Featured Author: Mary Weber

Featured Author: Mary Weber

Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. 

In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean.

Her debut YA fantasy series, The Storm Siren Trilogy, is available now in bookstores and online.

The following is a November 2015 interview with Mary.

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
AT THE END 
OF THE INTERVIEW

~~

Be in to win a copy of
Siren’s Fury

by Mary Weber

~~

(ONE print copy to be won – Worldwide)
~~

Contest runs from November 20 – December 11, 2015 EST

~~

b_w_scrolldiv

m-3
Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi!! Thanks for having me!
Let’s see… I was born and raised in California by parents who’ve been pastoring the same church for 40 years (and are legitimately the coolest people I know). My husband and I have been married for 17 of those years and have three kiddos (ages 16, 13, & 10). I write books (obviously). I like homemade lattes, Sherlock, The Last Airbender, laughter, nature, and sushi, and along with writing random things I work part time as a youth pastor. :0)

maryWhat inspired you to become a novelist, and did you always want to write?

laughs I think a part of me always WANTED to write (as proven by the stacks of binders my husband recently found that are filled with bad poetry from my early years), but I always considered myself rather horrible at it. :0) About seven years ago though, I sort of went through this season of pausing on life. I told my husband, “I know who I am as a wife, mother, youth pastor, etc… But I can’t find the creative soul part of me.” That’s when I began writing for real – at first to find myself, then, eventually, for publishing.

What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?

The element of HOPE. Absolutely. Hope that love has and will continue to win above all else.

weber-sst1How do you hope your readers react to the stories you write?

Entertained. Shocked. In love and slightly traumatized. Excited for the story’s adventure, but even more so, excited to fully embrace who they are and their own adventures.

What has been the most surprising aspect to becoming a published novelist?

Oh man, honestly? The level of acceptance the books have received – both in the general and inspirational markets. Never in a million years did I think they’d get such encouragement and it’s been the hugest gift. (And for a case in point – my publisher laughed at me when they sent the Christy award notification – because I totally had to google what a Christy award even was. Ack! So embarrassing. Because really – never in a million years.) :0)

How has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ?

Aww, love this question!! I’d say the biggest impact has been in stretching me beyond anything sane to trust and lean into Him (so basically – running to, hiding in, cowering from life like a baby in His lap) on a whole deeper level. It’s honestly been the most terrifying, difficult journey of my life – and yet the absolute most fulfilling because I’ve seen his faithfulness, goodness, and humor. If I never sold a single book again – this all would’ve been 100% worth it just to have experienced him.

weber-sst2Other than being a novelist, what other goals do you have for your life?

To raise my kids (and the teens I work with) in such a way that, as they walk through adulthood, they can assist in my medical care and give unreservedly to the poor rather than having to spend all their money on a good therapist. Just kidding. Kind of. ;0)

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Ooh fun question. Cooking is my soul-refresher. I love family dinners as well as hosting big gatherings at our house where we can eat and visit and sit around the bonfire while everyone’s kids attempt to taunt the dogs. I also enjoy family life, our local seaside, and ogling my super handsome husband.

What can you tell us about your latest novels?

STORM SIREN is about a slave girl with storm-summoning abilities who’s given the choice to fight for her kingdom or be killed. Think medieval world, characters-with-too-many-secrets, war, hot guy, grief, shapeshifters, and a young woman rising above her past and societal expectation to discover her true self. My sophomore novel, SIREN’S FURY, is a continuation of that story and launches her into a larger world of secrecy, ghouls, and an exploration of the consequences our choices have even when made for the right reasons.

weber-sst3What stories can your fans expect from you in the days ahead?

Eep! The final book in STORM SIREN’s trilogy (SIREN’S SONG) comes out March 1st, 2016. And I’m currently about to jump into writing a young adult sci-fi set in earth’s near future. I’m excited about both!!

What would you like to say to your fans in New Zealand, and others worldwide?

Just THANK YOU. Thank you for reading this interview, for taking time from your day, and for believing that we as a community hold a love and hope for each other that spans bigger than books and continents and ages.

Do you have any parting words?

Lol. Yes, most definitely. “Never get involved in a land war in Asia” (to quote William Goldman from THE PRINCESS BRIDE). And only slightly less well-known: “Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.”

;0) Thank you for hosting me!!!!

Storm Siren

weber-sst1(The Storm Siren Trilogy #1)

by Mary Weber

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Speculative 
  • August 2014
  • ISBN: 9781401690359

Purchase:
[KindleAmazon | The Book Depository]

“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth—meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for? Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.

Siren’s Fury

weber-sst2(The Storm Siren Trilogy #2)

by Mary Weber

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Speculative 
  • June 2015
  • ISBN: 9781401690373

Purchase: 
[Amazon | Kindle | The Book Depository]

“I thrust my hand toward the sky as my voice begs the Elemental inside me to waken and rise. But it’s no use. The curse I’ve spent my entire life abhorring—the thing I trained so hard to control—no longer exists.”

Nym risked her life to save Faelen, her homeland, from a losing war, only to discover that the shapeshifter Draewulf has stolen everything she holds dear. But when the repulsive monster robs Nym of her storm-summoning abilities as well, the beautiful Elemental realizes her war is only just beginning.

Now powerless to control the elements that once emboldened her, Nym stows away on an airship traveling to the metallic kingdom of Bron. She must stop Draewulf. But the horrors he’s brought to life and the secrets of Bron are more than Nym bargained for. Then the disturbing Lord Myles tempts her with new powers that could destroy the monster, and Nym must decide whether she can compromise in the name of good even if it costs her very soul.

As she navigates the stark industrial cityscape of Bron, Nym is faced with an impossible choice: change the future with one slice of a blade . . . or sacrifice the entire kingdom for the one thing her heart just can’t let go.

 

Siren’s Song

weber-sst3(The Storm Siren Trilogy #3)

by Mary Weber

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Speculative 
  • March 2016
  • ISBN: 9781401690403

Purchase: 
[Amazon | The Book Depository]

“The realization hits: We’re not going to win. It’s why I couldn’t defeat Draewulf in Bron—because this power was never mine anyway. I drop my arms and let the energy die off. And turn around to face Eogan.”

After a fierce battle with Draewulf, Nym barely escaped with her life. Now, fleeing the scorched landscape of Tulla, her storm-summoning abilities are returning; only . . . the dark power is still inside her.

Broken and bloodied, Nym needs time to recover, but when the full scope of the shapeshifter’s horrific plot is revealed, the strong-willed Elemental must race across the Hidden Lands and warn the other kingdoms before Draewulf’s final attack.

From the crystalline palaces of Cashlin to the legendary Valley of Origin, Nym scrambles to gather an army. But even if she can, will she be able to uncover the secret to defeating Draewulf that has eluded her people for generations? With a legion of monsters approaching, and the Hidden Lands standing on the brink of destruction, the stage is set for a battle that will decide the fate of the world.

This time, will the Siren’s Song have the power to save it?

 

 Connect with Mary Weber

WebsiteFacebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads

Author Portfolio at Soul Inspirationz // The Christian Fiction Site

b_w_scrolldiv

Connect with Soul Inspirationz

Social Media:
Facebook Page ~ Facebook Group ~ Twitter  ~ Pinterest ~ Google+

Email Subscriptions:
Newsletter ~ Blog ~ Readers Hub

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

~~

Be in to win a copy of
Siren’s Fury

by Mary Weber

~~

(ONE print copy to be won – Worldwide)
~~

Contest runs from November 20 – December 11, 2015 EST

~~

b_w_scrolldiv

How to Enter:

Please comment on the interview and/or leave a message for Mary Weber in the blog comments below, then fill out the contest form with your details.

  • To comment, log in at the top right of the blog (or below the comments)
  • Scroll to the bottom to leave your comment
  • Complete the CONTEST FORM* then return to this blog

Only entries made completing the above criteria will be eligible for drawing. 

*The Contest Form operates through Google Forms. You do not need a Google account to use it. None of the information supplied is used outside of Soul Inspirationz administration of the Giveaway.

 

Leave a reply

WordPress spam blocked by CleanTalk.

Community Login

Please create an account to get started.

Community Groups

Groups
Recent New Releases

Welcome!

Please log in below to comment on blog posts, participate in the forums, join groups & make friends on the social network.

Either register on site or simply use one of your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc).


Community Login

Please create an account to get started.

Community Groups

Groups

Online Now

There are no users currently online
Recent Featured Authors
Recent New Releases
Recent WISP Directory Showcases
Recent Novel Spotlights
Counting on a Cowboy


follow us in feedly