Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Visionary by Pamela S Thibodeaux: Interview and Excerpt

Inpirational Women's Fiction
A visionary is someone who sees into the future Taylor Forrestier sees
into the past but only as it pertains to her work.
Design elements by Just so Scrappy and LouCee Designs

Hailed by her peers as “a visionary with an instinct for beauty and an eye for the unique” Taylor is undoubtedly a brilliant architect and gifted designer. But she and twin brother Trevor, share more than a successful business. The two share a childhood wrought with lies and deceit and the kind of abuse that’s disturbingly prevalent in today’s society.  Can the love of God and the awesome healing power of His grace and mercy free the twins from their past and open their hearts to the good plan and the future He has for their lives? Find out in…The Visionary ~ Where the power of God's love heals the most wounded of souls.

Once ensconced in his apartment, Trevor allowed his emotions to run their course. Exhausted and in pain, he took a couple of pills, stretched out on the couch, fell into an uneasy slumber, and dreamed.

          He stood alone in a meadow. Two lions approached, one scraggly and unkempt, the other stately and regal. He turned as they circled in on him, closer and closer until he could almost feel their breath on his neck. One grunted, growled, and snarled. The other responded likewise. They crouched, prepared to attack, then lunged. He ducked, rolled out from beneath the tangled mass of muscle and fur, and watched them go at each other in a battle of wills. Within moments, the large, regal cat had the other pinned beneath his huge paws, his teeth clasped in the throat of his foe. He snarled, shook his head, and released the lesser animal which then pounced to his feet and ran off with his tail tucked between his legs. The big cat roared in triumph then sat, head high, and eyed Trevor.

          Trevor kept a wary eye on the lion and inched backward until a tree stopped his escape. Though his eyes followed his every step, the animal never flinched. Trevor watched and waited for him to pounce, but the lion didn’t so much as twitch a muscle. That’s when he noticed the crown. Trevor shook his head and rubbed his eyes. Sure enough the crown remained, embedded in the animal’s scalp. The crown turned to thorns. The lion’s face changed into that of Christ crucified and then back into a lion’s face.

          Trevor rubbed his eyes again and shook his head. “Who are you? What do you want?” he felt compelled to ask.

          “I am the Lion of Judah, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Come, Trevor, follow me,” the cat answered and turned to walk away.

Tell us about your current release.
          The Visionary is set in my home town area of Lake Charles, Louisiana on a piece of property that once belonged in my family. If I had to describe The Visionary in twenty-five words or less I would say: This 75,000 word women’s fiction novel is a cross between Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love and Danielle Steele’s Malice. Like Malice, TheVisionary is a contemporary novel which deals with the issues adult survivors of child abuse encounter on their road to recovery. However, like RedeemingLove, The Visionary shows the awesome power of God to heal these most wounded of souls.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?
          I don’t have an Ipod but my CD player or radio is usually tuned to a Christian or Country/Western music station.

What are the most important attributes for remaining sane as a writer?
          Ever heard the saying, “you don’t have to be crazy to work here but it sure helps” ? Well that holds especially true for a writer LOL! Seriously, the most important attribute is knowing when to back off and take a break. Whether it is a day, week, month or longer sabatical, not pushing yourself when you are physically, mentally, emotionally and/or spiritually bankrupt is the best thing you can do. Oh, and don’t monitor your Amazon ranking - that alone will make you insane.

New York or LA? Why?
          Neither - I don’t like traffic or smog...I’m very much a country girl so give me Bandera, Texas.

To what or whom do you credit your success?
           Many people have a love/hate relationship with their muse. My muse is the Holy Spirit and I accredit every ounce of success to the grace of God because without HIM I seriously doubt I could write a single word, much less stories that bring hope and healing to so many.

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
          Israel, particularly Jerasuleum because I’d like to travel the paths where Jesus walked.

What do you do to unwind and relax?
          Dance! I love to throw back a cool beverage and kick up my heels in a twostep or waltz across a sawdust covered floor.

What is the message you hope to get across in this story?
          That regardless of where you’ve been or what you’ve done the awesome love of God has the power to heal the most wounded of souls and to forgive the ugliest of sinners.


          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.”


Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Thank you so much Laurie for hosting me today.

Have a BLESSED & Happy Easter!

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Pam,

I enjoyed THE VISIONARY, a thought-provoking novel. Happy holidays to you and yours!


Jacqueline Seewald

Marianne Evans said...

Thought provoking indeed, Jacqueline. I thoroughly enjoyed Pam's novel, and it remained with me long after I ended the story. Blessings, ladies!!! (and fantastic blog!)

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Thanks Ladies!

Donna B said...

Wonderful story, Pam, not to mention the beautiful scenery I could envision through your words. God bless you!I'm looking forward to whatever you have for us next.