Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Author Mary DeMuth - DAISY CHAIN - Free Books

I am really glad God has allowed me to know Mary DeMuth personally. Welcome back to the blog, Mary. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?

I hope I see that I get to continue this dream, writing for the sheer joy of it, and also receiving compensation. I also pray that if things take off, I’ll keep my head on straight and constantly strive to point to the truly Famous One, Jesus.

That's a desire of my heart, too. To tell His stories and bring honor to Him Tell us a little about your family.
I’ve been married 18 years to Patrick, and we have three kids: Sophie, Aidan and Julia. Sophie’s learning to drive—and what’s interesting is that I’m not worried about it. She’s a careful driver. We also have an overly needy dog and a fat & fuzzy cat.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
I am ruined when I read now. Since I have so many “rules” in my head, if a book violates them time and time again, I set it down. I’m sure there are many great books I’ve neglected because of this.

What are you working on right now?
I’m completing the third book of the Defiance, TX series, tentatively titled Defiance. It’s not an easy book to write, as I’m in the head of a battered wife. This is so foreign to me, but I’m learning more and more about my character as I write her.

What outside interests do you have?
I love to cook and garden and sew and decorate. I’m really quite a homebody. I also keep in shape by training for small triathlons.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
So far I’ve only set my books in Texas. It’s convenient since I live here!

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Jesus, of course. I hope I’d be like Mary (hmmmm) sitting at his feet, but I fear I’d be Martha, buzzing about.

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
How painful and grinding the process can be. And that God often chooses the writing of the novels and the editing process to point out issues of spiritual and personal growth in me. As I start a new novel, I wonder what the Lord will dredge up in me that needs to see His light.

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
To learn how to embrace subtlety. I’m a loud, in your face, writer. I’m learning to create nuance. This, of course, translates into my everyday life too.

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
1. Write as much as you possibly can.
2. Understand the cost before you jump into this industry.
3. Trust in God’s sovereignty.

Tell us about the featured book?
It’s a coming of age story set in Defiance, Texas, in the seventies about a boy who has to grapple with his own family secrets when his best friend Daisy goes missing.

Please give us the first page of the book.

It had been thirty roller-coaster years since Daisy Marie Chance forced fourteen-year-old Jed Pepper to fall in love with her. He’d obliged her, dizzied at the thought ever since. It had been that long before Jed could walk through the ruins of Crooked Creek Church, a butterfly flitting a prophecy he never could believe, even today. It was Daisy’s singsong words that gave the butterfly its bewitching manner, those same words that strangled him with newfound love. For years, he wished he’d had an Instamatic camera to capture the moment he fell for Daisy, but then entropy would’ve had its way, fading and creasing Daisy’s face until she’d have looked like an overloved newspaper recipe, wrinkled and unreadable.

Thing was, he could always read Daisy's face. Even then. She’d looked at him square in the eyes that day in 1977, in the exact same spot he stood now, and declared, “Your family ain’t normal, Jed.” And because lies came easy to him, he’d thought, of course my family’s normal. Anyone with eyes could see that. Daisy said a lot of words, being a thirteen-year-old girl and all, but these didn’t make much sense.

Thirty years later they did. They screamed the truth through the empty field where the church used to creak in the wind.

For a hesitant moment, enshrined in the ruins of his childhood, Jed was fourteen again. Filled to the brim with testosterone and pestered by an orange and black tormenter and Daisy's oh-so-true words.

"Your family ain't normal, Jed."

He watched the butterfly loop above the organ, never landing, like it had a thing against church music. Or maybe dust.

He sat on a rickety pew.


He clasped his hands around his ears, hoping Daisy’s words would run away. He hummed "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God."

She put her nose right in front of his. He felt her breathing, smelled her Juicy Fruit breath. “You in there?”

He swatted the air between them, hoping she’d disappear. “Yeah. Quit bothering me.” He looked at his watch. Six fifteen. Time to go.

“But your face.” Daisy sat down a Bible’s throw away.

Jed touched his swollen eye. “Yeah? So? What about it?”

“It looks like it hurts.” Daisy scooted closer. She reached her arm his direction.

He inched away.

Wow, Mary. Your writing always moves me. I can hardly wait to read this new book. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Website: http://www.marydemuth.com/
Writing Spa (where I mentor writers) http://www.thewritingspa.com/
Writing blog: http://www.wannabepublished.blogspot.com/
Family Secrets site (tied to Daisy Chain, where folks share their family secrets anonymously) http://www.blog.myfamilysecrets.org/
Thank you, Mary, for spending this time with us.
Readers, here's a link where you can order Daisy Chain if you can't find it in your local bookstore:

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. Don't forget to check back a week from Saturday to see if you won.


Camille Cannon Eide said...

I'm looking forward to reading this book and the rest in the series. Love the bible's throw line, love Jed's voice. Love it when words pull you in so quick you forget they're words, when they put you in another world without effort.

susanne lakin said...

Mary, this book sounds so wonderful. I wish you great success in reaching people with a heartfelt story. I can't wait to read this and talk with you at Mount Hermon!

Jodi Thomas said...

Mary, I enjoyed the interview. Of course, I love Books set in Texas and this one looks like a must read. Jodi Thomas

Anonymous said...

I am always looking for new authors and Mary looks like she would be a great one to get acquainted with. Thanks for the chance to win!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the interview and a sneak peek of Daisy Chain and Mary DeMuth. She seems as beautiful on the inside as she does on the outside.


Mary DeMuth said...

Thanks so much for hosting me here, Lena!

Camille, you're kind!

Susanne. Thanks for your wishes.

Jodi, Can I just say "y'all"?

lovedandamazed, I look forward for you to get acquainted with Daisy!

Bev, Thanks so much.

Abi said...

Interesting interview. I'd love to be included in the drawing. Thanks.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

HollyMag said...

Sounds like a great book. I would love the chance to win a copy. Blessings

windycindy said...

Great interview and an intriguing story line! What an interesting young couple. Many thanks, Cindi

Grateful Gramma said...

Sounds interesting. Add my name too, please.

lastnerve said...

Another book I gotta read! And this one looks like a GOOD ONE! Thanks for blogging!

hippmom said...

I have not read anything by this author. Looks good. Thanks for the interview.

Stacie said...

Please count me in :)

Becky C. said...

I really enjoyed the interview, and the book sounds wonderful.

Please enter me in the contest.

Thank you,

Becky C.


Sheila Deeth said...

Oh wow! I'd really like to read the book after reading that opening.

Julianna said...

Sounds like a great book! I would love to win a copy!


Cleda said...

As always a great interview, thanks again for introducing another new author (for me anyway)and what sounds like another great book........ and another opportunity to be included in a drawing...


sarahw said...

wow, that sneak peek made me want to read this book.sounds capturing. please enter my name in teh draw, thanks,
sarahwoll at hotmail dot com

G.R.I.T.S. said...

I was pulled in! Can't wait to read the rest! Please sign me up!

Marla said...

Wow! This sounds like a book that would really draw me in. Thank you for the entry.

kalea_kane said...

First of all, thank you to Mary for sharing this first page! This one page was visually stunning! Please enter me in the giveaway! Thank you!

The Wendt Family said...

Thanks for the interview. Sounds like a good book - especially since God has our family in Texas right now. Please enter me in the drawing.


Carole said...

I've heard great things about Mary's books and plan to start reading her's this year. Thank you for an interesting interview and great giveaway.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

A J Hawke said...

OK, I'm hooked by your first page.
Good strong beginning. Would love to win a copy of your work.

Dana said...

This sounds great! Please enter me in the contest!

Katie said...

please enter me ... thanks

Jo said...

I'm looking forward to reading this book so please enter my name for the drawing.


Martha A. said...

I would love to read it!

Jodi said...

What a blessing, and so refreshing too!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great new series!