Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Interview with Inspirational Romance Author Mary L. Ball

Mary L. Ball lives in North Carolina and writes Christian fiction. When she’s not working on her latest story, she enjoys fishing, reading, and singing gospel songs with her husband. Readers can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Book Review for Stone of Destiny: “Taking Taylor's destiny in her hands, Grandma tries to make light of selling the family home, a home Taylor spent much time in as a child, and uses the ‘old lady’ excuse to shame her into staying there to oversee remodeling. Of course the remodeler is a hunk ... and the sparks of battle turn into sparks of romance.” –Lisa J. Lickel

Hello, Mary. This book is a sweet romance with a bit of mystery. Please tell us about your novel, Stone of Destiny.

Hello Linda, it's a pleasure to be here today. You have a wonderful blog. Here's the blurb to Stone of Destiny.

Taylor has given up on everything but her work. After becoming the youngest CEO of Mugful’s Beverage Company, she believes life is complete--until her grandmother asks her to oversee the renovations of the family home, in addition to searching for a missing heirloom. Her first contact with what she believes is an insignificant ring, lost for fifty years, sends her life spinning.

Unexpected feelings surface that she doesn't understand. Thoughts that should remain unspoken are voiced. Taylor’s emotional journey begins, testing a heart as cold as the ring itself and forcing her to question everything she believes.

Is this a fairytale, or simply her soul reaching out for a different world--a life she can only find through faith and a divine trust in God?

Romance! Mystery! This story sounds so intriguing. Where did you get your inspiration for this book?

My oldest grandson likes to read YA fantasy. One day while seeing him relaxing with his favorite book, I thought, I need to write a novel about spiritual wonders and remarkable things that happen when we put our trust in the Lord. Over the next week, the plot for Stone of Destiny was born.   

That’s so interesting. What kind of research did you have to do?
 I haven't been to Panama, so I spent countless time researching Central America, as my character spends a few months in the area.

The ring in Stone of Destiny is a sapphire. I used that gem because it's my birthstone, but during the editing process my publisher asked if I'd researched the meaning of a sapphire. I read the link and found the sapphire symbolizes mental clarity, faithfulness and truth, which are important components to the story.

Wow! So the sapphire was perfect to use in your story. Who is one of your favorite characters in this story and what do you love about him or her?

 I have a few and can't decide. I enjoy Taylor (the main character) she is like me in a lot of ways and finds herself questioning her path in life. Deep down she has different aspirations.

Taylor's love interest is Brent. He's a God-fearing, blue-collar worker who looks good in Wrangler Jeans. LOL

Then there is Granny Kaye. That lady has wisdom and lives by faith. She's the one constant in Taylor's life.
What wonderful characters! Okay, it’s time to tell us something about the real you that we’ll never forget.

I live in a small town and like it that way. I'd much rather be at a lake than in a five-star restaurant.      

Thank you, Mary, for an awesome interview. I hope my readers will check out your book. I know they’ll enjoy it.


Mary L. Ball said...

Thanks for having me on your blog Linda.

Unknown said...

Great interview. I've loved all Mary's books.

Unknown said...

I enjoyed STONE OF DESTINY very much. Mary has a gift for weaving ideas together with her faith, romance, with reality and producing a beautiful story...I'm excited about her new book POSTMARKED EVER AFTER, I know it will be a good one!

Bonnie Traher said...

Have not read this book. Budget does not allow for buying very many books. Usually look at the library for their for sale books as well as at the Salvation Army. My choices are limited but I will put this on my wish list for sure.

Jan H said...

I liked a lot of things about this interview. Sapphire is also my birthstone, I live on a very small lake near a very small town and I love it. I am always thrilled to find books that a teen would love that would be suitable for our church library.

LAWonder said...

I feel there cannot be enough Books created with consideration of God and God-fearing people in them.
For many of us, that is real life. I love a good mystery.
Thank you both for the giveaway!

Sonja said...

Linda, you have the best blog articles. It was really interesting. This book sounds and looks like a winner. Sonja dot Nishimoto at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Great interview! i love the cover and cant wait to read!!

Mary L. Ball said...

Thanks everyone for the comments. It's great getting to know all the readers.

Beautiful Disaster said...

Great interview! I enjoy mystery and romance so I'm looking forward to reading this book.
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Cheryl R said...

I love that she has gotten inspiration from a book she found her grandson reading.

Shirley said...

Great interview. Thank you both for the interview and chance to win a copy of the book
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Shirley said...

Thank you for the wonderful interview and the chance to win acopy of the book..
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Anonymous said...

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BookLady said...

What a wonderful book! Great interview. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway.

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations to Amy Tolley! You are the winner of this wonderful book. I know you'll enjoy it.