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