Please join me in welcoming Paula Mowery to the blog today!
Paula Mowery is a published author 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.
She is a member of ACFW and has also been on the faculty for the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.
Paula is a pastor’s wife, a mom, and an interpreter for the deaf. 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 www.paulamowery.blogspot.com
Her latest novel, Lamp Unto Her Feet, released September 14, 2017 from Prism Book Group.
Kenzie Murrah has lost the guiding voice of her Nana Nita just when she needs it most. She’s graduating mid-year with her early childhood degree, but her parents expect her to join the family chiropractic business. In her Bible, Nana explains how God’s Word can guide Kenzie, but there’s doubt on Kenzie’s part, until the highlighted verses begin to follow her life much too closely.
Trevor Wallen escaped an embarrassing and reputation smearing incident to become a police officer in the small Tennessee town. He strives to do his best to follow Christian principles but longs for God to bring someone into his life with those same morals and values.
Kenzie and Trevor share an attraction for one another that grows into more until a tragedy threatens to end everything. Kenzie begins to shy away from reading the next scripture passage, for fear of what may happen.
Will Kenzie learn she can trust God’s Word? Will Kenzie and Trevor get the chance for a happily ever after despite the dangers of his occupation?
Hi Paula! Welcome to the blog!
Paula: Apples, definitely. When I was pregnant, the smell of oranges made me sick. I still have that dislike.
Carrie: Isn’t it funny how our brains remember?!?
Paula: Summer. Being in education, I’m off during the summer to write and teach at conferences.
Carrie: A nice benefit of being in education!
Paula: Dogs, for sure. I’m allergic to cats!
Carrie: Dogs are the best!
Paula: Tea is my preference. It is surprising that I don’t like coffee since my parents drink it day and night.
Carrie: I like neither 😛
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Paula: I guess it would have to be interpreting for Deaf and hard of hearing people at school at church.
Carrie: That is such an important ministry!
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Paula: My favorite book character when I was young was Laura Ingalls Wilder. I loved reading all of her books and thought maybe I could do that someday. I mean, she just told about the people and events around her.
Carrie: I still have my yellow box set from childhood ♥
Q: If I asked your characters to describe YOU as an author, what would they say?
Paula: This question got me thinking. I believe my characters would say that I include so much emotion in my writing that they have to brace themselves for shedding tears. And she is notorious for steering her characters back to God in any way it might take.
Carrie: that phrase – ‘in any way it might take’ – may bode ominous for your characters lol
Q: We’re often told to follow God’s Word, but what happens when God’s Word starts to follow us? What inspired you to put this fascinating twist into Kenzie’s story?
Paula: Just like Kenzie, I was given my grandmother’s Bible. As I flipped through, the marked verses and passages were so relevant for me, though my grandmother had marked them many years ago. My eyes especially opened wide when I discovered verses marked in First John. The verses answered the question: Why do I write?
Carrie: A grandmother’s Bible is so very special ♥
Q: Between Kenzie and Trevor, which character did you most connect with in Lamp Unto Her Feet?
Paula: I believe I connected with Kenzie, wanting to follow God’s will but sometimes with reluctance from what it might require.
Carrie: oh yes! I think we’ve all been there!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Lamp Unto Her Feet?
Paula: My hope and prayer is that readers would personally understand and accept the Bible as a lamp for their feet, knowing God’s Word is trustworthy.
Carrie: Yes! Amen.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Paula: Originally, Lamp Unto Her Feet was to be a stand alone book, however, my initial reviewer wondered what would be next for Kenzie and Trevor. My mind began to whirr, and it seems there may be a second book.
Currently, I am completing a sweet romance called Cantering Hearts.
Paula Mowery is giving away an ebook copy of Lamp Unto Her Feet to one of my readers (Open internationally as long as recipient can accept ebook gifts from US Amazon. Void where prohibited.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What is your favorite Bible verse?