Hot Off the Press from France! Interview with Mary E. deMuth

Mary E. deMuth is the author of Wishing on Dandelions (NavPress, releases September 15), the sequel to Watching the Tree Limbs. You can find out more about Mary and her interesting life in France by visiting her website: www.relevantprose.com

Q: When did you get started writing?
A: In second grade my teacher told my mom that I was a very creative writer. That inspired me to continue writing until today. Encouragement goes a long way for me!

Q: When or how did you find your writer’s voice?
A: I’ve been writing since 1992 when I started a family. During that time I wrote newsletters. In 2002, I became a weekly columnist for a local paper in Dallas. About halfway through that stint, my mentor emailed me and said, “Methinks you found your voice.” I was so excited. It came after thousands upon thousands of words written.

Q: What makes you write?
A: This obsessive compulsive need to communicate. Basically, I am crazy.

Q: What do you enjoy most about the writer’s life?
A: All the money and accolades. (Ha ha ha….) I love creating stories. I get so jazzed about creating worlds and people and places.

Q: How did you write your first novel Crushing Stone? Was the second novel easier or harder?
A: I researched the life of my great grandmother who raised seven children during the Great Depression all alone. Her husband had died in a tragic rock quarry accident. One day I decided to finally write the novel I’d always wanted to write, based loosely on her life. Four months later, it was finished. The second one was easier. The third one was not easy and I put it down. The fourth went well. We’ll see how the next one goes.

Q: Do you prefer writing fiction or non-fiction? Do you plan to continue to write for both categories?
A: I see myself as a storyteller, so I prefer fiction. You’ll notice in my nonfiction that I spin a lot of stories.

Q: Which writers have influenced you?
A: Leif Enger of Peace Like a River fame. He showed me you could write lyrical prose and still create a page-turning story. I like both components. I enjoy Anne Lamott’s crazy writing style and the wit of Donald Miller. Someday when I grow up, I’d like to write some comedy.

Q: If you were stuck on a desert island for say, six months, before a Carnival cruise ship swooped past to pick you up, which two books would you like to be shipwrecked with? (A copy of the Gideon’s Bible is already on the island.)
A: Peace Like a River and anything by C. S. Lewis.

Q: Do you find writing easy or not? What’s the easiest part? What’s the hardest?
A: It is easy now that I’ve spent so much time at it. The more you write, the better the words seem to flow. It’s like a muscle that needs constant exercise. The hardest part for me is balancing marketing and promotion with my schedule.

Q: Writers are faced with so much to do from a publicity standpoint. What promotional technique has been most effective for you? Least effective?
A: The most effective: developing my web presence. The least? Some radio interviews don’t necessarily translate to book sales.

Q: Are you working on anything new?
A: Yeah, a proposal for a nonfiction book and a short novel.

Q: Any advice to first time writers on getting published?
A: Write, write, write. Listen to criticism. Join a critique group. Be humble. Pay your dues. Start small. Be teachable. Rewrite. Make friends with other writers.

Q: Anything else you’d like to add?
A: Writing is a difficult profession. You need to know that you know that you know that God has called you to do it, or you will easily give up. Work hard. Trust.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a good interview…makes me want to pick up Mary’s books and read,read,read! Can’t wait to read the interviewer’s upcoming book as well!

    Donna in Colorado

  2. Anonymous says:

    What a good interview…makes me want to pick up Mary’s books and read,read,read! Can’t wait to read the interviewer’s upcoming book as well!

    Donna in Colorado

  3. Anonymous says:

    What a good interview…makes me want to pick up Mary’s books and read,read,read! Can’t wait to read the interviewer’s upcoming book as well!

    Donna in Colorado

  4. Anonymous says:

    What a good interview…makes me want to pick up Mary’s books and read,read,read! Can’t wait to read the interviewer’s upcoming book as well!

    Donna in Colorado

  5. Anonymous says:

    What a good interview…makes me want to pick up Mary’s books and read,read,read! Can’t wait to read the interviewer’s upcoming book as well!

    Donna in Colorado

  6. Anonymous says:

    What a good interview…makes me want to pick up Mary’s books and read,read,read! Can’t wait to read the interviewer’s upcoming book as well!

    Donna in Colorado

  7. Anonymous says:

    What a good interview…makes me want to pick up Mary’s books and read,read,read! Can’t wait to read the interviewer’s upcoming book as well!

    Donna in Colorado

  8. Jan K. says:

    Loved this interview! ~Jan K.

  9. Jan K. says:

    Loved this interview! ~Jan K.

  10. Jan K. says:

    Loved this interview! ~Jan K.

  11. Jan K. says:

    Loved this interview! ~Jan K.

  12. Jan K. says:

    Loved this interview! ~Jan K.

  13. Jan K. says:

    Loved this interview! ~Jan K.

  14. Jan K. says:

    Loved this interview! ~Jan K.

  15. Joanna says:

    Suz-thanks for sharing this…very inspiring. She has a great website too.

  16. Joanna says:

    Suz-thanks for sharing this…very inspiring. She has a great website too.

  17. Joanna says:

    Suz-thanks for sharing this…very inspiring. She has a great website too.

  18. Joanna says:

    Suz-thanks for sharing this…very inspiring. She has a great website too.

  19. Joanna says:

    Suz-thanks for sharing this…very inspiring. She has a great website too.

  20. Joanna says:

    Suz-thanks for sharing this…very inspiring. She has a great website too.

  21. Joanna says:

    Suz-thanks for sharing this…very inspiring. She has a great website too.

  22. sbr says:

    i checked out mary’s website. thanks for posting it. sbr

  23. sbr says:

    i checked out mary’s website. thanks for posting it. sbr

  24. sbr says:

    i checked out mary’s website. thanks for posting it. sbr

  25. sbr says:

    i checked out mary’s website. thanks for posting it. sbr

  26. sbr says:

    i checked out mary’s website. thanks for posting it. sbr

  27. sbr says:

    i checked out mary’s website. thanks for posting it. sbr

  28. sbr says:

    i checked out mary’s website. thanks for posting it. sbr

  29. A word from Grand Rapids says:

    Hi Susan–
    I found your website on Christian Fiction on-line and then read your blog and couldn’t believe you had just posted about Mary DeMeth!!! I just finished Watching Her Tree Limbs!!! Totally awesome book. I didn’t even know she was going to write a sequel. Glad I found your blog. I marked it as a favourite bookmark. Thanks again, Susan! Barbie L. from Grand Rapids, MI

  30. A word from Grand Rapids says:

    Hi Susan–
    I found your website on Christian Fiction on-line and then read your blog and couldn’t believe you had just posted about Mary DeMeth!!! I just finished Watching Her Tree Limbs!!! Totally awesome book. I didn’t even know she was going to write a sequel. Glad I found your blog. I marked it as a favourite bookmark. Thanks again, Susan! Barbie L. from Grand Rapids, MI

  31. A word from Grand Rapids says:

    Hi Susan–
    I found your website on Christian Fiction on-line and then read your blog and couldn’t believe you had just posted about Mary DeMeth!!! I just finished Watching Her Tree Limbs!!! Totally awesome book. I didn’t even know she was going to write a sequel. Glad I found your blog. I marked it as a favourite bookmark. Thanks again, Susan! Barbie L. from Grand Rapids, MI

  32. A word from Grand Rapids says:

    Hi Susan–
    I found your website on Christian Fiction on-line and then read your blog and couldn’t believe you had just posted about Mary DeMeth!!! I just finished Watching Her Tree Limbs!!! Totally awesome book. I didn’t even know she was going to write a sequel. Glad I found your blog. I marked it as a favourite bookmark. Thanks again, Susan! Barbie L. from Grand Rapids, MI

  33. A word from Grand Rapids says:

    Hi Susan–
    I found your website on Christian Fiction on-line and then read your blog and couldn’t believe you had just posted about Mary DeMeth!!! I just finished Watching Her Tree Limbs!!! Totally awesome book. I didn’t even know she was going to write a sequel. Glad I found your blog. I marked it as a favourite bookmark. Thanks again, Susan! Barbie L. from Grand Rapids, MI

  34. A word from Grand Rapids says:

    Hi Susan–
    I found your website on Christian Fiction on-line and then read your blog and couldn’t believe you had just posted about Mary DeMeth!!! I just finished Watching Her Tree Limbs!!! Totally awesome book. I didn’t even know she was going to write a sequel. Glad I found your blog. I marked it as a favourite bookmark. Thanks again, Susan! Barbie L. from Grand Rapids, MI

  35. A word from Grand Rapids says:

    Hi Susan–
    I found your website on Christian Fiction on-line and then read your blog and couldn’t believe you had just posted about Mary DeMeth!!! I just finished Watching Her Tree Limbs!!! Totally awesome book. I didn’t even know she was going to write a sequel. Glad I found your blog. I marked it as a favourite bookmark. Thanks again, Susan! Barbie L. from Grand Rapids, MI

  36. Anonymous says:

    I,too,loved reading the interview with Mary deMuth, and am inspired to read one of her books. I read Peace Like A River this summer (the book Mary refers to a couple of times in her interview) and loved it! It was the first time in a VERY long time that I was so caught up in the characters that I was sad when the book ended, and wanted to read more and more! Just like books were when I was a kid! Magical…thanks for broadening our reading horizons Suzanne!
    ~Kathy

  37. Anonymous says:

    I,too,loved reading the interview with Mary deMuth, and am inspired to read one of her books. I read Peace Like A River this summer (the book Mary refers to a couple of times in her interview) and loved it! It was the first time in a VERY long time that I was so caught up in the characters that I was sad when the book ended, and wanted to read more and more! Just like books were when I was a kid! Magical…thanks for broadening our reading horizons Suzanne!
    ~Kathy

  38. Anonymous says:

    I,too,loved reading the interview with Mary deMuth, and am inspired to read one of her books. I read Peace Like A River this summer (the book Mary refers to a couple of times in her interview) and loved it! It was the first time in a VERY long time that I was so caught up in the characters that I was sad when the book ended, and wanted to read more and more! Just like books were when I was a kid! Magical…thanks for broadening our reading horizons Suzanne!
    ~Kathy

  39. Anonymous says:

    I,too,loved reading the interview with Mary deMuth, and am inspired to read one of her books. I read Peace Like A River this summer (the book Mary refers to a couple of times in her interview) and loved it! It was the first time in a VERY long time that I was so caught up in the characters that I was sad when the book ended, and wanted to read more and more! Just like books were when I was a kid! Magical…thanks for broadening our reading horizons Suzanne!
    ~Kathy

  40. Anonymous says:

    I,too,loved reading the interview with Mary deMuth, and am inspired to read one of her books. I read Peace Like A River this summer (the book Mary refers to a couple of times in her interview) and loved it! It was the first time in a VERY long time that I was so caught up in the characters that I was sad when the book ended, and wanted to read more and more! Just like books were when I was a kid! Magical…thanks for broadening our reading horizons Suzanne!
    ~Kathy

  41. Anonymous says:

    I,too,loved reading the interview with Mary deMuth, and am inspired to read one of her books. I read Peace Like A River this summer (the book Mary refers to a couple of times in her interview) and loved it! It was the first time in a VERY long time that I was so caught up in the characters that I was sad when the book ended, and wanted to read more and more! Just like books were when I was a kid! Magical…thanks for broadening our reading horizons Suzanne!
    ~Kathy

  42. Anonymous says:

    I,too,loved reading the interview with Mary deMuth, and am inspired to read one of her books. I read Peace Like A River this summer (the book Mary refers to a couple of times in her interview) and loved it! It was the first time in a VERY long time that I was so caught up in the characters that I was sad when the book ended, and wanted to read more and more! Just like books were when I was a kid! Magical…thanks for broadening our reading horizons Suzanne!
    ~Kathy

  43. Anonymous says:

    Great interview! I’ve read two of Mary DeMuth’s books, and they’re amazing.

    She’s stopping by my blog on the 16th — so maybe you can peek in and say hello! 🙂

  44. Anonymous says:

    Great interview! I’ve read two of Mary DeMuth’s books, and they’re amazing.

    She’s stopping by my blog on the 16th — so maybe you can peek in and say hello! 🙂

  45. Anonymous says:

    Great interview! I’ve read two of Mary DeMuth’s books, and they’re amazing.

    She’s stopping by my blog on the 16th — so maybe you can peek in and say hello! 🙂

  46. Anonymous says:

    Great interview! I’ve read two of Mary DeMuth’s books, and they’re amazing.

    She’s stopping by my blog on the 16th — so maybe you can peek in and say hello! 🙂

  47. Anonymous says:

    Great interview! I’ve read two of Mary DeMuth’s books, and they’re amazing.

    She’s stopping by my blog on the 16th — so maybe you can peek in and say hello! 🙂

  48. Anonymous says:

    Great interview! I’ve read two of Mary DeMuth’s books, and they’re amazing.

    She’s stopping by my blog on the 16th — so maybe you can peek in and say hello! 🙂

  49. Anonymous says:

    Great interview! I’ve read two of Mary DeMuth’s books, and they’re amazing.

    She’s stopping by my blog on the 16th — so maybe you can peek in and say hello! 🙂