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, December 19, 2016
Pamela Thibodeaux - Keri's Christmas Wish
Good Monday Morning Readers!
visits Lagniappe to discuss her latest release,
Keri's Christmas Wish
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.
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
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.
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
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