Monday, May 11, 2015

A Warm Welcome to Mary L. Hamilton!

Is there a story behind your book See No Evil?

When I was growing up at a camp in Wisconsin, I recall a young camper who was blind. It seemed odd that someone with such a handicap would come to camp, but we were all impressed by how much he could do. Especially when he went off the diving board!

I patterned my character, Steven, after this young man, although none of the events of the story have any basis in fact.

What started you on your writing journey?

I’ve always enjoyed writing. My first job out of college required me to write a monthly newsletter for the organization. Several people told me I wrote well, and should consider writing for publication. Several years later when I became a stay-at-home mom, I took some correspondence courses to learn how to write publishable material. I’ve had several articles published, as well as a play. But my ultimate goal was always to write a novel.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?

It might be easier to list what doesn’t distract me. But what distracts me the most is probably computer games, email, Facebook, and my dog. He’s a rescued Golden Retriever who is truly a Velcro dog.

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

We recently moved from an urban area to a smaller city. I love not having to deal with traffic! And since we now live a little over a mile from a lake, we’ll often head down there to watch the sunset, leaving the supper dishes on the table if necessary.

What is a favorite memory from your childhood?

My dad was the camp director, and usually if school was out, there were campers to take care of. So I didn’t always get to spend much time with him. In the winter, busloads of campers would arrive on Friday night for weekend retreats. Dad would have large pots of cocoa steaming on the stove and bakery sweet rolls warming in the oven when they came in to warm up from tobogganing. I always looked forward to helping him serve the hot chocolate and sweet rolls. That one-on-one time with Dad was precious to me, and made for some very sweet memories.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?

Cooking and cleaning. I’m domestically challenged and would much rather be outdoors.

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?

Because I live across country from my family, I always love going back to Wisconsin to visit my brothers and sisters. I love the upper Midwest, especially the rolling hills and farm lands of southern WI.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  

I like to write about God’s love for us. That’s such a broad, abstract thing that’s easy to say but often hard to experience deep inside. I write to show how His love for us makes itself known in our weaknesses and our struggles, those times when we’re often hurting too much to notice that He’s there.

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

I’m playing with an idea for a novel targeted at an older age group, having to do with a returning veteran who finds he’s been taken advantage of by someone close to him. But it’s still in the planning and writing stage so, as much as I’d like to give you a release date, I can’t even promise it’ll ever be published. Hopefully, I’ll be back here sometime to talk about it!

Back Cover Blurb
Steven Miller guards a dark secret.

Dad drilled into Steven that blindness should never be used as an excuse. So when Steven finds an old triathlon medallion among Dad's belongings, he's inspired to follow in his footsteps. Maybe it'll quiet the guilt he's carried since Dad's death three years ago.
While Steven continues his triathlon training during his final summer at camp, a serious illness keeps Rustic Knoll's beloved Nurse Willie from managing her clinic. When Steven teams up with his friend Claire to encourage Willie's recovery, his feelings for Claire grow beyond friendship.

But his buddy, Dillon, has started down a dangerous path that Steven knows all too well. Can he keep his friend from falling into that sin without exposing his own past?

To buy Mary's book:

About Mary:
Mary L. Hamilton grew up at a youth camp in southern Wisconsin, much like the setting for her Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series. While raising her own three children, she was active in her church’s youth ministry, including serving as a camp counselor for a week. She decided once was enough.

Mary is an award-winning member of ACFW and a graduate of Long Ridge Writer’s Group. When she’s not writing, Mary enjoys knitting, reading and being outdoors. She and her husband make their home in Texas with a rescued Golden Retriever.

To connect with Mary:

Mary L. Hamilton is giving away a copy of See 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.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Deanna Stevens said...

I'm wanting to find out if he keeps his friend from falling? This sounds like a book I'd like! thanks for a chance to win a copy,, dkstevensneAToutlookD otCoM

Patricia Bradley said...

I would leave the dishes and go to the lake, too! Great interview and sounds like a great book!

Mary L. Hamilton said...

Thank you, Deanna! I hope you get a chance to find out!!

Mary L. Hamilton said...

Thank you, Patricia. Meet you at the lake?

Anonymous said...

Your Golden Retreiver sounds like a wonderful dog. It's great that you have found each other. I'll bet he has so much fun at the lake. I would love to read your book about the blind boy. It sounds very inspiring.

Mary L. Hamilton said...

Thank you, Deanne! Actually, my Golden is a big scaredy-cat and usually won't even touch the water. But he's a very sweet-natured dog.

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