With us today is author Paula Mowery. Paula is a published author, acquisitions editor, 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 is her first solo romance.
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 blog, Full Flavored Living. She wrote a section for Join the Insanity by Rhonda Rhea. She has devotionals included in several collaborative books.
Having been an avid reader of Christian fiction, she now puts that love to use by writing book reviews. She is a member of ACFW and is on the author interview team. She was a member of the 2014 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference faculty.
Paula is a pastor’s wife and mom to a college student. 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.
Please welcome Paula!
Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing by Paula Mowery
Writing has always been a calling from God for me. The proof of this is when I read my work and think, “How did that Godly message get in there?” But, after my first published book came out in 2012, I realized I would have to be intentional about staying on track with my writing. The temptation is strong to do this writing thing all on my own. In my heart I know if I venture on my own, the message God wants to communicate through my work will be lost.
So, here’s some things I remember to make sure I keep the main thing the main thing. I hope these might help and encourage you as well.
- God and His leading are first in priority. I make this concrete by reading His Word and doing my Bible study first before I ever turn on my laptop or pick up a pen. This gives me focus for the other activities that follow in my day.
- Still seek education in the writing craft. I will never know all I need to know as a Christian writer. I try to always have a writing craft book that I am reading. I also have regular blogs which I read for the wealth of writing information and encouragement for authors.
- A big flag to wave here is not to ignore your family. God has gifted me with a husband and a daughter. These gifts do not take second place to my writing.
- Always in the back of my mind I remind myself to put forth my best. God gave me His very best in His Son, Jesus. When I get into an attitude of: “That’s good enough.” I step back and ask if I have given it my best. God and my readers deserve my best efforts.
- Tell it like it is. Being a Christian isn’t easy and it can get messy. In my books, I try to speak the truth without sugar-coating or misrepresenting God or His Word.
- Encouragement comes from the fact that by writing God’s message, my writing has the potential to change eternities. Save those encouraging notes from readers in which they share how your book impacted them for the Lord.
- Be prepared for spiritual warfare. When I share Godly truths that could influence others toward God, satan doesn’t like it. If I weren’t having an affect, satan would leave me alone.
Is writing for a Godly cause worth it? Yes. But, it isn’t easy. Through my books I have been able to touch people’s lives for the cause of Christ. These are people I would have had no contact with otherwise. Have I felt like giving up? Yes. Writing a book isn’t easy. It takes time and lots of emotion poured in. I’ve had that feeling of: “Does what I’m doing really matter?” Then I get a Facebook message or an email from a reader who was encouraged through my book. That’s when I smile toward heaven and press on.
To all my fellow Christian writers – Keep the main thing the main thing and leave the rest to the Lord. With our combined efforts, we can reach a lost world and encourage our fellow Christians.
You can follow Paula at www.facebook.com/pages/Paula-Mowery/175869562589187. Learn more about Paula at her blog at www.paulamowery.blogspot.com or enjoy her monthly columns on www.christianonlinemagazine.com. You can also check out her blog for Christian writers at www.ccwcu.blogspot.com.