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Author Interview: Paula Mowery

Paula MoweryPaula Mowery is our special guest today as we continue this week. Paula 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. In November of 2013, her first romance released in the anthology, Brave New Century, from Prism Book Group. Legacy and Love is her first solo romance. 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 blog, Full Flavored Living.

As an acquisitions editor for Prism Book Group, Paula particularly looks for romance stories with Christian values at its core. She’s especially attracted to those manuscripts that leave the reader mulling over the story long after turning the last page.

Having been an avid reader of Christian fiction, she now puts that love to use by writing book reviews. She is a member of ACFW and is on the author interview team.

Paula is a pastor’s wife and mom to a first year 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.

About the Author: 

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. In November of 2013, her first romance released in the anthology, Brave New Century, from Prism Book Group. Legacy and Love is her first solo romance. 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 blog, Full Flavored Living.

As an acquisitions editor for Prism Book Group, Paula particularly looks for romance stories with Christian values at its core. She’s especially attracted to those manuscripts that leave the reader mulling over the story long after turning the last page.

Having been an avid reader of Christian fiction, she now puts that love to use by writing book reviews. She is a member of ACFW and is on the author interview team.

Paula is a pastor’s wife and mom to a first year 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.

You can follow Paula at Facebook. Learn more about Paula at her blog at  or enjoy her monthly columns in Christian Online Magazine.

Paula, thank you for being here with us today. I could talk your ear off about this book, not because of the romance—and the romance is nice—but because of the grandmother factor. I had the greatest grandmother in the world. She invested time in me, spent time with me, and she actually stood in the breach for my absent father. So, I’m very interested in knowing if you wrote Legacy of Love because you had a grandmother like Olivia and Mimi from the novellas or for another reason.

Oh yes, I had wonderful, godly grandmothers. It is out of the fact that they left a godly legacy that I came to write these two novellas. At this time in my life, with a daughter homeschooled and now in college, I’ve examined whether I am leaving that same godly heritage. In the times that we live today it seems that there are many other voices that want to refute Christ and His relevance in and for our lives. I feel an urgency to be intentional about passing on a faith in Jesus Christ and following Him throughout life.

Both Alex and Hope, the heroines of Inheritance and The Prayer Shawl, respectively, inherited something from their grandmothers. I’m not talking about material things, but those things that are spiritual and longer lasting than what we have here on earth. What would you say are some of the greatest things a grandparent can pass on to a grandchild? Were you the recipient of such gifts?

One of the greatest things a grandparent can pass on is a genuine, lived-out faith. That is what I saw in my grandmothers.

My maternal grandmother, or mamaw, was the one who sewed, quilted, crocheted, canned. You name it; she did it. And then she shared these things with others. She was always sending a jar of apple butter or pickles to someone or sending them a crocheted afghan for their couch. These were tangible ways she showed others that she cared for them and prayed for them. Even though she was in extreme pain from arthritis, she was always in her pew at church. I crack up to remember the way she had to put on her panty hose for church. She couldn’t bend forward so she rolled up the leg of the hose, flopped onto her stomach, reached behind her, and looped the hose onto her foot. Then she flipped over and finished the job. What determination!

In your novella, is there a key scripture or biblical concept that you explore? If so, what scripture or concept do you hope to bright to the light for your readers in each story?

I have to say that Jeremiah 29:11 comes to mind when I think of these two novellas. Most people are familiar with that verse about the fact that God has plans not to harm but to prosper us and to give us a hope and a future. I feel that both of these novellas have this verse at their very core. I want readers to know that God has a plan and a purpose for each of His children. He just needs us to acknowledge and follow. God wants to give us a future that we can’t even imagine.

Do you have any future projects in the works, and if so, what issues do your characters deal with?

Can you believe it? My work in progress deals once again with a grandmother leaving that godly legacy for a granddaughter again. Must be something God is trying to get across to someone—maybe me. The main character in this story must learn that God’s Word can be trusted to lead and guide through life.

I’ve also joined with some other authors for a couple of devotional books that I’m excited about.

You’re hearing it first here: I have actually been contemplating a companion study for Legacy and Love. My two other books, The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing, both have Bible studies at the end. I feel that Legacy and Love lends itself to a study of prayer and godly legacy. We’ll see.

Thank you so much for this opportunity to share about Legacy and Love and its background.

Thank you for being with us, and I hope you’ll come back and visit us when your other projects are released.

LegacyandLove_ebook2 copy (427x640)About the novella, Inheritance, from Love and Legacy:

Alex Lyndon’s life has been a series of fits and starts with no finishes. She finds herself jobless and divorced. Now her only family, Granny Olivia, is critically ill.

Chase Carson had to step into running the family business when his father died. The time is past due to visit Miss Olivia.

Alex and Chase must go on a treasure hunt. Will each find purpose and love for their lives in the process?

About the novella, The Prayer Shawl, from Love and Legacy:

Sean Holland is a magazine reporter always looking for the next story. Hope Weaver is a pediatric nurse who shares Christ through making prayer shawls. The shawls are just the touchy-feely story Sean needs, even though he’ll have to endure Hope’s strong Christian beliefs to get it. An unexpected connection brings them together as a couple. But, can they find love if they don’t share their faith?

Be sure to catch Monday’s interview  with Alexa Lyndon and Hope Weaver, the heroines of the novellas that make up Legacy and Love.

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