Writer’s Desk with Mary Connealy
Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys always with a strong suspense thread. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist. She is the bestselling author of 75 books and novellas. She has over a million and a half books in print.
Her most recent book series is Wyoming Sunrise.
Other series are The Brides of Hope Mountain, Garrison’s Law, High Sierra Sweethearts, Cimarron Legacy, Wild at Heart, Trouble in Texas, and Kincaid Bride for Bethany House Publishing. She’s also written four other series for Barbour Publishing and many novellas.
More about Marshalling Her Heart
Will their lives and romance survive the trouble coming their way?
Becky Pruitt has always prided herself on knowing everything happening on her successful ranch, so an unexpected admission from her foreman, Nate Paxton, comes as quite a surprise. With the notorious Deadeye Gang on the loose, Nate—a former U.S. Marshal—believes Becky’s ranch is the best spot for a group of Marshals to use as a base to hunt them down.
The timing couldn’t be more crucial for the town of Pine Valley, and Becky feels obligated to help. But after escaping the grasp of her harsh father, she’s never liked giving up control, of her life or her ranch. If there’s anyone she can trust with her ranch and her heart, it might be Nate. But the outlaws won’t go away quietly, and as danger draws ever nearer, Becky and Nate are faced with impossible choices that will test their growing bond.
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Q&A with Mary Connealy
TG: What is your writing process like?
MC: I write 1000 words a day, seven days a week. I miss sometimes but rarely. I often write late into the night because I tend to be a night owl.
TG: What is your writing Kryptonite?
MC: Lots of things may distract me for a time, but I very rarely am knocked down and out for good. I gather myself, as Superman so often does, and get back to work.
TG: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
MC: You know, I started writing before Google, before we had the internet in our home. I’d been writing for years before I found out there was such a thing as Christian Fiction. I wish I’d had that knowledge and all of those tools, but they just weren’t that easy to get back then. I guess, bottom line, I like where I am now and I suspect I needed to do it, go through all of it, to be exactly here. So, no changes.
TG: What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
MC: I suppose it was the cost of attending my first ACFW Conference. I gained so much from that.
TG: What did you edit out of Marshaling Her Heart?
MC: Okay, I’ve been thinking of an answer to this one for too long. I give up. Bethany House is so great to work with. They really let me write my own books my own way. They help me along the way, of course, and their help is so solid and useful, but I can’t remember my publisher ever saying to me, “This has to go.”
TG: What is the most difficult thing about being an author?
MC: Getting away from my computer and doing real life. Being an author is my default life choice. It’s other things that are difficult.
TG: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot?
MC: A horse, for sure!
TG: Which book that you’ve written is your favorite?
MC: Mean question, Tricia, shame on you. 😊 You KNOW this is hard. I have a personal love for Now and Forever, and my sweet, wounded vegetarian protagonist who must enter a marriage of convenience to a mountain man trapper. It took some work to get those two all the way to “happily ever after”. I consider their wedding to be the funniest scene I’ve ever written.
TG: Which of your books was the most fun to write?
MC: All of them are fun. Writing is the most fun thing I’ve ever done.
TG: Which was the most difficult — and why?
MC: Sigh—these questions!!! The next series was a struggle. I’m dealing with characters with mental health issues and the insane asylums of the time, and I really wanted to treat mental illness respectfully. It’s not something you can—or should—just toss jokes at. So being thoughtful and careful was something I really had to strive for.
TG: If you could meet your characters, what would you say to them?
MC: How do you stand living without air conditioning?
TG: What is coming up next for you?
MC: My next series begins in February of 2024 with Chasing the Horizon. A daughter helps her mother escape from an insane asylum, where she was locked away by her tyrant husband. (Back in the day, people could get away with doing things like that to women with very little cause.) And the chase is on for three books!
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