Sunday, January 22, 2017

Guest: Pamela S. Thibodeaux

When I was invited to be a guest on Paranormal Romance blog my initial thought was, “I don’t write Paranormal.”

Hmmmm….on second thought, I guess I do! (sort of)

My debut women’s fiction novel, The Visionary (2011) has paranormal (or supernatural) elements. The heroine, an architectural designer has a unique gift….
            A glimpse of splendor, a glimmer of brilliance caught her eye, like fairy dust dancing on sunlight. She turned her head with caution when a pulse at the base of her skull began to throb and familiar vibrations stole over her. She lowered herself to the floor and let the sensations envelop her. Her eyesight blurred, fingers trembled and heartbeat quickened while her mind swam with images. Visions guided her hand until she filled the remainder of the sketchbook.

Her twin has a supernatural experience….
            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.

Some may consider this Sci-Fi or Fantasy, but this is an example of a supernatural experience based on the book of Joel (2:28), where the Lord says, "I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions."

My latest release, Keri’s Christmas Wish also contains paranormal (or supernatural) aspects.

An image began to form in her mind…a young girl being led around on a horse by an ethereal figure. As the trio came closer, Keri felt as though she looked in a mirror. Her heart swelled. Tears clogged her throat, filled her eyes, and slipped down her cheeks.

“Hi, Keri!”

The childlike voice reverberated through her entire body. Keri smiled and whispered, “Hello.”

Excitement lit the youngster’s eyes. Brilliant colors vibrated around her. “Do you know who I am?”

“You’re me as a little girl. That’s Spark, my horse who died when I was a teenager.”

Spark nodded his head as the girl giggled—a joyous melody that rang through the atmosphere. “No, silly, I’m your big sister. Only, I didn’t live very long.”

Tension seeped in, a mixture of shock and awe.

“Don’t be afraid. Ask mom.”

And then the mirage disappeared.

Here’s the Scoop: I don't write Sci-Fi, fantasy, or paranormal novels. I write romance & women's fiction with an occasional suspense thrown in (although I never intended to write that either — it just sort of showed up in the story LOL!).

Therefore I thought I’d clarify the difference in Sci-Fi, Paranormal, and Supernatural.

According to the definitions I found, Science Fiction is based on "imagined future scientific or technological advances."(IE: Time Travel).

Paranormal is defined as, “Beyond the range of normal experience or scientific explanation: such paranormal phenomena as telepathy; a medium's paranormal powers.”

On the other hand, Supernatural elements, are, "manifestations or events considered to be of supernatural origin. Attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature."
Supernatural are events like those listed in the Bible ... Parting of the Red Sea, burning bushes that are not consumed, God speaking through a donkey, fire from heaven burning up sacrificial offerings that have been so heavily doused with water there is no natural way fire is possible, feeding thousands with five fish and five loaves of bread, walking on water, etc.

Do I consider myself a “paranormal” writer?

Not at all.

Am I upset when the term paranormal is associated with my writing?

Again, not at all–especially if having ‘paranormal’ applied to the book will cause someone who wouldn’t normally pick up an “Inspirational” or “Christian” title to read the story and have their own personal experience with a supernatural God, and/or get a clearer picture of Him, then I'm all for it!

Blurb for Keri’s Christmas Wish:
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?

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Blurb for The Visionary: A visionary is someone who sees into the future Taylor Forrestier sees into the past but only as it pertains to her work. 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?

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Author Bio: 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.”

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Diane Burton said...

Welcome, Pam. Considering the topics in the books you mentioned, I'd say you are definitely a writer of paranormal romance! LOL Your stories are so vivid and inspiring. Wishing you the best.

Maureen said...

Welcome, Pam! I think if you look hard enough you can find a little paranormal in most things- and a bit of magic ;) Your stories sound wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

Nightingale said...

Your books sound very interesting, Pam. Thank you for sharing more about them. All the best with them!

CJ Burright said...

Thanks for joining in the paranormal fun, Pam! Your books sound great. :)

Alicia Dean said...

Great post. Makes perfect sense to me. Wonderful wishes!!

Leah St. James said...

Great take on the definition of the genre, Pamela. Makes sense to me, too! Loved the excerpts! Wishing you much success with all your writing.

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Thank you Diane & ALL for the opportunity to be a guest on this lovely blog and Thank You ALL for the comments and best wishes.

Sorry I wasn't around yesterday...I was on the road all day ... drove from OK City to Durant then home after OKRWA's great conference!

Good luck and God's blessings to you ALL.

Hywela Lyn said...

What an fascinating and interesting post, Pam. As a writer of Romantic Science Fiction myself (I describe it as 'SF with a hint of Faith' I understand what you're saying. After all, many of the events in the Bible are 'supernatural' aren't they, in that they are beyond human understanding. I really enjoyed the excerpts and in particular 'Keri's Christmas Wish' another one on my TBR list!
God's blessings to you too.

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Thanks Hywela!

So glad you dropped by. It's true, many Biblical accounts are 'Supernatural' ... funny how there are so many labels (genres) now days...what happened to keeping it simple, right? LOL!

Thanks again for stopping by.

Hywela Lyn said...

You're so right, Pamela. Just purchased Keri's Christmas Wish and look forward to reading it!

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Awww....THANKS! I pray you enjoy it and if you do, please consider leaving a review. :-)

God Bless.

Elizabeth Alsobrooks said...

I never knew you wrote paranormal, Pam. Nice to see you here.

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

I normally don't, Elizabeth but supernatural events have shown up in these two .... well now that I think of it, there's a supernatural event in Tempered Joy too...hmmm guess I write it more than I realized LOL!

Thanks for commenting.
Good luck and God's blessings