Friday, April 11, 2014

Please welcome Mary C. Findley to our Meet The Author Day

Sharon: Hi Mary, I’m so glad you are here today. May I get you a cup of coffee? Tea? A soft drink? Or just plain water?

Mary: Hot tea will do nicely, thank you! It’s been a very cold winter.

Sharon: You are certainly right about that. Take your pick of tea bags from this basket while I get your hot water. Then tell us a little about your family.

Mary: Hubby and I will celebrate 35 years of marriage this year. He drives tractor trailer cross country and sometimes to Canada. I ride along full time. We have 3 grown children, Boy-Girl-Boy.

Sharon: When and how did you get interested in writing?

Mary: I started drawing around kindergarten, creating characters for stories. It was junior high when I seriously decided to be a writer.

Sharon: Do you write while traveling?

Mary: Yes, we do everything in the Semi, or a truck stop. :-)

Sharon:  Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?

Mary: I read a lot of books by friends in my indie author groups now, quite a mixture of genres. I want to review for them, and I have been blessed by stretching my preferences with some very good stories.

Sharon: Who has been one of your best encouragers on your writing journey?

Mary: The Christian Indie Authors group on facebook.

Sharon: Are we allowed to ask about the group?

Mary: The authors group itself is secret, but this is the Portal Group, where we route people to the other groups.

Sharon: What story haven’t you told yet that you want to tell? What’s holding you back?

Mary: I started writing a modern-setting book for the first time for NaNoWriMo last November. I normally write historical fiction, and it’s tough to make sure the conversations and characters are contemporary without being so up to the minute that they will not remain relevant.

Sharon: What makes your writing different than other writers? What is your brand? What can a reader expect every time she picks up one of your books?

Mary: We use Findley Family Video Publications as our imprint. “Speaking the truth in love” is our tagline. In my historicals, there will always be some romance, but mostly suspense, with people finding God doesn’t work the way we think He does, but brings things to a good end if we rely on Him.

Sharon: What gave you the inspiration for the Benny and the Bank Robber series? How was this story placed on your heart?

Mary: It was a combination of Tom Sawyer, the Sugar Creek gang, and some classic children’s adventures, like those written by Louisa May Alcott. I wanted a boy main character traveling westward in the 1800s and the people he meets along the way. I especially wanted to communicate the message that we might not understand why things happen, or like how they go, but God always has a purpose.

Sharon: What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?

Mary: Regular sales each month without any real paid advertising. We might not be million-sellers, but apparently we are doing something right, with mostly good reviews and 30-100 sales a month.

Sharon: Have you received a particularly memorable reader response?

Mary: I’ve had some wonderful reviews by parents reading them with their children. They have even done some historical fact-checking and found out I was right about details I included. Since I wanted them to appeal to homeschoolers, this was very encouraging. They also loved the way I included faith in the stories. One said, “One of the best Christian adventure books out there!” 

Sharon: How can readers find you on the Internet?

Mary: Our blog is http://elkjerkyforthesoul.wordpress.com All our books are linked there, and there are teasers, plus we write about current issues and Bible study topics.
                                                                
Sharon: Thank you so much for joining us today.


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