Friday, March 21, 2014

A Warm Welcome to Paula Mowery

What a treat to host talented Paula Mowery today! Tell us, is there a story behind your book, Legacy and Love? 
The two stories included in this book naturally came together because of the godly influence of a grandmother on the main characters of each story. I’ve thought and spoken at women’s retreats quite extensively about the legacy we have been given and the one we are leaving behind. I hope to leave a godly legacy which means I have to intentionally strive to do that everyday. These two stories show that the godly legacy of a grandmother can cause ripple effects in the lives of those who come behind them.

What started you on your writing journey? 
My mother worked for a Christian bookstore as I was growing up. She always brought me Christian fiction home to read and also kept me supplied in journals to write in. Later I ended up teaching English in middle school and felt it important not to ask of my students what I wasn’t willing to do myself. When my daughter became school-age, my husband and I decided to educate her at home. As she worked independently, I would write the stories that were running around in my mind. By the time I submitted my first book for possible publication, I had over fifteen manuscripts in a file under my desk. God continues to cue me into inspiration for more stories. He led me to Pelican Book Group and allowed The Blessing Seer to be published in 2011.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Can I answer this by saying – life? I am a pastor’s wife which means I never know what will come up to take me away from my writing. I find myself having to be willing to write anywhere I have the opportunity and a moment.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (Book recommendations very welcome!)
I still fill up on Christian fiction, mainly romance. I do quite a bit of book reviewing for authors for my online column on The Christian Online Magazine. Some of my regulars are Nancy Mehl with her Road to Kingdom series, Janice Thompson with her Wedding series, and Amanda Cabot with her Westward Winds series. Others include Betsy St. Amant, Anita Higman, Christy Barritt, and Lisa Wingate.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I believe the hero in The Prayer Shawl story most interested me. Sean is like other people I’ve met. He was raised in a Christian home but went off to college and became disillusioned and led astray by professors and friends. I was interested in exploring how he could have been pulled away and how he might find his way back to God.

What is your strangest habit?
I am fanatical about organization which affects my writing habits. I cannot compose my stories on the computer though I’ve tried. I must write the first draft of every novel into a spiral notebook in pencil, writing on every other line. After getting down that first draft, I then have it typed into a document on the computer. I’m actually fortunate that a lady in my church loves to type in my first drafts. When she sends the typed in copy, I save it in my documents and immediately print it out and put it into a three-ring binder. I use colored pencils to revise and edit that copy and then transfer that from the notebook to the computer copy. Any other process just doesn’t produce the same results.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends? (and feel free to share a recipe with us!)
My family absolutely loves to grill out. We especially enjoy my husband’s big juicy hamburgers. To accompany those big burgers we have to have my mama’s baked beans:

Mama’s Baked Beans
1 can plain baked beans or pork and beans
1 pound hamburger meat, browned
Hickory Brown Sugar-type BBQ Sauce

Mix beans and meat together. Add one part ketchup to two parts BBQ sauce to taste. Heat in a 350 degree oven until hot. For bigger crowds just increase cans of beans and meat proportionately. 

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?   
I tend to write about the fact that God has a purpose and plan for every person. Many of my stories deal with a character realizing she can get back on track and still realize the plan God has for her life.

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
My husband and daughter helped me create what they call my writing hole. I have a desk in an extra bedroom at the back of the house. I have pictures and writing encouragements hanging on the walls. I can escape there, out of the flow of the rest of the house and get lost in my own little world.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)   
Proverbs 16:1-3 “Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word. Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good; God probes for what is good. Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place.”

This sums up my philosophy for my writing ministry. I know to make sure my writing honors God, I have to let Him be in control. When it is His plan, my dreams will be realized because they are rooted in His will for me.

Thanks for joining us today, Paula!

To buy her book, go here:

Author Bio:  
Paula Mowery is a published author, acquisitions editor, and speaker. Her first two published works were The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing from Pelican Book Group. Both are women’s fiction, and their themes have been the topics of speaking engagements. In November of 2013, her first romance released in the anthology, Brave New Century, from Prism Book Group. Legacy and Love is her first solo romance. Reviewers of her writing characterize it as “thundering with emotion.” Her articles have appeared in Woman’s World, The Christian Online Magazine, and the multi-author devotional blog, Full Flavored Living.

As an acquisitions editor for Prism Book Group, Paula particularly looks for romance stories with Christian values at its core. She’s especially attracted to those manuscripts that leave the reader mulling over the story long after turning the last page.

Having been an avid reader of Christian fiction, she now puts that love to use by writing book reviews. She is a member of ACFW and is on the author interview team.

Paula is a pastor’s wife and mom to a first year college student. She homeschooled her daughter through all twelve years, and they both lived to tell about it. Before educating her daughter at home, she was an English teacher in public school.

Connect with Paula here:

Paula is giving away a copy of Legacy and Love. 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. 

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


cjajsmommy said...

I can relate to you on so many levels. I am also a pw. I homeschooled my four children (my "baby" is now 31) in an off-and-on sort of way. What was right for one child wasn't right for another. For three years they were all homeschooled together. Then they did public school followed by Christian school. Two finished in Christian school. Two came back home for homeschooling, one went to public school to finish, and one finished via homeschool. Life was interesting! And it is a miracle I survived since my husband also became disabled during those years. And I was working as a freelance proofreader. And later in the offices of a local builder, I found my dream job. Unfortunately, the building industry had a major downturn and my husband has needed me more, so now I am at home -- with a book filled with floor plans I have drawn. So, you have manuscripts filed away, I have floor plans. Enough rambling from me! I'd love to receive a copy of your book. cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com . Deb. R.

Lisa Lickel said...

Hi, Paula,
Wow - I had no idea your process was that involved. I like to strategize on paper, but not write the whole thing. I'm looking forward to reading the book.

Patsy said...

I couldn't work in a Christian book store I would owe my whole paycheck to the store! I would just be working for books!

Jackie McNutt said...

It was nice learning of you and your books.
I especially like that your books are carry the message that God Has a plan for every life and also liked reminder of Psalm 16:1-3.
Thank you

Linda Kish said...

How lucky you are to have someone who likes to type your manuscripts for you. So handy. I also like stories "that leave the reader mulling over the story long after turning the last page." I look forward to reading yours for that.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Paula Mowery said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by. I am always in awe of those who have homeschooled more than one at a time. Lisa, some would say I was OCD because of my very routined ways. But, it gets it done. Patsy, it was hard for my mother not to owe more than she made. She not only spotted the books she brought home to me, but we have certain music groups we followed. The list could go on. Jackie, thanks for your words. I tend to see God use certain themes not only in my writing but other Christian writers. He gives to each the message only they can give. Cool, right? Linda, I can't tell you how I am blessed by this woman who types for me. I truly detest to do that part. Thanks for having me here and allowing me to "chat" with y'all.

Anonymous said...

Hello Paula. I love your name. When I was 9 and 10 living in Houston, TX. during WW ll I had a favorite friend who lived across the street from me. I'm sure in the 80"s I had one of those magazines that comes inside a newspaper that had her on the front. It had to be for I know she didn't have a identical twin. Even at a later age it looked exactly as when she was 10. I wrote to the paper people and told them my story and ask them to tell her what I said and wanted to get in touch. Never ever offered to answer me. Made me sad. I believe it said she was a Hostess for a Airline. Also had a brother named Paul. I'm surprised you find time to write being a preacher's wife. Altho I've known some who taught school. I have a granddaughter who is 37 with 5 children, oldest being 10, whom she homeschools. 4 on in school already and last one is just over one. There is just so much bad stuff in public schools now. One of my younger girls went to high school at a Christian school in Wyoming. She loved it and graduated from there. Story sounds good being about the Godly influence of Grandmothers. I would love a chance to win your book.
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Anonymous said...


can't wait to read this! :)

Patricia Bradley said...

Legacy and Love sounds like a great book. I cannot imagine writing a story in longhand. Wow! I do my character sketches by pencil (because I erase so much)and I plot some, but mostly think at the computer. pat at ptbradley dot com

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