Thank you for visiting the Barn Door Book Loft, Paula. Is there a story behind your book, For Our Good?
My father was a corporate pilot, and I’ll never forget when he came home one day to tell us of a proposition he had received at the airport. A man had offered a briefcase full of money if my father would transport a small parcel to Florida. The man promised another case of money on that end. My father said an emphatic no to this offer, feeling it was surely a ploy to transport drugs.
This incident sparked a number of “what ifs” in my mind and the story of For Our Good began to form.
Question: What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I have become a fan lately of Christian romantic suspense. I do read Nancy Mehl, Dani Pettrey, and Christy Barritt. Just to name a few. But I also enjoy just the Christian romances like those from Janice Thompson and Sarah Sundin’s historicals.
Question: Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I absolutely loved creating the heroine, Charlie. She isn’t your typical damsel in distress, waiting to be rescued. Just the opposite. She’s a tough undercover officer with a vendetta against drug traffickers. The more I got into the story, the more I liked how Charlie’s personality developed. She’s not afraid to face danger and wield a weapon to protect those she cares for.
Question: What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
My husband is a pastor, but I affectionately call him pestor. He enjoys picking on me and pestering me to oblivion. He can always make me smile and laugh out loud while rolling my eyes. He will often share the latest corny joke he heard. If nothing else, he will poke me in the sides to set off a tickling frenzy which frustrates me because he isn’t ticklish. After twenty-six years of marriage, he still makes me smile more than anything or anyone else ever could.
Question: What is your favorite season of the year?
I absolutely love the fall season here in East Tennessee. God does some truly magnificent artwork in the various hues displayed through the leaves. My family and I often just drive around, gazing at the tree filled ridges. And what could be more enjoyable than bonfires and smores?
Question: Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
While vacationing in Myrtle Beach one year, we were eating at a seafood restaurant. My hubby is so good at getting people to talk about themselves. He asked our waiter how he ended up there in Myrtle Beach. The man shared how he had to rush home from a military deployment because his wife had been killed in an auto accident. He had given up his military career to raise his two kids.
When we arrive back at our room, I couldn’t write fast enough after finding my notebook. I’m happy to say that the story will be released in the Christmas Present series from Prism Book Group this year.
Question: What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
I tend to favor summer meals with burgers grilled by my hubby. He is the grillmaster in our house. We usually have to have my mom’s baked beans. These are very easy. You only need a can of plain baked beans or pork and beans, hamburger meat, ketchup, and hickory and brown sugar barbeque sauce. Just brown the meat and stir into beans with one part ketchup to two parts of the bbq sauce. I then put them into a casserole dish and slide them into a 350 degree oven to heat through. Experiment with meat amounts but we like ours meaty.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
In one of the questions above I spoke of my next release after For Our Good. The story I wrote after hearing the waiter’s story is called Love Again and will be released in a Christmas series through Prism Book Group. I also have another book called The Crux of Honor which will release early in 2016 which is included in a series from Prism Book Group called Love Is. These stories are based on the Love Chapter from the Bible.
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Paula Mowery is giving away a copy of For Our Good. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
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