Thursday, August 20, 2009

with Mary Moss

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Hats? Writer, speaker, Biblical storyteller, Mary Moss wears many! She is a consummate blogger, prolific writer, creative and energetic woman with a passion for life and a deep and abiding faith in Jesus. Mary is also a devoted wife, loving mother, true blue friend, and child of God. Jobs? Mary has had just about any you can think of! “Jill of all trades” and master of none, she leans on the Lord to make it through every day—every hour. Okay . . . every minute.

You can keep up with Mary through her blogs Divinely Designed, Godly Graffiti and Crayon Chronicles or on her Website: Divinely Designed.

The Woman At the Well
We all long for the living water of Jesus Christ. Like the Samaritan woman at the well in the gospel of John, we beg Christ, “give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw” (John 4:15 RSV). The poetry and devotions within the pages of this book reflect and recount many aspects of the author’s faith journey. Her desire is that as you find some of your own journey in these pages, you will be encouraged and uplifted.

In a book review on Amazon Julie Arduini wrote: "Mary O. Moss is the vessel God uses to pour love, wisdom and encouragement to the reader. Laced with Biblical Example and Scripture, the poems and short works really encouraged me. As I read I thought what a perfect gift book for someone who might be hurting through their own choices or even circumstances. I believe this would be a great book for someone who is searching for fulfillment, much like the Biblical woman at the well. Lastly, I think it's a wonderful work to keep for yourself. Let God love on you. Woman at the Well is a perfect means to feel His love today."

Mary, thanks so much for being with us today! Tell us about your epiphany moment when you decided you were going to seriously pursue writing.
I was “born” to be a writer! I composed my first “short fiction story” when I was about 8 years old. As an adult, it wasn’t until a few years ago and due largely to the support and urging of several close friends and members of my Christian Writer’s Group that I considered writing as a vocation.

What prompted you to write this book?
Several friends had been “pestering” me to share my poetry and devotions with the world—as an expansion of my blog ministry. Also, publishing this book was an exercise in obedience. I knew God wanted it done; I just fought Him for a long time!

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
For me, the most difficult obstacle was deciding to “just do it” in the first place. The only ongoing obstacle to writing I have found is lack of time! I can and do write prolifically but if I could wave a magic wand . . . that’s all I would do 24/7!

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I don’t know if it’s quirky or not, but I love to make up rhymes. I love the challenge of writing a poem or limerick with a word limit and making it make sense and be creative while telling a story—even for no particular reason.

What would a perfect day for you look like?
Up just in time to watch sunrise, sipping coffee on my deck. Blogging, writing, surfing the net, reading and then writing some more. A burger cooked on the grill with roasted vegetables for dinner and our grown children all with us -- on the deck. The only thing I would enjoy as much is any day at the beach – rain or shine in any season.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading. Poetry, inspirational, historical fiction, adventure, over the years I’ve read a little bit of everything except romance novels.

Are there certain foods or snacks that keep the words flowing for you?
Unsweetened Iced Tea. =)

What lesson is the Lord teaching you right now or recently taught you?
His lessons, like his mercies, are new each day! He has been working on my obedience a great deal lately and affirms His ongoing desire for me (and my need) to “be still and know He is God.”

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I don’t know when the next one will be out as I’ve just started compiling the poems and devotions. I recently decided I’ll do a series of books, all with titles based on “unnamed” women of the Bible. The title of this next one will be “Woman With The Alabaster Jar” and Jim Harris (who painted the Woman At The Well cover) has already agreed to paint that cover art for me. I am seriously thinking of including in this one the story of how Jim and I met and how God continues to use our ministries and our relationship with each other to enrich each other’s lives and advance God’s kingdom.

Mary is giving away a copy of The Woman At the Well. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment and check back on Wednesday, August 26th to see if you've won. If you want to guarantee that you're notified if you win, then leave your email address in the comment, otherwise, you can just check back and email me through the button in my sidebar. OR you could sign up to have Patterings updates delivered to your inbox. If you do, it will give you a bonus entry in the giveaway, otherwise you can enter twice--once for each post you leave a comment on. :^)

On deck for tomorrow is Tammy Barley.

6 comments:

  1. I'd love to win!
    mymadakaja at yahoo dot com

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  2. This sounds like such an encouraging book. Would love to win it. Please enter me. Thank you.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  3. Great interview, Peej:)

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  4. Sounds like a very inspiring book. Would love to be entered in the drawing.

    cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. I love Mary!!! Please enter me, or I'll be forced to buy her book. ;)
    Cat
    catrina@faithwriters.net

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  6. I loved the interview! Please, enter me.
    God's great blessings

    marthanadnny(at)hotmail(dot)com

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