Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Visit from Author, Paula Mowery

Christian author, Paula Mowery, visits Writing with God's Hope blog today. I was blessed to interview her. I know you'll enjoy getting acquainted with this lady, as have I.

Tell us something about yourself, especially about your writing journey

 Writing for me is a calling from God. I know this because I pulled a “Gideon fleece moment” with the Lord several years ago. I didn’t want to just think I was supposed to be published or only want it badly for my own selfish reasons. I wanted to be sure that God was really calling me to write stories bearing Biblical truths. So when I submitted an article to a national magazine and it was accepted, I knew I was on the way to my answer. Then I sent my first book submission to a publisher. I remember saying, “Lord, is this is where this needs to be published, let the story touch someone there.” Do you know that I received an email from the acquiring editor that read, This story really touched me. I cried, thanked God for the affirmation, and haven’t stopped since.

Did you ever feel like giving up on your writing?  And how did you press through this?

Oh my, doesn’t everyone speak of giving up about once a week, if not more than that? I’ve whined that I just don’t have enough time to write or market. I’ve moaned that surely all those other books were a fluke. But I always turn around and realize there are still messages to relate through my stories. There are still people to touch with Jesus Christ and encourage in their faith. The enemy knows how to pull me down and discourage me, but God always seems to teach me something new in His Word or a reader contacts me to tell me how much a story meant to her personally.   

What gave you the idea for this latest book?

The Crux of Honor story grew first out of a call for submissions from my publisher, Prism Book Group. The editor-in-chief wanted to create a series of books using the different phrases from First Corinthians 13 – The Love Chapter. My phrase ended up being, love does not dishonor. I recalled the time I lived in Southern Maryland near an Amish community. I started asking questions like: What if a daughter dishonored her parents? Suppose the family has Amish ties – would this worsen the dishonor? What if a family secret creates a large cavern between the mother and the daughter? Could the daughter still learn the unconditional love of God, even though it isn’t modeled by her mother?

From that, The Crux of Honor was born.
How do you feel this book will encourage readers, or did you have something in mind like this when you wrote it?

 I certainly hope that readers will turn that last page still remembering that God always holds out forgiveness and unconditional love. 

 How did you find your publisher?

Prism Book Group published Brave New Century, an anthology I had a story included in. One of the other authors of that book found Prism and we all agreed to submit the book there.

Soon after working with our editor, I submitted another book and had it contracted and published.

Connecting with Prism was such a God-thing. Through some interesting turn of events and divine urging, I became an acquiring editor with Prism and am still doing that today.  

If you were a song, what would it be?

Flawless by Mercy Me comes to mind. If you have never seen the video for this song, you must look it up on YouTube. I’ve always qualified myself to others by saying how surprised I am that God would use a plain hillbilly girl from East Tennessee like me. This song says it all – “He made you flawless.”

 Oh, I love that one too.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

When I’m not writing, you’ll usually find me editing writing, or teaching writing. I do enjoy spending time with my hubby and daughter. It doesn’t really matter what we do. We can just go out to eat or shopping or walking around the neighborhood. This is especially times I enjoy since we are a ministry family (my husband is a pastor, daughter a children’s minister, and I interpret for deaf members).  

Now tell us about your book.

Chelsea is rejected by her mother. She can’t understand why her mother hates her so, even if she has messed up. Why can’t she love her like Kevin’s mother always showed love to him and to her.

Kevin has had his heart broken by Chelsea before, but he has returned to town to set up his medical practice and can’t resist her.

This book has secrets which are finally found out. It involves a second chance at love. It most importantly shows the unconditional love of God no matter what we’ve done. He holds out forgiveness and love. The only thing is: Can Chelsea truly accept the love offered to her?      


Chelsea Wilson’s life is a constant reminder of what living dishonorably looks like. At every turn she continues to prove her mother’s shunning must be deserved.

Dr. Kevin Alley returns to the old home place to establish his medical practice. After running into Chelsea, he knows his love for her is still strong.

Chelsea is ousted from her small rented room when her mother bursts in, proclaiming Chelsea’s pregnancy.

Kevin takes Chelsea in, giving her space to live on the upper level of his house.

When Chelsea’s baby displays life-threatening symptoms, Chelsea must face her mother. Secrets unfold about Chelsea’s parents. Can Chelsea and Kevin uncover the secrets linked to Amish heritage in time to save the baby? Can the two find love together despite their history?

  Paula Mowery is a published author, acquisitions editor, and speaker. Her first two published works were The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing from Pelican Book Group. Both are women’s fiction, and their themes have been the topics of speaking engagements.  
Be The Blessing won the Selah Award in 2014 in the novella category. In November of 2013 her first romance released in the anthology, Brave New Century, from Prism Book Group. This book went to number five on Amazon’s bestseller category, historical Christian romance. Legacy and Love was her first solo romance and was a finalist in the Carolyn Readers Choice Awards in 2015. Her other titles include a Christian romantic suspense called For Our Good, a Christmas romance called Love Again, and a romance inspired from the Love Chapter called The Crux of Honor.
Reviewers of her writing characterize it as “thundering with emotion.” Her articles have appeared in Woman’s World, The Christian Online Magazine, and the multi-author devotional blogs, Full Flavored Living and Putting on the New. She wrote a section for Join the Insanity by Rhonda Rhea. She has devotionals included in several collaborative books.
Having been an avid reader of Christian fiction, she now puts that love to use by writing book reviews. She is a member of ACFW and also on the faculty for the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.
Paula is a pastor’s wife and mom to a college student. She homeschooled her daughter through all twelve years, and they both lived to tell about it. Before educating her daughter at home, she was an English teacher in public school.
Learn more about Paula at her blog as well as find other links to connect with her at
I loved learning about you, Paula. Wow, are you ever busy. Wore me out reading about all that you do. I was blessed to "meet" you online as a fellow author of devotions on the group blog, Putting on the New. Thank you so much for your visit today. I am honored. This book sounds like it's right up my alley. Can't wait to get a copy.


Paula Mowery said...

Thanks so much, Janet, for hosting me.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

A wonderful interview, ladies. So nice to meet you, Paula. Your book sounds inspiring. Congratulations.

Unknown said...

Sorry I was at a place that was supposed to have WiFi Saturday & Sunday, but no luck, so I'm late joining in. I tried with phone but I'm a newbie on a smartphone, so here I am finally back to my desktop. Paula, what an honor to have you stop by this weekend. & Beverly, thanks for the comment. That book does sound good, doesn't it?