Monday, January 19, 2015

I Have Arrived! ... Or Have I??? by Pamela S. Thibodeaux


Pamela S. Thibodeaux
Greetings, friends! Marianne here, wishing you all the best as the new year kicks off! In this month's edition of Monday encouragement, I wanted to introduce you to Pamela Thibodeaux. Pam is a gifted author with an encouraging message  to share. Hope you enjoy her insight and wisdom! Pam, take it away!!

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When I began writing more than thirty years ago,  I had no clue what I was getting myself into. All I knew was I’d been disappointed one-too-many times. Based on what I read, I figured it couldn’t be hard.
I can do better than this!

With the niavette of the uninformed, I figured all I had to do was write a good story and BAM! I’d be published. So I did. I poured my heart out in page after page of five-subject notebooks. By the time I’d filled several and started researching how to get published, I found out the manuscript had to be typed.

I didn’t own a typewriter nor could I afford to rent one. Then came the blessed day eleven years later I purchased a used word processor. Just when I thought I’d be able to really embark on the glamorous journey, submissions became electronic!

I’d put off buying a computer for lots of reasons, the main one ~ all I do is write. After getting connected, I figured the voyage to being in print was just an email away.
Wrong again.

My first novel was accepted as an Ebook, my first short story in an Ezine. What’s with this E-industry? I wanted to hold a book in my hands – after all, being Epublished isn’t really published. That’s what ‘they’ say (anyone ever figure out who ‘they’ are?).
In my article on Success, I make a statement…as beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, so is success. It is, in and of itself, success.

In addition to numerous articles and essays, poems and devotions, I now have 7 published novels available in ebook and print as well as 6 short stories and 2 nonfiction books.
Guess this means I’ve finally arrived……or Have I?

We all have our own definition of success, our own idea of what it means to ‘arrive.’ I’ll arrive when I can make a living doing what I love most – bring glory to God through my writing.

When will you know you have ‘arrived’? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Set at the tail end of the Vietnam War era, Circles of Fate takes the reader from Fort Benning, Georgia to Thibodaux, Louisiana. A romantic saga, this gripping novel covers nearly twenty years in the lives of Shaunna Chatman and Todd Jameson. 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.

Purchase Links:
Create Space: http://bit.ly/1qRN3cb

Smashwords: http://bit.ly/136qK7n

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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: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com  
Twitter: http://twitter.com/psthib @psthib


5 comments:

  1. Hi, Pam - and thanks so much for being our guest at SW! I can relate to so much of this post - thanks for the encouragement, and for assuring us all that we're not alone in some of the struggles we face! God bless, and continued success!!!!

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  2. Thank you so much Marianne and the Seriously Write team for having me here! I pray everyone who reads the post will be blessed and encouraged. God bless you ALL!
    PamT

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  3. How wonderful to learn more about your writing journey, Pamela. You know I love your Tempered series. Best of luck with your upcoming stories, too...hope to meet up with you again some time! Wasn't Bandera awesome? Love and God's continued blessings....

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  4. After almost thirty years in the business, I've decided that the only way to judge whether you've arrived is by setting your own goals, just as you have. Every time you reach another rung on the publishing ladder, you look up and see there's one above you, and that's where you want to be. Only each individual can decide what it means to have arrived. Personally, I'm not even sure I want to get there, wherever it is. I like still having something to strive for.

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  5. Thanks so much Tanya...yeah Bandera was and still is awesome! Would love to meet up with you again one day.

    Great thoughts Karen, I like that about always having something to strive for....

    Thanks Ladies for stopping by!
    PamT

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