Sunday, January 17, 2010

Interview with author Mary Connealy

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 , boy meets girl under the Mistletoe and they live happily ever after...NOT!!! This book pleasantly surprised me! It started out with a BANG! All kinds of adventure await you...throughout the entire book! And I got the happy ending which I wanted too! Kudos to you Mary!

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:


Mary Connealy said...

Hi, Lucie. I had such a great time visiting your book club.
Small world.
I'd have liked to import some of your warm weather.
But then I'd have to take your earthquakes, too, huh?


Lucie said...

You are soo funny! You know everywhere we go there must be the good and the bad...doggonit!
If I could I would send you sunshine and rainbows...
When the earth is made new we will have perfect weather, I can't wait! No more earthquakes Yipee!

Deborah M said...

This sounds like a great read. It is such a good idea to hold phone interviews. I would like to have my own book club some day. Please sign me up.
Deborah M.

Audra Harders said...

What a wonderful blog! Creative and fun. I have you bookmarked, Lucie :)

Speaker phone visits to bookclubs sound very intriguing. What a way to experience an author's personality. Sounds like you guys had a blast.

Hi Mary!!! Great interview!!

Myra Johnson said...

After hearing from Mary about the fun she had doing your book club phone chat, I had to stop by to visit your blog. Sounds like you have a great group, Lucie!

Julie Lessman said...

Whoo-hoo, Mary, I was hoping Gabe would get his own book -- YUM!!!

I have to laugh at you not being comfortable writing love scenes in the beginning because WHOA, BABY, you sure can write them now!!


Deborah said...

We did have a blast with the phone interview. Mary was so easy to talk to. And I really did enjoy the book also. The new look to your blog looks good Lucie, maybe you can hop on over and check mine out too. I would greatly appreciate it!

Missy Tippens said...

What a great blog! Mary told us she had a great time with your book club. Mary's such a fun person! I bet you all had a blast.


unidiverse said...

It was great talking to Mary at our book club meeting. Her story was very inspiring and I think that we all learned a lot. I know that when I read another one of her books (I am thinking the Husband Tree) that I will enjoy it that much more having spoken to the author and learned a little about her life. Thank you both Deborah and Lucie for setting up the interview :)


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