Please welcome Paula Mowery to my blog this week. Paula is giving away choice of one of her books in e-copy. Read on down to find out how to enter.
Authors are often asked what genre they write in. My first answer is always Christian fiction. Soon after I will be more specific in adding that I write mainly in the romance sub-genre. But I have delved into women’s fiction as well as romantic suspense. But my books contain a spiritual thread, no matter the story.
The next question to follow is why I write Christian fiction. This answer is multi-faceted.
First, I responded to a calling from God to write. A file under my desk was filled with fifteen novels before I ever ventured into pursuing publication. I remember that first submission was only after much prayer and seeking wisdom. Admittedly, I asked God for a sign. If I was to really make this writing gig a ministry, He would allow that submission to touch someone. The answer was clear when an editor from that publisher sent back an email stating in the first line that my story touched her.
Second, after the affirmation for my calling, I vowed to write stories with spiritual truths. Through the eight books I have already had published there seems to be a theme of understanding that God has a plan for everyone. A Christian can follow that plan, even if he or she has messed up. God allows for corrections and second chances.
Thirdly, I like to provide stories to read for entertainment, but I like that Christian fiction is so much more. Readers have contacted me after reading one of my books and explained how the story helped them spiritually. I couldn’t ask for anything more than to be able to impact someone’s Christian faith. Writing Christian books is another way I share my faith and evangelize like I’m called to do as a believer.
Fourth, I like to read books that are wholesome and clean, thus I read Christian fiction myself. I like knowing that my books are added into that group. One way some of my author friends and I describe our fiction is that you can allow your daughters to read our stories.
My reading and writing choices have been questioned. Someone argued that Christian fiction isn’t like reality. In the world there is profanity and sexual immorality. That’s true, however, I choose to live a Christian lifestyle, trying to steer clear of those things. Why would I want to surround myself with reading material about things I don’t want to be involved in?
So Paula Mowery is a Christian author, striving to be faithful in portraying the truths God gives me through story. And as I promised God at the beginning of this crazy writing ministry, even if a story touches only one person for Christ, it is still worth writing.
What type of books do you like to read? Why?
Paula is giving away a choice of an e-copy of one of her books. Answer the question above in a comment to be entered. Check out her books here.
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.
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.