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30 November 2011

Our Blog Alliance: Spotlight On...

Christine and Pamela!

A huge welcome to blogger and author Christine Lindsay! Christine is another extraordinary member of the COTT Blog Alliance. On Wednesdays she posts the COTT weekly article, and on Fridays she posts either an editorial/devotional or a review on a book.

What's her blog like? Christine wants her blog to be somewhere a reader can find a true inspirational story to encourage their faith. For example, on her blog she has in book-length the entire story of her experience as a birthmother. From the moment she found out she was pregnant, to the relinquishment of her child, and to their reunion 20 years later.

Do not miss this testimony. Her birth-daughter, Sarah, modeled for the cover of Shadowed in Silk. Take a look at how it all came together—it's well worth the read.

I asked Christine who she is outside the realm of writing and publication and all that jazz.

"I am so ordinary, it's hilarious. I used to be an administrative assistant, going off to work in suits, high heels and makeup. Now that I'm following the labor of my heart (writing) I work in my home office and wear the closest thing I can get to pajamas—sweat pants and a sweat shirt.

"But there are times I have to go out and leave my beloved laptop behind along with my cat. Then I slap on some mascara, whip a comb through my hair, put on some decent slacks and head out the door with a cup of tea in my hands. I can drive with one hand and drink my tea with the other."

What "ordinary"? That's multi-tasking!

Why is she willing to give COTT space on her blog every other week?

I find the COTT alliance an energetic group of writers that inspire me. I love the fun and camaraderie with the clashes," she said. "And it gets the word out to readers of all the great Christian fiction that's available. They are a great group of people to be affiliated with. I consider it an honor."

The feeling is entirely mutual!

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Meet Pamela S. Thibodeaux:

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.”

A great big welcome to Blog Alliance Partner Pamela S. Thibodeau. We're so pleased to have her aboard.

I asked this author and blogger where she finds inspiration for her blog, Pamela S. Thibodeaux—Blog.

"I must admit that, personally, I'm pretty burned out on topics…but I love showcasing other authors on Saturday Spotlight and hosting their virtual book tours. This helps me fill in when I can think of nothing to talk about. LOL!"

Honesty…I love it! (Also really glad to know I'm not the only blogger with this kind of problem…)

I'm always interested in why our Blog Alliance members choose to be members. Here's Pam's reason:

"I believe in what COTT is doing and frankly, any website that helps promote Christian authors—especially those who are new, unknown, small press or independently published—is a place I try to support. Doing regular posts for COTT helps me do just that."

Pamela's newest release, The Visionary, is an absolutely wonderful book, one I can whole-heartedly recommend. Without being offensively graphic, it deals with some pretty heavy issues of child abuse and its aftermath.

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?

The biggest challenge I face is not having my work accepted by the “Christian” publishers. As one reviewer said, “Though undeniably Christian, it is never dogmatic or insular; offering faith rather than religion.” (From Elizabeth Burton's review of Tempered Dreams for Blue Iris Journal) My books deal with issues in a way that is unacceptable in the traditional CBA market. Now that is not saying that my books are better than those published through traditional CBA publishers, only different. As I’ve said many times, everything that gives God glory deserves to be praised!

So true. And all I can think to say in response is a very sincere, "Amen!"
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Gail Pallotta said... Wednesday, 30 November, 2011

It's great to learn more about Christine and Pamela. Thanks to both of them for being our partners.

April Gardner said... Wednesday, 30 November, 2011

Christine, we're sweats-buddies! LOL Us ordinary gals gotta stick together.
Pam, that's the second time today that I've heard that The Visionary was excellent. Word is getting around!
Thank you both for being part of our COTT team. We literally couldn't do it without you!

Julie Arduini said... Thursday, 01 December, 2011

Even after surprise visits from friends and mail delivery people, I still love my PJ's and sweats, too. It was great getting to know Christine and Pamela better!

Christine Lindsay said... Thursday, 01 December, 2011

And it's so wonderful to get to know others through this venue. Although there is obviously great distance, I do believe their is a united of heart and spirit. You're all a wonderful bunch of readers and writers.

And I'm sitting here at home, with my comfy stretch slacks, favorite turleneck sweater, and a cup of tea at my elbow. Orange Peakoe with milk.

Anonymous said... Saturday, 03 December, 2011

I live in what I call my "scuzzies." And I was once an administrative assistant, as well, Christine...I know all about going off to work in heels and hose and business suits. Ugh! I do not miss it! Love writing in my comfy clothes! :)

Pamela S Thibodeaux said... Saturday, 03 December, 2011

It is so wonderful what COTT is doing and thank you, Delia for spotlighting me today as one of the Blog Alliance partners.

It is so great to get to know everyone a little better.

Anonymous said... Saturday, 03 December, 2011

You're welcome, Pamela! I love getting to know the Alliance partners a little better.

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