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?
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.”
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?
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.