Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Welcome, Mary Annslee Urban!

Love your title and the heroine's name. Those two things alone make me anxious to read it. Is there a story behind [book title].
Tapestry of Trust – In the story the heroine, Isabelle Crafton admires an old world tapestry of a knight returning from battle running to his lady in waiting. As the story goes, circumstances and lies pull Isabelle and Charlie apart, leaving her broken, her prince never returning, until…

What started you on your writing journey?               The story behind Tapestry of Trust – After my older children started into their high school years I became aware of the type of television, books and entertainment that was directed at teens today. My love of reading and writing inspired me to pass on a legacy of values through stories inspired by God. I wanted my stories to both entertain and remind that forgiveness and grace are the Lord’s promises for those who love HIM.


What distracts you from writing the easiest?                                                       Other obligations: work, family, friends.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?                                                Inspirational Romance.  

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote it? Why?                                                                                       I love Isabelle, her insecurities, her pain, her passion for life, her ability to forgive and find love again. 

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Contemporary Christian.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?                                       I love to travel and have dragged my family around the globe, willingly and skeptically at times. I’m a bit of an off the beaten track kind of gal, and sometimes my efforts aren’t appreciated until we arrive. For example, while on a recent trip to Europe, I planned for our family to stay on a sheep farm in Flaam, Norway. After a six hour (lots of wrong turns) journey, we arrived around 2am at the farm. The owners directed us up a steep incline, where we had to creep along so our rental car wouldn’t bottom out. Even in the dim light I could see my husband’s, “what have you gotten us into look.” My children were not so discreet: “What kind of farm is on the side of a mountain? I hope there’s a shower. How long are we staying…”

I’d never seen a picture of this cabin, only read about the experience on someone’s travel blog. So, with gritted teeth and a lot of prayer, we arrived at our rustic accommodations. One bathroom, 3 bedrooms: one being a loft that you got to by ladder, a small kitchen, dining and sitting room. Everyone was tired, cranky and still a bit leery. As the morning sun filtered into the small cabin, my husband crawled out of bed to take a look around. “Mary, come here. I want to show you something.” I followed my husband out on the front porch, hoping I wasn’t going to see that we were perched on side of cliff or that our car had slid back down the embankment. What I saw was a cascading waterfall, majestic mountains, glacier waters… A favorite vacation adventure as it turned out!

What is your favorite season of the year?

What is a favorite memory from your childhood?                                    My grandparents coming to visit, from Illinois to Tucson, Arizona where I grew up. My mother would make a tea ring, and we always got to stay up late to pick them up at the train station. My grandparents showered us with wet kisses and scrumptious gifts when they arrived. Italian specialites: cheeses, salamis, hard candies, homemake anise cookies. Delicious!

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Probably ironing. I do it in stages. Fold some laundry, iron a shirt. Walk in the laundry room

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
I love to cook and most meals I don’t follow an exact recipe, but here is a brownie recipe I have used for years. Highly requested by family and friends.


1 cup flour ¼ teaspoon baking powder

1 cup butter – softened ¼ teaspoon salt

2 cups sugar 4 eggs

12 Tablespoons cocoa 1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup walnuts or nuts of your choice

Grease 16”x8”pan. Beat butter, sugar and eggs in large mixing bowl. Add flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix until smooth. Blend in vanilla and nuts. Pour in prepared pan and bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before cutting.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?                              Trust, forgiveness, God’s grace are themes in all my stories.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
The Lord gave me this verse on September 11, 2001. My husband is an airline pilot.The airline industry had struggled for years, teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. Now I had equal concerns, safety in the cockpit and my husband losing his job. Before my despair could consume me, I sat down to read God’s word.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world”—spoke to me loud and clear, and a gentle peace settled in my soul. God has overcome the world.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
She Came to See The Snow: A Colorado Christmas Romance is my next book and it is due out this fall. I don’t have a release date yet.

To stay in contact with Mary, go here:

To purchase Tapestry of Trust:
Pelican Book Group

 Mary is giving away a copy (winner's choice: print or e-copy) of Tapestry of Trust. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown






cjajsmommy said...

I'd like to be entered to win this book (print version). djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

PriviesAndPrims said...

I would love to visit that cabin! It sounds awesome.

Hoping to win the book. :)

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Glenda Parker Fiction Writer said...

I really enjoyed your interview. The book sound really good and I would love to win a copy. Thanks for your post, God bless you both.

Glenda Parker

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in this contest Neat Title. Thanks for the interview. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

apple blossom said...

thanks for another chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Jo said...

Great interview. I would love to read a copy of this book.


Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Linda Rondeau said...

Congrats Mary.

Patsy said...

Would enjoy reading this book.


karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel...and for sharing your recipe :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Teela said...

I would really like to win this book, TAPESTRY OF TRUST. Very unique concept for the title...tapestry...we cannot always see what is going on til we turn the tapestry over...
teelayoung@hotmail.com http://coffee24tea.blogspot.com

Amy R.S. said...

Another new author to me. Please enter me. I would like to win the print copy. Thank.s

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

j said...

A wonderful interview...thanks much! And would love to read this wonderful book!

Jes said...

Great interview! So fun how you plan off the beaten track trips for your family! Will have to try the brownie recipe! Thanks for sharing it! :)

jswaks at gmail dot com

Mary Annslee Urban said...

Thanks to all who entered! Please stay in touch on my blog, Cozy Customs~ Each week an different author shares a sweet tradition, treasured memory or family recipe! Check us out at: maryurban.blogspot.com.

Thanks! Mary Annslee Urban

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