Friday, March 18, 2016

Feature Friday Author Paula Mowery and Her Book "For Our Good"

I’m pleased to introduce as my guest today Author Paula Mowery.

Paula Mowery is a pastor’s wife, mom to a college student, author, acquiring editor, and speaker. No matter the hat she wears, she strives to honor God’s plan even if it means going out on a limb and leaving comfort zones. Reviewers have characterized her writing as “thundering with emotion.” Her book, Be the Blessing, won the 2014 Selah Award in the novella category. Paula enjoys reading and reviewing Christian fiction, writing Christian romance and devotionals, and helping other authors realize their dream of publication.

What keeps you the most humble as a writer, Paula?

In writing, there is no such thing as “arriving.” I can always improve. There’s always more to learn and always a better story to write.

What gives you the most satisfaction in your writing—besides "The End," that is?

Because I write Christian fiction, I just love those God moments when He drives home the message through my story. Like my pastor-hubby, I tend to learn the message before I can share it. So satisfying and humbling to be called to share about Christ in this way.

So true, Paula. What type of books do you like to read?

My favorite books to read are contemporary Christian romantic suspense and Christian romances. I write reviews for authors of these types of books. I also tend to contract these types of books in my role as an acquiring editor for Prism Book Group.

Fantastic! What other writing have you done?

I have two women’s fiction titles, The Blessing Seer and Be the Blessing. My romance titles include: Forgiven, in the anthology, Brave New Century; Legacy and Love; Love Again, a Christmas romance. For Our Good is considered a Christian romantic suspense. Then I have another book releasing at the end of April 2016 called “The Crux of Honor.” I have also written several devotions which are included in several collections. The most recent is A Walk in the Valley which recalls six women’s journey through infertility.

A nice list of credits to be sure! So Paula, when writing, how do you come up with your plots?

My ideas have normally come from bits of stories from friends and family. I’ve even had a sermon illustration spark a plot or two. I usually take those little tidbits and start asking, “What if?”

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

God truly does have a plan for all of His children. Even though bad things can happen along the way, God really can bring good from them.

What a truth, Paula! Is the book completely fictional?

For Our Good is based on an experience my father had as a corporate pilot. The story he told us about being approached one day to carry a package for a large sum of money was the spark for this story. There is also a character who deals with infertility, which is something I have dealt with.

How did you come up with the title for name book?

The title, For Our Good, comes directly from the Bible verse, Romans 8:28. Just seemed fitting. What’s interesting is I’m working on the sequel and its title comes straight from Scripture as well.

I do like scripture titles. Tell us, Paula, what do you have in store for the year of 2016?

As mentioned above, I do have a new release coming April 29th called “The Crux of Honor.” This story is included in a series called Love Is from Prism Book Group and is based on The Love Chapter in the Bible. My book focuses on the part, love does not dishonor.

Oh, nice. I see where Love Is series is headed! What parting wisdom do you wish to give those of us not book published?

Keep reading. Keep learning. Keep writing.

Read authors who model good writing. Take advantage to learn through online classes, writing craft books, and conferences. Write consistently, practicing what you learn.

For Our Good Blurb

Charlie Jarvis is haunted by loss that fuels her desire to rid the world of drug traffickers. When her next assignment takes her back to her hometown, she has to confront her painful past. She has no interest in a relationship since God seems to kill everyone she loves. 

Colton Thomas appreciates material things and the status of being a corporate pilot. When someone approaches him to deliver a package for a large sum of money that could wipe out his debts, temptation knocks loud on his door even as his partner, Marshall, slams it shut. Meeting Charlie challenges his non-committal stance with women. As he considers who he has become and the kind of man he would want to be for Charlie, he confronts his own shallow lifestyle and the fear he would never be able to help her heal her wounds. 

As Charlie pursues the man causing young boys to die of overdoses, she struggles with the secrets she keeps from Colton. With people around them shining the light of God and encouraging their courtship, both Charlie and Colton have to face hard truths about life, death, love, and faith. And maybe find a fresh start for them both. 

Where readers may purchase For Our Good:

Paula, thank you for being my guest today on Feature Friday.

Leave a comment and include your Kindle address to enter the drawing for a chance to win Paula’s e-Book For Our Good.

Until next time . . . read a Paula Mowery book. 


  1. Thanks for hosting me, Jean! I always love a good interview, sharing with other readers and writers.