Paula Mowery just published her first novella and was gracious enough to consent to an interview. Thanks for joining us today, Paula.
What is your most recent book or article? Tell us a little bout it.
The Blessing Seer released July 6th. This novella came about after mulling over a sermon illustration about a man who goes to Heaven. He is given a tour by an angel who stops at a warehouse filled with unopened gifts. The man inquires about the gifts and is told these are all of the blessings God wants to give but haven’t been asked for or haven’t been given due to disobedience. As I contemplated this story, God “downloaded” the outline for The Blessing Seer into my mind. After writing it down, I began to research scriptures and commentaries about blessings.
What audience did you have in mind when you wrote it?
God taught me many things while writing this story. He taught me about stepping from comfort zones into obedience and finding blessing. So, I suppose, the audience would be Christians like me, who might need a reminder that God wants to use us and the gifts He’s given to accomplish His will.
What do you hope people will learn from it?
My prayer since finding out this novella would be published has been that God would touch the reader for His glory – whatever that might be. If it’s following in Addy’s coworker’s footsteps and accepting Christ for the first time, that’s my prayer. If it’s challenging a Christian to step from comfort zones and do something significant for God, then that’s my prayer.
Where can people purchase your book?
THE BLESSING SEER is available from the publisher – www.pelicanbookgroup.com. Or, it can also be downloaded from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
What words of advice can you give to those who are interested in getting published or in launching a speaking career?
If God is calling you to write and publish, join a writer’s group like ACFW. Take a class like freelancewritingcourses.com taught by author, Janice Hanna Thompson. Read books about writing. Write. Read. And repeat.
Also, try publishing an article in a magazine first even if you must do it for free. This is good experience and exposure.
Pray and ask God to direct you – this is first and foremost.
What books or movies have influenced you the most?
I have always been and will continue to be an avid reader of Christian fiction of all sorts. Not enough room here to list them all.
Tell us a little about your hobbies.
Right now, it’s all about reading and writing. I used to crochet and loved it. But, I had to give that up when I started to interpret for the deaf again. Can’t risk Carpal Tunnel coming back. I do read several books for review purposes for my column for www.christianmagazine.org.
For more info, visit www.paulamowery.blogspot.com