Sunday, September 4, 2011

with Mary Moore

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Mary!
People talk about life before children—what was your life before writing?

Actually, it was much simpler! My husband and I relocated to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains where he was a Respiratory Therapist and I was a church secretary! We loved being involved in church ministries, when we could. Many of my stories were written as long as 15 years ago and I never believed God had a plan for it to be published at all, much less 15 years later!

What book have you recently enjoyed reading?
The book I most recently have enjoyed is North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. My husband and I were hooked on the BBC production and I always feel like the books are even better than the movies. This one did not disappoint. It was a great, long read and I would recommend it to the Jane Austenites for sure, but to anyone who loves great historical fiction.

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
Oh gosh…anything chocolate! Seriously, the chocolate mousse at the Old South Mountain Inn, above Frederick, Maryland is my all time favorite. I doubt that they would give me the recipe, and I haven’t found anything to rival it!

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
Make breakfast! It would have to be a better cook than I am, so I wouldn’t boot it out. Our dog, Darcy, has paralyzed vocal chords, so that also explains how it got into the kitchen without our knowing about it!

Tell us about one of your favorite memories or moments in your life.
I have a lot of wonderful memories, and it is hard to pick just one, so I think I’ll kill two birds with one stone. Obviously, my wedding day has wonderful memories for me, that in itself being a very special day. But about two months before our wedding, my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and not given a great amount of time to live. We cancelled our wedding so we could get married at the hospital with her and my dad, but she wanted to come home. So I have the wonderful memory of her being there with us in the intimacy of our living room, and I’ll never forget that.

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
Doctor visits no question about it. I’ve had several bouts with illness and while I was blessed with a very few doctors who truly cared about helping, for the most part doctor’s visits were nothing more than frustration and disappointment. (I took a little bit of it out on the doctors in The Aristocrat’s Lady!)

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
He has been teaching me a great deal throughout this process of becoming published. I have spent a ton of time trying to learn everything I can. It has resulted in hours of deadlines, writer’s loops, and internet searches. I’ve had to confess to God that my quiet times, my prayer times, and even my time with my husband have suffered for it. I have been praying that should He bless me with another book I would always keep Him first and I believe that will keep all of the other things in my life in the right order.




You can purchase The Aristocrat's Lady from Amazon.

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

18 comments:

cjajsmommy said...

Old South Mountain Inn is near me but I've never been there. Thanks Mary for the heads up about it. Looks great! I'll have to try the chocolate mousse there. (Oh, and please enter me in the contest to win this book.)

Tracy Smith said...

I can totally relate to the dreaded drs visits. I would just rather they leave me alone, even if you feel somewhat good, they have to tell you something else is going on and need to go see someone else. Enough is enough.

Anyway.......sorry about the rambling!!

This sounds like a really great story. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

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Mary Moore said...

cjajsmommy,

You live near the Old South Mountain Inn??!! Oh, you've got to go there. It's a little expensive, so we used to only go on special dates, but in the winter they have fireplaces going and great food and a choc. mousse to die for. Have I mentioned their choc. mousse? :0)

In Him,
Mary

Mary Moore said...

Hi Tracy!

You said everything I didn't! They always pass you on to someone else and I hate that! Oh now you've got me going :0)! Thanks for the kind words about the book, hope you enjoy!

In Him,
Mary

Merry said...

I think we all have times when our life gets out of balance... I know I do and I have to return to my gracious Saviour and ask Him to make me mindful of Him and let Him order my daily life. :)

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ann said...

That was a wonderful thing to do for your wedding being your mom was so ill.


The book sounds great to.
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Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like a great book. I would love to win this. Thanks again.

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Mary Moore said...

Thanks, Merry. It's always good to know we all struggle together. But you hit the nail on the head, we must turn back to the Savior as soon as we catch ourselves falling into the trap.

I love your teacup identity. I collect teacups (what an awful thing to dust every week!!).

Thanks for coming by.

In Him,
Mary

Mary Moore said...

Hi Anne!

It was definitely a bittersweet time, marrying my best friend but losing my mom, but the memory of getting married at home with her there has turned it into a great memory for me. Thanks for commenting.

In Him,
Mary

Anonymous said...

Good interview!
I'd really like to win
this book.

Sunny

Anne Payne said...

I absolutely LOVED the BBC's North & South based on Elizabeth Gaskell's book. I thought it was one of the best productions they have made so far. There are so many intricacies in that story.

This book sounds great and intriguing ...what is her disability?! I hope I get to find out :)

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lgm52 said...

This book looks so good..would love to win it to read then pass along to others!
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Sylvia said...

Oh, yes! I love Gaskell's book North and South and the mini-series. They are each great in their own way. Did you know that the man who played Mr. Hale in the 2004 N&S played Fredrick Hale in the 1975 version? That version hasn't been released to video or DVD. I would love to see it too.

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apple blossom said...

I love the love inspired books please enter me thanks


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Marianne said...

i visited a little corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains and fell in love with it! Thanks for featuring Mary on your blog, Esther, and thanks for the giveaway. i'd love to win!mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

Lady DragonKeeper said...

Great interview --so many of my friends have told me I need to read and watch "North and South". =)

As I was reading these two blog posts, I wondered about what the publishing path was like for this book. Did you approach "LI" or did they want you to go with the Regency time period? I've noticed that a large majority of "LI" historicals fall under a prairie or western setting ...

wfnren said...

Thank you for the giveaway.

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Anonymous said...

Mrs. Moore, what a precious memory of you wedding! Thank you for sharing. Each interview I read I enjoy learning of so many similarities with the authors. I, too, dread doctor visits! Pat and hugs your Darcy for me! I love dogs! Thank you for another chance to win!

Blessings,
Kelly Y. in Central VA

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