Well, if you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m a particular fan of Mary Connealy. The first time I opened up her novel, Petticoat Ranch, I knew I’d found a kindred spirit. Finally, someone who wrote the kind of book I wanted to write someday! Humor, adventure, and romance.
If you haven’t read one of Mary’s books, grab your hat, lasso up an armchair, and settle in for a ride filled with twists, turns, and laughs. Seriously…I laugh outloud. (wow, how’s that for a contradiction)
Woven throughout the romantic humor and life-threatening adventure, is the heart of Mary’s gift. Her ability to blend Christian principles through the lives of her characters and the pages of her novel. At times, they’re so gently threaded into the tale that you don’t realize it until you glance back through the pages. It’s a wonderful reflection.
To learn more about Mary’s novels (which are increasing at a rapid pace) visit her website at: www.maryconnealy.com
AND, I am SO excited to scream from the rooftops that Mary’s newest novel, The Husband Tree will be out on Jan 1. I’m purchasing it as a birthday gift to myself and can’t imagine a more exciting present 🙂
Now, for The Christmas Question:
Of all the novels you’ve written, do you have scene featuring someone’s ‘birth of faith’ (conversion, recommitment, etc) that you found particularly touching or fulfilling to write? why?
Most of my characters are people of faith from the beginning. They need to grow in their faith, but they don’t need to become Christians. The conversion scene I like the most is Wade in Montana Rose. I absolutely love him. Wade is in all three books in the Montana Marriages series. In book one, Montana Rose, he is a fright. Really messed up. But giving him a REASON to be messed up was a challenge I enjoyed. Having him change, turn to reach for God, was something I hope I did well. He was a broken man and his moment of stepping out in faith is a tiny baby step. In book #2 The Husband Tree, coming in January, he is now a Christian but he’s still got most of the problems he had in Montana Rose. He’s quit the life of vice and sin but his fears, his self-doubts still haunt him. He is clinging to God as his strength more than any character I’ve ever created. Book #3 Wildflower Bride, is Wade’s story. Wade finally coming to full strength as a mature Christian.
I hope so much that I accomplished this because Wade is a loathsome character in Montana Rose and it may be hard to get people to accept him as a hero. I’m a little worried about it, though I love him and I found the PERFECT woman for him.
One thing I believe about people is they don’t really change. I mean their basic personality is something they’re born with. Each person has their own strengths and those can be used for good or evil. I tried to show that with Wade. He was just a mild mannered, sweet-hearted guy. When he was away from God, that mildness led him into terrible trouble and his hurts were so deep and traumatic. When he was with God, that mildness becomes grace and forgiveness and kindness. Wade depends on God, often, to get him through every step he takes and honestly, is that the most powerful faith there is?
Pepper here: As always, it is a great pleasure to have you as a guest, Mary. Beautiful answer, and a wonderful ‘teaser’ for your upcoming novel Wildflower Bride. My Connealy Classics continue to grow 🙂
God’s word of faith for today:
2 Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases, “
Our core heart-problem is sin. It cloaks and influences how we think, what we say, how we act…but the remedy for some an illness can be found. In Christ. No matter how deep our sickness, how dark our path, how hopeless our future, or how lost our souls, Christ is the answer. He was the answer from before his birth.
In Matthew 1:20-21:
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
His purpose was to rescue us, and he takes people like Wade from Mary’s novel, as well as people like Cassie, or Belle, or even…Pepper Basham, and changes our hearts so we can be fit for Heaven.