Mary: “Praise You in this Storm” – Casting Crowns
Let’s Welcome The Author of: BURIED TREASURES: Mary Manners
The Author of:
Rad-Reader: Where did the idea for the story come from?
Mary: Wow, that’s a tough one. This story wove into my heart over a number of years. It’s formed from bits and pieces of ideas and experiences…even a few dreams.
Rad-Reader: Caroline was scared to stay with the memories but she had stayed a year why leave now?
Mary: Caroline knew that in order for her to provide a healthy and happy future for Callie that she had to start anew and leave the old, unhappy memories behind.
Rad-Reader: When she got to her Aunt Nora’s home, she was a bundle of nerves. But was already feeling attracted to the man that was there working on it for her. Matt Carlson had promised Nora before she passed that he would help. He was interested too. What was her fear to begin again or lose again?
Mary: Caroline had a fear of both beginning anew and losing someone she loved. She was steeped in old habits, and breaking free of those habits was difficult for her, as it is for many of us.
Rad-Reader: Callie was a spitfire. She really made the story jump. She seemed to be the glue that bonded everyone, especially Paul. Was she like his little angel to soften his heart?
Mary: Yes, you are exactly right on that point. Sometimes looking at life through the innocent eyes of a child can soften the bitterest heart.
Rad-Reader: Caroline showed Paul what a mother was like and a friend. Yet, a strict parent when he needed that night he acted out too. Do you think she gave him the courage to at least open up to his mom?
Mary: Yes, I do. He was looking for both acceptance and boundaries, and he found them in Caroline.
Rad-Reader: How did Matt end up with Paul and not the grandparents?
Mary: They felt that Paul needed a strong male influence. Matt was able to offer that. In the beginning, Matt wondered whether he had what it took to fill the bill, but he soon found out that with God’s guidance, he could do it.
Rad-Reader: Sue seemed to really wanted Matt and Caroline together. Was she working with Matt or on her own to help that along?
Mary: Oh, she was working on her own. But I don’t think Matt minded the help one bit!
Rad-Reader: What project could possibly be so important to be called in for an emergency on the Easter holiday weekend?
Mary: Well, when it comes to money some people know no boundaries. Matt was caught between a rock and a hard place. He didn’t want to lose his position, but he also didn’t have the same feelings about the urgency the city council expressed. I think he learned to stand his ground.
Rad-Reader: Now Callie said Paul had kissed Andie’s hand because she had gotten a splinter and he kissed the boo boo like her mommy did. Why did Sue and Matt say it was not a very rated “G” kiss?
Mary: Because they know how impulsive teenagers can be, and the proper guidance is paramount. Paul and Andie are good kids, but even the best kids can make poor choices due to their lack of wisdom and experience.
Rad-Reader: Andie and Paul seemed like good kids. Teens not minding having a kid around, going to bible study, offering to help their neighbors…Why were Sue and Matt so worried? They had them pretty active and most of the time they were with them.
Mary: Both Sue and Matt had seen a lot of destruction due to poor choices. They just wanted to keep Andie and Paul walking the path God planned for them.
Rad-Reader: What do you think was the turning point for Matt when he knew He had fallen for Caroline and Callie?
Mary: I think this happened following Paul’s difficult night. Matt saw Caroline’s true heart, as well as her forgiving and compassionate spirit. He knew then with certainty that she was the one for him.
Rad-Reader: What scared Paul about giving his mom a chance?
Mary: He was really afraid of being let down again, of having his world shattered. Once the trust between a parent and a child is broken, it’s really difficult—not impossible, but difficult—to rebuild it.
Rad-Reader: Did Caroline help him on that solarium to be near him, help him, or to let him know she was different than Mandy?
Mary: Caroline wanted to do all three, but mostly she wanted to be near him. She had to give herself a little nudge to get past her insecurities and fear, and the solarium provided the perfect opportunity.
Rad-Reader: If your book was made into a movie who would you have play…
Caroline: Miranda Kerr
Matt: Matt Lanter
Callie: Sorry to say the is no name with this pic on Pinterest.
Paul: Matt Lanter (younger version of himself)
Andie: Jackie Ganter
Sue: Kimmie Wall
Caroline: Taylor Schiller
Matt: Channing Tatum
Callie: I Love Your Choice!
Paul: I Love Your Choice!
Andie: I Love Your Choice!
Sue: Rachel McAdams
Rad-Reader: What song out today best describes your two main characters or the story as a whole?
"Look No Further" - Dido
Mary: “Praise You in this Storm” – Casting Crowns
Rad-Reader: Who encouraged you the most to be the writer you are today?
Mary: My dad. He was such a giving, wonderful man. He encouraged me from the time I was a little girl. He passed away 15 years ago and I miss him every day, but I still write for him.
Rad-Reader: When did you know you would do it full-time one day?
Mary: Oh, when I was in middle school. I read books and wrote all the time. I knew then that I would ‘make it.’
Rad-Reader: What would you say to the young Mary if you could?
Mary: Never give up. Keep writing and believe in yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. You CAN.
Rad-Reader: Who gave you the best advice at the beginning?
Mary: The librarian at my elementary school, Miss Moreale. She told me to read everything I could get my hands on and to keep dreaming and working hard. She was a beautiful woman.
Rad-Reader: What is your next project and when will it be out?
Mary: I am working on a 12 – novella series called Honeysuckle Cove. The first four books have released and the next eight will be available, one per month, on the first day of each month through 2017.
Rad-Reader: Where can our readers buy your books?
Mary: My books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc.
Sunrise at Honeysuckle Cove, Available NOW
Wisdom Tree, IRCA & ACRW Winner
Light the Fire, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award Winner
Buried Treasures, CAPA Award Nominee
Bachelor Auction (Tender Mercies), 4 1/2 Stars, Romantic Times Book Reviews
Rad-Reader: Where can our readers find you on the Web?
Mary: My website has up-to-the-minute information, as well as a weekly book spotlight and giveaway: http://MaryMannersRomance.com
We are so pleased that you were able to be with us and that you had this wonderful book to share about extended and blended families. Families are made up and so many ways and this story shows that when there is love and we are willing to extend ourselves beyond our fears that we can make anything work. Thanks for being with us and for sharing your work and a little insight into your characters and how you started your writing career. You too are now a Rad-Reader Misfit please come back when you have another book to share in our Shout Out: An Author’s Place.
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