Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Mary Hamilton!

This books sounds wonderful! Is there a story behind your book Hear No Evil?
Broken families are so common these days. When my children were in jr. high and high school, I watched as many of their friends were shuffled between parents too busy to notice their needs. More than one parent told their kids they weren’t wanted, usually by the way they acted, but once or twice it was said out loud. The idea of a mother telling her child ‘I don’t want you’ was so foreign to me, I couldn’t imagine what might prompt such a thing.

I was looking for a story that could be set at a camp like the one where I grew up, and one day, the two ideas came together. Write a story where kids come to camp with all the baggage of their daily life and let them gain some new perspectives, a better way of handling the issues they face.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I loved writing about Brady’s sidekick, Steven. He’s based on a boy who attended camp when I was growing up. As sighted people, we were all amazed at how capable he was and how many things he could do. This story gets a little heavy sometimes but I could always count on Steven’s charm and positive attitude to lighten things up

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Easy listening. I’m pretty laid back. Maybe a little too laid back when there’s work to be done. I’m so even keel that when I got the contract for this book, my husband couldn’t tell whether I was excited or not. He had to ask! On the flip side, I never get raving mad either.

One of my favorite music styles too. :) What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
I love being around people with a good sense of humor, who see things in a slightly off-kilter way. My kids are good at that, and whenever they’re together, I thoroughly enjoy the good-natured banter that goes on. It’s the same way with my own brothers and sisters, a lot of laughter whenever we get together.

What is your favorite season of the year?  
I loved summer when I lived in Wisconsin as a kid. No school, lots of sunshine, and all the outdoor fun stuff that went on at camp. But I’ve lived in Texas for 30+ years now and summer is my least favorite time of year. Down here, I’d have to say it’s autumn—that first good cool front that clears out the humidity and brings bright blue skies and cool temperatures. Love it!

What is a favorite memory from your childhood? 
So many of my memories center around the camp. When I was very little, a group of Boy Scouts always came to camp the weekend of my birthday. They’d celebrate my birthday with dinner and a gift. Later on, I had birthday parties no one else could match. We’d go tobogganing, skating, and a couple times, Dad allowed me to have a sleepover in one of the cabins.

Camps were a big thing for me too. Loved those special times. Are there things you put off doing because you dread them? 
Cooking. I put off going into the kitchen to start supper as long as possible. Too often, I then realize I was supposed to start the rice cooker an hour ago, or the recipe I’d planned to use was actually a slow cooker recipe. So then I rush around trying to figure out something else to fix. My dream house comes equipped with a cook.

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
I find I’m most reflective when I’m near a lake. The gentle lapping of the waves against the shore seems to put me in a contemplative mood. Unfortunately, I don’t live near a lake so I often sit outside on my patio to pray or read. And many times, I have my best prayer/reflection time when I’m out on a walk.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)   
Psalm 39 is one of my favorites because it speaks of God’s intimate knowledge of each one of us. Only someone who loves us deeply would care about what’s in our heart, when we sit down, when we rise, when we go out or come, what we’re saying or thinking. Some versions say God knit us together in our mother’s womb, but I prefer the word “woven” because it gives a picture of layers of threads being guided over and under and around. God has made each one of us with multi-layered personalities and talents and emotions. How could we not love Him who so intimately knows and loves us?

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next book, Speak No Evil, follows Taylor, the bully from the first book. He meets his match when he comes back to Rustic Knolls Bible Camp the next year and finds himself at odds with the boy his younger sister has a crush on. This second book in the Rustic Knolls Bible Camp series is scheduled for release in August of 2014

To buy the book, go here:

Mary's Bio:
Mary L. Hamilton grew up at a youth camp in southern Wisconsin, much like the setting for her Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series. Hear No Evil was a 2012 semi-finalist in ACFW’s Genesis contest, and has won awards in the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and the Cat 5 contest.

When she’s not writing, Mary loves the outdoors and nature, as well as opening her home to youth Bible studies, pancake suppers and breakfast with her special recipe waffles. She and her husband live near Houston, TX, within range of their three grown children

Connect with Mary here:
Twitter: @mhamilton122

Mary is giving away a copy of Hear No Evil. 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. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post)

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


squiresj said...

I sure could use this book about about now. Especially since everyone in the church seems to be against me and all I have to do is sit in Nursery with my granddaughter (not allowed). I got run out of church last Wed. and cannot be near my grandchildren because parents and grandchildren are a discturbance.
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

Jackie McNutt said...

Thank you for a closer look at Mary's background and how it has influenced her heart for children.
I had 5 sons and they and their children are the joy of my life. It was difficult at times watching them go through the pain of teen age years but not loving them was never an option along with forgiveness and a lot of prayer.
I remember one of their friends coming over and saying You mean you all have the same mom & dad ?
That stayed with me for many years as I know how broken families are today.
I congratulate you on your writing and pray these books will reach hearts and bring God's Healing.

cjajsmommy said...

One of my best friends growing up was blind. I'm eager to read about the relationship between Brady and Steven. cjajsmommy [at] gmail [.]com

Patricia Bradley said...

Enjoyed this interview. I know it's for middle-graders, but I can't wait to read it! pat at ptbradley dot com

Mary L. Hamilton said...

squiresj, That must be awfully painful for you. Family hurts go the deepest, I believe. I'll be praying for resolution. God bless you.

Mary L. Hamilton said...

Jackie, Thanks for visiting and sharing your experience. It is eye-opening when kids voice things that we take for granted. God bless you and your family.

Mary L. Hamilton said...

cjajsmommy, I'd love to know if you're still in touch with your childhood friend. Very cool. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Blessings!

Mary L. Hamilton said...

Patricia, Thanks for your interest and for coming back today. Blessings!

Linda Kish said...

This book may be for middle grades but I think I would enjoy reading it myself.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Janet K Brown said...

I'm trying to win here. Ha! Love Mary. Book sounds wonderful. thanks, Sharon, for having her as a guest today.

Mary L. Hamilton said...

:-) Hi Janet!

Susan said...

Hi, from WI! The book sounds great,

Mary L. Hamilton said...

Hi Susan! I grew up in WI. Love that state!

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