Meet Paula Mowery
Some people listen to music when they write. Some people write outside, near a window, etc. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
The part about writing with music playing makes me chuckle. That got to be the big rage about a year ago. Everyone was writing blogs on it and such. I tried to follow what they suggested. I failed completely. Because I love music so much, I ended up focused on the music and the lyrics that would go with it instead of my writing. Yeah, didn’t help me. I guess that in itself makes me quite quirky. I did discover, however, that I could get great concentration by listening to nature sounds. Some of my favorites are soothing brooks and night time frogs and cicadas. Try it. Just search on Youtube for nature sounds. Listening to the nature sounds not only helps me block out everything else, but it is relaxing.
How long does it take you to write a book?
Oh boy. This varies. I’ve written a rough draft in a couple of months. Then again, I’ve taken a year to a year and a half to complete one. I’ve found that the timing is dependent on God’s timing and urging. Recently I began writing a book that I’ve had notes on for over a year. I didn’t really have the urgency inside to get the story down until right after I taught at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. There were some keynote speakers that I needed to hear before I was ready.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I like spending time with my family. My hubby is a pastor and my daughter is in children’s ministry, so we try to do things to “get away.” But the other thing I love to do is teach writing. In my part time job at a public school, I have started to teach writing lessons in the elementary grades. Honestly, if I’m not writing, I’m teaching about it. If I’m not teaching about writing, I’m reading some of my favorite Christian authors. And in between, I’m an acquiring editor with Pelican Book Group, so I’m editing others’ work too.
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
Ideas for past books have come from sermons, Bible verses, lessons God has taught me, and from personal experiences. My Christian romantic suspense, For Our Good, is based on a story my dad told me from his corporate pilot days. He was approached with a bag full of money that he could have if only he would deliver a little package.
Is there a message in your book you hope readers will relate to?
The messages in my books seem to be centered around the fact that you can’t go too far from God. He is still waiting for you to come back and follow the plan He has for you.
Many of my characters have experienced tragedies that leave them thinking God is against them or they can’t trust God. Reviewers and readers often say my books are loaded with emotion. But I like to deal with the real. This isn’t an easy life we’re living as Christians.
What are your future projects?
I have a book releasing around September called Lamp Unto Her Feet. This book is based on some things I read in my grandmother’s Bible. My sequel for For Our Good, Face in the Mirror has been
contracted. Right now I’m working on Cantering Hearts which is a romance involving a need for equine therapy. I’m also gearing up for this next school year when I will begin writing the next book in my children’s chapter book series.
What kinds of research do you do for your books?
In my research I like to talk to people with varying expertise. When writing my suspense books, I spoke with two police officers in my church for details on police procedure as well as gun information. I’ve spoken to lawyers and nurses. Now I am preparing to interview and hopefully visit a place in our area where equine therapy is done.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Truly I think I always wanted to be a writer but didn’t think I could. From the time I was very young, I was always writing something in the many journals my mother supplied me with. But as I read the Little House books or Trixie Beldon or the romances when I became older, I never thought I could do that because I was just a plain ol’ hillbilly girl from East Tennessee. But then God calls …
Paula is a pastor’s wife, mom to a college student, author, acquiring editor, and speaker. No matter the hat she wears, she strives to honor God’s plan even if it means going out on a limb and leaving comfort zones. Reviewers have characterized her writing as “thundering with emotion.” Her book, Be The Blessing, won the 2014 Selah Award in the novella category. Paula enjoys reading and reviewing Christian fiction, writing Christian romance and devotionals, and helping other authors realize their dream of publication.
Learn more about Paula and find other places to link with her on her blog at www.paulamowery.blogspot.com