Paula Mowery is a pastor’s wife and former homeschool mom. She has always been an avid reader of Christian fiction. She began writing in the area of nonfiction creating three Bible studies which were self-published. However, she crafted fiction stories which she shared with friends and family. When one of her readers encouraged her to pursue publication, she joined American Christian Fiction Writers, learning more about the world of fiction. Her debut work of fiction is a novella published by Harbourlight, a division of Pelican Book Group – THE BLESSING SEER. She is also an acquiring editor for Prism Book Group.
BE THE BLESSING is a sequel to my debut novella, THE BLESSING SEER. The sequel picks up with the main character and pastor’s wife, Addy Townsend, five years after the ending of the first novella. During the final edits for THE BLESSING SEER my editor asked if there would be a second book to continue the story. That was all I needed to get my mind whirring, and the story of Addy and her pursuit to do something significant for God was extended.
Many main characters are a reflection of the author or somebody the author knows. Are there any tidbits that you've put into your characters that mimic people around you?
The main character and I share the role of pastor’s wife, though I’m much more outspoken and outgoing than Addy. Some of the situations faced by Addy have occurred in real life and some are completely fictitious.
Many of the lessons Addy learns through striving to become more like Jesus are ones I’ve had to wrestle with. Just like her, I desire to do something of significance for God.
How did you decide on the setting? Did you need to do research?
The setting is based on my small East Tennessee town with its local eatery hangouts and good ol’ Southern Baptist Churches. The only research required was staying observant.
How long did it take to write the book, including preliminary work?
The sequel took much less time to write – more like six months or so. Both of these books came to me like an instant download from God. Much of my other work has taken longer to create.
Paula I like that phrase “instant download form God.” He indeed helps his children is the most unique ways. Tell us the hardest part to write this novel.
The hardest part about writing this book was dealing with the lessons God had for me to learn along with Addy. Also, there are some gut-wrenching scenes that brought back memories of the true situations the scenes were based upon.
How did you choose the names of your characters?
Since this was a sequel, I didn’t have to create many new names. The character names in the first book were chosen by utilizing a baby name book. Each character’s name embodies the meaning of his or her name as found in that name book. For example, Addy’s name means My witness or chosen.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
I can’t think of anything I would change. God was so evident in every aspect of getting these two books published. First, as I pressed send to submit the first novella, I prayed if this was the right place for the book that someone would be touched by the story. When my editor sent back an email to me, the first line read: I was so touched by this story. Confirmation. And, my editor and I have worked so well together – she has been a blessing to me. Reviewers have written to me explaining how THE BLESSING SEER boosted their faith.
In three words describe your style of writing.
One reviewer described my style this way: Thunders with emotion.
What genre is you favorite to write and why?
Though these two books would be considered women’s fiction, I actually prefer Christian romance. What can I say? I just love a good “chick flick” and the happily ever after.
I'm sure many readers are interested in learning more about you. Do you have a homepage where they can do so?
You can find me on Facebook pages under Paula Mowery and at my blog www.paulamowery.blogspot.com
Below is the purchase link for Blessing Seer
Read more of her writing in her monthly columns on www.christianonlinemagazine.com.
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