3 Questions Wednesday with Mary L. Hamilton

Alt. headshotPlease welcome Mary L. Hamilton, author of the Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series, to 3 Questions Wednesday.

Glad you could join us, Mary. First question:

What books have fortified you as a writer? How?

Mary: The book I start with when I’m first developing a story is Jeff Gerke’s Plot vs. Character, and along with that is Please Understand Me II by David Keirsey. Most recently, I’ve relied on Debra Dixon’s Goals, Motivation and Conflict and C.S. Lakin’s Writing the Heart of Your Story.

Sounds like a good variety of books to strengthen  your writing muscles. Now…

What secret talents do you have?

Mary: I love to knit, especially simple sweaters without a pattern. I also enjoy counted cross-stitch. And I don’t really like to cook, but I make some pretty amazing whole grain waffles.

I like counted cross-stitch also. 🙂 Last question: 

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

Mary: The only fancy meals I do are for my family at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Otherwise, we’re pretty casual, so I’d probably make some pulled pork in the slow cooker, throw a tossed salad together, maybe some corn on the cob and have watermelon slices for dessert. The best part would be the conversation and fellowship!

Sounds like a fun evening to me! Thanks, Mary, for stopping in…

Mary is graciously offering a paperback copy of See No Evil for one blessed person. Please leave a comment to win!

See No Evil

Steven Miller guards a dark secret. Dad drilled into Steven SeeNoEvilFrontDropCropthat blindness should never be used as an excuse. So when Steven finds an old triathlon medallion among Dad’s belongings, he’s inspired to follow in his footsteps. Maybe it’ll quiet the guilt he’s carried since Dad’s death three years ago. While Steven continues his triathlon training during his final summer at camp, a serious illness keeps Rustic Knoll’s beloved Nurse Willie from managing her clinic. When Steven teams up with his friend Claire to encourage Willie’s recovery, his feelings for Claire grow beyond friendship. But his buddy, Dillon, has started down a dangerous path that Steven knows all too well. Can he keep his friend from falling into that sin without exposing his own past?

Christian fiction for Middle Grade / Young Adults.

Alt. headshotAward-winning author Mary L. Hamilton grew up at a youth camp in southern Wisconsin, much like the setting for her Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series. Her experiences during twenty years of living at the camp, as well as people she knew there, inspired many of the events and situations in her novels.

Besides writing, Mary enjoys knitting, reading and being outdoors. Mary and her husband make their home in Texas.

Connect with Mary:

Website: http://www.maryhamiltonbooks.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/maryhamiltonbooks

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/mhamiltonbooks

Book link: See No Evil  http://amzn.to/2a4jeD6

(Each book in the series can be read as a stand-alone, but reading them in order will give you a better understanding of the relationships between characters.)


10 thoughts on “3 Questions Wednesday with Mary L. Hamilton

  1. It was a pleasure to learn more about Mary. I also enjoy counted-cross stitch. Pulled pork sounds yum!

  2. When I was much younger, an older friend commented that they don’t sell counted cross-stitch to anyone under 50. Now that I’m past that age, I understand. Those stitches keep getting smaller and smaller! Thanks, Carylkane!

  3. Pulled pork is my favorite too. Glad to know you knit. Someday I’ll need help learning how to cast off a project I’ve worked on not very often for years. It’s still on the needles. I’ve attended some of Jeff’s classes. He’s very good.

  4. I observed Mary growing up at camp where I cooked for thirteen years. She was always courteous, kind and fun to be around.What I loved most about Mary was her respect and love she had for her Father, our pastor at camp.

  5. Fun questions! Thank you for advice on writing books. I have been looking into audiobooks on writing. I think the hard copies are more useful for a reference library, but audio gives an easy way to fit more in to certain time frames.

    I enjoy small knit and crochet projects. I’ve thought I would enjoy making a sweater sometime. How did you learn to do that without a pattern or is there a book on knitting without patterns?

  6. Janice, I use Knitting From The Top by Barbara G. Walker. It takes some math figuring, but I like being able to work my own patterns.
    I’ve listened to cd’s from conferences but always end up taking notes, so I usually prefer books that I can mark up and underline. 🙂

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