Congratulations to Mary A. Perez on the release of her new novel, Running in Heels, debuting February 23rd!
Running in Heels is her personalized coming-of-age story of a Puerto Rican girl seeking love and security. Living with her difficult mother, then married to an abusive man twice her age, she overcomes insurmountable obstacles as faith and hope never fail! It’s an intriguing premise and I urge you to check it out at http://maryaperez.com/
It is my honor and I thank Mary, for asking me to participate in her Tour Through Blogland.
Describing My Creative Process:
1. What are you currently working on/writing?
My current book, “Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese” (Nutritional and Life Lessons God Teaches Us) has recently been released and I am now in the midst of publicizing it. It provides light-hearted yet convicting insight regarding our mental, physical and spiritual connection to food. Physiology: Why do I crave certain foods and why willpower alone won’t overcome it. Practical Application: God does not want us to suffer through some crazy diet plan. That’s why He placed Adam in a Garden; every nutrient we need to sustain life can be found there! Nevertheless, humans needlessly create their own crazy formulas which only destroy while Satan laughs. Spirituality: Why, when we know we want to follow God’s Will, do we self-destruct anyway?
2. How is what you write different from others of the same genre?
“Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese . . .” is not another diet book. It’s a Biblical philosophy meant to motivate and generate godly action. Using personal education through practical Biblical applications, one discovers how the past and present influences our response to food today.
3. Why do you write what you do?
My main purpose is to motivate others to be the best example of a disciplined Christian. That is my ministry. We are commanded by God to “Be holy because I am Holy.” (1 Peter 1:16) but many fail to do so.
As a certified nutritional counselor, I realize almost every “dieter” knows what to do but doesn’t. James 2:19 states that even the demons believe in God, but fail to do what He says. Head knowledge without heart knowledge is dead. Real change occurs from within. “As a man thinketh within himself, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7) How can our mind, body and spirit control our beliefs? Through sensible solutions, the reader discovers how.
4. What is your creative process?
I find creativity everywhere! There is a correlation between nutrition and spirituality all around us. I find inspiration not only in the Bible but as I walk my dog, drive, listen to sermons and what I read. My only challenge is remembering to transfer these to paper before they are lost in the vapors of my mind. When the muse hits however, I can write for eight hours nonstop. When one loves what they do, it’s a joy! Find yours!
Thank you again Mary, for inviting me along for the journey!
The rules regarding this project are easy:
- Pass the tour on to another blogger (up to 4 others.)
- Give them the rules and a specific Monday to post. (March 9th or 16th)
- Answer those 4 questions about your creative process. (Allowing other bloggers and visitors to know what inspires you.)
Now, as Mary showcased me on her Tour, I have the pleasure of introducing you to another fantastic writer, who has also become a dear friend. She has is one of my favorite authors, Carol Balawyder!
Carol Balawyder has a wonderful talent for composing and defining distinct characters with whom all women can relate. She does this in her newest endeavor: Getting to Mr. Right. Each character is so richly written that you wonder if any could be your neighbor, co-worker, relative or friend? The novel emphasizes how important trust and support among women really is! Since you’ll find her protagonists in her other novels as well, reading her prequel is like revisiting dear friends from the past.
Carol herself, has certainly led a diverse, Walter Mitty lifestyle. Whether it was educating challenging kindergarteners, teaching poetry or English as a second language, researching at the British Museum, pursuing Applied Linguistics at Concordia University in Montreal or writing English as a Second Language manuals or freelance writing, this lady has done it all! No wonder she writes so well; she has so many life experiences to choose from! It also confirms why her characters are so well-rounded.
Please check out Carol’s blog for yourself at http://carolbalawyder.com/ Her books are available on Amazon.com.
Please feel free to choose one of these pretty Tour Through Blogland Photos!
Ellie, I am envious of you who writes write for 8 hours a day non-stop. Your book Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese sounds wonderful! I wish you all the best with it.
Ellie, you have made my life very difficult by writing such a fabulous post for this blogtour. The pressure is on me now!
Thank you, thank you, for all the wonderful things you said about me but what I liked the most is that you referred to me as a dear friend. Hugs. 🙂
Oh Carol, I felt I didn’t do you justice. (As soon as I finished your book, I felt I wanted to go back and read it over again.)
It was so much easier to write in Arizona than here, because I get my “muse” from sunshine and it so rarely shines here. When I’m focused however, it’s easy to write in my pretty little new office and be inspired. Yes, Carol, your generous, giving spirit is very kind and I’m a sucker for kindness, my friend. Thank you for being you, 🙂
LikeLiked by 1 person
Pingback: Tour Through Blogland | Carol Balawyder
Thanks Carol for introducing me to Ellie’s blog. 🙂
I am so very honored that you found my blog and decided to follow my posts! (What a fantastic one you have yourself, so I couldn’t help but follow yours as well!) How I hope you enjoy comments and we’ll get to know each other better. I’ll tell you I have the BEST and kindest followers on the web. They have all become great friends, especially one’s like our mutual friend, Carol Balawyder. Blessings back to you.
LikeLiked by 1 person
Thank you Ellie. It’s a pleasure to connect with you. I have made some wonderful online connections through one of my first few blogging friend, Carol. I love everything you write about, so I’m happy to have been introduced to your blog. I also have a great fascination with Arizona and hope to live there one day, so when I saw that you lived there on your About page, it was like a sign. 🙂 I agree with you, something about that place and the mountains is so magic and so inspiring for writing. 🙂
Hey D.G. My husband and I recently moved to Ohio this winter (I know, I know, crazy huh? But we couldn’t say no to God’s calling to take a pastor position here.) The warmth of the people make up for the cold climate but I SURE miss that Arizona sunshine and my gorgeous mountain!!! I’d highly recommend residing there. And I’ve yet to find my “muse” again in Ohio, sigh. 🙂
LikeLiked by 1 person
I knowwwwwwww, Ohio? That’s a huge switch. And I know what you mean about the muse. Ever since I fell in love with Arizona, it’s been really hard to concentrate here in cold Toronto! I can’t wait for next winter as we have rented a place in Scottsdale for 2 months! Yippee! Who knows Ellie, if you keep the love in your heart for Arizona, God will find a way to bring you back there. As for me, I’m Canadian, so it’s a bit more difficult for my chances to live there but I’ll go as often as I can. I have never felt such inner peace in my life until I set foot in Arizona. 🙂
PS Ellie, I love your hat. And if you’d like to read my experience in Arizona, here is the link http://dgkayewriter.com/hello/ I hope it brings back good memories for you. 🙂
Will do – gotta run off and teach a Women’s Bible Study now, talk to you after I read it, thanks for the link!
LikeLiked by 1 person