Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I began writing by publishing genealogy books. These were entirely different than writing fiction. The characters are already defined for you when you write genealogy books! After writing eight family history books (and several revisions to those) I decided to try fiction. As an avid reader, I found it increasingly difficult to find books that were thought-provoking and yet entertaining as well. So many new fiction on the market today speak to specific causes, ailments, struggles, etc. But what about the struggles of average, ordinary people? I struggled to find characters that I could relate to personally. So I wrote my own! My first work of fiction started as a single book but quickly evolved into a five-book series. In the last year, I’ve written seven fiction books. Five of them are Christian romance. The other two are more difficult to categorize. After you read them, let me know which category you would select for them!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is entitled “Tell me It Was Just A Dream.” It was inspired by a dream I had years ago. This dream was extremely vivid and details. It has begged me to write it for several years. So I did.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t think so, but then it’s hard to tell! I usually write alone in my office without anyone watching to witness any weird habits I might have developed.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
People I meet influence me more than other authors. I enjoy taking unusual people and making their quirks come to life in a loveable fashion. Readers have told me that I write in a way that forces the reader to see a person or situation from another angle, make you see a side of things from another perspective. Exposing my readers to those other perspective influences me the most.
What are you working on now?
At the moment, I’m working on another fiction book. The other book rattling around in my brain describes everything I learned about God by watching football. I might work on them both at the same time since they are two different types of books.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I promote my books through my own website – https://marygantbell.com/
Do you have any advice for new authors?
My advice to new authors is – just do it! Don’t worry about perfection at the beginning. You’ll never finish a book if you never start one. Dedicate a certain number of hours each day/week/month to writing and just plain do it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Live your life as though you are alive. Be actively involved in your own life. And find joy in all things.
What are you reading now?
Currently, I am reading Ken Follet’s lesser-known shorter novels.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I haven’t decided what comes next. It really depends on what my readers want. There are several books in my head, begging to be written.
What is your favorite book of all time?
The Bible is my all-time favorite. Atlas Shrugged is also at the top of the list. It was written in English but an author whose native language was not English. I cannot imagine writing that well in my second language. I also enjoy the character development and how the subplots intertwine.
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