us a little bit about your writing journey.
I wrote during the ’90s while my
kids were little. Quite by accident, I proved Malcolm Gladwell right in
his theory about 10,000 hours of practice equaling mastery. When my
youngest went to preschool and I had a little more time to write and
think, I got serious about my publishing career. I met an amazing
mentor, attended critique groups, became a columnist, wrote my first
novel, then attended my first major writing conference. At Mount Hermon
Christian Writers’ Conference in 2003, I met my first agent, who ended
up selling several parenting books to publishers. My second agent sold
my first novels. I’m pretty well split between fiction and nonfiction
now (six novels, six nonfiction).
The Muir House take root in your heart?
I’ve been fascinated by memory
and truth for many years. I guess I’m still wrestling with those issues
in my own heart. I wanted to explore what effect truth has on our
behavior. What if we knew the absolute truth about our pasts? Would
that set us free? Or does it fully matter that we know everything? My
main character, Willa, struggles with that when she can’t go forward
and say yes to a marriage proposal until she feels she’s settled her
past. But, like we do in life, she finds that we all have a choice to
engage in life right now, despite what we know.
would you like readers to tell their friends after they read this
That they read a book that
inspired them to think differently about living today in the moment.
That they were entertained by an unconventional love story. That they
couldn’t put down the book. (Preliminary reports from early readers
confirm the “can’t put down” aspect of the book, something that truly
ignites joy in me!)
think stories are important for communicating truth?
Maybe I’m built weird, but I
learn and retain much more when a story is wrapped around a
Where can we
find your book?
Anywhere books can be found:
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, your local bookstore. Side note: I set
this book where I live, in Rockwall, Texas. My publicist and I are
working on getting the book into all sorts of different venues in the
Mary DeMuth is the author of
twelve books, including her memoir Thin Places, her
latest novel, The Muir House, and an ebook about
how to get published. Because of God’s outrageous redemption, Mary
helps people to live uncaged, fully free and fully alive. She lives
with her husband and three teenagers in Texas. Find out more at http://www.marydemuth.com,