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How long have you known that you were a writer? Did you receive a clear “call?” Or have you just loved writing all your life?
I guess I’ve always had the “write” gene in me. As a young person, I had several teachers who encouraged me from elementary school through college. I always loved writing, especially poetry, short stories, and articles, but life got in the way, and I didn’t start seriously trying to be published until the early 1990s. In 1991, my first sale was a short piece about one of our foster daughters. A Christian woman’s magazine bought the “Bus Kid” article for $30. I was so excited, I felt as though I had won the lottery. I still have a copy of that first check on my “FAVORITES” wall in my office to remind me from whence I came and how God has blessed my writing.
That would be inspiration to keep writing! Smile. What is the genre you write in? Would you explain what it is?
If I can park “life” for a while, my best time to write each day is from ten to 2 pm. I don’t set goals other than that of finishing a manuscript. Last fall, I had an agent request the first completed Amish fiction book in my “Loves of Snyder County” series, which I had only three chapters written last October. Writing steadily, but not every day, I was able to finish the 53,000-word manuscript by the end of February.
You recently had a book published. Would you take this time to describe it to us? How and where can readers buy your books?
- I have 13 books in print, the most recent a tween mystery, THE SECRET OF WOLF CANYON, published by Sonfire in Galax, VA. Horse lovers would also love the Keystone Stables series, which has main characters that deal with juvenile delinquency, blindness, deafness, Down syndrome, and the death of a close friend.
On the lighter side, they’d enjoy RICKIE RIDES TO THE RESCUE and for the six-to-ten-year-olds, THE SECRET OF THE BATTY
Those thinking about homeschooling or just starting the tremendous task would glean from my 20 years of experience with homeschoolers by reading YOU’VE DECIDED TO HOMESCHOOL; NOW WHAT?
Readers can buy all my books at my website, and most are on Amazon or at any bookstore. Most of the books can be ordered if they are not on the shelves.
Oh, my. You have an impressive list of books! Tell us, what is the spiritual message in your books? What can readers expect to get from reading them?
All of my books either present the plan of salvation or challenge the reader to live godly lives for the Lord Jesus.
Of course, it’s always discouraging to get rejection letters, and even after the success of 13 books, I still get rejection letters. But I have a burning desire to write for the Lord’s glory. I love the process of creating characters and thinking, “What if?” So, whether I am accepted for publication or not, I MUST write. I feel it is a direct calling from the Lord.
I’ve had five contracts with publishing companies and two with agents. All but one came from meeting the editors or agents at writers’ conferences. I can’t express how important it is to “get out there and mingle” with our creative crowd.
As far as “success,” that is an abstract term. In the Christian book market, there is very little money for the author. I received an advance for some of my books, but it was no way near any amount to be able to live on. My royalties for the rest of the books are pittance. So, in the Christian book world, “success” only means that you have, maybe, a recognizable name to a small group of fans and admirers. It’s only your big names like Tim LaHaye and Beverly Lewis who get the million dollar advances.
Do you mind telling us some of your likes and dislikes? Hobbies, interests? Where would you like to travel if you could?
- I love reading the Bible. You couldn’t make up stories better than those that are recorded in those holy pages.
- I also love Christian music and play it often in my home and in the car.
- I like quality time to think and write.
I have several hobbies: playing the organ (church organist), reading, of course, playing Scrabble online, gardening, and billiards. I love horses, but I only ride them vicariously in my horse books anymore.
I’d love to travel to Israel, Hawaii, Alaska, and Austria.
- (web) http://www.marshahubler.com/
- (writers’ tips blog) http://www.marshahubler.wordpress.com/ (Every Monday)
- (horse lovers’ blog) http://www.horsefactsbymarshahubler.wordpress.com/ (Every Thurs.)
- (writers’ conference info) http://www.susquehannavalleywritersworkshop.wordpress.com/
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