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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Guest Blogger Mary Annslee Urban and Tapestry of Trust


MARY ANNSLEE URBAN is an author of Inspirational Romance. Her goal is to write stories that stir the heart about love, honor and God's grace! Her debut book, Tapestry of Trust, White Rose Publishing, was released June 2012. Her second book with White Rose Publishing, She Came to See the Snow~A Colorado Christmas Romance, will be released Fall of 2012.

A Registered Nurse by trade, Mary has also been a freelance writer for newspapers in her area, has had articles published in magazines and online publications. A North Carolina resident, Mary and her husband have five children and 2 grandchildren and one on the way. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, traveling, long walks and anything chocolate!

by Mary Annslee Urban
Published by White Rose, a division of the Pelican Group


Surrendered Hearts. Interwoven Grace

Isabelle had always envisioned Charlie Hamilton as the hero depicted in the romantic tapestry hanging in the Hamilton home. Then Charlie abandoned her to make decisions no one should make alone. Now, six years later, Charlie's back, and despite Isabelle's best efforts, she can't ignore the longing his presence reignites. Charlie wants a second chance, but can Isabelle trust the man he's become? Can she surrender her threadbare heart long enough for God to weave Isabelle's own happily-ever-after tapestry?

Readers, buy your copy of Tapestry of Trust today!


Along the Journey by Mary Annslee Urban

Being an author of fiction is a wonderful and sometimes frustrating pursuit in life. On any given day emotions can swing from top of the world to the bottom of the heap and back again. After hours of tweaking a chapter you might sit back, tap your chin and think, “Wow, did I write that?” Only to find yourself moments later scratching your head and wondering how the next chapter’s dialogue came to sound like it was written by a tongue-tied chipmunk.

Humility and cringe-worthy moments are common pieces of my writing puzzle. But it’s the satisfaction after editing and re-editing a book that keeps me moving forward. The final version, the one that the editor accepts and loves.

I’ve written several books, 2 are published and I can honestly say writing is tough. Storylines often sway in unexpected directions and new character personality traits can pop up when you least expect. Heroines and heroes may turn into a villains and vice-versa. A plot can thicken or end up going nowhere. Like planting a seedling, a story sprouts, grows and produces a creation that is far more complex than where it started. Often very different than what we expected.

Like most writers, my stories are crafted out of passion, determination and love. I learned that I must put myself in the story. See the plot through my characters eyes. Feel their emotions, frustration and pain. Bring out their insecurities and show their faith. And mostly bring them to the brink of collapse before rescuing them.  I want the reader to sense what we actually live, feel and experience: chaos, absurdity, humility, sadness, beauty, love… If, as I read, I don’t bring tears to my own eyes, I haven’t done my job.

Life is about fiction. From folks rewriting their own memories to daydreaming about their hopes and dreams. Fiction gives a writer a way to rewrite mistakes and sorrows or find forever love. Threads of truth blended within a story of fiction. Although frustrating at times, the passion to write burns within a fiction writer’s soul. And like food for my soul, I can’t imagine not writing. :)

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Thank you, Mary, for sharing with us today.

Reader Question: What is YOUR passion? What in your life drives you to the point where you cannot consider not doing it? 

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Cheryl said...

This sounds like such a wonderful book. The cover art is so pretty.

As a fellow writer, I understand your passion for it. I once told my family that writing is liking breathing: if I don't do it, I die.

Many blessings,



apple blossom said...

teaching is my passion. love kids

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Glenda Parker Fiction Writer said...

Writing is my passion but it is more than just writing it is sharing what God has done in my life and what He wants to do in yours. I'm not published yet and have tried to quit a couple of times but the drive just gets stronger. God bless you all.

Glenda Parker