I've read Fired Up, and it's a wonderful, funny read. I highly recommend it.
Welcome, Mary. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I’m a rural
girl born and raised. I live ten miles from the house I grew up in. I married
my high school sweetheart. I lived in a small country farm/ranch house for the
first twelve years of my marriage. Then we (my husband, four daughters and I)
bought a house with the exact same floor plan as the house we were living in
(built by brothers 90 years ago) and moved a quarter mile down the hill. We
have lived there now for 22 years. By the way, Lena
… that is NOT as exciting as it sounds, so try and remain calm.
How did you become interested in writing?
You know, I ask myself that question a lot,
Lena. Only what I wonder is, “What were you thinking?” I
guess I kind of know what made me write “…It was a dark and stormy night…” for
the first time. I had a friend who was writing a book. My ten-year-old daughter
wrote a really short book I thought was really good, and I asked if I could
take it and lengthen it. She said, “Write your own book and leave mine alone.”
The combination started me off, well, the combination of that, my baby going to
kindergarten and taking with her my last excuse for not having time to clean
the house. But in the end, whatever made me START, the truth is, I liked it. It
suited me. It was fun, and once I started I didn’t want to stop.
What compelled you to write a book on this subject?
I am married to my very own romance cowboy hero, and I’ve always lived in the country. I think I bring a lot of authenticity to my books. Also, I’ve watched every John Wayne movie ever made … ten times. Let’s face it, that makes me an expert on cowboys.
What is the main theme or point that you want readers to understand from reading your book? Are there any other themes present in the book?
The real “Trouble in
Up is Glynna’s son. He can’t forgive the men who hurt his mother, and
he is carrying around this burden of anger and hate and it spills over to
everyone in his life. Paul has to forgive. When Dare tells him this, Paul asks,
“How do you forgive a man who, if you said the words, ‘I forgive you’ to him,
he’d spit in your face?” And who can no more be trusted after forgiveness than
before. I think that’s a question a lot of us ask.
Are there some specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after reading your book?
Oh, not really. If anyone learns anything from me, it’ll probably be by accident. I just hope they have fun reading my book.
What makes your book different than any other books similar to yours that are in circulation today?
Lena, I think I
invented my own genre for the exact reason—so no one’s books are similar.
Inspirational, suspenseful, historical-western romantic-comedy. Just writing
down the whole genre is almost book length!
How does the book intertwine with God’s call on your life and how you are currently serving Him?
I love to write, and I refuse to write something I will then show to the whole world that is in opposition to the way I believe and the standards I try to teach my children. How could I do that? All those years I was writing while my children were growing up, I just couldn’t find any honor in saying one thing to my four daughters and typing something else into a document I hoped to sell and spread all over—that seems crazy to me.
I so agree with you. Do you have a favorite Scripture verse?
Yes, but different ones become my favorites depending on where I’m reading in the Bible and where I am in life. In Fired Up, when Dare is talking to about forgiveness (with Paul listening in) he tells someone (wow, I can’t say much without giving a lot away) that Jesus asked God to forgive the men who were crucifying him. And this someone says something like “God couldn’t have loved his son very much if he forgave such a thing.” And Dare references
the part right after Jesus died: “there was an earthquake, and rocks split and
graves opened; and dead men arose and appeared unto many.” Then Dare says, “I
reckon God was mighty upset to do all that, but He forgave them anyway.” So
I’ve been remembering that when I think I’ve got a lot to forgive, just how
enraged God was and how heartbroken and how forgiving.
Mary, that’s a profound statement. When you are not writing, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?
Well, I read mainly (I know, sedentary! Like it’d kill me to take a walk once in a while), and I’ve got two spectacular grandchildren. They are the most beautiful grandchildren ever born. That’s not prejudice. It’s just fact. That they are mine is just one of those wonderful strokes of good luck. My family has a boat and we go boating on the
River, and I love that mainly because my daughter comes up a lot,
and I love spending time with them. We bought the boat as bait to lure them
home, and they’ve all totally fallen for it.
As we close, is there anything else you would like to add?
I always love being on your blog,
Thanks for having me!
And I always love to hear your answers. Tell us about the book.
Glynna Greer came west as a mail-order bride and ended up in a bad situation. Now her husband,
Glynna can't help but notice that danger follows Dare wherever he goes. There's the avalanche. And then the fire. But things really get out of hand when someone plunges a knife from Glynna's diner into Dare's back. Are
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Find me online:Seekerville
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