Thursday, January 7, 2016

Fabulous Feature-Robin E. Mason

Today we welcome author:
Robin E. Mason

A commenter will win a copy of
Robin's book:
Clara Bess

Scroll down to see how.

Mary here. I'm so happy to welcome Robin. Robin shares her life struggles that have become a foundation to her writing. God has led her on an incredible journey that is sure to minister to others who struggle. I asked Robin to tell us how God led her on her writing journey. Here is what she said: 

Writing Is What God Created Me To Do

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you your heart’s desire. Psalm 37:4 

An uninformed, cursory glance at this verse puts God in a Genie lamp, waiting to rubbed.

But that’s not what He intended at all, especially taken in context with the rest of Scripture. He showed me years ago He put those desires in us to begin with, and when we delight in Him, His presence, i.e. rest in Him, and know Him, then the desires will emerge.

I spent many years trying to conform to another’s idea of success for my life. It wasn’t even a square peg in a round hole situation. And I was unhappy for many years. Because I wasn’t doing what I was created to do.

1995 was a turning point for me. Things Father had been putting in place for years surfaced and my life changed. Well, began to change. And somewhere in the process, I began to write. My inner muse was coming out to play. Holy Spirit prescribed therapy. (In addition to counseling and an anti-depressant) But writing is what reached deep within me and stirred my spirit to be free. I learned that a) I love writing, and b) I’m pretty good at it!

I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me! Now I know. And all those stories? They’re still there, waiting their turn.

I guess it’s pretty evident by now that I’m a Christian, and what I do is for Him and from Him. But I don’t market as Christian Fiction. I write from a Christian world view, meaning I may or may not use PG-13 language in places. I’ve learned about my audience and have chosen to market to all readers, especially the general reader who does not yet know Christ.

My stories are gritty with heavy topics. I pull from my years before that 1995 turning point. And from the journey He’s brought me on since. Namely identity. Confession: I hated my name growing up. Hated it until just a few years ago. Because I hated ME! I don’t anymore. Hate myself. Or my name.

So what I write, I pray speaks to someone who struggles with identity. With their worth and value in Christ. That’s where my life journey has brought me. To see my place in Kingdom—a princess, daughter of the Most High God. To see, identify the gifts He has placed in me, and recognize they are for Kingdom purpose. (Still blows me away that I love what I’m doing, and yet it’s Kingdom work!) I give my gift of writing back to Father, I strive to write with excellence, to His glory. And I pray and trust Him to put my books in the hands of the individuals who need my message most.

So my writing journey, my ministry in writing, is really hand in glove with my personal journey. Learning who I am, who I was created to be. Who I am—and Whose I am. I’m writing. And it fits like nothing I’ve ever done. Because it’s what He created me to do.

Robin has lived in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1988. She lived in Colorado for sixteen years, where she attended high school, got married, had babies, got divorced and went to college. Her “babies” are now grown, two have babies of their own.  She currently lives with five cats.

Robin writes from a Christian-worldview—while a salvation plan is not overt, there are plenty of characters who know the Lord and share His perspective with those who are struggling.

Robin loves to connect with readers. You can find her at her:

Website | Amazon
Twitter |  Facebook

CLARA BESS wasn’t at all prepared for what she unearthed at the bottom of her mother’s keepsake box. Not in the legal papers, not in her own baby book, not in the safe even.
On the day of her 50th birthday, Clara Bess Caldwell was not with her family basking in the joy of a blissful Christmas Day winding down. She was not enjoying eggnog or coffee by a fireplace, nor was she checking a goose roasting in the oven.
Clara Bess was at her mother’s house, going through her personal effects, something she had put off for several weeks. Her children, her husband, her siblings, had all urged her to wait another day. To not put herself through this ordeal on Christmas Day. “But it was her birthday, too.” Clara Bess reminded them.
Clara Bess read, with shock and no small degree of confusion, the line on her birth certificate where her mother’s name should have been. It did not read Lily Isabella Sawyer.
Clara Bess rode waves of confusion for several weeks, unsure what to make of the erroneous information. Afraid it could be true, she couldn’t bring herself to go to the courthouse, or the hospital, to have it corrected. Little things pinged in her memory, things that pointed to the unbelievable possibility. Clara Bess was adopted. Where, then, were the adoption papers?


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Anne Rightler said...

Clara Bess sounds like a very good read. Thank you for sharing some of your journey. We have an awesome Father.
Anne at Rightler dot com

Wendy Newcomb said...

Oh, this sounds like a wonderful story! Thank you for the chance to win a copy. I already get your newsletter and am already a follower.

wfnren at aol dot com

Mary Vee Writer said...

We sure do. I especially appreciate when He gives me moments to focus on Him. Reading His word, singing at church, a sunny day, flowers, children giggles. Yeah. God gives us so many ways to see His awesomeness...and I am thankful.
I am also thankful you stopped by today, Anne! Loved chatting with you.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Good morning Wendy. Sure hope you had a wonderful holiday season....and have found your way to a new desire to face a new year. God has bless us so much, eh?

Unknown said...

This looks like a very interesting adoption story that I would enjoy reading. Thank you for the opportunity.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Adoption stories are captivating. The plot can go so many ways. Each one is unique. This does look like a good story. :) Good chatting with you today, Laurie.

kim hansen said...

Both books sound like a good read.

Mary Vee Writer said...

I agree, Kim. So nice to see you this morning. Hope you had a great holiday (Christmas and New Year). Ready for a new, exciting, year?

Robin E. Mason said...

thank you Anne! only by the grace—and plan and purpose—of God! He continues to amaze me every day!

Robin E. Mason said...

hullo Wendy! hope you get the chance to read Clara Bess! (and all my stories!)

Robin E. Mason said...

hullo Laurie! welcome to the twists of my mind! LOL

Robin E. Mason said...

thank you Kim! i surely hope you get to read them both—and the third in the series, Cissy, which will be out in June!

Robin E. Mason said...

Hullo all! thanks so much to Mary for inviting me, I'm so glad to be here! hope everyone had a blessed holiday seaosn and a happy new year—here's to great things in 2016!

Kim Hampton said...

This book sounds fascinating! So many ways it could go!
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Connie Porter Saunders said...

Hello Mary and Robin. This is my first visit for virtual coffee in 2016. Robin, I enjoyed reading your journey to becoming the author you were always meant to be and I look forward to learning more of Clara Bess's story. Mary, thank you again for another great interview!

Mary Vee Writer said...

I totally agree, Kim! I haven't read it yet, but I am as intrigued as you. Let me know what you think when you finish reading it. Good seeing you today!

Mary Vee Writer said...

So, Connie, I was turned the other way and didn't see which virtual coffee you chose. There is also plenty of virtual pastries...including chocolate, cranberry orange, and I also have eclairs. Yum! Love chatting with you about Robin's book by the fireplace.

Mary Vee Writer said...

You are welcome. Love having chat times around the fireplace and awesome guests.

Robin E. Mason said...

hullo Kim! welcome to my twisted imagination! which way WILL it go??? (I'm not telling!) can't wait to see what you think when you read it!

Robin E. Mason said...

don't forget Clara Bess's (virtual) macarons! (not to be confused with coconut macaroons) they are her specialty! and they are yummy!
Connie, thank you for your kind words! and thank you for stopping by!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Seriously, Robin? Clara has macaroon's in her story? Well, why didn't you say so. That is a selling point right there!!