Mother’s day Magic…
Every mother’s heart holds a bit of magic…her children’s love. Enchantment awaits in a dozen brand new, previously unpublished-stories, written by #1 bestselling and/or multi-award winning authors from across the globe. Whether it’s a captivating tale of romance or fiction fashioned from loving memories, these poignant stories are sure to touch your heart.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH MARY CRAWFORD
One of the Authors FROM
MOTHER’S DAY MAGIC
The Story I’ve Contributed Is:
VISION OF THE HEART
Facing the vision loss caused by macular degeneration is hard enough, but it’s causing Julia Concord to question everything she knows about herself as a wife, mother, and nurse. Can she handle a reunion when she’s a shadow of the person she once was?
What Was The Inspiration For Your Mother’s Day Magic Story?
I wanted to look at the difference between the way we view ourselves as mothers and the way our children and spouses see us. Examining that dichotomy through the eyes of the character with the visual impairment seemed almost poetic.
How much research was involved in writing your story? How did you go about it?
I talked to several people who experienced vision loss and watched many testimonials online. I learned enough about macular degeneration to break my heart.
How often do your characters surprise you by doing or saying something totally unexpected?
I expected my main character to be angry at life, but her moments of good humor often took me by surprise.
Do you miss spending time with your characters when you finish writing this story?
Yes, I miss spending time with the characters. In fact, I might actually write more short stories about the supporting characters in this book.
What writer has been your biggest inspiration?
This is a difficult question for me. In one sense, Judy Blume was my biggest inspiration because she was the writer who turned me into a certified bookworm. Without her stories, which turned reading into something that I have to do into something I wanted to do, I don’t know that I would be doing what I’m doing today. But, if it were not for the mentorship and guidance of Linda Kage, I certainly wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing today. It was her encouragement and cheerleading that gave me the bravery to make the leap from enthusiastic reader to author.
What non-writer had the most influence on your life And why?
My husband definitely has the most positive influence in my life. I met him during my sophomore year in college and whether it was getting my psychology degree or my law degree or becoming an author, Leonard has always believed that I could do anything and everything. That kind of belief in your corner is absolutely priceless.
How important is the choosing of character names to you? Have you ever decided on a name and then changed it because it wasn’t right for the character?
I have changed the character name before, but not for reasons that you might think. Because of my disability, I use Dragon Dictate. Often times Dragon Dictate will not agree with my character name and so for fluidity reasons I will need to change a character name so that I can get work done. Sometimes I will change it back to what I originally intended at the end of the novel, other times after having called the character an alias for so many months, I’ll decide that I like the substitute name better.
Do you allow others to read your work in progress, or do you keep it a secret until you’ve finished your first draft?
I have a few close trusted beta readers who are allowed to read the first draft as I’m producing it.
What inspired you to write your first book?
As a person with a disability, I got really tired of reading books where like me were portrayed as bitter and angry or miraculously healed by the end of the book. So, I wanted to write books where the characters in each novel looks a little bit more like people in real life with real life struggles and hang ups like everyone else.
What might we be surprised to know about you?
I’m really pretty shy.
FROM THE AUTHOR
For all the moms, moms-to-be and those
still struggling with the process:
Remember to be kind to yourself.
Our children are learning how to treat
others from how we care for our family.
If we always put ourselves last,
what message does that send
about how much we value our role?
Vision of the Heart – Mary Crawford Formatting: Absolutely gorgeous and even an air of hopeful-ness. Cover: Seems professionally done, looks great, is relevant. The book: First of all the dedication alone contains an important message and I hope everyone who reads it will remember it! Julia is our MC here and she’s likable. She’s fallen into some physical disabilities and she’s constantly worried about how it impacts everyone else, not herself. She worries a little too much about what people will think of her – but she’s human. She’s also reeling from having to give up a career she loved. This is all so well designed that it is relatable. I found myself sort of, imagining myself in her situation and trying to figure out how I felt about it all – it’s hard not to get sucked in. At under 12K words, it’s a really quick read but manages to really sink in. I wouldn’t mind reading more on these characters, while it wrapped up nicely, it still left me wanting more, if that makes sense. No cliffhanger – but I got attached. For such a short time spent in this book, I’d say that’s a testament to the author’s skill. Overall very well written and addictive. Recommend.
About the Author
I have been lucky enough to live my own version of a romance novel. I married the guy who kissed me at summer camp. He told me on the night we met that he was going to marry me and be the father of my children. Eventually I stopped giggling when he said it, and we just celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary. We have two children. The oldest is in medical school, where he recently found and married the love of his life, and the youngest is still in elementary school.
I write full time now. I have published six books and have several more underway. I volunteer my time to a variety of causes. I have worked as a Civil Rights Attorney and diversity advocate. I spent several years working for various social service agencies before becoming an attorney. In my spare time, I love to cook, decorate cakes and of course, I obsessively, compulsively read.
If you have questions or comments, please E-mail me at Mary@MaryCrawfordAuthor.com or find me on the following social networks:
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Thank you so much, Mary, for being on “The Bee Writes…”
and for introducing us to you and to “Mother’s Day Magic”!