Tuesday, January 18, 2011

with Mary Conneally

Welcome to the Book Loft, Mary!
People talk about life before children—what was your life before writing?
Funny question because my life before writing was children. I have four daughters and was a stay at home mom for 27 years. I started writing my first book they year my baby went to Kindergarten.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
I love writing. Honestly, real life is a bigger obstacle for me. I’m just really content behind the computer makin’ stuff up. Having both sides of a conversation myself.

I suppose of all the things I do related to writing, the hardest might be any promotion I do that requires public speaking. I’m sooooo not a good speaker. A friend tried to convince me I ought to teach a class at a writer’s conference and she almost had me convinced, even had a subject in mind. Then when I started to get really serious about it, I could feel the tension growing, feel the fretting that keeps me awake at night. I just thought, “Why are you doing this to yourself.” And I abandoned my teaching plans with tremendous glee.

What book have you recently enjoyed reading?
I just finished Audra Harders’ debut novel, Rocky Mountain Hero. It was just wonderful. I’m feeling all mushy just typing about it. Next up, as soon as I can get my hands on it, Tina Radcliffe’s The Rancher’s Reunion.

I'm watching for Tina's book. CanNOT wait to get my hands on it! I was so excited when she got a contract! =] 
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
I am totally in love with Mandy McClellen Gray. I’ve been building to her story for a long, long time. Torturing readers as I wrote other love stories and kept getting poor Mandy into deeper and deeper trouble.

But all is well now. The hero of Sharpshooter in Petticoats is Tom Linscott and I really loved him, too. Such a character. So no nonsense and so brusquely in love with Mandy. This is about the most fun I’ve ever had writing a book. I hope readers enjoy it as much as I did

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
Well, a very strange question. It seems like a strange answer is called for. Not my FAVORITE dessert, right? Hmmmmm….I hope your readers enjoy reading about me THINKING because I’m typing while I do. I think I’m sort of calm and ‘regular’ on the surface but inside I’m just churning with daydreams and self-doubt and all kinda of wild thoughts. You can’t be a writer without having a great imagination. So what dessert is that?

A surprise inside….Carrot cake maybe? Smooth frosting, but full of… nuts.

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
Wow, first reaction, glue trap.
Second, scream for my husband.
Third reaction, probably get dressed and go to work like usual. I kinda sleep walk through my morning routine. And I don’t leave a second of spare time.

Tell us about one of your favorite memories or moments in your life.
What came to mind is real obvious. The moment I saw my first child held in the doctor’s hands. I had the most stunning response just roar to life in me when I saw her. I knew I would absolutely kill or die to protect her. I think of it as a mama tiger living in me who woke up at that moment. It was honestly a shocking reaction of the power of a mother’s love.

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
Go back to the public speaking thing. It is the exact opposite of writing. The two ends of the spectrum of alone-ness, having control of what every says, getting to think it all over, take it back, say it better, run everyone’s lives and their responses. And powerlessness. Standing up there, saying whatever stupid thing comes out of your mouth, knowing you’re going to have to live with it FOREVER.

LoL, oh Mary, you said it so well! I know that feeling! *shiver*
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I have spiritual themes in all my books, but they vary. I think I’m particularly in love with honesty. Having the characters say exactly what they’re thinking out loud and let the chips fall where they may. That’s probably not a good way to actually conduct your life, but it makes for a lot of great conflict and comedy in a novel.

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
A deep truth I feel like I haven’t fully explored yet is the idea that God’s interest in us is in our souls. We pray for things all the time, physical comfort from good health to money to personal success. But God’s answers to our prayers is with our souls. I think God can look down on someone in a wheel chair and He doesn’t see that as important. He sees beyond the arms and legs, poverty, to our souls. That’s his focus. His answers to our prayers are with that in mind. What is best for our souls.

Because of this, I think we are at odds with God’s true purpose most of the time. If you read the Bible, read Jesus’ words particularly and focus on Him being interested in our SOULS, a lot of passages read very differently. I recommend it.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I have a book releasing this month called Sharpshooter in Petticoats. It’s book #3 in the Sophie’s Daughters Series.

Sophie McClellen is the heroine in Petticoat Ranch, a book contained in the 3 in 1 volume Lassoed in Texas Trilogy. Her little girls in that book are all grown up now, and they didn’t grow up to be quiet little things.

Thanks for being with us, Mary!

You can purchase Sharpshooter in Petticoats from Amazon.

Mary is giving away a copy of Sharpshooter in Petticoats. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Jackie S. said...

Great interview.....great & lovely person (Mary)......I agree on that carrot cake..mmmm! Anxious to read this book!! Thanks for chance.

Jackie S. said...

I subscribe via e mail!!

Katy said...

Count me in for this giveaway. I've read Wrangler in Petticoats and would love to continue my adventure with these amazing sisters!!

~ Katy
from Florida

Katy said...

Oh! And I also wanted to say that I am a follower of this blog! :-)

~ Katy

Joanne Sher said...

Love this interview. PLEASE enter me :)

Anonymous said...

I don't have a sharpshooter gun or a petticoat,
but I would like this book!

apple blossom said...

thanks for the interview. would love to win Mary's book thanks for the chance

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Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

would love to win this book!
Mary B.

Charity said...

Please enter me. Thanks!


Nancye said...

This sounds like a book I would enjoy! Thanks for the chance. I'm a follower.

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Meredith said...

Great interview! A lot of thinking being done over that dessert question!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Cindy W. said...

I am an email subscriber.

Cindy W.


Cindy W. said...

I am a GFC follower.

Cindy W.


Cindy W. said...

I love the cover of Sharpshooter in Petticoats and would love to win a copy.

Cindy W.


windycindy said...

What a fun interview!
Please add my name to this book
Thanks bunches!

Charity U said...

Please enter me!

Carman sent me.

Charity U said...

I follow!

debijackson said...

I would love to read this. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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