered our mail—in that he seems responsible and gets the job done in a timely and professional manner. Thanks for visiting us this week.
Kat and Veronica
To learn more about Pamela S Thibodeaux and the stories she creates go to: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com
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