Writer, Mary Beth Magee , writes in the areas of cozy Christian mystery, devotionals, poetry, children’s and YA books, and journals.
Tell us a little about yourself .
I’m a New Orleans native, now living in south Mississippi. I am the mother of one adult son. I have been publishing my writing since I was 10 years old (the Young People’s Page of the NO newspaper).
When and why did you begin writing?
As long as I can remember, I’ve written because I couldn’t NOT write without losing my mind!
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I was published in the NO paper Young People’s Page.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My mother’s death. She always wanted to see my name on the spine of a book and I didn’t settle down to do it. She saw me in anthologies but not my own book. I wanted to do it in her memory.
Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
You don’t go through anything alone. Someone somewhere has been in the same boat. God goes with you through all of it.
Are your writings based on someone you know or events in your on life?
Sometimes, but not always.
What books are type of books have most influenced your life as a writer? Inspirational books and mysteries.
Do you have a mentor or writing group? How does that impact your work?
I’m a member of several writing groups. They provide a sense of accountability. I don’t have a mentor at present.
How do you help new writers?
I share my mistakes so they can avoid them and encourage them to keep writing even if they get rejection slips. I often conduct class sessions for them on aspects of the writing business.
What are your current projects?
I am working on the third book in the (LOL)4 Mysteries series and a new YA series, writing guest columns for my local paper and articles for Southern Senior magazine
Other than family members, who has supported you most and how?
My best friend Trudy is a true patron of the arts. She accompanies me on various trips relating to writing and reminds me to eat when I forget. Best of all, she lets me live in her spare room.
Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. I will be writing as long as the Good Lord gives me the ability to put words together.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Fighting the distractions of daily life and people who don’t think writing is “really working.”
Who designed your covers?
I did, using photographs I took.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t put it off. I did and my mother didn’t get to see my book. Get writing right now!
Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?
Thank you for sharing my world. I hope you had as much fun visiting it as I did creating it. Most of all, I hope you came away uplifted and entertained.
What are your hobbies?
Crochet, embroidery, glass etching, jewelry making, crafts, cooking, storytelling.
if you were not a writer, what else would you like to do?
What? You mean there’s something besides writing? Inconceivable!
Author/Speaker/Storyteller Mary Beth Magee, Cozy Christian mystery with a Southern accent
Author of Death in the Daylilies, Ambush at the Arboretum, Devotions from the Road of Life, Cypress Point Confidences and Songs of Childhood, Echoes of Years
Original writings of fact, fiction and inspiration, as well as book reviews from Mary Beth Magee – visit my website.
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