Paula Mowery joins us today to share about her new book. Paula 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.
Welcome, Paula! Tell us a little bit more about you.
My many “hats” include pastor’s wife, mom to a college junior, author, acquiring editor, writing instructor, assistant in elementary school, and interpreter for the deaf. I live in beautiful East Tennessee near the Smoky Mountains. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 26 years. He promised me an adventure in the ministry, and God hasn’t let us down in that department.
Why do you write the type of books that you do?
I write Christian fiction because of the added eternal value of spreading the love of Christ. I would like nothing more than to touch someone with His message or encourage a brother or sister in Christ as I have received these things through Christian novels I have read. I also tell readers that I write books that my daughter can read – in other words, you will find no graphic sex or profanity in my writing.
What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it?
My greatest obstacle has been and will always be having the time to write. I work a part-time job and am a pastor’s wife. I am also an acquiring editor. My greatest obstacle is making the time for my own writing without feeling I am cheating my other responsibilities. It all comes down to juggling and balance and sometimes, everything crashes. But God is teaching me in this area.
Has writing changed your life in any way?
Since I said yes to the call to write, I’ve not turned back. I dove right in. I love the thrill of creating that new story line. I also have a passion for teaching writing to others so they too can experience that same thrill.
What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most?
Proverbs 16:1-3 as well as Jeremiah 29:11 – these tell about God’s plans for my life.
Is there a book you’ve read that has been truly spectacular?
I read so many Christian fiction books to review for my favorite author friends that I can’t pick from those. I will say that just this past year I was really blown away by Beth Moore’s book, Audacious. After having done several of Beth’s studies, this book was such a more personal-type book. If you haven’t read it, please give it a try.
What’s the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?
My daughter says that next to the word quirky in the dictionary is a picture of me. We are laughing as I answer this. She reports there isn’t one specific quirky thing about me. Quirky is me.
If you could travel in a time machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I would definitely travel to the past. In fact, as I was growing up my mother always said that I seemed to have been born in the wrong era. I never really got into the music and such of my day. I always liked the “old stuff.” I listened to my mom’s music. I also stayed buried in the Little House books for many years and could see myself on the prairie. I even liked the thought of the long dresses. Yep, see the answer to the above question – quirky!
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Oh, how I would love to invite my Mamaw and Papaw Lindsey and my Aunt Frances from heaven down to dinner. I have so wanted my daughter to meet them. She hears all of the things they used to say often. When I quote them, I say, “I wish you could have met them and they could have met you.”
What is one book everyone should read?
Though many would characterize the answer as cliché, I think everyone should read the Bible. There is no greater work of literature that puts a person in touch with a living God through a Living Word.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
If anyone has ever felt unloved by the very people who should love them most, they will encounter unfailing and unconditional love’s Source in The Crux of Honor.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Currently, I am writing a sequel to my book, For Our Good, which is a Christian romantic suspense. It is tentatively called Face in the Mirror.
And in my role as “author in residence” at the elementary school I work in part-time, I have developed a new program called TAG – Tomorrow’s Author Guild. I teach writing lessons and write with my elementary writing peeps. In addition I am writing a serial-type blog story about a fictional character named Chloe Ann Parker who attends kindergarten at our school. She is quite sassy, as our fifth graders have characterized her.
Another project is through a class I taught and will teach again at Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Last year’s devotional class signed a contract and our devotional book is up for pre-order. I will be repeating this class again at the conference in hopes of publishing volume two.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
My advice is what I tell myself everyday: Make God first by reading His Word and seeking Him. Read good authors in your genre. Study the craft through courses or writing craft books. Practice writing, which means write on a regular basis, applying what you have learned. Rinse and repeat.
Please tell us about the featured book.
When I was trying to get pregnant, I had problems with infertility. In all honesty, I became quite bitter when I saw girls get pregnant. I would think: “They didn’t even want that child. I want a child and will care for that child and he or she will have a mother and a father.” Oh, my rant would continue. Then later on in life after finally getting my one precious daughter here, God stuck me right in the middle of a pregnancy crisis center. I was resistant, reminding God how my attitude had been towards these kinds of girls. Well I learned so much from being the devotional leader there. I heard the stories of these girls and knew I had been very wrong in my negative feelings toward them.
The Crux of Honor story has a pregnancy center to show the love of Christ like I saw through our local one. This story reflects some of the lack of love these girls experienced from parents and friends. It also shows the hope, forgiveness, and unconditional love that can always be found in God.
You can follow Paula at www.facebook.com/pages/Paula-Mowery/175869562589187. Learn more about Paula at her blog at www.paulamowery.blogspot.com