This last Saturday we held our Chick Lit meeting at Deborah's house. We had the privilege to hold a speakerphone interview with Mary Connealy (who wrote December's pick, "Cowboy Christmas"). We each took a turn talking with Mary and asking her questions. Mary was very easy to talk with and she graciously answered our questions.
Let me just say that when I sat down to read Cowboy Christmas, I was thinking - ahh, Christmas romance
Mary referred to her book writing as "Romantic Comedy with Cowboys". She is so refreshing to read and to listen to! Mary wrote several books before she actually got published and her advice to those of us aspiring writers is to "keep writing!" In the beginning of her writing career she wasn't very comfortable with writing love scenes, she shared with us that now she subscribes to the "Love Inspired" book club (a Christian Romance Book Line) which helps her in her own writing. Reading the genre which you would like to write about really helps in your own thinking patterns and helps you have a better understanding of the genre.
A quote that I took from her blog: "Don't be afraid to strive and sweat and pray and fail and strive and pray some more for the desires of your heart..." Mary is a great role model of patience!
P.S. If you read Cowboy Christmas you will be interested in knowing that Gabe Michaels will have a book of his own coming out soon!
Visit Mary on her blog: http://mconnealy.blogspot.com/