Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I’ve written all my life. I was that weird kid with the glasses who always had her nose in a book. Other kids looked at the playground and wondered whether they wanted to play on the monkey bars or the swings. I looked at it and wondered what happened there when we all went home.
So I was an English major in school, and worked as a small town newspaper reporter out of college — best job ever, BTW — everyone should have that pleasure — and then on the staff of several regional trade magazines and newspapers in Atlanta before starting my own copywriting business.
Are you an Introvert or Extrovert? How does this affect your work?
It really depends. I think my default setting is introverted, because solitude recharges my batteries, but I can be very extroverted if I like what I’m doing at the time. A guy I once dated told me “You looked like you might be shy, but then you opened your mouth, and you didn’t sound shy at all.” Lol.
How do you relax?
I love going out into nature, especially if there’s water. I love river recreation like tubing and rafting and kayaking. I love sailing. I have a romance coming out that’s set in a small coastal town in Maine.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?
I start with a skeleton outline and a list of characters, and I do plan it out, because you have to make sure that your plot is at least possible, given the realities of that place and time. Then I start writing, and I usually find that the story suggests itself to me as long as I ask, “What would this character likely do or feel here? What makes sense here?” And if the character does something that doesn’t make sense at first glance — why?
I see you write in the Christian/Inspirational genre. What draws you to this genre?
This is my life. I’m writing what I’ve experienced myself. All of my stories have God as one of the central characters, and my heroines’ actions are always at least partly motivated by their consciousness of his presence. Their relationship with God may be complicated, or even angry at times, but they always break through to a new level of closeness to him, in the end. I see that relationship as a kind of romance, and just as important, if not more important, than the romance between the heroine and her love interest.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
“You can either work to fulfill your own dreams, or work to help someone else fulfill theirs.”
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I still am an aspiring writer, lol. But to new writers — my advice would be, learn marketing. That’s a drag, and none of us want to do it, but it’s so important. You can write like a genius, but if no one reads your book, you’re stuck.
Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
This is my website: http://www.marylingerfeltauthor.com/
This is my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/marylingerfeltpage/messages/?threadid=1067635493×tamp=1503810882574
Join me Saturday when we read an excerpt from Mary’s story, A Lancaster Love. ~Tina