Welcome to my first author interview! Mary R. Woldering was kind enough to take the plunge with me. She is backstage, so please give a warm welcome to Mary, Mary, bo-bary, Banana-fana fo-fary, Fee-fi-mo-mary, Mary!
1. Describe yourself in 150 words or less.
Writer of Mystical History series Children of Stone. Costumer, student of wisdom, never a master, companion, old soul, Wise MaMa, Crone (not your sweet lil’ old granny) – I’m brash, volatile, vital & out of control. I’m wise in life but the lifelong search for peace has not cooled my jets. I’m a spiritualist and spirit hunter but down to earth and often salty. I thirst for more life and new adventures. At one time I was cataloguing what I called “past lives and connections.” I still have all the notes. I’ve written them into a series.
My old identity song was “Little Old Lady from Pasadena” except I would never drive a car that fast.
In my Children of Stone series, I teach what I have seen in my dreams… many times what I saw became prophecy.
100 years ago I would have been in a madhouse.
2. Tell us about your published books.
I have published the first 2 of a possible 6 or 7 book series. Walk into history with MARAI: a humble, goddess-worshipping shepherd who becomes a god!
Remnants of an alien race of gods, wizards, shape-shifters, heroic mortals, immortals, slowly transform into the gods of ancient days. Like ancient superheroes, they wander through the reality of legend, RESHAPING myth and history.
And It just MOVES!
It entertains, it romps, It leaps, IT HOWLS and it’s just plain fun.
3. Did you go the traditional route or did you DIY publish?
I tried traditional in the mid 1980’s and got tired of the rejections. I realize now, the novel was not ready…and I was not mature enough or settled enough to write it…so it’s a good thing.
4. Where was your favorite travel destination and why?
I like travel PERIOD. If I have the funds and the companionship, I like just about any place. It’s more about who I am with and the situation surrounding the journey than the location.
5. If you were a picture, which room in the house do you want to be in?
The living room. I have so much living left to do!
6. Is there anything in particular that you refuse to write about, such as sex or mannequins?
Refuse, no. Be any good at is different. I really would have trouble with standard Christian fiction or HARD erotica that lasted more than a few pages. Also sunny HEA Romances would be tough because I’m always finding something dark or complex…really anything FORMULA.
7. Do you belong to any critique groups?
Northeast Cleveland Writers Group (Kevin Chapman, moderator) That may not be the exact name of the group. It meets monthly and they help me + beta read.
8. Name one thing on your bucket list.
The only thing is getting my books published and to sell well. The DREAM was for them to be made into a movie with Jason Momoa playing Marai before he gets too old. My first star I had picked out is too old now.
Maybe I would like to go to Egypt and the Middle East if there is any of it left by the time there is peace (if that will even be in my lifetime).
9. In regards to writing, what are you working on now?
Book 3 Children of Stone – Opener of the Sky
I also asked Mary to send me any kind of picture she loved, and she sent me the below picture. It’s a drawing she did several years ago of a dream image of Marai. This is a great picture because it’s not only a drawing, but one she did herself.
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