Happy October! After a few days of straight rain, it's great to see the sunshine again.
Today I'd like to welcome Martha Rogers. How did you develop a love of story, Martha?
I developed a love of a good story as a child when my mother or grandmother would read to me. We would also make up stories together, and I’ve been “telling stories” ever since. Soon as I could hold a pencil, I scribbled my “stories” for my mother and read them to her.
I'm sure your mother loved to hear them. What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?
After reading my books, I would like for my readers to be encouraged and touched by the stories of my characters. I want them to see that forgiveness and reconciliation are always possible with God, and that no matter what circumstances come into their lives, they have a loving Father who will be with them every step of the way and carry them through.
Those are some great themes. How does faith play into your writing?
Faith is a very big part of my life and spills over into my writing. God is my fortress, my shield and defender, my strength, and my peace. Without my Lord and Savior, I am nothing. God has done so much in life including miracles of health and well-being, and I want to share those with my readers. That’s one of the reasons I love writing devotionals.
I can relate. My faith spills into all aspects of my life, including my writing too. What is your 'how I got published' story?
My “how I got published” story is one that should be an encouragement for writers of all ages. So many of us use the excuse of age as to why we’re not getting anything published. Although I’d been writing stories for years, I didn’t begin submitting until the early 1990’s. Manuscript after manuscript was rejected. I finally signed with an agent around 2002 or so. In 2005, Barbour published my story in an anthology with DiAnn Mills, Janice Thompson, and Kathleen Y’Barbo. Nothing more came after that until my birthday in 2009. At the age of 73, I signed my first full-length novel contract for a series. I am now 80 and have twenty full length novels and eight novellas with contracts for seven more for 2017 and 2018. No one should EVER say I’m too old or I’m too young to be get published.
That is so encouraging, Martha. Thank you for sharing. Can you tell us about your new release?
My new release, Christmas at Stoney Creek, is a Christmas story that is a warm fuzzy for the holiday season. It continues with the Whiteman family from my series, It’s the story of Tom Whiteman, a reporter, and how he befriends a downtrodden old man. Because of his friendliness and the town’s acceptance of the man, good things begin to happen, and Tom finds what love is really all about.
I always love Christmas stories. :) One final question, who are some of your favorite authors?
I love reading suspense and mystery, so my favorite authors are that genre. I’ll pick up a good mystery or suspense first every time, and if it has a little romance, that’s serendipity. My favorites in that genre are Brandilyn Collins, Colleen Coble, Lynette Eason, Irene Hannon, Dee Henderson, Ronie Kendig and Richard Mabry. These authors keep me guessing and most of the time up late so I can finish the book.
Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your writing world, Martha. Praying God blesses your writing in a special way.