Sunday, February 3, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Mary Ellis!

A Warm Welcome, Mary. It's a pleasure to have you here today.

Is there a story behind Love Comes to Harmony?

For book two of the New Beginnings series, I traveled to central Missouri to research the Old Order Amish living there. I discovered their agricultural communities were often victims of bizarre weather events. It made for some interesting plot twists.

What’s the last thing you wrote?

The last thing I wrote was book one of the series…Living in Harmony. Book one takes readers to a very conservative district in upstate Maine, a huge change for my heroine.

Who is the most fun character you ever created?

My most fun character was Meghan in A Marriage for Meghan. She brought back fond memories of my first year as a schoolteacher. She experienced much of the same insecurity and angst in the classroom that I went through.

Which of your written plots is your favorite?

I guess that would be An Amish Family Reunion. I got to revisit all the characters that I created in my Miller Family series. It was like reconnecting with old, real friends. Plus, I loved the romance between a storyteller and an artist in that book.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it?

I believe writer’s block is a temporary condition because you don’t know where your story is headed. I usually plot my books before I begin. The better I outline the more fluid the story flows. I only get “blocked” if I don’t know how to bridge a particular gap. So I stop and figure things out in my head.

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?

I will never write gritty crime dramas, because I have a weak stomach. I don’t care to read graphic descriptions or watch them on TV, even if the bad-guy gets his just-desserts in the end.

How many writing projects are you working on right now?

I guess that would be six: I’m promoting my current release, Love Comes to Paradise, editing book three in the series, A Little Bit of Charm, tweaking a recent novella I finished, Always in my Heart, and writing A Plain Man and a Civil War romance, A Heart Divided (working title).

How do you find the time to write?

I write full-time, from seven in the morning until sometimes six o’clock at night. For me it’s more of a question of how do I find time for the rest of my life.

How do people react when they find out you write?

They all want to know how to get published. So many readers have a secret book hiding inside, itching to come out.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

My next book is due out in August. It’s book three of the New Beginnings series and is called A Little Bit of Charm. It picks up Rachel’s story and her adventures in Kentucky’s Blue Grass Country. It takes some rather surprising twists and turns.

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Mary is giving away a copy of Love Comes to Paradise. 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



Jo said...

Thank you for the giveaway. I enjoy reading Amish books and would love to read this book.


Anne Payne said...

Mary, I've only read one or two of your books. I didn't realize you had written so many. I would love to read this one. It had me chuckling when I read the excerpt :)

Blessings ~Anne

Teela said...

Mary, I loved your comments esp. the one about most of us having a secret book hiding inside. I guess we all want to be validated and feel like we are heard, huh? That's something our family talks about and how we each have our own story. I would LOVE to read your book.

Nancee said...

Mary Ellis is a favorite of mine. I love her books about the Amish. Thank you for interviewing Mary and offering one of her books in this giveaway.

ann said...

Thanks for the chance to win and the interview I enjoy reading them. I like Amish fiction and am entering for the book
amhengst at verizon dot net

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Kay from NY said...

Just started reading some of Mary Ellis' books. I would love a chance to win. Thank you for the opportunity.


Judy said...

I have been a huge fan of Mary's for a long time. I just love her books. I would love to win a copy of, Love Comes to Paradise. Thank you for this giveaway.


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Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

KayM said...

I enjoyed the interview. Thank you for giving the opportunity to win Love Comes to Paradise.

HomePlace Gatherings said...

I live near Paradise, Pa and even though it's not the same, it's Amish Country and I'd love to read this one!

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I think Mary has some good books. I liked this interview. Thanks! I would love to win Mary's book.
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Library Lady said...

We have Mary's books in the Church Library.
Go to and check it out when you get a chance.
Thanks for entering me in the book giveaway.
Janet E.

Wendy Newcomb said...

Mary does such a great job, I would love to win this book, thank you for the chance.


apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win

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