Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Mary L. Ball

Hi Mary. We are happy to welcome you to the BookLoft.

It seems like the first thing our readers always want to know is ... Is there a story behind your book Escape to Big Fork Lake?

Not really, all the events are fiction. I just felt in my heart Samantha had a story to tell and a path of fortune. Escape to Big Fork Lake was listed on the top 100 best seller list for almost two weeks in February. Even through its traditionally published the novel made the Indies Unlimited 2013 featured title.

Question: What started you on your writing journey?

I grew from business writing to church newsletters, then to non-fiction Christian articles. From there, I created several fictional short stories, which began my journey sparking a desire to write about the real problems people face. Some of my Inspirational fiction’s area a bit edgy, but religious people aren’t immune to life and people need to understand that.

Question: What distracts you from writing the easiest?

The telephone and because of  an aging  mom who has bad health I have to be available anytime.

Question: What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

Crazy commercials, I especially like the auto insurance advertisements. 

Question: What is your favorite season of the year? 

Summer- I love the hot weather and sun.

Question: What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?

I grew up in VA and live in NC. I love, love, love small town life. (I guess that’s why all my Characters either live or move to a rural city.) It’s great to walk into the bank and be called by your first name or to be greeted by a cashier who asks about how things have been since last week.

Question: Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I enjoy writing about faith. That’s a subject that needs more attention. We all go through trials and have to accept that life happens; all we can do is have trust in the knowledge that all things work out if we open our hearts and let Jesus be our guide.    

Question: Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special) 

Mark 11:23-24(KJV)
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
That is one of my favorites. It took me almost two years to find a traditional publisher who offered me a contract. Through months of discouragement from rejections, readings on the Internet about the odds being stacked against a first-time author, I stood on those two stanzas, quoted them and had faith that with God, all things is possible.  

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

My next book is due out sometime this summer. Below is a little about it.

Stone of Destiny
The sapphire is said to symbolize mental clarity, faithfulness and truth. For centuries, the legion of the Harrison family revolved around a ring. The family stone believed to have divine favors that transform lives-sometimes forever.

 Taylor has given up on everything but her work. After becoming the youngest CEO of Mugful’s Beverage Company, she believes life is complete. That is until her grandmother asks her to oversee renovations at the family home, in addition to searching for a missing heirloom.

 First contact with what she believes is an insignificant ring, lost for fifty years, sends her life spinning. Taylor experiences strange dreams. Feelings surface; she doesn't understand; mere thoughts that should remain unspoken, are voiced. 

 Taylor’s emotional journey begins, testing a heart as cold as the ring itself-forcing her to question everything she believes.

 Is this a fairy-tale or her soul, reaching out for a different world, a life she can only find through faith and a divine trust in God? 

Mary L. Ball is giving away a copy of Escape to Big Fork Lake.. 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 may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

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cjajsmommy said...

I know just what you mean about small town life. People know what's going on in my family's life sometimes before I do, lol. I love living in a small town. Please enter my name to win a copy of your book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Sharon A. Lavy said...

You are up early, Cj's mommy! Thanks for stopping in!

CH said...

Interesting interview. It's always fun to learn "the story behind the story."

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the interview. I enjoyed learning how you began writing fiction.

GayNLewis said...

Good interview. I learned some things about you I didn't know!

Victoria Pitts-Caine said...

Great interview! The new book sounds fascinating

Mary L. Ball said...

Thanks everyone for your comment and the Barn Door book Loft is a great place to be.

Nancee said...

Escape to Big Fork Lake sounds like a great story! I'd love to have the opportunity to win a copy. Thanks for the lovely interview and preview!

Kim McMahill said...

Congratulations on the success of Escape to Big Fork Lake, and it sounds like you have another winner in progress.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book for anyone who likes Inspiration romance and suspence

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Hi Mary, I love the little gecko commercials too!
Both books sound great, think I've found a new author to follow. :-)

Anonymous said...

This is a new author to me, but I would like to win her book. Sounds like i would like it. Thanks Sharon and Mary for this interview. Put my name in. Maxie

Jo said...

Great interview. Now I want to read the book.


carol said...

I'd love yo win a copy tpy of this book
Carol crawford

Marianne Barkman said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book. It sounds heart wrenching.


Anonymous said...

This was a great interview. Thanks for having the giveaway.

Rose M.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Teela said...

Hummmm...can't find my comment, so am leaving another as I really would LIKE to read this book!!! Thanks for the giveaway.
*on a personal note...I could use the prayers of the gals that post on this blog and the ones that support it. I had total hip replacement Dec. 31 and all went well for about 6 weeks, then it's been nothing but pain and alot of tests. I pray the Dr. will find out what has gone wrong and we can start mending it. Thanks!
Sharon, if this is not appropriate, please feel free to delete. Thanks!

Boos Mum said...

I am so enjoying learning about new authors through this blog. Thanks for writing edgy. I like sweet but sometimes it is nice to read about people who are flawed like the rest of us. Please enter me.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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