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 Chances series. So be sure to comment below! 

*Congratulations to Kathleen Friesen, winner of Mary’s fabulous give-away: the Second Chances 5-ebook series!*

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

  1. Thank you to everyone who participated in the responses, here, and also to those who read about my journey in the interview.
    Blessings. And happy reading!
    ~Mary

     
     
  2. Nadine Hapaz

    I’m an avid fan of Mary’s books. They are both interesting and inspirational. It was great to learn more about her life from the interview and I look forward to her future books. I’m grateful and pray many blessings. 💐🌹

     
     
    1. Thank you ever so much for joining us, Nadine. Your comments encourage us!

       
       
    2. Hi Nadine! So good to see you here. Thanks for your kind and generous comments. Blessings to you, my friend.
      ~Mary

       
       
  3. 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!

       
       
  4. 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.

       
       
  5. 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!

       
       
  6. 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!

       
       
  7. 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!

       
       
    3. Congratulations, Kathleen! You’re the winner of the drawing! I’ll give Mary your email address. Happy reading!

       
       
      1. Congratulations, Kathleen! I hope you’ll enjoy this series. Blessings to you!

         
         
  8. 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!

       
       
  9. 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 Crystal Joy!

Welcome, Readers! And Welcome, Author Crystal Joy!

Crystal JoyMeet Crystal Joy. This week we welcome this author whose pen name fits her photo perfectly: Crystal-clear Joy. 

I‘m excited to get to know Crystal better, and I think you will be, too. Please leave a comment in the Reply box below, and you’ll be entered in the drawing for a print copy of Crystal’s Completely Captivated.

Who Is Crystal Joy?

 

I write Contemporary Sweet Romance, but I like to refer to my writing as Deep Rooted Romance. 

First, I resigned from my teaching position as an 8th grade Language Arts teacher because I knew God was calling me to pursue a writing career. I loved my job. The students were fun and quirky, and I worked with an amazing staff. But God kept pushing me in another direction, and I knew I had to follow. It was really scary leaving a secure job to pursue a “not-so secure” career. (Click to Tweet That!)

Now I know I’m doing what I was called to do because every day when I sit down at my computer, I feel a sense of peaceful contentment wash over me. 

A Debut Experience for Crystal Joy

My first published book is titled Completely Captivated. It’s a collection of short fictionalized love stories about real-life couples.

My writing career did not start off like I thought it would. When I resigned from my teaching position, I intended to work on my sweet romance novels and publish them right away. But my novels needed a lot of revisions.

While I taught, I woke up at five in the morning to write, went to work, then lesson planned and graded at night. Writing at five in the morning did not create enticing, well-written books.

In the meantime, I wanted a way to connect with readers, so I wrote short love stories for real-life couples. Every month, I interviewed a new couple, wrote their story, and posted it on my website. The stories became such a hit that I decided to publish collections of these heartfelt stories. (Click to Tweet That!)

Right before I published Completely Captivated, a hurricane hit my publishing company, and the company didn’t think it would have my books printed in time. I had to push back the date of my book launch party, but it gave me more time to plan an amazing party.

What’s up with Crystal now?

Now I just finished my second book, Completely Yours. It’s the second collection of love stories. Although it’s a mix of love stories just like the first book (engagements, break-ups, weddings, tragic circumstances), this collection is much deeper than the first.

These couples really laid it all out there for you—questioning if their spouses still love them, if they should give up on long-distance relationships, if they should share their feelings with their childhood crushes. I love how open these couples were during their interviews because it made their stories realistic. Love isn’t easy. Relationships are hard work. (Click to Tweet That!)

Finally, I hope these heartfelt stories touch your heart as much as they did mine.

Ordering and Social Media Links for Crystal Joy:

Completely Captivated 

Completely Yours

Newsletter

Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

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Lord, You are Joy. Your are the eternal source of joy for us, your children. How marvelous are Your ways in all the Earth. Crystal’s joy shines clearly because it’s from You. You are Love. You’ve called Crystal to write stories about love—fictionalized stories based on true love stories. How unique and captivating! Bless Crystal’s every word that lifts up Your glorious name: Love. ~ For Jesus’ sake 

 

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12 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Crystal Joy!

  1. Stacy Simmons

    I thoroughly enjoyed your interview. I left teaching to go into another field as well. Your book sounds wonderful and I wish you the best in your new career.

     
     
    1. Thanks so much for joining in, Stacy.

       
       
    2. Thank you so much, Stacy! I hope your new profession is going well and you’ve found a job that you love!

       
       
  2. Marilyn R

    Completely Captivated and Completely Yours sound like wonderful romance stories to read. Thank you for sharing your writing journey and the leap of faith you took to pursue God’s will. Blessings as you continue to write for His glory.

     
     
    1. Great to see you in our chat circle this week, Marilyn!

       
       
    2. Thank you, Marilyn! I thank God for the opportunity to write these stories. I finished one of the stories in Completely Captivated right before the wife passed away. I drove to Mark and Rene’s house and gave them their story in person, and discovered that they were planning funeral arrangements for Rene. The story was read over and over again at Rene’s funeral, as a way to honor her life and relationship with Mark. They are one of the best couples I’ve ever met. Writing Mark and Rene’s story and finishing it right before her passing was all God’s timing. Thanks again for reaching out to me!

       
       
  3. I Love both of these books. It always amazes me how Crystal puts these stories in such a readers adventure.
    I Love the fact that all of them don’t end happy.
    CRYSTAL IS A GREAT AUTHOR!
    I encourage new or other readers to check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

     
     
    1. Thanks so much for joining our chat, Sandy! Please come back.

       
       
    2. Thanks for your kind words, Sandy! I am so blessed to have a reader like you in my life!

       
       
  4. Evangeline

    This sounds like a delightful book, and I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the chance. I am putting your books on my wish list! Blessings on your continued writing ministry.

     
     
    1. Hi Evangeline–Thank you for your kind words! Happy Reading!

       
       
    2. Great to see you in our circle this week, Evangeline!

       
       

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