Today we have the pleasure of learning more about the writing life of Molly Noble Bull. Let's begin with having you tell us how you develop your love of story.
In developing a love story, I first write a character, either male or female, with a problem. No problem, no story—whether in a romance novel or some other genre.
In my newest Christian novel, When the Cowboy Rides Away, the hero, Alex Lancaster, has just arrived in the ranch country of South Texas after spending three years in a Mexican prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He is searching for his lady-love. He was not allowed to write her while in prison, and he is hoping she will forgive him for his long and unplanned absence.
Ooh, that sounds like a fun story. Did you always want to be a writer?
As humans, we all like to do things we are good at, and we like to have others tell us we are good at something. If I could tell parents and teachers one thing, it would be to find something a child likes to do and is good at doing and not only to encourage the child to engage in those activities but tell the child that he or she is good at it—maybe even talented.
I decided to be a writer in the fourth grade when two of my teachers told me that they liked the stories I made up, that I was creative and had talent. If they hadn’t said those three little words, you have talent, I might not be an author today.
I know what you mean about teachers telling a child they have a talent. I too had teachers who spoke into my life and encouraged me in my gift of writing. Tell us about your new novel.
Actually, I have two new novels. One is available now; the other will be published soon.
When the Cowboy Rides Away is a historical western romance and available now, and the novel has two non-fiction companions, two study guides for home school families written by Jeanette Pierce and based on When the Cowboy Rides Away—one for teachers and one for students.
The second novel is a remake of Sanctuary, an adventure-story novel, set in France, England and Scotland in 1740 and published in 2007. Sanctuary won RWA’s 2008 Gayle Wilson Award in the inspirational category for published authors and also tied for first place in a second national contest for published authors that year.
Sanctuary will soon come out again under a new title, The Secret Place, in paperback and as an e-book. The Secret Place isn’t published yet but will be soon.
Wow! How exciting to have two books coming out. Can you tell us how you became a Christian?
From early childhood on, I wanted to be close to the Lord. I just needed to learn how to seek and find Him. Since I didn’t seem to be able to find Him in the liberal denominational church I grew up in, I went looking for God in all the wrong places, and ended up reading books on the occult and doing some of the things suggested in the books.
At that time, the Lord Jesus made himself known to me in a personal way, and I have been following the Lord ever since then.
Thank you for sharing your story. Along those lines... What spiritual truths do you desire to convey to your readers?
My books have the Lord in them all the way to The End, especially my newer books.
Gatehaven, my scary Christian Gothic historical novel, won the 2013 Creation House Fiction Writing Contest as a manuscript and was published in paperback and as an e-book in 2014, and it is a good example of showing spiritual truths in a fast-paced novel. The hero, a pastor in training, learns about spiritual warfare from an elderly pastor, and the reader learns these truths along with him.
One truth that I especially want my readers to become aware of is the fact that Satan is alive and well on planet Earth at this time, and he is looking for those he can devour. I know this is true because he tried to devour me. If Jesus hadn’t showed up when he did, I might not be answering these questions today.
Seek first the kingdom of God, and don’t stop searching until you find Him. It is the most important thing a person can ever do in life.
Amen. What foods do you eat when writing to keep you going?
Anything I can get my hands on.
LOL. :) I know what you mean. If you could vacation anywhere, where would you go?
I would go to Israel. In fact, I will live in that nation after Jesus comes again for one thousand years.
I'd also love to travel to the Holy Land one day. Thank you so much for allowing us to se
e into your writing world.
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