Monday, October 15, 2012


Mary Annslee Urban is an author of Inspirational Romance. Her goal is to write stories that stir the heart about love, honor and God's grace! Her debut book, Tapestry of Trust, White Rose Publishing, was released June 2012. Her second book, She Came to See the Snow~A Colorado Christmas Romance, will be released Fall of 2012.

Mary has also been a freelance writer for several local newspapers and has had articles published in magazines as well as online publications. She has served as co-president of Carolina’s Christian Writers and is a member of ACFW. A North Carolina resident, Mary and her husband have five children and 3 grandchildren. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys Bible Studies, cooking, traveling, long walks and anything chocolate!


Surrendered Hearts—Interwoven Grace Isabelle had always envisioned Charlie Hamilton as the hero depicted in the romantic tapestry hanging in the Hamilton home. Then Charlie abandoned her to make decisions no one should make alone. Now, six years later, Charlie’s back, and despite Isabelle’s best efforts, she can’t ignore the longing his presence reignites. Charlie wants a second chance, but can Isabelle trust the man he’s become? Can she surrender her threadbare heart long enough for God to weave Isabelle's own happily-ever-after tapestry?

Q. First, tell us a little about yourself.

A. I’m a wife of Gary, mother of five, Nina (Grandmother) of three, registered nurse, author and most of all child of God! I live in the Charlotte, NC area. When I’m not writing, I work part-time as a behavioral health RN. I love to travel, cook, spend time with family and friends.

Q. Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?

A. Yes. A variety of books. Mysteries, young adult love stories. I always love a happy ending.

Q. Why do you write?

A. It is my passion. I can’t imagine not writing, not creating an adventure. I love watching my characters come to life and the story about them evolve.

Q. Tell us about your latest book.

A. My latest book, She Came to See the Snow~A Colorado Christmas Romance, is a story about a young reporter who goes to visit her grandparents for Christmas. She ready to relax and enjoy beautiful scenery and snow. What she doesn’t expect is to be swept off her feet by her grandparent’s neighbor and his three year old daughter. A story of rising beyond the fears of the past and moving forward together into the future.

Q. What inspired you to write this particular book?

A. I love a cozy Christmas story.

Q. Where do you get ideas for your books?

A. My mind is always spinning with ideas. I may hear something or see something that sparks a thought and then presto, a story begins!

Q. In three words describe your style of writing.

A. Romance, witty, wholesome.

Q. What themes do you write about?

A. Inspirational romance. Finding love, overcoming life issues.

Q. What is your writing schedule and where do you write?

A. I have an office in my home and I write whenever I have a moment. Much of the time late into the night.

Q. Do you have to juggle writing with a job, family responsibilities or other obligations?

A. Yes. Yes. Yes. I work part-time as a nurse, also have a small real estate company. I have 5 kids, 3 grandchildren and a husband. Life gets hectic, but I’m not a tv watcher so when I have down time, I writer.

Q. Are you a plotter or a pantser?

A. Pantser absolutely. Although I have an idea of where I want the story to go, how I get
there is always an unknown journey.

Q. Does your faith affect your writing? How?

A. All of my writing reflects Christian values. My characters do or learn to depend on the
Lord. I am eternally grateful that the Lord allows me to write and has opened the door
to be published.

Q. Do you put yourself in your books?

A. Threads of my life evolve in my characters.

Q. What are you working on right now?

A. I am revising and re-editing a Contemporary Inspirational Romance. My hero and heroine are both attorneys. Matti my heroine is a law school intern, she has a strong faith. My hero, Brock is an accomplished attorney whose pain from the past has soured him on Christianity.

Q. If you could interview any character in one of your books which one would it be?

A. Probably Isabelle in Tapestry of Trust. She’d lost so much in her life, including trust. What kept her going? I believe she’d answer with, “hope.”

Q. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

A. Believe in yourself. Allow the Lord to lead your path. Perseverance, prayer, patience!

Q. What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done.

A. When we were adopting our daughter, I flew down to Lima, Peru. My aunt and I went a week earlier than my husband, so our other three kids wouldn’t have us both away so long. The country was very volatile at the time. When we arrived even the taxi driver told us to go home. The lights in the city had been turned off because of riots and there were water cannons in front of our hotel. But, I couldn’t leave, my baby daughter was waiting for me.


She Came to See the Snow:
A Colorado Christmas Romance,
White Rose Publishing


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