Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Author Interview: Mary L Ball

Mary L Ball
author, Escape to Big Fork Lake

Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)

Hi everyone,  I live in Randleman, North Carolina.  Living in Randleman means that either way I travel I’m only about three hours from the mountains (one direction) and the beaches, so as much as time allows hubby and I take short road trips for mini-vacations.    

I keep my  two grandsons while my daughter works ( around the school schedule) and  do the best to support  my husband’s ministry.

I enjoy writing Inspirational novels, romance mixed with suspense or mystery.  Because I love small towns most of my settings  involve the characters either living or moving to small towns.  Among my fiction  I also write christian articles and create our church’s newsletter.

Fill in the blank favorites - Type of hero. Type of heroine.

My type of hero is a God fearing country man.

The favorite type of heroine for me, is  a woman  who-even if she is going through a tough time, is strong on the inside with a will to survive.    

What is your favorite genre to read?

I enjoy reading Romantic Suspense and my  preferences  are Inspirational and Christian fictions.

What got you started on your writing journey?

When I worked  full time I wrote business letters as part of my administrative duties.  When I quit my job to keep my grandson I begin writing short stories,  Christian articles and creating the church newsletter.  My road to  fiction began slowly and I’ve had a lot of growing to do. Writing non-fiction is a totally different  from fiction.  

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance?  Do you write steamy romance as well?

I didn’t choose  sweet & clean romance, it’ chose me! I’m  a woman of faith and as such always  look for the simple and wholesome answers in life .  As for the romance, I believe all of us women are suckers for romance.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the rest of the year 2013?

I have a new release, Stone of Destiny published by Prism Book Group, coming in Sept.  Adding to that is a work in process- tentatively  dubbed “Redemption in Big Fork Lake.” It  takes a journey back to Big Fork and re-visits a few of the characters.  A lot of people asked, “what happened to Rob?”  He is a main  character in Big Fork Lake, so this novel circles around a man and  his addiction.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

I know a lot of authors  use a spin from  their life or things that have happened in the circles they travel, but  I  don’t. I enjoy creating complete fiction works (at least  it’s fiction for me)  

What are the elements of a great romance for you?

My thoughts about romance  is that it doesn’t always  revolve around someone getting flowers or being sweep off  their feet by acts of courting, it’s  about things  in life that really affect a person.  

Please share about your book 

Below  is  a blurb from Escape to Big Fork Lake-my debut novel.

Will an inheritance bring new happiness or a trap for murder?

Bad luck seems to follow Sam Blacker. She loses her job and faces daily struggles keeping her drunken neighbor away from her.

When an unexpected inheritance gives her a chance for a new beginning, Sam, a city girl at heart is hesitant.

However, after a brutal attack she has no choice.

Making a decision that will forever change her life she flees to the small fishing town of Big Fork Lake, Alabama and soon finds herself in the arms of Noah Frye.  A tumultuous relationship with Noah sparks buried desires of the heart, even if he is a Christian, surely, she can get around that little problem.

As Sam and Noah’s passion grows trouble lurks in the shadows, waiting and watching. Inescapable, Sam’s bad luck returns when she stumbles upon a murder and becomes the only suspect. Will she have to run again, this time to stay out of prison? Worse, will she lose the best man she’s ever found?  And what about the newfound hunger in heart to know God—can she truly trust in Him?  

What are your hero and heroine of the story like?

Samantha is a  woman who  has a lot of bad luck. Through an old friendship, an inheritance and a challenges in her life she finds love and trust.

Noah is a  Good natured country man.  A  Christian  who’s waiting on the woman God wants him to share his life with.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?  

Escape to Big Fork Lake is a story of learning  trust in others and God.  Anyone with questions as to why bad things happen to good people  might find some answers in this novel.      

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