to readers, this blog interview is about Mary Ball. No, it’s not me!
Mary Ball is a dear friend from Gastonia, NC. She has the same name as I do. We’re both authors, enjoy singing and love the Lord.
I'm very excited to interview my friend Mary Ball about her published novel. Mary writes Novels, poems and songs. She is also a singer with several recorded CDs.
Mary Tell us a bit about your novel.
Thanks for asking. My book is a compilation of life stories written over a period of
several years. Reviewing the stories started the juices flowing again and a flood of new memories surfaced. Rewriting and injecting these memories became real and exciting. I sat at the computer for hours lost in my past. I have been told by the readers of Memories of a Mountain Girl that the pages brought
laughter, tears, suspense, and a renewed faith in God.
What inspired you to write “Memories of a
Growing up in a small town, that I dearly loved, in the mountains of North Carolina, was my inspiration. Born into the poorest of families, with six siblings, I had nothing but plenty of love and big dreams for the future. My memories of the town, my school and the places we lived were so vivid I had to put them on paper.
How did you feel about re-visiting the past?
It was exhilarating to experience the emotions and excitement of being a little girl again, bursting with my daydreams and creativeness. Every day was a joy, making something from nothing with my hands, writing poems, drawing, and scribbling on paper. When I stayed with "Maw," my grandmother who lived in a
small apartment in town, I would make regular trips to the newspaper office and ask for scrap paper. They would give me boxes full of colorful pads, that kept me busy for hours. I loved my paternal grandmother so much! She was the one who told me about salvation. She was a great influence on the faith I have
I know you also inscribe gospel songs. Where do you get the inspiration?
All my inspiration comes from God. Several songs have been given to me while in the
“twilight” (half awake and half asleep) mode of sleep. In fact, God gave me a song two mornings ago. I awoke earlier than usual and began worrying about my son, who had just lost his wife, and was facing surgery. I started praying about my fears and asking God to ease my mind and let me go back to sleep. I drifted off with a song about peace going around in my head. I finished the song before I had my first cup of coffee the next morning.
Another one was given to me while in the twilight mode that to me was a miracle. In the early morning hours, I heard a new song. I reached for my prayer list pad and pen on the night stand, and while lying on my back with the pad by my side, I wrote the chorus, asleep, with my eyes closed. The next morning I found the
lines bold and in straight lines just as if I had been awake!
I'm sure many readers are interested in learning more about you. Do you have a Website where they can do so? Yes. I would be delighted to hear from them.
Is there anything else you'd like to share with the readers about your books, your faith, or about you personally?
Yes, I just want to give God all the glory for anything I accomplish in life. He has
given me my heart’s desire in my writing and my music.
Thank you so much for participating in this interview and giving new readers insight into your current work.
Be sure to check out “Memories of a Mountain
Girl” available of Amazon.com. Also you can go to Mary’s website and send her a message if you would like to order a CD.
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