CANADIAN CHRISTIAN POET AND ARTIST MARIE FALCK-RUHLMANN

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Marie, tell us a little bit about your childhood and family and what you studied in school related to writing and art.

I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I am one of 7 children and one of three still living. I have two daughters, one of whom has gone to be with our Lord. The other one will be with my husband and I for Christmas.

I first showed a talent for art when I was in the 2nd grade. I was Art Editor of my senior class yearbook. After high school I became a licensed Practical Nurse and worked that trade for 7 years before getting injured on the job. I did Home Healthcare after that. In 1992 when my daughters and I were going through a difficult time I started writing down my thoughts and some of those thoughts became my first poem of significance. I deeply love God and Jesus and I write poems of faith primarily to express my faith.

Marie, here are some questions for authors, so let's get started.

1. How did you first become interested in writing?

When my girls and I were going through a difficult time

2. How long have you been actively writing?

Since September of 1992

3. Do you currently write as a profession?

No
4. Who is your inspiration?

God Almighty

5. Who's writing style does your work most resemble?

I don't really know, as I do many styles

6. Do you write on a schedule?

No, just when I have the time, as I lead a very busy life.
Up early in the morning, drive my daughter to work, then
come and share breakfast with my husband, and spend
the biggest part of my day helping others.

7. Do you write in one place?

No, sometimes when out helping others, if God puts
something in my heart, I may take a few minutes to write it down.
Sometimes in the kitchen, laundry room, living room etc.

8. Do you write from home?

Yes

9. Do you prefer to work in a quiet environment?

Yes.

10. Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what type of music do you listen to and why?

Gospel music that is soothing to the soul, and sometimes
it inspires me with a word or phrase in the body of the song.

11. Are you an avid reader?

Just when I read the Holy Bible

12. Who are your favorite authors?

Helen Steiner Rice, Rick Warren, Kay Arthur

13. What is your goal in writing?

To become published

14. Would you rather write a book that sells millions of copies, but have it be "Celebrity Fluff" -
or write an award winning novel that no one reads? And why does it matter?

I'd like to be published, and leave the sales success up to God to take care of.

15. Who was your first character? And how do you feel about that creation now?

The child's story series about Faith, God's little unicorn. I think children
would still enjoy reading this series or have a grown-up read it to them.

16. Do you write in the first person ? And why?

No, it just comes natural to do it in the third person, each time.

17. Do you write in the third person? And why?

It just comes natural into my heart as I'm writing it down on paper in rough draft.

18. Should a sentence ever start with "but" or "and"? I don't think it really matters

if it fits into the story line properly.

19. If you couldn't ever write again, what would you be doing?

Knitting, crocheting, or cake decorating, unless I'm up in Glory-land with God

20. Have you ever worked with an agent? And how was the experience?

No I never have had the opportunity

21. Have you ever worked with a professional Editor or Editorial Service?
Was it worth the money?

No, I haven't had that opportunity either.

22. Have you used "writing software"? What do you think about such computer
aided programs?

No, I haven't had the opportunity to use this product as yet.
Maybe I will be blessed in this area in my future

23. How long did it take to write your first book?

I haven't written any books yet. Just what I have in a chapter book in
my calligraphy in a special quilted binder I made for myself.

24. How many drafts do you make of a book before it is finalized? And how much of a change is there between the first draft and the finished product?

I don't really know, as I've never been in that situation before.

25. Have you ever competed in the National Novel Writing Month event? What do you think about such such events?

No I never have. I don't even know if Canada, my native country, does this sort of event.
I might just look into this possibility.

26. How do you feel about writer's Groups or organizations?

I think it's great, so you can fellowship with others and maybe share some pointers

27. Do you belong to any writer's organizations?

I attend Inscribe writer's group once a month. We all come prepared with something
to share, and then pray about each others needs, and then have coffee, tea and goodies. I also am a member of "poetrywithpassion.com", an online poetry forum where I post poems and review poems written by my fellow members.

28. What is the longest amount of time you have spent writing in one sitting?

I'd say it was about 4 hours.

29. Do you use outlines or flowcharts to help you map out your plots?

No, when a story is there in my heart, I just sit down and write it
while the thought waves are burning in my soul.

30. What thought would you like to leave with readers of your interview?

Thank you for stopping by. Hopefully you get more inspired too.
God bless

31. Are there some links we can show here to other places on the internet
where your writing is shown?

poetry.com, if it's still displayed there. I have won editor's choice award
there a few times. Poetry With Passion, where I'm a member

32. Do you have a poem you would like to display here to show your writing style?

Here is one of the styles:

REFINERS FIRE

God tries and proves, and then refines
Each one He deeply loves
In His special way, He perfects each one
We are but "diamonds in the rough"

In His wisdom, He plans to remove all the dross
And wants to make us shine
By molding and changing us with His gentle hands
So we can reflect Christ Divine

Sometimes we experience a fiery trial
Causing us to writhe in pain
But God, in His tender love and mercy
Sends us friends to comfort and sustain

But still some hidden dross remains
And we need the heat of the oven
Our faithful God kindles the fire
So we become shiny and golden

As others come and look at His gem
That's been refined by the oven's great heat
They see the Great Refiner's face
And begin to worship at His feet

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Audrey Taylor 4 years ago

nice Marie


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Very interesting interview Marie. Your faith shines through your work. Thanks for doing this interview

with me. Robert


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Daveda Gruber 4 years ago from Hermitage PA USA

I have had the privilege of reading some of Marie's work. This is a beautiful interview. We at Poetry with Passion love Marie!


sueellen11 4 years ago

i have the pleasure of knowing and reading/reviewing Marie's works, and as the poem above is beautifully written so are her other poems, well done my friend, excellent interview, your poetry inspires many of us, keep your dreams alive and your light aglow, dream your dream as dreams do come true, blessings and hugs dear sis, sueellen11


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Neesemis 4 years ago from Fairview, Alberta, Canada

Thank-you Marie! That's beautiful!


Marie Falck-Ruhlmann 4 years ago

Thankyou so much Robert for caring about me and for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do the interview with me. God bless you abundantly.


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

You are welcome Marie, you are a very nice person. Robert


Ben and Brenda Peters 4 years ago

Marie has blessed us with many beautiful copies of her poems. They all possess a purity and simplicity, expressing a deep trust in her God. Marie is one of the sweetest people we have ever met and we wish her the very best.


Marie Falck-Ruhlmann 4 years ago

Thankyou so much Ben and Brenda for taking time out of your very busy schedule and read and, leaving a very awesome comment. May the good Lord bless you abundantly.

Hope to see you darlin' folk in the near future.


Viola Tabor 4 years ago

Sis Marie,

I have very much enjoy reading and learning more about you. You are an amazing lady and one of the best writers that I have had the pleasure reading. Every time I read one of your poems or short stories you bless me so much. God has truly blessed you with a wonderful talent. Love Sis Vi


Marie Falck-Ruhlmann 4 years ago

Thankyou sweet sis Vi for the most encouraging words to me from your heart to mine. Yes, I do lead a very busy life. I'm up most mornings at 6 a.m. MST and seldom go to bed before 11 p.m. Helping others in every aspect I can with the good Lord's leading and His wisdom and strength as needed. I give all glory to God Almighty for each and every talent I'm blessed with. I use them all faithfully too.

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