3 Questions Wednesday with Maria I. Morgan

042_MariaMorgan__PCP5463Today we welcome inspirational writer and speaker, Maria I. Morgan, to the Writing Prompts Blog.

Glad you dropped by, Maria! First question:

What books have fortified you as a writer? How?

Maria: Great question! While I was writing my Bible study, Outrageously Fruitful, I leaned heavily on 3 resources. I’m sure you can guess the first one. You’re right if you guessed the Bible. It’s such a practical book with answers to all of our questions. We can get to know the very Creator of the universe and draw from His wisdom as we navigate this thing called life.

One of my favorite passages of Scripture says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6; KVJ) When we have faith that the Lord knows best and do things His way, He’ll guide us every time. Good stuff!

Another resource I used was The Chicago Manual of Style. Let’s face it, grammar, punctuation, and word usage can get downright tricky. This book helped clear up those issues for me.

Finally, I also referred to The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style quite often. It helped me with things like: capitalization of religious terms, and proper notation for Scripture verses. A little boring, but necessary.

*I also love using on-line resources like blueletterbible.org and tools like Logos Bible Software.

Those sounds like some great resources! Now…

What secret talents do you have?

Maria: I can play the piano – although I’m very rusty since I haven’t practiced in years. And I can paint. My dad, mom and brother are all talented artists. My mother has illustrated several books, displayed her art work in several countries, and has her own website displaying her beautiful work. Here’s one of the first (and only) pictures I painted when I took a watercolor course several years ago.

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Wow. That’s lovelyLast question…

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

Maria: Deep dish pizza (baked in a spring form pan); a baby spinach salad with cranberries and pine nuts; watermelon topped with blueberries; and chocolate explosion for dessert. Let me know when you’re in Georgia and we’ll make this menu a reality!

I see a trip east on the horizon. 🙂 Thanks again, Maria, for the visit!

Maria is giving a paperback copy of Outrageously Fruitful to one blessed person. Leave a comment to be entered!


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Society’s message is clear: live for yourself. God’s message is revolutionary: live for him and others. This sounds radical, right? We all want love, joy, and peace to saturate our lives. But the Holy Spirit’s plan begs us to look beyond our own little world and see His bigger picture. So how do we win the battle against selfishness?

Outrageously Fruitful addresses this question and more. This 10-week study is made up of a series of brief daily lessons that encourage an honest look at current behavior and provide a biblical foundation to rekindle faith and put it into action.

Maria I. Morgan explores the characteristics the Spirit longs to cultivate within us. A fresh perspective is given of each characteristic, disarming some of today’s popular misconceptions:

*Love is a feeling

*Circumstances determine joy

*Absence of conflict is the key to peace

*Why be long suffering? Take the easy way out

*Meekness is the same thing as weakness

*Temperance is outdated: if it feels good do it

Good news! Maria will be teaching her Bible study, Outrageously Fruitful, on Facebook Live each week beginning Wednesday, September 7th at 12:00 noon (EST). This information-packed, 11-week series will challenge you to stay connected to Christ so your life will make an eternal difference. You can pick up a copy of the study here. Additional downloadable worksheets will accompany each lesson and are free of charge.

Interested? Simply “like” Maria’s Facebook page and post a comment letting her know you want to join the study, or contact Maria to sign up today: maria@mariaimorgan.com

*Not available at noon? Not a problem. Live videos will remain posted on her Facebook page, so you can watch them at your convenience!


042_MariaMorgan__PCP5463Maria I. Morgan is an inspirational writer and speaker. She is the award-winning author of Louie’s BIG day! Regardless of the age of her audience, her goal is the same: to share God’s truth and make an eternal difference. Join her every week to navigate life’s journey together. http://www.mariaimorgan.com

Louie’s BIG Day! By Maria I. Morgan

Maria headshot LLBDToday we welcome Maria I. Morgan…

 

Have you always wanted to be an author? If not, what made you decide to write, and how long have you been at it?

I’ll put it this way – I’ve always enjoyed writing. One of my English professors in college pushed me in that direction, but I continued to pursue a degree in the health field. It’s neat to look back and see the doors God opened for me to continue to express myself through writing even when it wasn’t my full-time job.

A little over 5 years ago, I bumped into a girlfriend I hadn’t seen in a while, and she encouraged me to start a blog. I began without clear goals or direction for my writing. I took some writing courses and found the courage to pursue publication.

 

What’s it like writing a children’s book?

It’s both fun and challenging. I loved coming up with the initial storyline and cast of characters for “Louie’s BIG day!”. But I wanted the book to be more than just a cute story.

My goal was to share some important biblical truths in the book, and give parents/grandparents the opportunity to discuss them with their kids.  So I included a few simple application questions at the end to stimulate conversation about God’s purpose and plan for each of us.

 

What project are you currently working on?

I have a few things on the table right now. I’ve written the next book in the Louie-the-Lawnmower series: “Louie & the Leaf Pile.” Now it’s time for Sherrie Molitor (http://sherriemolitor.wix.com/sherriemolitorart#!books/cnec) to work her magic with the illustrations.

I’m currently editing my devotional/Bible study, “Outrageously Fruitful.” And I’ve got another children’s series about a traveling frog that is in the development stage. Never a dull moment!

 

What’s your favorite marketing strategy?

Oh, such a good question. This is my first published book and I am still learning. Developing a team of ‘Insiders’ (people who agreed to read my manuscript and leave an honest review on Amazon) has really helped. They’ve also been fabulous about letting their friends know about the book release through social media.

 

Have you ever had a funny experience connected with being an author?

Actually, I do remember one…I had written an article to pitch to a specific magazine. When it was rejected, I was really disappointed and started submitting it to other publications.

When I finally DID find someone to publish it (without pay), I waited eagerly for my copy of the magazine. When I got it, I thumbed through the issue looking for my article. Imagine my surprise when I located it – only to see the by-line with someone else’s name attached!

It was an excellent lesson in humility! 🙂

 

Thanks, Maria, for dropping by! For a chance to win a copy of Louie’s BIG Day! leave a comment below!

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Louie is a bright red lawnmower who used to live at the hardware store with his friends: Ruthie Rake, Eddie Edger, Bobbie Blower, Terri Trowel, and Henri Hose. Recently he was purchased by a man and his wife and now he’s on his own.

Louie misses his friends, but it’s time to find out if he can do the job he was made to do. Join Louie for his BIG adventure and discover the surprise that awaits him at the end of the day!

 

 

Maria I. Morgan was born with an active imagination that shows up in her endearing stories for children. Originally an inspirational author and speaker for adults, Maria has widened her circle to include kids. She lives in the muggy South with her husband, two retrievers, and two Maine coon kitties – the perfect mix to fuel her creativity for years to come!

(You can find her devotionals and download a free copy of her eBook, God Speaking, at http://www.mariaimorgan.com)

Connect with the author:

Website: www.mariaimorgan.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WriterMariaIMorgan

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mariaimorgan

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

 

Connect with Louie:

Website: http://www.mariaimorgan.wix.com/louie-the-lawnmower