Monday, October 31, 2011

Mary Connealy talks Ten Plagues

Here’s a little bit about it before we talk more:

Ten Plagues by Mary Nealy
A demon possessed serial killer acts out the Ten Plagues of Egypt on the city of Chicago.

An inner city mission pastor draws the attention of a madman and becomes the focus of his rage.

A lady cop with the spiritual gift of discerning spirits gets the case and is confronted with an evil unlike any she’s ever known.
The pastor and the cop race to stop a murderer, knowing that the plague of the first born and the plague of darkness are being saved just for them.

A Rose by any other name will still alienate her readers if Lil Rosy steps too far outside her brand.

I love Ten Plagues. I think it’s as fun as anything I’ve ever written. But it is DIFFERENT. And that’s why I wanted the pseudonym. If you pick up Ten Plagues and ask yourself, “I wonder what state THIS cowboy’s ranch is in?” you’re in for a shock.

And I don’t want you to be shocked. I want you to read it, but KNOW WHAT YOU’RE PICKING UP. ALSO KNOW THAT ROMANTIC COMEDY WITH COWBOYS IS STILL MY FIRST LOVE AND THE NEXT ONE COMES IN FEBRUARY. ALSO KNOW THIS IS A ROMANCE. I THINK READERS WILL FORGIVE A ROMANCE NOVELIST ANYTHING IF THERE’S STILL A HAPPILY EVER AFTER (that could be wishful thinking on my part).

This is me from back in the day when no one would publish my books and I was on a wild ride, writing whatever I wanted. Whatever entertained me. And this just entertained the stuffin’ out of me.

So I was reading the Bible verse about the gifts of the spirit in 1 Corinthians 12--wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues.

And we’ve all heard of these and I’ve known people who had all of these…..except I was struck by the gift, discerning of spirits. And I wondered…what is that? I couldn’t think of anyone I’d ever spoken to who claimed that gift. So I started playing that typical writer game of what if. What if you had that gift and someone walked up to you and you could discern a demon? What would you do? How would your life be impacted? What would it be like to have that gift?

So I created a woman with the gift for discerning spirits. And it’s not just evil spirits. She can tell when someone has a particularly powerful spirit of faith, too.

So that’s the foundation of my book. A lady cop with the gift of discerning spirits. And she is confronted with a crime that is awash in demonic evil, the worst, ugliest, most frightening spirit she’s even known. A demon possessed serial killer who is acting out the Ten Plagues of Egypt on the city of Chicago.

An inner city mission pastor becomes the target of this madman’s murderous rage. The pastor is a former Chicago police detective who stomped on my heroine’s toes when they were both on the force.

Now Keren, my heroine, is forced to work with an old nemesis. She can sense the powerful goodness in him but she can’t quite help wanted to kick him in the shins for what he did to her.

I did a lot of research into what the Bible has to say about demons and I wanted so badly to treat that with respect. I hope I succeeded. Ten Plagues ended up being a wild ride and I hope people enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Email me: mary@maryconnealy.com
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Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Christy Award Finalist, a Carol Award Finalist, a RITA Award Finalist and an IRCC Award finalist. She's the author of The Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, The Montana Marriages Series, and The Sophie's Daughters series.

5 comments:

  1. I received my copy of Ten Plagues from B&N last week. I've just started it but am really enjoying it. I don't have time to write about all the books I read on my blog, but I plan to write about this one because it's such a great premise. (I've already dug out some neat pics to go with.)

    BTW, what you said about the romance is so true. I've read many a suspense, cop procedural, or detective novel because I was drawn in by the romance thread.

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  2. I didn't know Mary Connealy wrote this? How cool. Great interview.

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  3. Great post, Mary! This sounds like a really interesting book with a great premise.

    I love it when an author steps outside her style and takes a new direction -- bravo! I'll be looking forward to reading this one -- even without the cowboys!

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  4. I love the sound of this one! But last April Fools there was a joke going around that Mary was writing a werewolf book, I would have read that one too. She is so right, we romance fans are a forgiving lot, especially if we get our HEA. Bring it on Mary, I'm looking forward to reading it. :)

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  5. A romance enthusiast, you've hooked me on this premise. I have enjoyed stories that write about warfare in the spiritual realm but I haven't run across many, or ones I though were well done. Looking forward to reading this.

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