Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California, where spring—and pollen!—is in the air. Today I have the honor of interviewing Mary Hamilton, who is venturing from kids’ adventure books to writing mystery-suspense, where her heart is.
Mary, please tell us about your book, Pendant.
Haunted by her student’s disappearance from a field trip, Elaine stumbles onto a vital clue and discovers someone is desperate to keep the truth buried. When a friend persuades her to hide amongst the quirky residents of a nursing home, she wonders if he’s keeping her from danger, or the truth?
Why did you write this book?
I love taking real-life dilemmas or situations and writing stories about their impact on the people involved. The story for Pendant had been tumbling around in my head ever since I saw a newspaper article about an elderly woman who showed up one day at a care facility with a jacket, purse, and cane. She was alert and pleasant, but refused to give any background information. The story caught my imagination and I kept asking myself, “What or whom is she hiding from? Is she completely alone? Isn’t anyone looking for her?” Eventually, I came up with my own answers, though I never learned the true ending of that woman’s story. Read More →
Mary L. Hamilton, volunteers her time to help others through the Christian Authors Network as the Christian Contest Coordinator.
We appreciate our volunteers who give of themselves to help others like Mary L. Hamilton. Volunteers like Mary touch lives with a few minutes of their time and have important contributions for the Christian Authors Network and our readers. If you haven’t read Mary’s work, let us tell you a little about this special and generous person and why she’s in our volunteer spotlight today.
Mary L. Hamilton’s writing credits include non-fiction articles, a play, as well as novels for middle readers and young adults. Her years growing up at a youth camp inspired her Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series for middle grade and young adult readers. She’s moved into writing mystery/suspense novels aimed at the adult market, recently publishing Pendant. A graduate of Long Ridge Writer’s Group, Mary belongs to the Christian Authors Network (CAN), American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Texas Association of Authors (TAA), and two local writers groups.
As a CAN member, she coordinates the quarterly Christian Contest with the Munce group, and says it has given her an appreciation for the variety of Christian books and gives her a chance to look over the new releases to find some great books. Being a CAN member has also allowed her to get acquainted with other Christian writers and their books. We hope you, the reader, will check out her books, too. Mary is deserving of praise—and a good read!
Pendant by M.L. Hamilton
Rustic Knolls Series by Mary L. Hamilton includes Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, and See No Evil.
Thank you, Mary, for helping other CAN members’ books receive more exposure through the Munce Group.
(The Munce Group is a marketing group focused on serving the needs of independent retailers who serve readers.)
Mary’s Monday Musings to Quilt Encouragement.
Spring Is Sprung. So goes the saying I remember from my youth. What glorious sights springtime brings us. Masses of flowers blossoming in our yards, along our highways, and over our meadows and hillsides to delight our eyes and scent the air. The season of Spring is well named. Hope and encouragement springs into our hearts and souls with the sight of blossoms changing the barren landscape of winter. Our spirits are renewed. Our sense of expectation rekindled. Our creative energy replenished.
Everywhere we look, we see signs that God isn’t finished with our world yet. His creativity all around us demands our notice and invites us to throw ourselves into living our life to the fullest. The power and love that God demonstrates on the canvas of His world each spring inspires us to use our days to pursue the gifts He has given us. Perhaps a pat on the back, homemade cookies, a word spoken to encourage, or a message written to lift someone’s spirits. Whatever our gifts, God gives them to us as freely as he spreads beauty on our land. We thank Him for our world because we didn’t create the seeds that sprout into flower or food. We thank Him because He planted the seed in us that allows us to spread His love around our world with the gifts He gives us. Thank you, God, for our beautiful Spring.
Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! Today I have the honor of interviewing Mary Hamilton, one of CAN’s newest members, an author who saw the desperate need for Christian fiction for tween boys—and filled it.
Mary, how did you get into writing? How many books do you have published?
I’ve enjoyed writing since I was very young, but it wasn’t until I became a stay-at-home mom that I pursued writing for publication. To start with, I wrote articles for some Christian magazines, and I wrote a Christmas play for the church I attended. When I turned to fiction and novels, I wrote what I knew, a Bible camp series for young teens. The Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series includes Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, and See No Evil. Read More →