Paula, welcome to my Christmas series of Writers on Reading. I’ve been looking forward to these interviews like—well, excuse the cliché—but a kid at Christmas! So with your recent Christmas story, Love Again, released Nov. 20. What is your favorite part about a Christmas-themed story?
I don’t know about you, but many of us associate this season with traditional baking. I don’t think a Christmas novel would be complete without those special scents floating around in your head. What are your favorite Christmas goodies to read or write about?
I do like it when a character will pull out the good ol’ sugar cookie recipe, bake, and decorate with other characters, especially kids. There’s something really homey about making Christmas-shaped cookies and sprinkling them with sugar crystals or slathering on some icing. Takes me back to my grandmother’s kitchen around the holidays.
Awww, that’s delightful, Paula. As far back as you remember, what was the first Christmas-related fiction story you read or had read to you? Is there a Christmas book you like to share with your children or grandchildren? Do you have any other special Christmas reading memories?
As many kids, I enjoyed The Night Before Christmas. I also liked reading the Christmas sections of The Little House On The Prairie books. Their humble gifts and foods at that time just made the real meaning of Christmas and the need for family stand out. Of course, family gathered around to listen to the Christmas story from the Bible is a sweet memory too.
Very sweet memories. Thank you for sharing. What is on your Christmas fiction to-read list this year? And what is your ideal Christmas reading experience?
I hope to read the other stories included in the Christmas series coming out from Prism Book Group.
Thank you for sharing. It was fun visiting with you, Paula. Folks, you can continue to connect with Paula, and get to know more about her books at the links below.
Paula Mowery is a published author, acquisitions editor, and speaker. Her first two published works were The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing from Pelican Book Group. Both are women’s fiction, and their themes have been the topics of speaking engagements. Be The Blessing won the Selah Award in 2014 in the novella category. In November of 2013, her first romance released in the anthology, Brave New Century, from Prism Book Group. This book went to number five on Amazon’s bestseller category, historical Christian romance. Legacy and Love was her first solo romance and was a finalist in the Carolyn Readers Choice Awards in 2015.
Reviewers of her writing characterize it as “thundering with emotion.” Her articles have appeared in Woman’s World, The Christian Online Magazine, and the multi-author devotional blog, Full Flavored Living. She wrote a section for Join the Insanity by Rhonda Rhea. She has devotionals included in several collaborative books.
As an acquisitions editor for Prism Book Group, Paula particularly looks for romance stories with Christian values at its core. She’s especially attracted to those manuscripts that leave the reader mulling over the story long after turning the last page.
Having been an avid reader of Christian fiction, she now puts that love to use by writing book reviews. She is a member of ACFW and is on the author interview team. She was a member of the 2014 and 2015 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference faculty.
Paula is a pastor’s wife and mom to a college student. She homeschooled her daughter through all twelve years, and they both lived to tell about it. Before educating her daughter at home, she was an English teacher in public school.
You can follow Paula at www.facebook.com/pages/Paula-Mowery/175869562589187. Learn more about Paula at her blog at www.paulamowery.blogspot.com or enjoy her monthly columns on www.christianonlinemagazine.com. By going through prismbookgroup.com you can find all the links to buy the book.
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