SHE'LL BE COMING FROM THE CANYON WHEN SHE COMES, SHE'LL BE COMING FROM THE CANYON WHEN SHE . . .
~ DEEP ~ TROUBLE ~ DEEP ~ TROUBLE ~
Aimless, Wyoming rancher wandering from a less than desireable situation,
Determined, searching but stranded on a mountain top,
Quite a combination, two head-strong young people thrown together in a treasure hunt leading them into the Grand Canyon in another of Mary Connealy's uniquely woven novels of humorous, action-laden incidences that will tickle your funny bone as well as keep you on the edge of your seat in anticipation.
With trouble on their back trail from villains who want Shannon's map, the map she's using to prove her father's research isn't the work of a madman, that he really did find a treasure in the wild west.
And with the dream of gold coloring every decision Shannon makes, and Gabe's surprising need to protect her, they set out to find a city of gold.
Gabe finds Shannon stranded in a mountain top cave, left to die.
Along the way they find that true treasure is rooted in love
I've asked Mary to share some answers with readers ~ hers and mine ~ she has kindly consented to do so. Read on to get to know more about this gifted author and her latest release ~ DEEP TROUBLE ~
Mary, What made you want to write?
I don't really think of writing as something I do, more like what I AM. I have always written. My school assignments were too long. My letters home to Grandma were LONG. My children's baby books are covered with writing rather than pictures. It's not something I became.
What do you use as inspiration for your books? Inspiration can come from anywhere. People-watching, playing 'what if' games. Movies, books, TV. Funny things the kids say. It's startling when it hits you, wow, that would make a great book if only. . .
Do you know ahead of time how your books are going to end or what you are going to write about next with the book in a series? Or, do you just go with the flow and hope it all comes together in the end? I sort of know because to end the book well, you need to bring it full circle and usually have the hero or heroine or both face up to their deepest fears or greatest failures. And that is often rooted in how you begin your book. So, the beginning creates the ending. And in between the beginning and ending, I just shoot people and have run away stage coaches, and the occasional passionate kiss.
What do you do to keep yourself in the right frame of mind when writing your books? I enjoy writing so much, I think I'm really low maintenance when it comes to writing. I can get distracted, deal with the distraction, then go right back to the book and pick it up. No frame of mind is required.
What is the ultimate dream you want to conquer with your writing? My prayer when I am writing is that God will make my words say more than I'm capable of having them say. That I will respect this precious gift I've been given of having my books published and do work worthy of the blessing.
You often write about country girls and historical romance. Have you ever considered writing a different genre?
Or ever had ideas for a book of a different genre? I have ideas all the time that jump around different genres. Always romance, but not always historical westerns. But I do dearly love them, and that's what's selling now, so I'm going with it. I have a great idea fro a time travel book and a suspense concerning a messed up chat room situation, and another with a cell phone kicking off the trouble. I can't do those in historical westerns. Although the time travel does go back to western times.
How did you come up with the story ~ DEEP TROUBLE ~? Barbour Publishing was focusing on setting books in fascinating places and I wondered about several cool locations. I set one near Mount Rushmore and that seemed to work well. Researching different ideas, I found a really wonderful book written by a man who hiked the length of the Grand Canyon. I realized how little I knew about that famous place and decided to explore it through my book ~ Deep Trouble ~.
If you didn't make it as a writer what would you be doing right now? I'd still be writing. I can't seem to stop. I seriously suspect I'll keep writing until I die whether anyone wants my books or not.
Do any of your characters have a little piece of you in them? I write really tough, plain spoken frontier women who never get pushed around. That is the exact opposite of me. I think I create characters who are like I WISH I was rather than who I am. I have a pretty good sense of humor but I mostly keep it to myself . . . to the relief of all who know me.
Do any of your characters have resemblance to characters you have crossed paths with in real life? For the most part, real people are too sane. Sometimes I find someone who gives me a jumping off spot, but I usually have to exaggerate that character until they lose all resemblance to real people.
If you got to be a character in a novel, movie or on television or if you got to write yourself into one of your books; what type of character would you want to be? What genre would it be in? Well, since this is fiction, I'd be young and slender and maybe I'd know karate. And I'd like to drive a snazzy car too. And eat all I want without getting fat. Who would that be? Maybe Mrs. Peel on the old Avengers TV show, (not the movie). I really love Belle Tanner in my book - THE HUSBAND TREE. But I know how badly I'd miss air conditioning, so I wouldn't want to be her.
Mary, this has been an amazingly fast interview. I wish you could stick around for longer. I'm also going to be sure to get those other books that are just perking under the surface - sure to come out one of these upcoming months. Thank you, Mary!
Mary Connealy writes fun and lively romantic comedy with cowboys for the Inspirational market.
She is the author of the successful series'
~ LASSOED IN TEXAS ~
~ MONTANA MARRIAGES ~
~ SOPHIE'S DAUGHTERS ~
Mary is a Rita Award and Christy Award finalist. She lives on a ranch in Nebraska with her husband and has four grown daughters and two spectacular grandchildren (yes, she has pictures available upon request).
Mary can be found at the following sites ~ Doing what else? Writing, of course!
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