mary Edwards [maryedwards]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
I first read big little books that were wonderful durring the depression years.
I first began to write when I knew how to read and spell. Needless to say that I was very young.
My wonderful fifth grade teacher, Ms Bertie Reese, and Grandma Cunningham, a neighbor.They encouraged me andd kept me supplied with paper. These two ladies also supplied reading material to suit a young lady. They always told me that I should never give up anything that I wanted to do, and no matter the odds against to continue to try.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
Fiction. I love a mystery, but I also enjoy most mainstream titles, and like to write them.
You may find Glenda Bixler on Gather, she has the first two chapters of Angels Rest, which I have added several lines since then. Also several poems that I wrote. She also did a fine job of reviewing Elizabeth's Choice, a novel that I published on Publish America. I asked for, and had my contracts returned, but notice the books are still for sale on Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.
I am also on AuthorsDen. You may find something on Angels in the Dust there. You can check me out on Mississippi writers. She also put up with my mistakes because of failing eyesight. Thank God for lighted magnifiers.
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I write in my head days before I sit down to write. I believe that this is a holdover from having the old Grandmothers, mine and my husbands, to care for, as well as nieces, and other foster children who needed me.
I also say a prayer before I write. I know that God gave me this gift and I thank Him for it. I feel that I must ask forgiveness that I only taught myself to type so late in life, and that too many birthdays are a hindrance now.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
The Holy bible. Luke's writing on the miraculous Birth, and The Grapes Of wrath by John Stienbeck still inspires, along with Ellen Douglas, and Berry Morgan's writings.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Truth in fiction, the meat of the story from the beginning, and the savouring of being filled at the end.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
Both. It is according to how the story progresses and how the characters handle both voices for a paragraph or two.
What well known writers do you admire most?
There isn't enough room to list the writers that I admire, but Ernie Pile won my admiration for his bravery and the books that he wrote during world ww2.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
Consistant speech habits. I talk to my characters. if I cant get the right answers mentallyI delete a good number of the them in the beginning chapters.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
I believe that I am. I love to tell stories to the children at the libraries, and the parents seem to enjoy it too.My grandchildren always want a story, though the have kids of their own.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
I write for me. It is what I love to do, and my only tears are for my failing sight.
when It gets too bad I go to my recorder and record.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
You Betcha, wonderful therapy. Internal conflicts are a force that must be reckoned with if you are at all creative.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Amen, it it is a work fixable help.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
Yes. Only for the poem Autumn's Turning. I wouldn't call it an award, but it placed semifinal in poetry at the Faulkner-Wisdom writers competition.
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I believe that I have.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
I write for two hours every morning after two cups of coffee.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
paper, pencils and morning quiet.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
Yes. I print and correct on paper. I check word for word and line by line.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
What has been your experience with publishers?
Heartbreak, but I will never ever stop trying until My Father calls me home.
What are you working on now?
I am working on gathering my poetry ffor a book of poems. I am alsso looking up publishers that publish book like the two finished one, Angel's Rest and Beyond the Heart. I am also doing artwork for a childrens book that I wrote for my grandbaby.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
Get up off your duster and bring them up to date. don't you know that new was never old, and old is always new.