Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Today through Thursday I'm hosting author Mary Manners on my blog.

Mary is an award-winning author of inspirational romance who lives in the beautiful foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee with her husband and teen-aged daughter. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and Smoky Mountain Romance Writers.

During the school year, she teaches middle-schoolers reading and algebra. In her free time, she likes to garden, take long walks with her husband, and read romance novels in a hammock beneath century-old shade trees.

Visit Mary at

Here's a blurb about Mary's most recent release:
In eight seconds Dalton Merrill's professional bull riding days—and the fame he enjoyed—ended. When the adrenaline-junkie returns to Lone Creek Ranch to heal, he discovers a single reckless romp with sweet Emilee Walker has left her with more than a little heartbreak. She’s carrying his child. The last thing he wants is to be tied down with a wife and a son. Emilee Walker trusted Dalton with her heart, and he left her for the rodeo. She wanted Dalton to return home, but not like this. Now she wonders if it's responsibility or love that holds him on Lone Creek. This time she vows to show him what family ties and faith in God really means.

And now for the interview with Mary:

1    What genre do you write in? (Historical, contemporary, romance, etc.)
I write contemporary inspirational romance with a focus on family elements.

2   What motivates you?
I have loved to write for as long as I can remember. My motivation is to get as many stories down on paper, to share with others, that I can. If only there were more hours in the day! I have so much I want to share.

3    How does your faith affect your daily life?
Writing is a form of worship for me. I write to glorify God. My books deal with real-life issues and my characters have real flaws and fears. I hope my readers can relate.

4    What is your greatest challenge in your writing?
My greatest challenge is to tackle marketing along with writing. I am not very computer literate, so working with Facebook, etc. can be a challenge.

5    What message do you hope to convey to readers, either in this latest book or in all your books?
I want readers to know that, although we make mistake, there is always hope for and the possibility of redemption.

6    As an author, what are your goals for the future? I would like to write full-time.
Currently, I teach 7th grade math (my 26th year teaching). Being able to stay home and write would be a blessing.

       7    What’s next for you as an author? Any books in the hopper?
I am currently under contract for 21 books/novellas with Pelican Book Group. Lullaby in Lone Creek is the 13th to release, so there are many more to come!

WOW! 21 books? That's awesome, Mary. I wish you continued success. 

To my readers: THANK YOU for visiting my blog and reading my interview with Mary Manners. It's great to get to know her better.


Mary Manners said...


Thanks so much for hosting me! I truly appreciate you!

Dora Hiers said...

Great interview, ladies.

21 books? Wow, Mary! That's awesome. Congrats on the release of #13, Lullaby in Lone Creek. I LOVED Lost in Lone Creek, so I can't wait to read this one!

Donna B said...

Ooh, I love it, so many more to look forward to! I'll be gobbling them up as they come!

Mary Manners said...

Thanks so much, Donna and Dora. Donna, I appreciate all your reviews and posts. You are amazing. Dora, I can't wait to officially meet you at the RT convention in just another week or so!