Author Mary Manners is here!

Mary Manners author photoPlease welcome my fellow White Rose Publishing author Mary Manners!

Mary lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee with her husband, Tim, and their daughter, Danni, as well as dogs Abby and Molly and cats Lucky and Gus.  Mary is an award-winning, multi-published author of inspirational romance.  You can visit her at

E.A.: What book or project would you like to tell us about today?

Mary: I’d like to tell everyone about my contemporary inspirational romance, Tender Mercies.

E.A.: What inspired you to come up with writing in your genre?

Mary: I like to share God’s many blessings with my readers, and give a message of hope and happiness.

E.A.: How long had you been writing before you got your call (or email) from an editor?

Mary: I have been writing since birth!!  No, really…I completed my first full-length story in the sixth grade, but had been seriously pursuing a writing career for about three years when I got the email from Nicola Martinez at White Rose Publishing.

E.A.: What advice do you have for other new authors coming into the field of writing?

Mary: Write, write, write!  The more you write, the better you become.  Also, submit your work to contests and take the judges’ feedback to heart.  You can learn a lot from another reader’s ‘fresh’ eyes.

E.A.: How do you overcome writer’s block, or do you ever get that?

Mary: I mow.  Seriously…I live on two acres and when a block hits, I go out and push mow.  It’s like taking a sledgehammer to a dam.  During cooler months, I light some scented candles and just sit in front of the keyboard until the words come.  I do not pass go…you know the saying.
Mended Heart cover
E.A.: What do you think it takes to write a good book?

Mary:  A great imagination, outstanding imagery, and a desire to share what’s in your heart.  I also think life experiences bring a certain authenticity to a person’s writing.  The older you get and the more you experience, the better you can relate to what a character feels in any given situation.

E.A.: What is your process of writing a novel, briefly—from conception to revision?

Mary: I begin with a phrase, idea or situation and build on it brick by brick, like building a house.  I begin by writing in a steno pad—character names, quirks, fears, likes, etc.  Then I weave the first few chapters before transferring over to my laptop.  I don’t typically use an outline, but have a good idea of where I’m going.  Sometimes I’m surprised, though, which is always good.

E.A.: Think of something you might ask a fan that would spark your interest in subject matter for your next project. What would that question be?

Mary: What is the most difficult experience of your life, and how did you manage to overcome it?

E.A.: Thank you for participating, Mary! Where can the readers find you and your work?

Readers can find TENDER MERCIES and MENDED HEART at and at or order autographed copies by visiting my website at

Tender Mercies cover image

Title: Tender Mercies

Author: Mary Manners

Publisher: White Rose Publishing

Book Description:

When Lexi Taylor resorts to hosting an online auction to raise money for her fledgling youth center, Thursday’s Child, the last thing she expects is to be matched for a date with…

…Cooper Jackson…hometown hero and former championship-winning University of Tennessee quarterback.  Lured by the promise of a lucrative NFL career, he broke off their engagement without so much as a backward glance six years ago.  Now he’s come home to Knoxville to nurse an injured knee and his wounded pride–and he wants Lexi back.

A heartbreaking secret stands between them…and Lexi plans to keep it that way.  But when Cooper’s gentleness and renewed faith coax the secret to the surface, will forgiveness draw them close…or will their love be shattered forever?

19 thoughts on “Author Mary Manners is here!

  1. Brick by brick I like that. I also like that you go out and mow, instead of munching on a candy bar, much better for you. Great interview, thanks for sharing.

  2. I enjoyed your interview. It sounds as though you live in an inspirational place. I grew up not far from the Great Smokey Mountains in North Carolina. Tender Miracles sounds like an interesting and heart warming book. I enjoy football, so I like the sports connection. Congratulations and best wishes for much success.

    1. Thanks, Gail! Yes, North Carolina is beautiful, as well. I love the Smoky Mountains, especially when they are covered with snow (like now). There’s no better inspiration for romance.

    1. Hey Elizabeth,

      Thanks for stopping by. My author photo was actually taken by my husband while we were at a cabin up in Wears Valley, right in the foothills of the Smokies. It was a beautiful day.

      I appreciate your kind comments. Thank you!

  3. Another country author! 🙂 It’s nice to meet you, Mary, and congrats on your books. If you get a hard hitting writer’s block, you are very welcome to come over to my yard and mow! 🙂

    1. Oh Miss May…you made me laugh out loud!! Sure, I’ll mow your yard for you! Who knows…I may dream up the next four-book series in the process!!!

      Thank you so much for you sweet comments.

  4. I just visited Tennessee – went to Nashville and stayed in Franklin – I absolutely love your home state! 🙂 Mary, Tender Mercies is in my TBR que, and rising fast – can’t wait to read it, becuase Mended Heart was absolutely captivating. God bless!!

  5. Mowing, huh? So that’s what I need to do? Cleaning the tubs doesn’t work too well for me.

    My parents live in Sevierville 6 mo’s out of the year. Beautiful area!

    Can’t wait to read Tender Mercies. Love the title and the cover!

  6. Thanks for a wonderful intro to an intriguing author. Being a UT fan and having lived in the Smoky Mountains–this is an enticing read. I love authors who are able to write fabulous stories from their own environments and worlds. I learn and I’m entertained. Good luck with your books!

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