Let me say here that Mary DeMuth’s The Most Misunderstood Women of the Bible: What Their Stories Teach Us About Thriving is one of the best books I’ve read in a really long time. Mary is one of my long-time friends in real life, and I’m so excited to be featuring her on Writer’s Desk.
Make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post and click the link to watch our candid conversation. Also, enter for a chance to win one of three copies of The Most Misunderstood Women of the Bible!
The Writer’s Desk with Mary DeMuth
Author and speaker Mary DeMuth has written over forty fiction and nonfiction titles. In her spare time, she loves to cook and has hosted thousands of people over the years, including hundreds in France where her family lived a few years ago. She lives in Texas with her family of five, a needy dog and two feuding cats. Connect with Mary on her website, WeToo, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, listen to her podcast, and sign up for her newsletter!
Q&A with Mary DeMuth
TG: Everyone always asks for an interesting fact, we’re going to flip the question. What is one boring fact about yourself?
MD: I don’t like coffee.
TG: Why did you write The Most Misunderstood Women of the Bible?
MD: I knew how hard my own journey was in being misunderstood by others, and I had also fallen in love with rapid reading the Bible. I began to see how other biblical women managed the pain of misunderstanding. That intersection informed the book.
TG: Did you have any surprises or learning moments while writing this title?
MD: How very real the biblical women became to me. They breathed and lived and had bad days and good.
TG: What do you hope readers take away from your book?
MD: To realize it’s not their job to micromanage their reputations, and also to fall in love with the Bible.
TG: Do you have any habits or rituals as a writer?
MD: When I’m on deadline, I create a graphic where each box = 1000 words. Then I relentlessly, daily color in a square. Typically I color in two or three boxes a day. It’s a visual reminder of my progress.
TG: What habits would you encourage others to take up to be a more productive writer?
MD: Write every weekday, and give yourself a word count. Make yourself do it. Create a chart and check it off. Writing is a muscle that must be exercised daily.
TG: What do you snack on or drink while writing?
MD: Hot tea (sometimes) and this particular dark chocolate.
TG: How do you overcome writer’s block?
MD: I typically don’t have it. I don’t allow it. Like Tricia, I just keep writing.
TG: Are you an “edit-as-you-go” writer or do you wait until the very end before you do any editing?
MD: I dump, then edit later.
TG: What would you say is the most common mistake new writers make?
MD: Not writing consistently. Not being teachable. Not knowing the publishing industry. Not understanding the importance of marketing in making a career.
TG: What is the best piece of writing advice you’re ever received?
MD: Go where you want to take the reader.
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More about The Most Misunderstood Women of the Bible
Ask any woman—most of us know what it’s like to be misheard, mischaracterized, or misrepresented by family, friends, or strangers. Few of us feel deeply known and understood all the time. Worse, many of us have endured long, painful seasons of misunderstanding in which the people around us have questioned—or worse, judged—our motives and actions. We have asked ourselves, How do I correct these misperceptions? Do I try to defend myself—or does that only make me look guilty? How can I recover my joy even if someone believes something about me that isn’t true?
This problem—and your feelings and questions about it—is nothing new. In fact, women have faced it since the dawn of time. In this engaging book, Mary DeMuth tells the tales of ten women in the Bible who were misunderstood in their own time and often still are—bringing to each of them a deep humanity that makes her, and her problems, more relatable to twenty-first-century you. If you are struggling with feeling misunderstood, let these stories inspire you to grow and remind you that you are not alone. And remember: There is always One who understands you perfectly and stands ready to comfort, strengthen, and defend you through every situation you face.