What inspired you to write this book?
When I first wrote *The Visionary* in a 5-subject notebook (where most of my stuff began way back when) I had in mind a sweet romance featuring m/f twins and their love interests. When I first typed the novel, I thought, “this is my light romance!” which was a great relief after some of my other work which dealt with subjects like domestic violence, grief, and betrayal. However, one day I sent off the first 3 chapters to a friend and her response was, “these twins are awful close, you need to be careful.” Of course that made me wonder *Why?* What happened to them or between them to make them so close (I couldn’t seem to tone down their intense feelings for one another). Then one day I walked out of my office into the living room where my husband sat watching a popular talk show. In a heart-wrenching scene the young man on the show apologized to his sisters because he couldn’t stop the abuse they suffered at the hands of their father. I swear, every drop of blood drained from my body and I began to argue with God…. *No! Not that! Anything but that!* *I can’t write this! I have no experience in this! I’m not qualified as a minister or therapist! God….PLEASE….no.* Three days of wavering, three days of arguing, three days of not being able to sit down and write a single word and God finally confronted me with…. “Who are you writing for anyway?” I capitulated and wrote the entire story in 4 months during the busiest time of year for a bookkeeper/tax preparer (Jan – April).
What topics in your book or background do you think book clubs would find interesting?
The Visionary deals with adult survivors of child abuse. I believe book clubs would find it interesting that the characters’ feelings and emotions are true-to-life despite the fact I have no personal experience with this topic. Also in the fact that the book is set on property that once belonged in my family as well as the history surrounding that property.
Tell us about your career outside of writing and how it influences your writing
I have worked in varied careers, from fast food chains to full charge bookkeeper as well as licensed insurance agent, all of which gives me ample opportunity to study people. This alone is beneficial to my writing as it gives me a wide range of experience dealing with real emotions.
Describe your style of writing.
I am 100% SOTP (seat of the pants) writer. Stories come to me from many sources…a song, thought, dream or I’ll simply wake up with the characters talking to me and start writing.
Which authors have inspired you?
There is really no one person to whom I can attribute this to, so many have helped me along the way. I’d have to say that my love of reading has influenced me the most. Reading opens doors to the imagination, takes you places you’d never be able to go otherwise and improves your visualization and vocabulary skills. Now, I’m able to implement all those things into my own writing.
By: Pamela Thibodeaux
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