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Pamela Thibodeaux: Writing Inspirational Christian Fiction 1/13/05

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Thu Jan 13 19:03:23 2005

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Thu Jan 13 21:19:00 2005



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Mary Rosenblum

Hello, all!

 

Welcome to our Professional Connection interview...the first of 2005!

 

Tonight, we're going to visit with Pamela Thibodeaux.

 

Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the co-founder and a member of the Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana and ACRW (American Christian Romance Writers). Multi-published in fiction and 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." Visit her website at: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com

 

Pamela, welcome! We're so glad to see you here!

Pamela Thibodeaux

It's so nice to be here! Thank You for inviting me!!

bud

Hi Mary and welcome Pamela.

Mary Rosenblum

Pamela, I'm looking forward to hearing about your writing experience

 

and we have quite a full house tonight, too. Want to tell us a bit about what you write, both the fiction and creative nonfiction?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Well, I write Inspirational fiction and creative non fiction

Mary Rosenblum

I know that a lot of new writers are unsure of what 'creative nonfiction' actually is. Want to describe it for us?

Pamela Thibodeaux

creative non fiction is where you take a boring subject (such as a job description)

 

and make it an exciting career option!

wyrde

What, exactly, is creative non-fiction, sounds like playing loose with the facts?

Mary Rosenblum

Or is it just making the facts SOUND better?

Pamela Thibodeaux

it's just making the facts interesting

Mary Rosenblum

Ah...so you're really dealing with career issues? And just writing in an exciting way?

Pamela Thibodeaux

I wrote 2 for Vocational Biographies in which I took a basic job description and an interview

 

and made it appealing to young people to pursue that type of career.

 

One was on a Medical Transcriptionist and the other a Lady Sheriff.

Mary Rosenblum

I see...so here it's a matter of using strong technique to make a topic interesting.

Pamela Thibodeaux

yes, that's it

wyrde

I'm not criticizing, but it does sound like saying "terminate with prejudice" as opposed to outright saying "murder", isn't there an element of being misleading involved?

Mary Rosenblum

What do you think, Pamela?

 

Or are you just making it more accessible?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Hi wyrde, not in the writing I did...I just took a boring job and made it interesting...more accessible

writeaway

Like "Be all you can be?"

Pamela Thibodeaux

Yes writeaway, exactly like that!

Mary Rosenblum

And your fiction is inspirational...Christian Romance...right?

Pamela Thibodeaux

yes, it is Inspirational though some would deem it Women's fiction

 

in lieu of romance.

Mary Rosenblum

Is that because the romantic element isn't the central plot element?

Pamela Thibodeaux

In a manner of speaking, yes...the romance may be one central plot element

 

but there are other issues...like domestic violence, or something of that nature.

Mary Rosenblum

Ah, I see. So just how did you actually get started writing? Which came first...nonfiction or fiction?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Well, I actually got started over 20 years ago, writing in 5 subject notebooks!

 

Fiction came first.

 

I've always been an avid reader and after reading one-too-many insipid little romances and I

 

thought I could do it better...arrogantly so LOL!

Mary Rosenblum

Isn't that what we ALL think???

Pamela Thibodeaux

Probably, LOL.

 

Before we find out that it's not really that simple :-)

Mary Rosenblum

No kidding!

tory

What "propelled" you into writing, Pamela? And what prompts your genre choices?

Mary Rosenblum

Is it what you like to read?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Hi Tory! I was propelled into writing by thinking I could do it better.

 

My genre chose me.

 

I started out wanting to write romances...then after re-committing my life to Christ

 

I committed my writing to Him also...and thus the Inspirational genre.

Mary Rosenblum

Ah, I see.

wyrde

Is there good money in creative nonfiction? How do you break in?

Mary Rosenblum

How did you get started in that?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Hi wyrde! Vocational Biographies pays around per interview.

 

They are fairly easy to break into.

 

Other types of creative non-fiction are the stories you see in publications such as Chicken Soup.

paja

Hi, Pamela. I got the impression from some of the kudos that you allow more physical attraction than normal bland Christian romance. True?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Hi paja! Yes, that's true

bud

How deep into the romance part do you go?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Well, bud...depends on what you mean by how deep.

 

If you mean do my characters have sex...the answer is no.

 

If you mean do I have steamy, sensual scenes..the answer is yes.

sande

On the Steeple Hill website it says no violence is acceptable. How did you get past that?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Hi Sande.

 

I do address domestic violence in Tempered Dreams...I don't just "hint" at it either,

 

which is one reason my books aren't accepted by CBA publishers.

 

I just wrote the story God put on my heart...it's not pretty...but it IS a beautiful example of the healing power of Grace and Forgiveness!

Mary Rosenblum

CBA is Christian Booksellers Association?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Yes.

Mary Rosenblum

Has this caused you problems marketing your book...the fact that CBA is not happy with it?

 

It sounds as if your squarely addressed a real problem, to me.

Pamela Thibodeaux

Well Mary, if you mean by marketing - selling- yes...which is why I don't have a CBA publisher.

 

I did address the problem head on.

 

I tried and tried to tone it down to 'fit' the genre and it's guidelines, it just didn't work for me.

Mary Rosenblum

Good for you for sticking to the story you wanted to write.

 

I applaud that always.

Pamela Thibodeaux

thank you.

 

It's not always easy

 

but God has a plan and all things work together for His glory and my good!

Mary Rosenblum

And that is the kind of belief in your work and what you want to do with it.

 

That is really really critical to all writers.

paja

Pamela. I'm so proud of you. I've stopped reading Christian fiction for women. It left me empty. Thanks for being yourself and believing in your work.

sande

I think there is a huge need for realistic Christian Fiction

Pamela Thibodeaux

Yes, it is imperative that you believe in yourself and your work...if you don't NO ONE else will!

Mary Rosenblum

And clearly you have a readership for realistic Christian fiction, judging by the quick response here. :-)

Pamela Thibodeaux

Thanks sande and paja! I too, believe there is not only a market but a great need for such work

sande

Doesn't Steeple Hill work with CBA guidelines?

Mary Rosenblum

Steeple Hill is a Christian publisher, I assume. I'm not personally familiar with it.

Pamela Thibodeaux

Yes, though Harelequin is a 'secular' publisher as are other houses like Warner Faith, etc....

 

Steeple Hill is the Inspirational line for Harlequin.

 

Anyway, even though they are ABA or secular houses, they too adhere to the strict CBA guidelines

Mary Rosenblum

Ah, thank you for clarifying, Pamela!

geezer

What are CBA guidelines?

Mary Rosenblum

Are they available at a CBA website?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Hi geezer! Welcome! CBA guidelines are available at most CBA sites...or just visit Steeple Hill's site

 

They are very conservative...like the heroine can NEVER appear outside her bedroom in a nightgown.

 

Well, I blew that one in chapter 3 of Tempered Hearts LOL!

Mary Rosenblum

No kidding conservative. and rather unrealistic right there. :-)

tory

Pamela, do you think the violent scenes were too graphic for CBA?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Well tory, I only had one violent scene in Tempered Dreams

 

mainly cause I wanted to show how awful the heroine's life had been...kinda explain the real reason she's seeking a divorce --

 

another taboo in CBA.

 

Anyway, after that one scene, it's all about the healing process...though the pain and fear doesn't go away easily

 

even after the divorce papers are signed.

Mary Rosenblum

Sounds realistic and inspirational to me! :-)

sande

So how did you get past it? The guidelines I mean.

Pamela Thibodeaux

I got past it by writing the story of my (and God's) heart and submitting to publishers that are NOT CBA.

Mary Rosenblum

Can you recommend publishers whose guidelines are a bit more realistic, Pamela?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Well, it's still difficult...most ABA houses limit the references to God.

 

With that in mind though, small presses are the most open to this kind of writing

 

and new publishers like Com Star Media who have contracted my entire Tempered series.

Mary Rosenblum

Ah...and that answers Bud's question who wanted to know who published your books. Is this an e-book or paper?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Com Star is a traditional print publisher

 

though they were first E published by Writers Exchange.

 

The first two that is

tory

I am totally unfamiliar with e-publishing (very concrete. Like the feel of the pages in my hand!). What would you say are the "pros" and "cons"? And is it something "newbies" should consider, or wait 'til we're more experienced in the field?

Mary Rosenblum

What was your experience like, Pamela?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Well, tory, I am a firm believer that we all have to start somewhere!

 

I loved my experience...

 

Writers Exchange has a wonderful reputation for QUALITY books and Sandie Cummins is a real blessing to work with.

 

For pros and cons

 

some pro's...higher royalties (around 50% retail)..there are POD (print on demand) options if you want printed copies.

 

Cons...it is virtually IMPOSSIBLE to get POD titles stocked in the bookstores

 

which was a MAJOR factor in my deciding to NOT continue that route.

 

When I first signed with WEE, they were new also and didn't have POD options.

 

I paid to have the printed copies produced...then was all the work involved in promoting, selling

 

the bookkeeping/tax end, etc.

Mary Rosenblum

Not worth it?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Oh I wouldn't say that!

 

I loved every minute!

 

But it is getting more and more difficult to get self/POD books stocked in the stores.

 

That is the main issue for me...HOWEVER

 

I would recommend that someone with a story to tell that just doesn't FIT anywhere else to go for it!

 

E publishing is getting bigger and better every day

 

but be careful.

 

There are more fly-by-night Epublishers than you would imagine.

 

Do your research...choose carefully...but yeah, it’s a great opportunity for new/unpublished writers to get their feet wet.

Mary Rosenblum

I've had a couple of e published authors lately who offered a lot of positive information about it

 

and there is information on websites that list scam publishers.

 

It's on the website in Market Updates (writing craft).

 

Predators and Editors is an excellent site for that.

Pamela Thibodeaux

Well, like I said, we all have to start somewhere..I started in Epublishing and look how far I've come in just 4 short years!

sailor

I read about your bad experience with a publisher. Do you plan on concentrating on e-pub or traditional publishing in the future?

Pamela Thibodeaux

The bad experience was tough...tied me up for 18 months with no results.

 

Not really anyone's fault...too many factors played into the company not getting off the ground

 

however, I have since signed with Com Star and will STAY with them if all works out according to plan.

 

I plan on staying with traditional print as much as possible for my novels.

 

Short stories, and essays, and articles will continue to be pitched to any place that'll accept them.

 

On that note...I have 2 short stories that have been accepted for publication in

 

A Hint of Seduction Ezine http://www.ahintofseduction.com

 

Choices in Feb and Cathy's Angel in Sept.

Mary Rosenblum

Wow, congratulations, Pamela!

joanfilly

Pamela, are there Christian publishers for novella and short stories?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Yes, joanfilly.

 

There are...Barbour takes novellas and short novels (55K) for their Heartsong Presents line.

 

As for E/POD publishing...Mountainview Publishing -the Inspirational line for Treble Heart Books

sande

Heartsong is even stricter than Steeple Hill aren't they?

Mary Rosenblum

Are you familiar with them, Pamela?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Yes, I'm familiar with them...and they are strict

 

but they have a bookclub and everything...books in Walmart, etc.

 

It’s a great place to be if you can get in...I've got a ms that needs a bit of polishing to send in...so we'll see!

sande

Wow. How did you find all these venues?

Pamela Thibodeaux

May I say something before I answer sande?

Mary Rosenblum

Of course, Pamela!

Pamela Thibodeaux

Thanks!!.....

 

Before we go further, PLEASE let me tell you that I feel ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that gives God glory deserves to be praised.

 

I love LI, HP and SH...It’s just not what I write.

 

And I don't want anyone to walk away with the impression that I think my writing is better.

 

It’s not better...just different.

 

Now on to sande's question...

 

I found all these venus by joining writers groups and research, research research!

tory

I had looked for books dealing with similar issues (domestic violence, rape, divorce, healing...) and couldn't find them in the Christian bookstores--so I wrote one! Now I know why I couldn't find them. Thanks for explaining those guidelines--and writing what God gave you. I just learned of your writing last week and am looking forward to reading your books.

Pamela Thibodeaux

Thanks tory!

 

You won't find mine in a Christian bookstore either!

Mary Rosenblum

A lot of people are asking where to find your books. Want to tell us when and where they'll be out?

Pamela Thibodeaux

In fact...when they were epublished and I was distributing them myself

 

the Christian bookstores in my area asked me to take them OFF the shelves...LOL!

 

Right now Amazon has 4 copies of my titles left.

 

1 Tempered Hearts and 3 Tempered Dreams.

 

TD is the one that deals with domestic violence.

 

The new releases of these two by Com Star should be out sometime this summer

 

followed by Tempered Fire in the fall/early winter and after Tempered Joy and Tempered Truth (if I ever get it written) LOL

Mary Rosenblum

Of course, this means that the set you're giving away to a lucky attendee is likely to be a collector’s item one day. :-) A rare edition.

Pamela Thibodeaux

From your mouth to God's ears!!!

juliea

That's what attracted me to your books- real life issues

Pamela Thibodeaux

Thanks juliea!

 

They can be difficult to write though

ashton

That is something in itself...writing that doesn't "fit" anywhere in particular. I feel the need to write Inspirational Christian romance but with a sci-fi twist. Where would I even begin in getting something like this out there?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Oh, great question ashton!

 

Riveroak is looking for something like that!

 

They are the fiction division of Cook Communications.

 

Good luck!

Mary Rosenblum

Ditto that, ashton!

jeannie

How many publishers did you try before Com Star Media?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Well, jeannie, after my previous contract became null & void

 

I started researching again...seriously considered going back to WEE at the VERY gracious offer of Sandie

 

but it just didn't feel right...I don't think I tried more than a couple before ComStar just because

 

I knew I was spinning my wheels and wasting precious time (theirs and mine).

 

Especially for this series.

 

I have been submitting other works to other houses, but no luck yet.

 

But, as I told the editors at Com Star...I'm looking for a home,

 

someone who will give honest consideration to everything I have written.

 

Only time will tell if I've found it, but my gut instinct says yes!

Mary Rosenblum

I hope so! Do keep us posted!

alexander

Does Com Star have a website?

Pamela Thibodeaux

yes... http://www.comstar-media.com

 

They are actively seeking submissions for a sci fi anthology too!

 

Just remembered that ashton!

Mary Rosenblum

Oh, how cool. :-)

marty

I'd like to know the name of the sheriff story.

Mary Rosenblum

Marty has been patiently waiting for me to post this!

Pamela Thibodeaux

Hello Marty, the sheriff story was for Vocational Biographies and done on Louisiana's first ELECTED woman sheriff Beth Lundy!

 

It was published in 2003

Mary Rosenblum

Who publishes those vocational biographies?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Vocational Biographies...lol...really that's their name!

roe

Do they have a website and guidelines?

Pamela Thibodeaux

I'm looking for it now, roe

 

all I can find is Vocational Biographies Inc, Sauk Centre, MN 56378 800-255-0752

speckledorf

www.vocbio.com ????

Pamela Thibodeaux

I don't know of a website and don't have the contact info anymore of who I wrote for...sorry.

 

This is a publication that is sent to middle and high schools across the US

Mary Rosenblum

That's it, Pamela.

 

I just checked it and the address is the same. :-)

 

They do have guidelines on the site.

Pamela Thibodeaux

Oh, good!

 

They are fun and relatively easy to write...good publishing credits for anyone. And of course the money  is great too...but since I work 2 part time jobs it's difficult to do the interviews necessary.

Mary Rosenblum

It actually looks like an excellent potential market.

ashton

Thanks so much for your help, Pamela! You're a gem and a real inspiration. The world needs Inspirational Christian fiction like yours. I know I speak for many when I say I go for realistic fiction and not the tame stories out there now. You can't reach people that way. I want to touch the hearts of my readers, like you do. Keep up the good work! We are all proud of your efforts.

Pamela Thibodeaux

Thank you ashton!!!

Pamela Thibodeaux

It is my goal to reach those outside the traditional church, those who normally wouldn't pick up an "inspirational" book.

Mary Rosenblum

I think Ashton speaks for many readers, Pamela. Good for you for doing what matters to YOU.

wolf122

Pamela, do you use a lot of specific Christian icons/elements in your writing (i.e. churches, masses, speaking of Christ, etc.), or is your writing merely have the principles of Christianity within the story to meet the genre requirements? Which is better for your stories and the market?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Oh, good question wolf122!

 

I strive to have my characters portray a realistic, personal relationship with God/Jesus

 

though they don't always do it in church

 

or with structured, formal religion.

 

Though in TD, the heroine is Catholic (another taboo..naming a specific denomination).

Pam

For me it is better to have that personal relationship!

writeaway

Do you get much resistance from religious leaders?

Mary Rosenblum

Have you ever gotten feedback from a religious leader, Pamela?

 

I'm curious.

Pamela Thibodeaux

No, I haven't.

 

I haven't gotten any feedback from religious leaders...not sure if any have read my books. but I have gotten lots of feedback by Christians peroid.

mbvoelker

This is fascinating. I have tended to avoid "Christian Fiction" and being identified as a "Christian Writer" rather than as a writer who is a Christian because I see my target audience as more mainstream. I had no idea there was so much behind the scenes.

Pamela Thibodeaux

There is a LOT behind the scenes, mbvoelker.

 

I normally don't consider myself a writer of Christian fiction...I write Inspirational fiction...to me there's a difference.

 

Christian fiction is written for a particular market...the CBA market/readership.

 

I write for those out there that are dissatisfied with that as well as dissatisfied with the normal secular romances too,

 

those that like the idea of God/Christ in the books, but want more realistic characters, situations, etc.

Mary Rosenblum

I apologize for cutting you off in the middle of an answer...what kind of feedback have you gotten from Christians? I'm assuming positive, judging by the response here.

Pamela Thibodeaux

Yes, most of it is positive.

juliea

I was also wondering if there was any backlash from the Christian community.

Pamela Thibodeaux

You can't please everyone...like the Christian Book store owner/managers LOL!

 

Well, if there is any (other than being asked to take the books off the shelves) it hasn't come to me yet.

 

Well, a couple of people said the books were too "racy" for them...but that they enjoyed them anyway.

 

I even had one reviewer

 

say that they would RECOMMEND Tempered Hearts to teens on the verge of becoming young adults.

 

Now that was a great feeling!

Mary Rosenblum

No kidding! Good for you! And it's a mistake to try and please everyone.

 

You’ll simply gut your fiction that way.

Pamela Thibodeaux

And many of my readers ARE teens...or were when the books were available. :-)

 

That’s true, Mary...

 

As I said, I tried and tried to tone it down and make it fit...it just didn't feel right for me,

 

was uncomfortable..felt like I was betraying what God asked of me.

Mary Rosenblum

I think you are an inspiration for those writers who feel that their work doesn't fit the 'established markets' and wonder if they should persevere. Your answer is a resounding yes! Good for you.

Pamela Thibodeaux

Don’t EVER give up your gift! It is given by God...use it!

Mary Rosenblum

Amen! :-)

Pamela Thibodeaux

Now..

 

That’s no excuse for sloppy or inaccurate portrayals of true Christian lifestyle either.

 

The key is a unique BALANCE between the sensual and the spiritual.

 

Sensuality is a gift from God, it is normal

 

but it is also a PRIVATE matter between a husband and a wife and your characters should respect that.

 

They may get carried away -to a certain point- and tempted...but in the end, they should respect that.

 

IMHO :-)

writeaway

It seems we have no trouble believing Christians can love and have families, but most Christian romances seem to think passion has no place in that scheme.

Pamela Thibodeaux

Yes, that's sadly true writeaway.

 

The CBA wants "chaste relationships...the emotional side of love without the physical"

 

For me..that's impossible...

 

You can't have one without the other.

 

I mean...those with the emotional side and no sparks do not end up happy ever after.

 

Most of them don't even get married.

 

Think about your very best friend of the opposite sex.

 

See?

paja

On "sexy"--How do your keep your standing with all of what I assume are "don't touch" requirements?

Mary Rosenblum

Can you imply sensuality?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Yes, you can imply sensuality....and some do it very well!

 

I just guess I'm too physical of a person.

 

Must be the Tauras in me (taurus?)

 

Whatever. :-)

Mary Rosenblum

Well, I’m a cancer, so it HAS to have romance in it. :-)

writeaway

I love the old movies and earlier romance novels that showed us the romance and did the fadeout. The new ones make me feel like a peeking-tom!

Mary Rosenblum

There you go.

Pamela Thibodeaux

amen

 

Some are soo graphic!

 

But some are very tastefully done too.

 

I love 'em all!  Well, except erotica...that's where I draw the line

arfelin

I belong to a small liberal Lutheran church. I think the women in the congregation would be interested in reading your series. My pastor is a woman and I know she would--if she hasn't already. I'll pass the word around.

Pamela Thibodeaux

Thanks arfelin!

 

Oh...

 

Bent Pages bookstore in Houma, Louisiana may still have a copy or 2 of the originals

 

as well as BackRoad Books in Bandera, TX (where they are set).

 

I'm not sure though, since it has been a LONG time since I had any to send to them!

 

But feel free to check them out...they have websites I think.

Mary Rosenblum

If you will email me, Pamela, when the new series is out, I'll include it in one of the bi-weekly website updates I send out, with a link so that interested readers can find the books to purchase.

Pamela Thibodeaux

Thanks! Will do!

alexander

How do you come up with your characters?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Good question alexander...all I can say is Divine Intervention...

 

I know that sounds like a 'pat' answer

 

but I HONESTLY don't have any other explanation.

 

Of course, when I initially drafted the books, they were with the secular (there wasn't a CBA back then) market in mind.

bud

I have to leave now, but I want to thank you for joining us tonight Pamela, and thanks for the e-mail this afternoon.

Pamela Thibodeaux

Thank you bud!

speckledorf

I'm working on a Christian nonfiction book...any tips?

Pamela Thibodeaux

not really speckledorf.

 

Maybe do a little research to see if there are any similar out there...pitch to those publishers..

 

find a reason yours is different/better/more compelling.

margieh

Maybe you've already answered this, are the sexual boundaries in romance novels determined by the boundaries in movies and TV?

Mary Rosenblum

That depends on the romance imprint doesn't it, Pamela?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Hi margieh! Yes, it depends on the imprint.

 

Some are, like the erotica but many don't really want graphic or gratuitous sex...it must be a natural progression of the couple

 

and it must move the story along, not just thrown in there for word count!

t green

Would you compare your Christian romances to Dee Henderson's?

Pamela Thibodeaux

I haven't read Dee Henderson's though I have heard a lot about her

 

and someone compared them at a speaking engagement over the summer.

 

Maybe one day I'll have time to read something of hers and see.

jeannie

I'm new to writing. Explain "romance imprint", please.

Pamela Thibodeaux

a romance imprint would be Harlequin, Silhouette, etc --

 

houses that publish primarily romances.

Mary Rosenblum

And they publish various 'lines' within the main publishing house

 

and each line, or imprint, has its own distinct guidelines.

writermom

Do you use an agent?

Pamela Thibodeaux

No, writermom, I don't have an agent.

paja

Do you ever get any flak from other authors in Christian Romance Writers Association?

Pamela Thibodeaux

I don't belong to CRWA, but do belong to ACRW (American Christian Romance Writers)...

 

So far, everyone has been very supportive...some have even bought the books

 

and no one has said anything negative that I'm aware of.

Mary Rosenblum

What is the difference between the CRWA and ACRW?

Pamela Thibodeaux

I don't know...I wasn't aware that there was a Christian Romance Writers Association.

paja

I may have gotten the name wrong

Pamela Thibodeaux

But ACRW is soon to be ACFW.

 

No problem paja!

juliea

Are all your stories set in Louisiana in the Tempered series?

Pamela Thibodeaux

ACFW stands for American Christian Fiction Writers...since not everyone in the group writes romance.

 

No, juliea.

 

Only one book of the Tempered series is set in Louisiana, the rest are set in Bandera Texas.

 

I do have a project set in Lake Charles, though...it is not contracted yet.

 

FYI

 

I live in Iowa, Louisiana...about 10 miles outside of Lake Charles. :-)

writermom

Maybe you could clarify things for me. I like to consider myself a Christian writer and in my fiction which is fantasy although not using God, Christ, and organized religion as we know it, I do use the morals values, and teachings from my Christian faith. What exactly makes fiction writing Christian Fiction?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Christian fiction focuses on a relationship with God.

 

Anyway...God is the center of the relationships...the real meaning of a love triangle :-)

 

Your fantasy sounds very interesting!

 

Pitch it!  In fact Riveroak is looking to move into the fantasy realm too.

sande

Have you pitched your novels at conferences?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Yes, once

 

I pitched them to an agent...she was very impressed but didn't feel she could effectively market them.

Mary Rosenblum

Agents won't usually handle small press sale.

Pamela Thibodeaux

No, and they want things that are almost guaranteed sales!

 

It’s as difficult to get an agent as it is to get a publisher to read your work...at least in my experience.

Mary Rosenblum

That's pretty true, alas.

sweett

Do you hold writer workshops in Louisiana?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Yes, sweett, Bayou Writers Group has an annual 1 day conference.

 

Actually 2004 was our first, but we intend to continue and to grow!

 

We also meet the 1st Saturday of every month.

 

There are other writing groups too...

 

SOLA, NOLA, HeartLA, Coeur de Louisiane are all RWA chapters and have conferences/workshops.

 

Then there are the writers guilds.

sweett

Is there a web site for the writers' group you co-founded?

Pamela Thibodeaux

yes it's just a geocities site for now.

 

http://www.geocities.com/bayouwritersgroup

sande

Can you suggest any conferences worth attending?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Well that depends on your goal...but any conference is worth attending when you're new/unpublished!

Mary Rosenblum

I agree! Network!

Pamela Thibodeaux

You will gain tons of connections/information/etc that is extremely valuable!

janp

Hi Pamela, How much marketing do you do on your own?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Hi Janp.

 

When I was marketing/distributing my books, I did ALL of the marketing/promoting/etc

 

press releases, book signings, speaking engagements,

 

and I plan to do a lot after the books are out again...though this time I'll have the help of Com Stars publicity dept.

Mary Rosenblum

I'll have to have you back here to talk about marketing later on!

Pamela Thibodeaux

Would love it!

Mary Rosenblum

But now, we need to do the book giveaway. I suspect a LOT of folk are looking forward to this after hearing you speak!

Pamela Thibodeaux

I hope so!

Mary Rosenblum

Want to tell people what you have VERY generously contributed?

 

Especially since these really are likely to be valuable!

Pamela Thibodeaux

A copy of Tempered Hearts and Tempered Dreams...the original versions!

 

Published by Writers Exchange Epublishing!

Mary Rosenblum

That is SO cool! And I will certainly let people who have signed up for the bi weekly updates

 

know when the new editions are available for sale.

Pamela Thibodeaux

Thank you...we will definitely appreciate it!

Mary Rosenblum

If you all would not pop in or out for the next couple of minutes, we'll do our random draw?

 

Want to pick a number between 1 and 21, Pamela?

Pamela Thibodeaux

Sure...drumroll please....

Mary Rosenblum

Brrrrrrrrr.r.....

Pamela Thibodeaux

The number that has been on my heart since the beginning of this chat is 15!

Mary Rosenblum

Ah, speckledorf, you win!

Pamela Thibodeaux

Congratulations speckledorf!!!

Mary Rosenblum

You just need to send me your mail address as a question, and I'll pass it to Pamela.

 

So why was 15 on your heart, Pamela? I HAVE to ask.

Pamela Thibodeaux

Ask God.

 

I've been praying for Him to give me a number and that's the one He gave. :-)

speckledorf

Thanks Pamela! I look forward to reading them!!!

arfelin

You're an inspiration Pamela. Thanks for joining us:-)

Pamela Thibodeaux

Thank you for having me!

 

Anyone with further questions, please feel free to email me privately.

 

pthib-7@centurytel.net and I'll answer to the best of my ability.

 

Just group them all into one email if possible though LOL!!

Mary Rosenblum

Thank, you Pamela. You have been a GREAT guest...

 

and I'll definitely invite you back again!

 

Thank you SO much for coming. You have been very inspirational.

Pamela Thibodeaux

Great! I had a blast...you have some wonderful/talented/enquiring writers here!

 

If I may...one last piece of advise....

Mary Rosenblum

Yes, please!

Pamela Thibodeaux

NEVER GIVE UP!!!....no matter what....NEVER!!!

Mary Rosenblum

AMEN.

Pamela Thibodeaux

Delight yourselves in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

 

If your motives are pure and you use the talent He gave you, it will happen...in His perfect timing!

roe

One of the few NEVERS in writing

Mary Rosenblum

I agree, roe.

 

Thank you Pamela!

Pamela Thibodeaux

Thank You!

Mary Rosenblum

Good night, Pamela!

Mary Rosenblum

Good night, all.

Pamela Thibodeaux

Good night all! God Bless!!!

 

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