Louie to the Rescue-The Big Dig by Maria I. Morgan

I’m so happy to welcome my friend, author Maria I. Morgan, to our blog. She writes children’s stories and has a new one almost ready to release.  Let’s learn more about Louie to the Rescue-The Big Dig

Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

Maria:  My love for writing began with reading. My Mom read to my brother and me when we were young. Favorite books included anything by Dr. Seuss: Green Eggs and HamFox in SoxSneetches on Beaches; as well as Aesop’s Fables.

In junior high I collected as many volumes from the Nancy Drew series as I could. Instead of just words on a page, each book took me on a journey – painting pictures of far-away places and introducing me to fascinating characters. I couldn’t get enough. I was hooked.

With a degree in Health Fitness/Wellness, it wasn’t until years later that I got serious about writing. As strange as it sounds, it took an accident to get me back to the keyboard (you can read about it here).

To date, I’ve had two children’s books in the Louie the Lawnmower series published (Louie’s BIG day!, and Louie & the Leaf Pile), as well as a 10-week Bible study for women, Outrageously Fruitful. And I’m super excited to announce the third book in my children’s series will release in December. A brand new yard tool will be introduced, setting the stage for an exciting adventure! “Louie to the Rescue – The Big Dig” will be available on Amazon.

What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?

Maria: I enjoy writing both fiction and non-fiction. My Bible study, Outrageously Fruitful, and the devotionals I write for my blog are non-fiction and are geared toward women. Themes typically include: understanding God’s character, understanding God’s truth, understanding God’s plan, and writing tips & encouragement.

It’s fantastic to share the truths of God’s Word and have ladies respond to its relevance and timelessness – it’s powerful!

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12, KJV

Fictional writing unleashes the kid in me. I love writing stories that teach valuable life lessons. The Louie the Lawnmower series emphasizes character qualities (i.e. selflessness, kindness) through attention-grabbing storylines.

Do you work to an outline or prefer to see where an idea takes you?

Maria:  Good question! Typically, for non-fictional writing I have a general idea outlined in my mind, but it can shift as I write the piece. If I’m writing a devotional, I may have a topic and several verses I want to include, but the life example may change as the theme evolves.

Children’s books allow me to be more creative. There are endless adventures I can dream up to highlight specific character qualities.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Maria:  Honestly, for me, it’s finding the right balance between writing and marketing. I’m not very good at working on several projects at once. So if I’m releasing a book – my focus is on all things marketing. When I’m writing a book, I’m not concentrating as much on social media.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Maria: I asked my husband this same question on our first date – many, many years ago! As an author, I’d like to have several more books published, and see Louie the Lawnmower become a video series similar to Veggie Tales. That’s a BIG dream!

Encouraging women in the Word is my on-going dream as well. I want to continue teaching Bible studies and pointing ladies to fulfillment in Christ.

Thanks SO much for letting me be a part of your Saturday interview!

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Thanks for being our guest, Maria. Now for a closer look at her new book…


*The 3rd book in the Louie the Lawnmower series, “Louie to the Rescue – The Big Dig,” will be releasing on Amazon soon!

Louie and the gang are fired up about the neighborhood yard competition. But when a sarcastic shovel arrives on the scene, hurtful words cause big problems. Will the newcomer succeed in intimidating Louie and his friends? Or will her plan backfire? Join Louie and the others and discover whose words win.

Enter to win: leave a comment below listing a character quality you’d like to see featured in a future Louie book, along with your email address, and you’ll be entered in a random drawing to receive a copy of “Louie to the Rescue – The Big Dig.” (Open to U.S. residents only. Contest will run through Saturday, November 4th. Winner will be contacted via email.)

Other books in the Louie the Lawnmower series:

Louie’s BIG day!

Louie & the Leaf Pile


Maria I. Morgan

Maria 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 truths and make an eternal difference.

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3 Questions Wednesday with Maria I. Morgan

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday!

Maria I. Morgan

Maria I. Morgan is “passionate about sharing God’s truth and making an eternal difference, regardless of the age of my audience.”

So, let’s see how she answers our latest 3 Questions–

Question: What inspires you?

Maria:  Reading! No matter what type of book I’m reading – fiction or non-fiction – there’s just something about getting immersed in the story that inspires the writer in me. I love imagining the setting, the culture, and lifestyle of the characters. I’ll let you in on a little secret: someday I’d like to write a historical fiction novel about people in the Bible!

Reading is one of THE best ways to gain inspiration (in my humble opinion). I look forward to reading your historical fiction one day!

Next question–You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Maria: I’d definitely be a shade of orange – it’s my favorite color. The label on the wrapper around my crayon might read Outrageous Orange (to go along with my Bible study, Outrageously Fruitful about the fruit of the Spirit). Something bright and cheerful to bring a smile to people’s faces.

Orange is the color of youth, it’s fun-loving, and strong, especially when coupled with the word, “outrageous” — ha ha! Couldn’t resist. I love your color choice.

Final Question–As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Maria: Hmmm. That’s a tough one. I think I wanted to be a teacher when I was in grade school. Probably because my Mom was a kindergarten teacher and she made teaching seem fun. When I got a little older, I wanted to be a hygienist and actually worked as an intern at a dentist office when I was in high school. My husband still teases me about being the dentist’s ‘pet’ because I don’t have cavities!

Cute story! Thanks, Maria, for visiting 3 Questions Wednesday. READERS – See below for a chance to win Maria’s book, Louie to the Rescue – The Big Dig. And get to know her better by clicking the links below. You’ll find a wealth of information about her and her books on her beautiful website.

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Louie to the Rescue – The Big Dig

Louie and the gang are fired up about the neighborhood yard competition. But when a sarcastic shovel arrives on the scene, hurtful words cause big problems. Will the newcomer succeed in intimidating Louie and his friends? Or will her plan backfire? Join Louie and the others and discover whose words win.

Enter to win: leave a comment below listing a character quality you’d like to see featured in a future Louie book, along with your email address, and you’ll be entered in a random drawing to receive a copy of “Louie to the Rescue – The Big Dig.” (Open to U.S. residents only. Contest will run through Tuesday, October 31. Winner will be contacted via email.)

Other books in the Louie the Lawnmower series:

Louie’s BIG day!

Louie & the Leaf Pile


About Maria I. Morgan:

Maria 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 truths and make an eternal difference.

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Book Winners in August

autumn-922378_1920Summer is winding down and autumn is right around the corner. We have six new winners in August.

Who won?

Mary L. Hamilton’s YA novel, See No Evil, has been won by Caryl. Woo hoo!

Maria I. Morgan’s Bible Study, Outrageously Fruitful, goes to Jaclyn! Congratulations!

David Mike’s memoir, Dishonor, is gifted to Second Iron. Yay!

Alice J. Wisler’s historical fiction, Under the Silk Hibiscus, has been won by Lisa Worthey Smith. You go!

Betty Thomason Owen’s historical fiction, Carlotta’s Legacy, goes to Crystal A. Murray.  Awesome…

Eva Marie Everson’s Christmas novella, God Bless Us Everyone , has found a home with bb4Him .:)

A big THANK YOU to all our faithful readers for taking the time to stop by and comment.  It’s such a simple way to win. Just leave a comment on a Wednesday or Saturday post and you’re entered to win that specific book or gift card.

Disappointed you didn’t win? Next month we’ll give away more books. See you then...

 

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

Outrageously Fruitful by Maria I. Morgan

Maria headshot LLBDPlease welcome Maria I. Morgan as she chats with me about her latest book, Outrageously Fruitful.

Hi, Maria. First question.

Have you always wanted to be an author?

Maria: I’ve always had a love for reading. I was bitten by the writing bug when I was in junior high and was chosen to be on the staff of our school newspaper.

I continued crafting stories and term papers during college, not giving much consideration to my professors’ comments to pursue a career in writing. At the time, my focus was on health, and I earned a degree in Corporate Wellness.

I left the corporate world years ago and once again turned to writing. It’s been a wonderful adventure that’s included: writing classes, critique groups, blogging, marketing, publishing, and wonderful friendships. I can’t wait to see what God has in store next!

What do you love about being a writer, and what do you like the least?

Maria: I love the creative flexibility. As a writer, I have the opportunity to share what matters to me most: the truth of God’s Word. Not only do I get to choose my topic, I’m also privileged to decide who my audience will be. Currently, I write children’s books and have recently released a Bible study for women.

Writing can be an isolating job! But the Lord has opened many doors to have contact with people; whether it’s teaching Bible studies or reading my children’s books at the local schools or Chick-Fil-A restaurants. I consider myself very blessed to do what I do!

How do you get your best ideas?

Maria: Great question! Ideas are usually born during conversations with others. What starts out as innocent banter can easily turn into the next storyline for my Louie the Lawnmower series.

Believe it or not, my pets and their antics are often a source of inspiration for my blog posts and devotional writing.

Do you blog? How often?

Maria: I began blogging over five years ago and would post three times a week. As I started writing for more blogs and publications, it dropped to two posts per week. And then once a week . . . I’ve been on a blogging hiatus for the past six months while finishing up my most recent books: Louie & the Leaf Pile; and Outrageously Fruitful.

I’m excited to announce I’ll be re-launching my blog (www.mariaimorgan.com) when the New Year rolls around. I also have a blog for my current children’s series (www.mariaimorgan.wix.com/louie-the-lawnmower). Drop in and visit.

What fun fact would you like your readers to know about you?

Maria: It’s a bit ironic – my degree is in health fitness with a minor in nutrition, but I have the biggest sweet tooth ever. It’s really tough for me to go an entire 24 hours without having something sweet. Desserts that include anything apple or chocolate are my favorite.

Thanks for hosting me today. It’s been a pleasure!

I’m glad you dropped by! I wish you much success with your books.

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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

Let go and let God make your life outrageously fruitful!

Maria 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. 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!

Louie & the Leaf Pile:

http://www.amazon.com/Louie-Leaf-Pile-Maria-Morgan/dp/1515349942/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446342000&sr=8-1&keywords=louie+%26+the+leaf+pile

Outrageously Fruitful:

http://www.amazon.com/Outrageously-Fruitful-Maria-I-Morgan/dp/0692474951/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446342041&sr=8-1&keywords=outrageously+fruitful