Saturday, February 10, 2018
Interview with Author Paula Mowery
Today we are very excited to welcome Paula Mowery to Stitches Thru Time! Here is a little about her:
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
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.
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What made you decide to become a writer?
As a girl I read Little House on the Prairie and Trixie Beldon and thought: “I want to write like that.” My mother kept me stocked with books to read and journals to write in, so I read and I wrote.
What is your favorite thing about being an author?
That’s tough to narrow down because I so enjoy the initial creative part of writing a story. However, I do love hearing from readers that one of my book’s message touched them or encouraged them.
Where did the inspiration for your latest book come from?
The idea for Lamp Unto Her Feet came from flipping through my grandmother’s Bible. As I noticed marked passages, I wondered what it would be like to have verses to follow and then how that would lead the reader of the verses to realize how God’s Word can guide.
How does your faith and spirituality work in with your writing?
God always inspires me to include a spiritual message into my stories. These are usually lessons I have had to learn.
What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?
I hope and pray that readers will be encouraged and challenged in their Christian walk.
What is one of your favorite scenes in Lamp Unto Her Feet?
One of my favorite scenes from Lamp Unto Her Feet is when Trevor shows up just in time to deal with Kenzie’s date when he becomes inappropriate. I don’t want to spoil it. But just know that it makes me punch my fist straight up and shout yes.
When you are stressed, maybe a deadline’s approaching too fast, what is your favorite snack food? Or so you have another way to cope?
My favorite snack food combo is Peanut Butter M&M’s and Diet Dr. Pepper. But when I do become stressed, I try to take a step back, breathe, and pray. Why? Because a stress fit gets me nowhere but in tears.
If time and money were not a concern, what one skill would you like to learn?
I have wracked my brains for two days on this question and still have nothing. Honestly, the things I have wanted to learn, I’ve gone for it. Writing, editing, sign language, teaching.
What is your favorite thing about where you live?
The East Tennessee scenery is my favorite thing. I love the mountains and lakes and seeing those places especially in the fall. Our leaves are beautiful.
What are you working on next?
Currently I’m working on a sweet romance called Cantering Hearts that includes a heroine who does equine therapy. I’m also brainstorming a sequel to Lamp Unto Her Feet.
Thanks for hosting me and allowing me to share about my book and me.
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?
Learn more about Paula at her blog as well as find other links to connect with her at www.paulamowery.blogspot.com.