Mary Gant Bell honors us with a chat this go-round. Mary began her writing career about fifteen years ago to give voice to the ideas rattling in her brain. She started with genealogy books and later Christian fiction romance novels.
Mary married a man who craves adventure. Together they parent one daughter and a gaggle of attention-seeking cats.
When Mary is not writing, she quilts or cleans seashells from her latest trip to the beach. She never learned to cook, so don’t show up at dinner time. She’d much rather chase her characters from chapter to chapter than preheat the oven.
Mary is offering a giveaway: an ebook of Tell Me It Was Just a Dream to someone who joins the chat below.
Mary Gant Bell: Let’s Chat
It seems strange to say this, but I never dreamed of being an author when I was a kid. As I got older, I thought it would be fun to be published, but still didn’t envision it as an on-going interest. After my first genealogy book was released, I put my pen down and figured that was the end of my writing career. One genealogy book led to seven more, and before I knew it, I was writing fiction, too.
My novels come from what I believe is missing in today’s marketplace. So many fiction books focus on a politically correct issue, in my opinion. I have nothing against authors using their platform to express their viewpoint, however. But as a reader, I want to be entertained in a thought-provoking and inspirational way. I crave a story that makes me think, challenges my brain, and uplifts my soul. That is what generates my characters and their stories.
Other books, however, come from dreams. Blame it on menopause or the full moon. All I know is – I have weird dreams. I wake up remembering every detail and emotion. One particular dream followed that pattern. Vivid colors. Clearly defined people. Pain. Suffering. Unity. And survival.
The only difference between this dream and the other visions I have had was that this one continued for four nights. Night two picked up where night one ended. Night three picked up where night two stopped. You get the idea. Each morning found me scribbling notes on the journal I keep in my nightstand.
It was a disturbing dream. For days, I caught myself pondering its meaning. Was it just a dream or more like a prophecy? Did it predict the future or replay some past, long-forgotten event? Had God revealed His truth to me? I spent significant time trying to decipher what God wanted me to learn from these four – but really one – dreams.
Then it occurred to me that maybe God intended for me to be His messenger. Perhaps I was to tell the story in addition to learning from the story. It could be that’s just what my author’s brain assumed. But once I started putting the words on the page, the point of the dreams flowed like an avalanche down the side of a mountain. (Although at times it felt like blood pouring from a head wound, too.) It came together very quickly and effortlessly. Even though it had been months since the actual dream, I knew this was a story God wanted others to hear.
Mary Gant Bell: The Writer
Tell Me It Was Just A Dream is the story revealed to me in those dreams. The book is in four parts, as the dreams came to me. The book, like the dreams, ends with an important take-away for all ages to apply. The message is as timeless as it is important – and urgent – for our world. Order your copy today and begin changing the world. You won’t regret it.
After this book, I wrote the Under the Garden Tree series. It was originally intended to be three books, but quickly turned into six. I am currently working on book three of my second series, The When Series. Those characters haven’t told me yet how many books will be in that collection! After that, I plan to write another devotional (the topic will surprise you, so watch my website for details as they develop.)
If you’ve ever considered being an author or believe you have a story to tell, I strongly encourage you to go for it. It’s challenging, rewarding, and tons of fun!
Tell Me It Was Just a Dream
It’s been said that everything can change in an instant. Valerie Walker can testify to this. One day her idyllic life was consumed with the mundane tasks involved with being a mother of three active children and the wife of the mayor. From one breath to the next, all of that changed.
Now Valerie struggles to salvage the shattered pieces of her life. But where doe she begin? Her mother’s heart wants to comfort her husband and children. Unfortunately, their very survival must take precedence over luxury. If Valerie and her husband cannot keep everyone alive, there’s no point in soothing their souls.
Will they survive this tragedy, this shocking surprise? If they do, will they be able to rebuild the peaceful lifestyle they all enjoyed before the catastrophe uprooted them from their tranquility?
Or will this disaster tear them apart?
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Lord, please bless each word Mary writes for You.
~For Jesus’ sake