Flower and trees are still blooming here in PA and so are allergies. :) Hopefully you aren't bothered by the pollen flying through the air in your area of the world.
Mary L. Ball has a new book that you can curl up with to escape the allergies. Or if you like, set a chair out in the sun with a glass of cold iced tea and learn more about an author that perhaps you hadn't heard of before.
Welcome Mary. How did you develop a 'love of story'?
In my professional career, I did correspondence and such but never tried my hand at writing. I gave up the corporate world to stay at home and keep my grandchild. During his preschool years, I began writing Christian articles. Those articles led to flash stories. From there I began to realize a strong desire to create fictional worlds.
I always like hearing stories of authors who started a little later in life. :) How does faith play a part in your writing?
Faith is my substance. It’s something I hang on to each day as I oversee the care of my mother who has Alzheimer’s and as I care for my youngest grandson, while my daughter works. It’s as natural to me as eating. It spills over into everything I do, especially writing. It’s my desire to impart in others the bond that Faith can provide us in this imperfect world.
Well said! What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?
I hope when a reader finishes one of my novels, they have a peace within, one which only comes from an assurance or understanding that God loves us, even if we’re not perfect. God is always there. His strength will carry us no matter trials we face.
What a great reminder. Tell us about your new book.
Sparks of Love was released Nov. 2016. I like to share the blurb.
Misjudged and accused, Lynette Cunningham walks away from God and everything she loves.Ten years later, a phone call from father offers hope when he announces he may have a clue to the unsolved crime that forced her to run. She’s scared, but encouraged. Maybe this will clear her name from slander in her small North Carolina hometown.
Before Lynette returns tragedy strikes. A fire destroys her childhood home and kills her father. While she sorts through the ruins and hopes to find the clue, Lynette meets the new pastor, Price Fletcher. She must face the two things that scare her most. The past and a man of God.
I can just imagine the sparks. :) What is your 'how I got published' story?
My “how I got published story” took two years. I fine-tuned POV, past, present and plot issues. I rewrote my debut novel five times and sent out about fifty + queries to various publishers before I was offered a contract.Prism Book Group published my debut novel Escape to Big Fork Lake in 2012. Since then I have been fortunate to been picked up by Pelican Book Group.
Two years is actually short in the publishing world. What are you working on now?
My currant WIP is titled Thanksgiving Secret. I hope to get it fine turned for this holiday (we’ll see.) Below is the blurb.
Decisions decide destiny.
Matthew Blake left home in search of fame. Years later, writer’s block threatens his career. He returns to his roots hoping to rejuvenate his creative juices. Unknown to Matt, he’s involved in a mystery that is soon to be unearthed.
Lucinda Wise rents her tiny house to Matt. Despite his self-centered ways she finds herself wanting to be around him, but timing is everything. She’s dedicated her life to her five-year-old daughter and will do anything to keep her safe.
When Lucinda discovers she is the partaker of a secret that will change their lives forever can she protect her daughter’s future?
That also sounds good. How can readers stay in touch with you?
Mary L. Ball is a multi-published Christian author, a member of ACFW and a gospel singer. She resides in the heart of North Carolina.
Readers can connect with her on her web page, Face Book or Twitter.
Visit Mary’s singing ministry site: http://heirsofsalvation2.webs.com
Thank you for stopping by today. May the Lord richly bless your writing.