Martha agreed to answer a few questions for us so we could find out a little bit about her before we meet her later this month. Here goes:
When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
MR: I always liked to write and make up stories for my dolls and paper dolls, but it was in college English that I realized how much I loved it. My dream was to someday be a published writer, but I had no idea where or how to begin, so I just wrote.
What was the first story you wrote?
MR: The first story I wrote was a story for my sister when we were kids. She was sick and I thought it would cheer her up. I wrote a novel when I was 17. Still have it, but it will probably never be published.
Are you part of a local chapter/group?
MR: Yes. I am a member and treasurer of our Woodlands ACFW group, Writers on the Storm, and I am also treasurer of our local chapter of Inspirational Writers Alive and President of the State organization.
What benefits have you received from being part of a local group?
MR: I've learned a great deal from them in the way of writing techniques as well as benefitted from the critique sessions. I went to my first writing conference back in the early 90's because of IWA! and made my first contact with editors and Cecil Murphey. My first two articles were published because of those meetings, and Cec led the way for me to be included in several compilations.
Tell us about Becoming Lucy (out now) and Morning for Dove (May 2010). How did you get the ideas for these books?
MR: Lucy started out as a short novella submission to Tynedale. After it was rejected, I decided to expand it and make it longer. I learened a lot about Oklahoma while traveling to visit our son and his family in Tulsa. I changed the setting from Texas to Oklahoma and lengthened the story to include Jake's past and Lucy learning to live on the ranch. Dove is a friend of Lucy's. I got the idea because my husband's grandmother was a Cherokee whose family was on the Trail of Tears and so Dove became the daughter of a Cherokee woman and a white rancher. Both are stories of forgiveness and reunion.
What is one thing you have learned through your journey to publication?
MR: I learned there is nothing I can do to hurry the process along. I can only study, write and revise. I must pray, persevere and be patient.
What was the hardest part of your journey?
MR: Being patient to wait on God's timing. I thought He was being much too slow.
Martha will be speaking on Diving Into Deep POV at our meeting on Saturday, April 24. We will be meeting at a special time, 11:30-1:00, then Martha will be doing a booksigning for her books from 1-3:00.
Hope to see you there!