This week, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome back author Pamela S Thibodeaux who brings Paul Seville, from A Hero for Jessica a contemporary romance available through the Pelican Book Group. We'll begin with Paul.
What did you think the first time you saw Jessica Aucoin? That she was the loveliest creature I’d ever seen, too beautiful for words.
Good one. And your second thought? That the importance of eye contact during a lecture was wasted as my eyes always seemed to return to Jessica. Her name seemed familiar but for the life of me I couldn’t figure out why.
Did you think it was love at first sight? Let’s just say I was definitely intrigued when I saw her at my lecture on the finer points of law that Friday night. The next morning I realized who she was when I saw a book signing scheduled for her that afternoon. Then we ran into each other again on Sunday when I escorted my mother to church. Three meetings in three days were just too coincidental if you know what I mean. Then she dropped by my office on Monday morning to ask me to look into the contract with her publisher, and I finally understood what my heart had been searching for all along.
What do you like most about her? Everything! She is beautiful and talented in more ways than one. Although I seldom read for pleasure, her books leave me awed.
How would you describe her? Jessica has a classic beauty…..dark hair, oval face, almond-shaped eyes of brilliant green. She’s petite and not too steady on her feet when wearing heels. Everything about her, her looks, passion, talents. Each calls for protection and cuddling.
Aww. How would she describe you? Well, I’m not a real tall man, only 5’8 or 9” and slight of form. I have dark hair streaked with silver and dark eyes which, as Jessica puts it….glow with passion and intelligence. She thinks I’m ‘unbearably handsome’ and ‘purely sensual.’ Guess this is why I’m known as the ‘most eligible bachelor’ in New Orleans and the ‘best catch’ in Louisiana—labels which, by the way, I hate.
What made you choose practicing law for a profession? When I was a young boy my father’s business was ruined by a large corporation. This devastated the family and sent him to an early grave. I vowed then I would fight to stop such things from happening to others. I must say in all my years, I’ve gained the reputation of champion for the underdog.
What is your biggest fear? Until I met Jessica, it was that I’d never find a woman that would sweep me away with those fairytale emotions we all hear and dream about. And although I am one of the most sought after attorneys in Louisiana, I feared that at the end of the day, I’d always end up alone.
How do you relax? I run not only to keep in shape but to manage the stress of being a full time lawyer and professor.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Jake Brigance the lawyer in John Grisham’s “A Time to Kill.” He’s got the same passion for truth and justice I have and hope to never lose.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? My mom once said that you know your soul mate the minute you lay eyes on him or her and to wait until I meet that person to settle down. Guess that’s been pretty good advice because I found my soul mate in Jessica.
Thanks, Paul. We'd now like to spend some time with your creator, Pamela. What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, almost anything by Nora Roberts. Other than these two, there are too many books/authors to mention.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. A Hero for Jessica was originally published by The Wild Rose Press under their White Rose imprint. I found out about TWRP back in 2008 when I submitted my novel, The Inheritance to them. This line eventually became White Rose Publishing then evolved into an imprint of Pelican Book Group. A Hero for Jessica is still available through PBG.
How long did it take from query to release? Back then it only took about 3-6 months from query to publication but as with any publisher, the growth of the business means somewhat slower production time. Which is still OK since major houses take up to 2 years to produce a book!
What book are you currently reading? Nothing at the moment.
What's up next for you? I’m working on a story I hope to complete and have added to an anthology of short stories next year.
As always this has been a real pleasure. Thanks for spending time with us, Pam.
Kat and Veronica
To learn more about Pamela S Thibodeaux and the stories he/she creates go to:
Face Book: http://facebook.com/pamelasthibodeaux
Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib
To purchase A Hero for Jessica, go to:
Pelican Book Group http://pelink.us/16uzi4c