Let’s Chat! Author Mary Hanks

Welcome, Mary Hanks! And welcome, Readers!

This week Mary Hanks treats us with a chat about her yummy Christian Romance & Marriage novels. Mary’s name appears on several books, each as beautiful as the former. 

You’ll want to get to know this author, so join our chat. Mary’s offering a give-away: all 5 ebooks in the Second Chance series. So be sure to comment below! 

Pre-Author Life of Mary Hanks:

I am a firecracker, born on the 4th of July! When I was little, I thought the fireworks were all for me. Boy, was I disappointed to learn the truth!


Also, I consider myself an Alaska Girl. Even though I haven’t lived in the “last frontier” for quite a few years, its raw beauty still dwells in my heart. I love nature, whether hiking in the woods or traipsing across miles of beaches, and I’m sure that originated in my Alaskan experiences.

My earliest dream was to be a wife and mom. This year, Jason and I celebrated our forty-second anniversary. And I’m blessed with four kids, who are grown and on their own exciting journeys. So my dream definitely came true!

My second dream was to write books. I’m living that adventure right now.

How it all Began for Mary Hanks

Mary HanksWhen I received a typewriter for Christmas, at age thirteen, I began writing a book—a Walton’s-esque tale I never finished. But even our early attempts at writing are stepping stones in our path toward becoming an author.

At fifteen, I had the opportunity to write skits for youth services at church. It was my first chance to see my words come to life on stage. Over the next couple of decades, I worked with schools to create drama programs. I love Youth Theater, and I’ve had the privilege of writing and directing 20+ full-stage shows.

Mary’s Favorite Themes

My favorite genre for reading or writing is Christian romance with a marital-reconciliation theme. Every marriage will face storms. Jason and I have weathered our share. But when we came to breaking points in our relationship, we chose to hold on tight to each other and to not let go, and I’m so glad we did. Since then, or maybe because of those experiences, the writing themes God has planted in my heart are redemption, reconciliation, and love in marriage. The beauty of second chances still strikes a thrilling chord within me. (Click to Tweet!)

Mary E. Hanks: First Book and Debut

My first published book was Winter’s Past (2013). In this story, Ty and Winter have been divorced for ten years, but neither of them have forgotten the love they shared. Ty’s life has been radically transformed by God’s love, and he’s praying for a chance to make things right with Winter. When she comes to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to speak at a conference, he considers the opportunity to see her again a miracle. However, she’s still troubled by their past. Can she forgive the man she hasn’t been able to forget?

What’s up with Mary Hanks now?

Mary HanksIt’s been hard for me to end my Second Chance series. The characters are like my family. However, my fifth book, Season’s Flame, a story about a pastor and his wife who, after losing their church, struggle in their marriage, released in September. While Saying goodbye to the characters I’ve grown so fond of is hard, but it’s time for me to move on.


I’m eager to meet new friends (and a few enemies) in a town on the Oregon Coast. I can’t wait to go there and do the research! The first book in this series is about a woman who returns to the beach to start over. But sometimes coming back is just as painful as leaving in the first place.

We all need a second chance sometime, don’t you agree? (Click to Tweet!)

Being an Indie Author

I love being an indie author. I like making all the decisions and being the boss (after God) of my art and ambitions. While I hire out tasks, like graphic design work and professional editing, I’m a DIY lifer. I also appreciate being a part of the indie community. And I thank God for letting me see my dream of writing books come true.

Second Chance Series:

Winter’s Past
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April’s Storm 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer’s Dream 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn’s Break 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Season’s Flame 
Mary HanksHow can we find Mary Hanks?

I love sharing about God’s love, reconciliation in marriage, and chocolate!

Here are some of the places online where I hang out:

 Website

Twitter

Facebook

Blog

Lord, You are the God of Second Chances! What a lovely theme You’ve called Mary to write. We glory in Your ways that are beyond our understanding and our ways.
Bless each word Mary writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

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21 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Mary Hanks

  1. Good interview, Mary and Linda. These books look like the type my wife likes to read.

     
     
    1. Hi David! Thanks for stopping by and joining in the discussion. Blessings to you and your wife.
      ~Mary

       
       
    2. Hi, David. I’ll bet you’re right about Mary’s books and your wife. Maybe you’ll win the 5!

       
       
  2. Joan Shaver

    Hi, Mary, I have read all five of your books in the Second Chances series and love them…yes, the characters feel like family! Blessings on your new adventures and stories to come!

     
     
    1. Hi Joan! Thank you so much for always being so encouraging. I really appreciate your kind words and support. And thanks for sharing in this discussion too. 🙂
      Blessings.
      ~Mary

       
       
    2. Welcome, Joan. So glad you joined us.

       
       
  3. Ann Ellison

    Wonderful interview. This is a new to me author and I look forward to reading her books. What a wonderful giveaway.

     
     
    1. Hi Ann! Thanks for your kind words. I appreciate the chance to get to visit with readers. Blessings on your journey.
      ~Mary

       
       
    2. Seeing your name always brings a smile to my face, Ann! Yes, Mary’s offering a wonderful giveaway!

       
       
  4. All God’s richest blessings in your endeavors, Mary. I will definitely be buying one of your books. Just seeing your comments about yourself and indie publishing, I feel more confident I have made the right decision…My first 2 books are about 2nd chances too, so we’re on the same page(oops! that was a little too clunky, wasn’t it?) Many blessings to you!
    Jane Quail (Pen name)
    Jane Waughtal

     
     
    1. Hi Jane! Thank you for joining in the conversation here. And thanks for your kind words. I’m glad you are writing about second chances also. We need more stories about God’s grace and His ability to change us–and our marriages. He brought about a beautiful healing in my life, and I like to share it through my storytelling.
      Blessings.
      ~Mary

       
       
    2. Hi, Jane! How exciting to see you in our circle! Love!

       
       
  5. I love second chances–and sometimes third and fourth! Great interview, Linda and Mary. Mary, visiting Alaska is high on my “bucket” list, and the Oregon coast is a favorite destination. You have great taste! I’d love to meet you through your stories.

     
     
    1. Hi Kathleen! Oh, me too! I must be on my 356th or so time of needing a second chance. 🙂 I hope you can go to Alaska. It’s so beautiful. Truly the “last frontier.” But the Oregon Coast is right up there in my esteem. I love it!
      Thanks for your kind words.
      Blessings.
      ~Mary

       
       
    2. Love seeing you in our circle, Kathleen!

       
       
  6. Becky Smith

    I’m following Mary on all her social media sites, so I’ve obviously heard of this author. However, I have not yet read any of her books, but they are now on my list to read. Fun interview and, yes, we all do need second chances!

     
     
    1. Hi Becky! Nice to visit with you here. Thanks for joining the discussion. Yes, we all need second chances. I know I sure do! Blessings to you.
      ~Mary

       
       
    2. Hi, Becky! So wonderful to welcome you into our circle!

       
       
  7. Paula

    Thanks for sharing. These looks really interesting.

     
     
    1. Hi Paula! Thank you for stopping by. And thanks for your kind comments.
      Blessings to you.
      ~Mary

       
       
    2. Hi, Paula! So good to see you with us!

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Mikal Dawn

Welcome, Everyone.

Mikal DawnThis week we chat with adorable Mikal Dawn, an inspirational romantic comedy author who’s all bout faith, fun, and forever.

I ask you … Who’s not into those three?

A prize awaits the winner of our drawing this week—Mikal’s Count Me In. So don’t miss out. Comment below for a chance to win. Winner announced Tuesday, October 17 after 6 PM Central. 

**Congratulations to Raechel Lenore, winner of Mikal Dawn’s Count Me In!**

Mikal Dawn’s Pre-Author Life

Mikal Dawn
I was born and raised in a town just outside Vancouver, Canada, but from the age of eleven, I knew I’d end up a citizen of the United States. (Tweet That!)

Once upon a time, I earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an associate’s degree in accounting.

When I was 30, I met my husband online (what was I thinking?!?!) in mid-September of 2005. He was stationed in Japan, so we had a lot of late-night (on my end) conversations. We met in person on December 17th of that year, and were engaged on December 25th—just a week after we met!

A couple of weeks later, my son and I flew down to Florida, met my husband’s family, and three months after that, we were married. It was whirlwind, but when you know, you know! (You might see a fictionalized account in print one day.)

Mikal and Her Family

Since we married in April 2006, we’ve added two more kids and a ferocious feline. My husband is still military, and I work part-time for a Christian ministry. Our oldest is engaged to be married himself this May. (Eep!! Where does the time go?) Our middle child is progressing through the Tae Kwon Do ranks. And our youngest is making her mark in the world of figure skating.

Meanwhile, I worked for other authors as a social media and publicity assistant, both in person and virtually.

Mikal Dawn
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ve lived throughout the southern United States, but I currently reside in Nebraska (and love it!) with my husband, three kids, and one lazy, ferocious feline who can often be Mikal Dawnfound taking over my Instagram account. Or eating, sleeping, sleeping, and eating.

My first love is Jesus Christ. Second is my husband. Third, my kids; fourth, writing; and fifth, coffee. Or is it reading?

Nah, it’s coffee.

Mikal Dawn’s Debut

My first book, Count Me In, released this past May. I had such a blast writing it! But I’ll be honest, I didn’t start out writing romantic comedy.

At first, I thought I’d write suspense. (Who knows? I might publish that story one day.)

Next, I tried my hand at Medieval romance. (That story might see the light of day after a lot of edits.)

And I tried women’s fiction.

Then I attended a brainstorming meeting with some friends. I told them about the tug I’d felt toward romantic comedy. And my hesitancy to write “fluff.”

Mikal DawnWell. I was slapped in the face. (Not literally, I promise. Though I’m pretty sure she hit me in the arm. Hard.)

Didn’t God create laughter?

Don’t some of His children need a lighthearted moment or an escape?

My friend’s statement—“I wouldn’t give my mother-in-law a heavy book to read while she’s in her chemo appointment. Would you?”—really struck me.

No. I wouldn’t.

God shook me up in a very good way. And lo and behold! The words came easier, and with some great help from my critique partners and fabulous editor, Count Me In made its splash.

What’s up With Mikal Dawn Now?

A wedding enthusiast and proud military wife, I work as an administrative assistant for an international ministry organization and serve in my church’s library. I run my kids to Tae Kwon Do and figure skating and drink lots of coffee.

By night, I pull out my hair, whispering to figments of my imagination as I write while dinner is burning. And I drink lots of coffee. When I’m not writing about faith, fun, and forever, I’m obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee in hand, of course) for wedding ideas for my characters.

Any Books on the Horizon?

Mikal Dawn
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ow I
’m in the midst of writing a sequel to Count Me In. Supporting characters from the first book show up in On the Edge. Their story is kind of fighting me now, but the Lord is drawing me to lean on Him even more. He keeps reminding me these aren’t my stories, but His.

How can we find Mikal Dawn?

First, I love, love, love connecting with people on social media! I hang out mostly on Facebook, so I’d love to connect with you there.

Also, you can find me on my websiteTwitter, Goodreads, Instagram, and Pinterest, too. 

And if you’re so inclined, I’d love for you to get to know Tyler and Allegra from Count Me In. Their story is available in both ebook and paperback on Amazon

I‘m honored to provide a digital copy of Count Me In to the winner of this week’s drawing.
Mikal Dawn

Lord, we thank and praise You for the way You work in our lives from our earliest days. You called Mikal from Canada even as an 11-yr-old. And you led her through seemingly unlimited writing possibilities to the one You intended for her all along. You’re our good, good God, the author of faith, fun, and forever. Bless every word Mikal writes.
~ For Jesus’ sake

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16 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Mikal Dawn

  1. This book is definitely on my TBR list – pretty high on the top! It sounds so good! 🙂
    Thank you for the great interview and giveaway!

     
     
  2. Ellen Gray

    I am thankful there are so many different genres of Christian Fiction. You never know what might reach someone. Glad you found the story you were to tell. Sounds fun and can’t wait to check it out.

     
     
  3. MH

    What a fun interview! Thanks for sharing your life with us. I’ve heard great things about this book; would love to read it…..thanks for the giveaway.

     
     
  4. I really enjoyed the interview Mikal and Linda. It’s fun to learn more about authors whose book you’re reading. What a book your romance would make too Mikal! Have a wonderful night.

     
     
    1. Thank you sooooo much for stopping by, Stacy!! You’re the sweetest. And hey…that real-life romance of mine will more than likely make an appearance in a book one day. 😉

       
       
    2. Hi, Stacy. What a treat to have you AND Mikal in the circle!

       
       
      1. Stacy Simmons

        Hi Linda, Thank you, have a great weekend : )

         
         
  5. Marilyn R

    Romantic Comedy will be a different and fun read. Thank you for introducing us to Mikal Dawn and her journey to writing Romantic Comedy. A feline is always perfect to have while reading or writing with their antics bringing laughter into our lives. Blessings.

     
     
    1. Don’t you just love how God let Mikal walk paths of possibilities until she landed at just the right spot? Thanks for visiting with us. You’ve given us pure delight. And you’re entered!

       
       
    2. Thank you so much for stopping by, Marilyn!! <3 I do love Leo, my writing partner. Even if he often lays over my hands…on my keyboard…and refuses to move. Ha!! 🙂

       
       
  6. You seem to have a different slant on writing romance. 🙂 That probably goes along with how you met your husband! Romantic Comedy should be fun to read. I’m sure people enjoy what you write. God bless!

     
     
    1. It’s great seeing you here, Karen. You’ve enriched our conversation. Thank you! You’re entered, too 😊

       
       
    2. Thank you so much, Karen!! The Lord has definitely taken me down a road that was far different than the one I’d thought I would take, but I love Him all the more for it. <3 I'm so happy you stopped by!

       
       
  7. Paula

    Great interview! Would love to read some Romantic Comedy ! Thanks

     
     
    1. Maybe you will, Paula. You’re entered!

       
       
    2. Aw, thank you, Paula! I adore rom-com, especially when reality is heavy. 🙂

      Thank you so much for stopping by!!

       
       

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