Today I have Paula Mowery answering some fun questions. Get to know the author behind the stories.
Thank you for being here, Paula. Let’s get started.
When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?
Yes, every time I read a Little House book or Trixie Beldon, I thought I’d like to try to become a writer someday.
Out of all the characters you’ve written about, is there one that is your favorite?
I do tend to go back to Charlie in my romantic suspense, For Our Good. She’s probably my favorite because she is far from a damsel in distress. She is a spunky heroine.
Have you ever won any award for your writing?
Yes, I won a Selah Award for my novella, Be The Blessing.
Do you have a special place where you like to write?
I have a desk surrounded by all my “stuff,” however, being so busy with a full time job and being a pastor’s wife, I often must write wherever I am when I have a few free moments.
Have you ever received a rejection?
Oh my, yes. Rejection is just a normal part of being an author. Honestly, a rejection seems to spur me on.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an unpublished writer?
Read good books from good authors; practice writing by reading writing craft books, following writing blogs, and taking classes; and repeat.
Do you take time to plot and outline your books? Or do you like to write by the seat of your pants?
My plotting style is a sort of combination of outlining and SOTP. I use index cards to jot down a few things about scenes I have mulled over. I take those, put them in order, and write from those, filling in details and dialogue as I go.
Do you ever talk about your next project or do you keep it a secret?
Sure, I don’t mind discussing my next project. I’m trying to complete a rough draft for a sweet romance called Cantering Hearts. It includes a character who does equine therapy. The research has been so intriguing for this one!
How long does it take you to write a book?
You know, I don’t really have an answer for that. I’ve written a couple of my books over just a few months. Others have stretched for a year or more.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Well, I work full time as an interpreter for a deaf student in a high school, and I am a pastor’s wife. Writing is actually my fun!
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
I’ve gotten ideas from sermons, news blips, scripture, stories from others, and objects, just to name a few.
Is there a message in your book you hope readers will relate to?
In Lamp Unto Her Feet I hope and pray readers will know that they can trust God’s Word to lead them if they will follow it.
Do you have a mentor author or a particular author whose work inspires you?
When I first started out, Janice Hanna Thompson was a true encouragement and wealth of knowledge. I have always loved reading her books. She was so gracious to give me tips and spur me on.
What kinds of research do you do for your books?
I tend to like primary sources for my research. In other words, I seek out experts in the differing subjects and I glean information from him or her. I’ve talked with police officers, lawyers, nurses, doctors, equine therapists, and even a guy at a gun shop.
Do you have a full time day job? If so, how do you find time to write?
As I mentioned, I work full time at a high school, interpreting for a deaf student. I take advantage of any free moments to pull out my WIP and write, even if only a sentence or two. That’s a sentence that wasn’t completed before. When I’m doing laundry or chores after school or on the weekends, I often work for longer stents on my writing.
Lamp Unto her Feet
Kenzie Murrah has lost the guiding voice of her Nana Nita just when she needs it most. She’s graduating mid-year with her early childhood degree, but her parents expect her to join the family chiropractic business. In her Bible, Nana explains how God’s Word can guide Kenzie, but there’s doubt on Kenzie’s part, until the highlighted verses begin to follow her life much too closely.
Trevor Wallen escaped an embarrassing and reputation smearing incident to become a police officer in the small Tennessee town. He strives to do his best to follow Christian principles but longs for God to bring someone into his life with those same morals and values.
Kenzie and Trevor share an attraction for one another that grows into more until a tragedy threatens to end everything. Kenzie begins to shy away from reading the next scripture passage, for fear of what may happen.
Will Kenzie learn she can trust God’s Word? Will Kenzie and Trevor get the chance for a happily ever after despite the dangers of his occupation?
Paula Mowery is a published author and speaker. Her first two published works were The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing from Pelican Book Group. Both are women’s fiction, and their themes have been the topics of speaking engagements. Be The Blessing won the Selah Award in 2014 in the novella category. In November of 2013 her first romance released in the anthology, Brave New Century, from Prism Book Group. This book went to number five on Amazon’s bestseller category, historical Christian romance. Legacy and Love was her first solo romance and was a finalist in the Carolyn Readers Choice Awards in 2015. Her other titles include a Christian romantic suspense called For Our Good, a Christmas romance called Love Again, and a romance inspired from the Love Chapter called The Crux of Honor.
Reviewers of her writing characterize it as “thundering with emotion.” Her articles have appeared in Woman’s World, The Christian Online Magazine, and the multi-author devotional blogs, Full Flavored Living and Putting on the New. She wrote a section for Join the Insanity by Rhonda Rhea. She has devotionals included in several collaborative books.
She is a member of ACFW and has also been on the faculty for the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.
Paula is a pastor’s wife, a mom, and an interpreter for the deaf. She homeschooled her daughter through all twelve years, and they both lived to tell about it. Before educating her daughter at home, she was an English teacher in public school.
Learn more about Paula at her blog as well as find other links to connect with her at www.paulamowery.blogspot.com.