Writer Words

Q&A Sunday: Lessons Learned

My kids are off school tomorrow so I sort of forgot today was Sunday! Sorry about that!

Vicki has a new question for me today, one that tugs at my heart…

If there was 1 lesson that you want your children to learn, what lesson would it be?

There are a lot of lessons I want my kids to learn. I want them to be better than I am. Happier than I am. Healthier than I am.

One lesson is tough. But there is one thing that I think is important. Maybe the most important thing I can teach them.

img_6163Always be yourself.

It’s hard to say this is the biggest thing, but too often people aren’t true to who they are. People try to be someone else. We want to make others happy. We give in to peer pressure, we do things we don’t want to do, we have regrets.

But if we’re true to ourselves, those are fewer and further between.

We tell our kids all the time they can be anything they want to be as long as they aren’t doing something illegal. I want my kids to have jobs that they can excel at, but I want them happy. I want them to follow their hearts. I’ve been keeping a list since they were even younger of what they each want to be when they grow up. A few of the options they’ve come up with so far are…

Teacher
Firefighter
Marine biologist
Princess
Farmer
Rock star

And the list goes on.

If they decide that’s what’s right, I’m all for it! As long as they are true to themselves. They will find real happiness if they do things for the right reasons, for their reasons.

It’s not always easy, as a mom, to let them make choices I don’t agree with, but they’re making their own choices. And that makes a big difference to us!

Thanks so much, Vicki, for your question! If you have a question, send me an email (mary (at) maryethompson (dot) com) with Q&A in the subject, or post it in the comments below, and I’ll answer your question right here on the blog!

Posted in Writer Words | Comments Off on Q&A Sunday: Lessons Learned

Q&A Sunday: Favorite Movie

One of my favorite topics… movies! I love movies, and Vicki asked,

What is your favorite movie?

That’s an easy question. Hands down, I have one favorite movie. You’ve probably never heard of it.

Sliding Doors.

slidingdoorsYou know it? Didn’t think so.

It came out my freshman year of college and my best friend and I went to see it together. We’d only met a couple times at that point and we have some very entertaining stories around that movie. I’m fairly sure Sliding Doors is one of the reasons we became best friends.

But anyway… the movie is an indie Gwyneth Paltrow film about a woman who gets fired and on the way home her life splits into two different scenarios, divided by a pair of… Sliding Doors. In one story, she catches the train. In the other, she misses it.

It’s the ultimate question we all ask…

What if?

What I loved about the movie is that it gave me hope. It made me believe that no matter what if, everything works out in the end exactly the way it was supposed to. I love movies that make me feel that way.

Whenever I have a bad day, or am in a funk, or just want to smile, I watch Sliding Doors. It’s my go-to movie when I need a pick me up.

But, when you find it on Netflix and watch it, I’m warning you… There will be a moment in the movie where you’ll want to yell, just like my best friend did in a theater full of people, “This movie sucks!” But stick with it. I promise, you won’t regret it.

Thanks so much, Vicki, for your question! If you have a question, send me an email (mary (at) maryethompson (dot) com) with Q&A in the subject, or post it in the comments below, and I’ll answer your question right here on the blog!

Q&A Sunday: Something New

I spent the day picking out pumpkins, riding in hay, and getting lost in corn today. It was a great day with my kids, parents, sister, brother-in-law, and niece. We all had fun, but it was chilly! Fall has definitely arrived!

While I was out, I realized I never posted today’s question! Oops!

Jeannie asked…

Are you always working on a story?

Ha! Yes, usually more than one!

I have more ideas than I have time and am always plotting something out.

Right now, I’m working on three different projects. Wanna hear about them?

bib-5-cover-1Go For It will be available November 1. I’m finalizing that one now so it’s ready for the release. I really like the story. Molly is sweet and unsure of herself. Owen is cocky and completely bowled over by Molly. It’s been a lot of fun watching them fall in love!

The other two I’m working on are just getting started. I’m not going to share much, but I’m so excited for them. I’m writing a brand new series that’ll be available in 2017. The first book will be offered as part of an anthology for three months with all the proceeds going to support March of Dimes. It’ll come out in February. The second book will be available in March.

The only thing I’ll tell you about the series is it’s set in a winery in the Finger Lakes, a region of New York known for its amazing wines. The first book is a prequel, set 15 years before the second book. I’ve been planning this series for a long time and am beyond excited to share it with you… soon!

Beyond those I am actively working on, I am always plotting. I’ve been thinking about the rest of the Big & Beautiful stories, and the series that’s going to come after that. I also have plans for another series that I’ll write beyond those and have started thinking about that one. I’m always planning, thinking, or writing at least one thing at a time!

Thanks so much, Jeannie, for your question! If you have a question, send me an email (mary (at) maryethompson (dot) com) with Q&A in the subject, or post it in the comments below, and I’ll answer your question right here on the blog!

Posted in Writer Words | Comments Off on Q&A Sunday: Something New

Q&A Sunday: Down time

It’s the weekend. I love my weekends. I get to do whatever I want, usually! Vicki and Aliana asked…

Aside from spending time with your family, what is your favorite activity when you’re not writing?

I have a lot of things I enjoy. The short list…

Reading
Watching sports
Swimming
Drinking wine (does that count?)

But I do love my job and spending time with my family. I write frequently, and if I’m not writing, I’m usually plotting. It’s fun for me. I don’t feel like it’s work, which makes it enjoyable for me to write.

Of course, my kids are six and eight so a lot of my time is spent with them. My daughter takes gymnastics and my son is currently playing soccer. We’ve also done tee ball, ice skating (which I enjoy with them), swimming, and hockey. I’m sure more will come.

img_6173But during the rare moments that the kids are playing well together, or at school and I am not working, I love to read. It’s always been my favorite hobby. I read multiple books each week. My favorite genre is contemporary romance, but I also read a lot of books about being a better writer, marketing, finances, business, and raising kids. If you put it in a book, I’ll be willing to check it out. I’m a visual person so reading is great for me. I can re-read what I need to and it moves at my pace. I’ve never listened to audio books but I hesitate because I think my mind would wander. It’s also why I don’t like watching videos – I either get distracted or lost!

I’m also a bit of a sports junkie. Fall is great because I love football. Saturdays we watch USC Gamecocks (where both hubby and I graduated) and Sundays we cheer for the Buffalo Bills. We also watch hockey on TV, but prefer to catch other sports in person. Baseball, soccer, lacrosse, just about anything!

Every week I swim with my dad, which is a good chance to spend some time with him. I’d like to swim more than I do, but for now once a week is all I do. But wine… that’s a regular occurrence in my house! It’s also fueling my new series coming next year about a group of siblings who inherit a vineyard. What could be better than wine and romance?

Thanks so much, Vicki and Aliana, for your question! If you have a question, send me an email (mary (at) maryethompson (dot) com) with Q&A in the subject, or post it in the comments below, and I’ll answer your question right here on the blog!

Posted in Writer Words | Comments Off on Q&A Sunday: Down time

Q&A Sunday: Favorite Season

The weather finally got cool enough yesterday for me to put my flip flops away. It’s a mixed blessing for me. But I felt like it was time to answer this question from Vicki…

What is your favorite season???

Fall.

Hands down.

Why? I know you want to know why.

Summer is my least favorite season. It’s hot and I get sunburned and I don’t like it. Now, I love to swim, but I grew up spoiled with an indoor pool and don’t love swimming outdoors. In Buffalo, the weather is only good enough to swim two months, if we’re lucky, so I can’t even say swimming is a draw to summer.

fallen-yellow-leavesBut… when fall hits, I’m ready for summer to be over. I want the cooler weather and the beautiful colors of the changing leaves. I’m ready for the end of the year. I’m ready for the holidays. I’m ready for football and soccer and comfort foods and new tv shows.

After fall, I like spring. It’s still not too hot and my birthday is in spring. It’s hard to argue with that one. After spring is winter because the cold doesn’t bother me. I think if we had a backyard the kids could play in, winter might bump up to second or even first place for me. Unfortunately, we’re still in our apartment so winter requires a lot of supervision. One day…

For now though, I’m thrilled to be in fall. I’m watching football and new episodes of shows. I’m leaving my patio door open to get some fresh air. I’m enjoying the cooler weather for a change. I know it’ll be cold before long, but right now it’s pretty perfect for me!

Thanks so much, Vicki, for your question! If you have a question, send me an email (mary (at) maryethompson (dot) com) with Q&A in the subject, or post it in the comments below, and I’ll answer your question right here on the blog!

Posted in Writer Words | Comments Off on Q&A Sunday: Favorite Season