by April Gardner
Molly Noble Bull Interview
can hamper the spiritual growth of anyone, and this is especially true
for those who have had serious problems in life."
-- Molly Noble Bull
Molly Noble Bull is the author of “The Winter Pearl.” She lives in Kingsville, TX, and has a heart for ranching. Her latest novel however, is set in Colorado, and the main character isn’t herding cattle. He’s herding souls. Ms. Bull’s newest book “Sanctuary” is due for a September 2007 release.
April: What is your favorite character in “The Winter Pearl” and why?
Molly: I would have to say Honor because I traveled with her “through it all” from page one.
What inspired you to write a character whose life is so drastically transformed by God’s grace?
The character, Lucas, was written to prove that bad guys can be saved, and because of him, The Winter Pearl is being used in prison ministry.
Why Colorado as the setting?
I am a Texan and a real Texas cowboy’s daughter, but we visited Colorado. I fell in love with that state.
You mention in your bio that you like to travel. What is your favorite travel destination?
I don’t have a favorite. I love all the places I visit on God’s beautiful earth.
Tell us a little bit about your years in Germany as an Army wife.
Germany was and is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, and I lived in the town of Wertheim for a year. I loved the castles, the friendly people and the old world charm. It was while living in Germany that I knew I would become a writer one day, and I did.
Give us a peak into Sanctuary, your new novel.
Sanctuary is a fast paced adventure story with romantic overtones that begins in France in 1740 and ends in Scotland. Rachel, a Jewish girl, must flee her village with her late boyfriend’s brother or risk being killed. The brother, Pierre Dupre, is a French Huguenot and secretly in love with Rachel. They hide in a church but must soon move on, and danger follows them every step of the way. Sanctuary is being published by Tsaba House in trade paperback in September 2007.
What advice would you give to an aspiring novelist?
Never give up.
Tell us about a dream you possess or a goal you are striving towards.
I had never thought I would also be writing non-fiction, but I already have contracts to write two, so far. However, no publication dates are available yet for either one. The first is an “as told by” book titled How I Got My Husband Back. This is what I call a she did it and you can too book. I put the second one together with four other published authors, and it is titled The Overcomers. All five of us are dyslexic yet multi-published. The Overcomers is designed to give others like us hope through Jesus Christ.
Your website is so simple, yet such a warm cozy place to visit. It gives one the feeling that that’s the type of person you are—hospitable and given to care for others. What do you feel your spiritual gift is? How do you believe that affects your writing?
I have been called a peacemaker as well as a crusader, and I hope these gifts show through in my writing. I love children from conception on, and we have three grown sons and four grandchildren. I also believe I have the gift of mercy.
Is there a particular memorable moment in your writing career you’d like to share with us?
Rejection is always memorable, and I have gotten plenty of rejection slips from editors—even after I was published. That’s a secret unpublished novelists need to know.
You say, “I think like an early American.” Can you explain this?
As you might have guessed from the clues already given, I am a Christian conservative and have marched for the rights of the unborn. I also write historical novels. But as a result of having almost been captured by a child molester at a young age, my heart cries out for all children in need. An account of what almost happened to me can be found in an anthology published in March 2007 by Arron Chambers and titled Scripture to Live By. My very true short story is title “The Day God Walked Me Home From School.”
What passage of Scripture do you find most comforting?
As a dyslexic, it would have to be “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Bitterness can hamper the spiritual growth of anyone, and this is especially true for those who have had serious problems in life. A person can choose to be bitter or forgive those who have wronged them and move on from there, and if you need help, the Lord is available. The Lord is a real help in times of need, but you must first ask Him for His help. The best way to do that is to pray.
April W Gardner writes adult and middle grade historical fiction. Her first novel, Wounded Spirits, releases with Vintage Romance Publishing in November of this year. She is a member of ACFW and reviews for Title Trakk, At Home With Christian Fiction, and FIRST Wild Card Blog Tours. A military spouse, April has performed the art of homemaking all over the world. Currently, she lives in Georgia with her darling Hubby. A homeschool mom, she fills her mornings talking fractions and phonics with her two sweet kiddos. In her free time, April enjoys reading, gardening, and DIY. In no particular order, she dreams of owning a horse, visiting all the national parks, and speaking Italian. Visit April's Website or her blog, A Writer's Journey. You can also get to know April on Facebook and Twitter.