Today, Writing Wicket interviews Mary L. Bell. Mary is a multi-published Christian author. She lives in North Carolina and enjoys fishing, reading, and ministering in song with her hubby at functions. Her books are about small-town romance, suspense, and mystery, influenced by the grace of Jesus Christ.
I asked Mary:
Q. What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Through talking with new writers, I think one problem is they believe they have to pay a boutique or vanity publisher to become a published author. That is not the case; many traditional publishers are small and accept queries. Nine years ago, I started the publishing journey and queried about fifty smaller publishers before I was offered a contract with Prism Book Group (now part of Pelican Book Group.)
Q. Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
Yes. Thanks to Google and Bing, writers can find information about any subject. Goggling a phrase like, “What does a sad person feel?” would give lots feedback to help a writer capture the emotion of a scene.
Q. Do you want each of your books to stand on its own (if you’re writing more than one, that is), or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I like each book to stand alone. In my Celestial Investigation series, the sisters have a part in each story but the series reads fine without the other books.
Q. What book(s) have you written?
Publisher: Pelican Book Group
Escape to Big Fork Lake
Redemption in Big Fork Lake
Sparks of Love
A Love Valley Christmas
Publisher: Forget Me Not Romance (A Division of Winged Publications)
Rose Colored Christmas
Publisher: Life Inspiring Books
Christmas at Angel Ranch
Postmarked Ever After
Moments with God’s Word
An Angel’s Burden (Co-written with Blake Leonard)
The most recent release is Asheville Hearts, published by Dancing with Bear Christian Publishing
Q. What are you working on now?
Awaken the Past is a novella, which is part of Forget Me Not heroine in danger suspense set to release before summer. My work-in-progress titled A Special Christmas is part of the Romancing the Christmas Angel boxed set for the holiday.
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