la·gniappe (lnyp, ln-yp) n.
Chiefly Southern Louisiana & Mississippi
1. A small gift presented by a storeowner to a customer with the customer's purchase.
2. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit.
I hope these entries give you a little something extra with posts about this southern gal living in the north, about writing, author interviews, new releases, and occasional photos from my photography sojourns.
Thanks for reading!
Marian P. Merritt - Lagniappe
Where the Bayous Meet the Mountains
Monday, January 19, 2015
Pamela S.Thibodeaux - Circles of Fate
Good Monday Morning Readers!
Today, Pam S. Thibodeaux visits Lagniappe.
See why her fiction is labeled as "Inspirational with an Edge"
Tell us a little
about Circles of Fate
Circles of Fate is a romantic saga which takes the readers from Ft. Benning, GA
to Thibodaux, LA and covers nearly twenty years in the lives of Shaunna Chatman
and Todd Jameson who are constantly thrown together and torn apart by fate. The
two are repeatedly forced to choose between love and duty, right and wrong,
standing on faith or succumbing to the world’s viewpoint on life, love,
marriage and fidelity. With intriguing twists and turns, fate brings together a
cast of characters whose lives will forever be entwined. Through it all is the
hand of God as He works all things together for the good of those who love Him
and are called according to His purpose.
Give readers your brand/tagline and share how you came up with it.
When I was newly published I attended a writer’s conference where Susan Grant was one of the guest speakers. She talked about the importance of a brand or tagline. At the time I seriously considered “The Nora Roberts of Christian Fiction” as mine. However, not sure how Ms. Roberts and her team would feel about that, I struggled with coming up with a tagline for quite sometime. In 2001 I began setting up book signings at the Books A Million stores (that was back when authors could bring their books in). While talking with one of the event coordinators he asked what my books were about. As I told him and mentioned they were reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message” he commented “so they’re inspirational with an edge.”
I knew in that moment my search was over and “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ became my tagline from that day until this. I even use it for my nonfiction projects as I often write to inspire as well as challenge the status quo of what Christianity is and how a Christian should believe and behave. Always with the intention of encouraging them into a closer walk and a deeper, more personal relationship with God & Jesus of course.
If you could spend
the day with a famous author, whom would you choose and why?
Nora Roberts is my all-time favorite author
and I’d love to sit and chat with her just to gain insight on how she continues
to come up with such great characters and stories and how she’s crossed over so
many genres and yet, never lost herself or her unique style and voice in the
What led you to
choose the genre in which you write?
I didn’t choose my genre, it chose me.
When I first began writing in 5 subject
notebooks I wrote steamy, sensual romance. However, in 1989 I recommitted my
life to Christ and committed my writing to Him, praying I’d never write “just
another romance” but something that would glorify Him and encourage readers to
seek a close, personal relationship with Him. Not knowing anything about the
“Christian” market, I went back through those stories and let the characters’
faith shine through. I had no idea the books were too steamy and sensual.
Until I started submitting.
It didn’t take long to find out my writing
did not fit in this genre!
I continued to write and began to read
Christian romances then started revising. Although my books are not always
accepted by a traditional Christian publisher, they do stay within and teach
If you could have
one of your senses (Touch, sight, taste, smell, hear) be a superpower which
would you choose and why?
As Christians we’re called, and as writers
we’re taught, to look a level deeper. However, I’d love to hear more than people’s
words, but the deepest whispers of their heart and soul. By doing so, I’d be
able to minister to them more effectively.
Do you read your
reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to
deal with the bad?
Sometimes when I’m feeling as though there is
no real point to writing, I’ll read a couple of good reviews to boost my mood
and remind myself why I write. Occasionally I’ll respond to a reviewer’s
comments. As for dealing with the bad, I try to look for and focus on one positive note within the “bad”
review and remind myself that reading is subjective and you can’t please all of
the people all of the time.
can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Tell everyone they meet how much they enjoyed
the book! Write a review. Purchase it as a gift to those whom they feel would
enjoy and benefit from reading it.
What can we expect
from you in the future?
I have 2 WIPs (Works in Progress) in various stages of
completion and hope to get at least one if not both finished and contracted
and/or published in 2015. I also have 2 NF (Non fiction) projects I’ve started and a whole
bunch of ideas just waiting to be developed.
Plotter, Pantser, or Planser?
100% Panster! Half
the time I can’t even come up with a blurb much less synopsis until the book is
finished. About the only thing I know is the story will contain a true-to-life
romance and end happily-ever-after.
Thanksgiving: Pecan Pie or Pumpkin Pie? Oooohhh… Pecan; definitely. Although I do enjoy pumpkin pie, pecan is my favorite of the two.
Yep LOL! Or cornbread or crackers or… bread
is my weakness so anything….bread-like.
important: Plot or Characters?
IMHO, great characters can pull off just
about anything including a virtually unbelievable plot.
Author bio: 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.”