Jasmine's Place Issue No. 14 - December 2014 - Page 19

Mary L. Ball is an inspirational fiction author and lives in North Carolina between the wondrous mountains and beautiful beaches. She writes about real-life problems, suspense or mystery blended with romance. Mary hopes her books encourage people to see the wonder of love and a divine guidance that awaits everyone. Here she talks about how her plots are formed, and the craft of writing a romantic novel. How are your plots formed? The plots to my stories derive from questions left unanswered or unresolved situations. Those issues pull at my heart and demand to be retold with a different prospective. Do you envisage your characters before your plots or the other way round? I always have an idea of a plot, and then the characters. We're focusing on romance in this interview, but please give the readers an idea of the other type of novels you write. I write inspirational fiction. My debut novel, Escape to Big Fork Lake is a contemporary fiction with a suspense plot. Stone of Destiny has a splash of mystery. I have another inspirational Fiction out now, titled, Redemption in Big Fork Lake, but all of these books are mixed with romance. Why do you write romantic novels? Humans are dependent on one another. Relationships can be complicated, or people make them difficult. I enjoy taking characters through the many stages of commitment and finding resolutions to common situations that often will plague a couple. Are there any romantic cues in your life that you take inspiration from? Everyone defines romance differently. With me, it’s the daily activities of a mate, showing kindness to a spouse. Many of my prompts come from my husband. JASMINE'S PLACE 19