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Mary, thanks for joining us again. If you could be any character from another historical novel, who would it be and why?
Wow, that is a hard one! I guess I would love to be Margaret in Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. She faces hardships, yet always looks for ways to help others less fortunate. She is forced into a new environment, and she does everything she can to become part of it, good and bad. She’s in a wonderful love conflict that ends so beautifully. It’s just such a great story, one of my favorites, and I would love to be that heroine!
Are you a full-time writer or do you hold a day job? What is the biggest challenge or obstacle you face in protecting your writing time?
As of January 1, 2013 I am a full-time writer…I hope! I was working part-time, but I made a deal with my husband if the writing income ever met the small amount I was bringing home part-time, that I would quit working. He is retired and has wanted me at home with him for a year or two now.
The biggest challenge, and therefore, obstacle is that I have never been a writer! I see that other authors block out a specific amount of time each day to writing, whether an hour or 5 hours. I’m in the learning stage and I have a tremendous amount of emails to read (for which I am grateful…it is usually other authors), I try to do blog interviews like this one every chance I get and I am in a group of Regency Christian writers who have a blog (www.regencyreflections.com) trying to get others into reading inspirational Regencies. By the time I have done all that, and deal with a house, a husband and all that involves, as well as an active church ministry, my one hour to write a day is gone! I need much more discipline, which I hope will come now that I am not working.
Congratulations on being home full-time now! I’m sure you’ll get in the swing of things and find the perfect writing schedule that fits with everything else.
When starting a new project, do you tend to begin with a time period or event and create the characters to live it, or do you start with characters and then find their story?
Mine always start with the time period. I am a writer in the Regency genre. That is what I love to read and that is what I love to write. When the hero and heroine come to me and the idea of what their story will be, then I can research what I need to know comfortably, because it is a time period I love so much. It always starts with that.
What would you like readers to gain from reading your books?
Well, I write inspirational Regencies. Stories that are faith-based or God-based. When I wrote my first book, I had a specific message I wanted readers to come away with. But when we sent out samples to target readers and then asked them what message spoke to them, I got five different messages and none of them even mentioned the message I was trying to get across! At first I was bummed, but my agent pointed out that it must be speaking to each of them in a different way. So I have a basic message I integrate into my story, but I’m just hoping the reader will come away blessed somehow. And when they let me know….that is the greatest part!
What advice do you have for aspiring writers? Is there anything in particular you’d pass along to writers interested in working with Love Inspired like you do?
One of the great things about Love Inspired is that they will take an unsolicited manuscript, which means one that has not come through an agent. If a writer has really honed a story and wants to submit it to Love Inspired, they will look at it, and either tell you they want it, or give you feedback on what the book needs. That’s a huge plus; most publishing houses will only take a manuscript that is presented to them by an agent. And you get feedback! That is what an aspiring writer needs the most. So write the best story you can, give it an inspirational message and submit it, LI is always looking for good writers.
Any final words?
I really appreciate the opportunity to visit with your readers. As an avid reader all of my life, I never once contacted an author and told them that I loved their book. I figured authors are too busy to care what I think. Now, I so appreciate it when someone contacts me through email or my website and lets me know what they think about my work, good and bad. So if you love something you’ve read today, email the author, write a review on Amazon.com and Goodreads.com, and pass the word along to friends and family. You have no idea about the inspiration that gives an author (or me at least) to keep writing.
God bless you all!
Blessings to you, too, Mary, and thanks so much for joining us at Novel PASTimes! We’ve enjoyed getting to know more about you and your writing.
Visitors, don’t forget to answer Mary’s question for you, so you can be entered in our drawing to win your own copy of Beauty in Disguise. Here it is:
Are you a fan of the Regency era? Why or why not?
It’s a great question, and we’re looking forward to your answers! Include your email (spelling out ‘at’ and ‘dot’ to help cut down on spam) with your answer. The drawing will be held Friday morning at approximately 8 a.m. EST.