I love visiting with old friends and catching up with them, don't you? Well, great. Because we have an regular back here in the Diamond Mine, and she sure is a sparkling diamond for sure! Paula Mowery is back! I can't wait to find out what she's been up to since the last time she graced the caverns at the mine. Let's waste no time and get right into it. Don your miner's hat and flick on your light!
PT: Hi, Paula! We're so thankful to have ya back at the Mine. Now, refresh our memory about all the areas you work in and what genres you write in, since it's been awhile. And you never know when we may have a new reader visiting.
PM: When I read, “all the areas you work in” I chuckled. During the school year, I work as an assistant in a Pre-K program in our local school system. I have also been piloting a writing program within the elementary school where I work, sponsored by my publisher, Prism Book Group. I am an author of Christian fiction and an acquiring editor for Prism Book Group. I teach writing workshops at writing conferences, online, at a local bookstore, and to writing groups. I am a pastor’s wife and an interpreter for the deaf members of our church.
As to genres I write in, I have two women’s fiction titles, one historical romance, three contemporary romances, and one romantic suspense. In addition to my fiction titles, I have been included in several devotional books. Now I am dabbling in children’s fiction with the creation of The Adventures of Chloe Ann Parker.
PT: Well there ya go. I knew you were quite diverse. But let's focus on books, as that is the mainstay of the Mine and our readers. Enlighten us as to what kind of books do you enjoy writing most?
PM: Though I only have one romantic suspense title, I especially enjoyed writing that story. Currently I am writing a sequel to that book. I really like creating the additional aspect of suspense woven into the romantic thread.
PT: Nice, suspense! Nothing like a little chair gripper to keep you up at night. So you have several book you've authored. Give us a list of your books.
PM: The Blessing Seer
Be the Blessing
Forgiven in the anthology Brave New Century
Legacy and Love – actually two stories
For Our Good
The Crux of Honor
A Walk in the Valley – a devotional about dealing with infertility
The Mighty Pen – Christian writers to Christian writers encouragement devotional
Fear Not - devotional
Sweet Freedom A La Mode – devotional
PT: Again, so diverse! I love it. Now since you do so much interaction with writers and wanna-be writers, share something special from a speaking engagement.
PM: The Mighty Pen devotional book came from a continuing workshop I taught at Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Before the conference, I prayed that God would bring those writers who He wanted to include in this book. He delivered and then some. After the first session, a young woman came up to me. She told me how she had planned to attend the class but had talked herself out of it, thinking she wouldn’t be able to add anything or have the confidence. She mixed up the classroom numbers and ended up in the devotional class anyway. After that first day, she knew she was supposed to be there.
I just love God-nudges like that! God wanted the young woman in the class and her contribution to the devotional.
PT: God-nudges are the best! We writers love those and I'm sure our readers love it, too. Let's jump ahead and tell us about your new release, 'cause, duh! that's why you are here! (And why we are leaning forward on the stone benches!)
PM: The Crux of Honor is a story from the Love Is series from Prism Book Group, which is based on The Love Chapter from the Bible. This story has a dedication to my local pregnancy center, where I have volunteered. There is also an Amish aspect to this story, which surprised even me.
Chelsea wants to do things right but always seems to end up dishonoring her parents. She can’t understand why her mother seems to hate her so.
Kevin still has eyes for Chelsea. He returns to the old home place to establish his medical practice.
Chelsea’s baby has some type of medical condition that Kevin is determined to diagnose. The only problem is he’s afraid that the condition has no cure.
The two must strive to assure the baby’s survival and possibly find a second chance at love.
Always a Godly message !
PT: Hmmm. Sounds interesting! A little medical quandary. Would you say there's a theme of The Crux of Honor?
PM: This story deals with some tough issues like sex before marriage and pregnancy outside of marriage. But I hope the reader grasps, along with Chelsea, that God is a God of forgiveness, and He holds out an unconditional love. Though the very persons closest to us might fail to show us unconditional love, God never fails in his love for us.
PT: What an amazing thought! Great theme. Now, I'll do my fav! Tell us quick: five things about Paula Mowery that have nothing to do with writing: Go!
PM: One thing I alluded to above – I am an interpreter for the deaf in my church. I sign my husband’s sermons.
I absolutely think that chocolate and peanut butter were meant to go together, and I love to eat the combination as often as I can.
My daughter says that next to quirky in the dictionary is my picture.
I am absolutely OCD when it comes to organization and scheduling.
Ever since watching the Treehouse Master on TV, I have the dream of having a cabin treehouse in the Smoky Mountains.
PT: Well, that's a wrap, folks. And just in time! My miner's light is growing dim. Paula~always a pleasure to have you here at the Mine.
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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.
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