Hi, Pam. I’m very excited about this discussion.
Describe the process of turning your releasing your novel in audio form. What should authors know to accomplish this for their own works?
Pam: I’ve enjoyed audio books myself and often wondered how to get mine into this format. Thinking it was expensive or complicated, I put this venture off. One day I read a series of blog posts by Nancy Cohen and thought, “What the heck?” I listed Tempered Hearts and then searched for a narrator, basically followed Nancy’s advice to the letter. Once I found a narrator I could work with, she recorded. I reviewed. She made corrections. I reviewed. I approved then in about 2-3 weeks ACX sent notification the book was available! All in all it’s been a harrowing but exciting venture and I can’t wait to get the rest of my books up too.
Tell us about your writing career to date?
Pam: I wrote in 5-subject notebooks for years, graduated to a word processor then computer and began getting published in newsletters in 1996. Tempered Hearts was initially published in Ebook in 2000 and the series and my career have evolved from there. To date I have 7 full length novels 2 novellas, 8 short stories (compiled in 1 collection, Love in Season), 1 devotional (Love is a Rose), and numerous articles, essays, poems and anthology contributions to my credit.
What would you like to share that I didn’t ask?
Pam: Actually here are 2 Q/A most interviews do not cover….
Question: What are a few writing tips you could share with aspiring writers?
Answer: The bible exhorts us to “study and show yourself approved.” Keep studying, keep writing, keep learning, stay open to constructive critique and NEVER GIVE UP! Writing is both gift and talent given to you by God. Don’t hide your gift or bury your talent. Whatever you write, write well. Strive for excellence. Stay teachable, pliable, and flexible. Never believe that you know it all because knowledge is power and the more you know the more valuable you become. Above all share what you learn with others and make someone’s load lighter to bear.
Q: To what or whom do you credit your success?
A: 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.
Rancher Craig Harris and veterinarian Tamera Collins clash from the moment they meet. Innocence is pitted against arrogance as tempers rise and passions ignite to form a love as pure as the finest gold, fresh from the crucible and as strong as steel. Thrown together amid tragedy and unsated passion, Tamera and Craig share a strong attraction that neither accepts as the first stages of love. Torn between desire and dislike, they must make peace with their pasts and God in order to open up to the love blossoming between them. It is a love that nothing can destroy when they come to understand that only when hearts are tempered, minds are opened and wills are softened can man discern the will of God for his life.
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.” Sign up to receive Pam’s newsletter and get a FREE short story!