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Monday, December 19, 2016

Pamela Thibodeaux - Keri's Christmas Wish

Good Monday Morning Readers!

Pamela Thibodeaux 
visits Lagniappe to discuss her latest release, 
Keri's Christmas Wish

Welcome, Pam!

Tell us a little about Keri's Christmas Wish.

In Keri's Christmas Wish we get a glimpse into the life and spiritual practice of an ordinary woman who goes through an extraordinary experience.

Keri Jackson is an accountant who, although she loves Christ, abhors the hype, commercialism and controversy of His birth. As she embarks on a spiritual quest to determine why she feels this way, a rare bacterial infection threatens to take her life before she can find answers.

Jeremy Hinton, a Psychotherapist whose practice is a bit unorthodox as far as the medical community is concerned, has been enthralled by Keri from the moment the two meet. He feels she is a highly intelligent, deeply emotional, intensely complex human being. He has studied the human psyche and spiritual evolution for as long as he can remember. Keri's attitude toward Christmas baffles him, but Jeremy is sure together they can get to the bottom of it. Until she is beset by a rare infection that she may not recover from.

But what Jeremy and the doctors don't know is that while her body is under attack, Keri's soul is alive and well in another realm.

We travel this journey with Keri as she discovers a spiritual truth that is sure to set many people free from preconceived notions about heaven, angels, Christ, Christmas and the value of a relationship with Jesus.

Christian Theme:
The power of faith to heal 
Can Keri get past her angst over Christ’s birth and enjoy the Christmas season?

For as long as she can remember, Keri Jackson has despised the hype and commercialism around Christmas so much she seldom enjoys the holiday. Will she get her wish and be free of the angst to truly enjoy Christmas this year?

A devout Christian at heart, Jeremy Hinton, a Psychotherapist, Life Coach, Spiritual Mentor and Energy Medicine Practitioner has studied all of the world’s religions and homeopathic healing modalities. But when a rare bacterial infection threatens the life of the woman he loves, will all of his faith and training be for naught?

Find out in Keri’s Christmas Wish

Most treasured possession? Although they are not actual possessions, my children and grandchildren are my greatest treasures. If I had to pick a tangible item though, it would be the shadowbox that houses my husbands military flag, our wedding rings and the rock he gave me when we were dating (no, not a diamond – a rock).

Favorite food? BREAD in just about any shape and form….white, wheat, pastries, crackers…you get my drift LOL!

Favorite Movie? Can’t name just one because there are two I watch over and over and those are A Few Good Men and Pretty Woman. I know, I know, two different ends of the spectrum but they are my absolute favorites. 

What would be your theme song? On the Road Again by Willie Nelson because I love to travel and do so as much as humanly possible LOL!


Debbie Macomber or Nicholas Sparks? Debbie Macomber
Nora Roberts or Diana Gabaldon? Nora Roberts
Crawfish Etouffee or Seafood Gumbo? Crawfish Etouffee
Plotter, Pantser, or Planser? Panster
Morning or night person? Morning

Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what's on your writing playlist these days?
No, unlike many authors, music playing in my office distracts me because I usually get caught up in the songs. However, I’m OK with the radio playing in another room as it becomes background noise I can tune out.

What Bible verse speaks to you the most?
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.

Give readers your brand/tagline and share how you came up with it.
“Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ - When I was first published in 2000/2001 I attended a writer’s conference where Susan Grant (Once a Pirate) gave a talk on how important it is to have a tagline/brand. At that time my thoughts were “The Nora Roberts of Christian Fiction.” Not knowing how legal it was to use something like that, or how Ms. Roberts would feel about it, I kept mulling over this marketing concept to try and come up with the perfect line. One day while setting up a book signing, the store manager asked what my books were about. When I told him they had been reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message,” he remarked, “So they’re inspirational with an edge” and that became my tagline/brand from then on.

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 I’ll read the good ones – especially when I need a boost and yes, sometimes I’ll respond. The bad ones sting, really hard. Sometimes I’ll respond. Usually not though. My advice is to do your best to not let the bad reviews discourage you. In some instances, even a “bad” review has a good point – focus on that and, if you can, use something from the review to make you a better writer. DO NOT respond out of hurt feelings! The last thing you want to do is alienate a reader or a potential reader who might be scrolling through your reviews and see the negativity. If you’re going to respond, always, say ‘Thank You’ even if that’s all you say.

 What is your hope for the readers of your books? My greatest hope is that readers will seek/develop a personal relationship with God/Jesus regardless of where they are or what they’ve done.

What can we expect from you in the future?
I always have a ton of WIP’s so hopefully you’ll see more novel/novellas. I’m also working toward publication in shorter markets like Woman’s World Magazine and I’m always open for NF projects.

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.”

Website address:    
Twitter: @psthib
Amazon Author Page: 

Ebook Link:

Enter for a chance to win a FREE copy of Keri's Christmas Wish!


Pam, thanks for sharing!

Readers thanks for stopping by Lagniappe.

I pray you find
"a little something extra"
in each of your days.



Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Thank you so much Marian, for hosting Keri's tour on your lovely blog today!
Good luck and God's blessings to you and your visitors.

Ann Ellison said...

Enjoyed the interview. The book sounds like a good one.

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Thanks Ann for stopping by!
Be sure to enter the contest and good luck & God's blessings if you do.

Sherry Overton said...

Nice interview ladies. Your book sounds very interesting Pam. Thank you both.
Sherry Overton

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Thank YOU, Sherry!

Good luck and God's blessings

Linda Moffitt said...

Thanks for sharing this on your blog. I'm following this great looking book around on it's blog tour.