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Updated on August 5, 2012

Questions And Answers

1) Mary, tell us a little bit about your childhood, school, family and when you became interested in writing your own thoughts.?

I was born and raised in Tulsa Ok.. I come from a family of seven boys and seven sisters. In this group were three sets of twins. My parents were Claude Harring Jr and Velma Harring. For some unknown reason I don't remember a lot about my early childhood. My mom and dad separated when we were babies. It was so many of us mom got half and dad got the rest. The courts didn't separate the twins though.

I do remember being teased a lot but as I grew older I learned how to ignore the teasing and get along with others. I know I was always doing my best to help others when I could. My heart was always in the placing of giving of myself to those around me. I can remember one mother on the block with a lot of children. I would help her wash the girls hair on the weekends. Me and their mom would talk and laugh together like we were two adult women. That would make my day.

I loved school. I couldn't draw a lick though. I recall trying to draw a bowl of fruit. The teacher gave me a "U" which is like an F on it. The kids made fun of me and I never drew again. Other than that I passed with straight A's my senior year.

As far as writing my own thoughts my girlfriend tells me I always had a journal of some type going. I know I used to love to write letters to others as I was growing up.

2) How long have you been actively writing?

I would say I have been actively writing now since 1995.

3) Do you currently write as a profession?

It's hard to say. I believe I just write as therapy and enjoyment.

5) Who has inspired you to write and why ?

The Spirit of the Lord told me to write as I was searching for answers during a storm I was in with my teenage sons. They had began running away from home and roaming the streets. One had left during the night and was gone for weeks. As I was praying “ Lord where is he?” I heard "Write"! I answered myself..”.Write What?” As I lay there praying I heard an audible voice "Whose Voice Do You Hear"? This became my first poem..

6) Who's writing style does your work most resemble?

That's another difficult question to answer also. I first just free flowed with what I heard. After joining with “” I began to pick up on so many new forms till I can't give credit to just one particular style. So I really can't say.

7) Do you write on a schedule?

I have no schedule. Whenever a thought hits me I write..

8) Do you write in one particular place?

My bedroom is where I do most of my writing now. It is always the quietest place.

]9) Do you write away from home?

At times. While traveling on the bus and sitting in church.

10) Do you prefer to work in a quiet environment?

Oh Yes. Noise causes too much chaos.

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

Sometimes, it depends on what mood I am in. I love gospel music and soft jazz. Instrumentals help my mind to stay calm.

12) Are you an avid reader?

Oh yes I have always loved reading. I could read a book in a day or two as I was growing up.

13) Who are some of your favorite Authors?

Joyce Meyers, Myles Monroe, Judy Jacobs, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Maya Angelo and all of my poetic friends and mentors..Joseph Spence who has been by my side from the start..Daveda Gruber, Joree Williams, Christina Jussaume, Pat Simpson, Helen McManus, Helen VanEck Holub just to name a few. Like I said ALL of my poetic friends from,,, poetry and publishing and now FamilyFriendsPoets..

14) What is your goal in writing?

My goal in writing is to see it bring healing to others.

15) 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 would like to write a book that touches the hearts of others and bring healing to the area where they are hurting.

16) Who was your first character? And how do you feel about that creation now?

My first character would be myself. My story is lived from day to day. It's real life on display. The world is tired of hearing phoniness. They want you to be real with them. I always tell my reader "Nothing in rehearsed- It is lived from day to day". It's not about me but "Him". God will get the glory out of my life.

17) Should a sentence EVER start with "but" or "and" ?

I would say it's up to the writer..

18) If you couldn't ever write again, what would your hobby be ?

Ministering to the needs of others.

19) How long did it take to write your first book?

It took me three years to write my first book. It was self published by Theresa Burks a young lady at my church.

20) Have you ever competed in writing contests? What do think about such events?

I have entered a few. I feel that they cater more to the ones who has been there the longest.

21) How do you feel about Writers Groups or organizations?

That's kind of hard to answer since I have been writing for a short span. In all honesty I see more than I want to see.

22) Do you belong to any writer's organizations?

I share with a few poetry sites.

23) What is the longest amount of time you have spent writing in one sitting?

I would say 2 to 3 hours...

24) Do you use outlines or flowcharts or research to help you map out your plots?

No not really. If I want to write a certain style I may do a little research on it to make sure I am doing it correctly. My things is making sure it is right since we are sharing our material with so many others.

25. Are there any writers in your writing circle that inspire you or that you just like to read?

You know ALL of my writers inspire me with their encouraging words and reviews. To single out one or two people in my case just would not be fair. I thoroughly enjoy reading all of their material. Everyone is so unique in their own way.

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

Everyone has been gifted with a talent. We must not compare ourselves with others. Just be the best that you can be. Your own unique self. I truly believe when you stay in your own lane you don't have to worry about colliding with no one else.

27. Are there any web links you would like to show here for you, your books, or Special awards?

28. Is there a special poem that you would like to post her to show your writing?

Because of A Storm

Because of a storm I learned to write.

Searching for answers during the storms of life.

Looking for answers so hard to find.

A desperate mother needing peace of mind.

After talking to friends time after time.

Deep down within no answers were found.

Inspired by the Lord to pick up a pen.

A brand new journey in poetry began.

The words flowed out like a broken damn.

It released the stress and the troubled mind.

A way to vent and a way to mend.

It has captured the heart of my family and friends.

Ó 2008 Mary Ann Duhart

January 19th- 2008


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      Mary Ann Harring-Duhart 

      6 years ago

      Thank you one and all for the beautiful comments...

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      6 years ago

      Mary, excellent interview, your words ring so true for many, yes GOD is the poetry in you, (and me), you are very special, a wonderful friend, i love reading your poems, you did not mention how you are the Tippy Rhythmic queen, hee hee, blessings my dear friend, GOD's love and mine, hugs sueellen11

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      Mary Ann Duhart 

      6 years ago

      Thank you one and all for the lovely comments. Yes to Joy's question. I talk with my twin frequently and my brothers and sisters usually once a month or better. Some will call then others won't but that's family. I always ask about them all. Some are even on facebook so I am able to respond with them often.

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      6 years ago

      wow, this was a thrilling interview Mary, since reading these I have learned a lot about the folks I am now calling friends, you are unique and a very nice person, this was really well done xx

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      6 years ago

      I always enjoyed your poetry, was a delight to read your interview of the woman behind the words! Thanks for sharing it. I wonder though are you able to keep in touch with your brothers and sisters even after being separated, just curious? Joy

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      Mary Ann Duhart 

      6 years ago

      Thank you one and all for stopping by. Continue to keep me in your prayers..I pray also that my life will be an effective witness to all who read. In my prayers also..Mary

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      Debbie Jones 

      6 years ago

      Mary, I enjoyed reading your interview. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. I love reading your books and I am partial to Remembering Mama's Prayers. Your books are encouraging,uplifting,and spirit filled. Continue to allow God to lead and direct you.You are Blessed!!!

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      Helen McManus 

      6 years ago

      I enjoyed learning so much more about you Mary......and your mention of my poetry did not go unnoticed!

      You rock!


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      Carolyn Turner 

      6 years ago

      Sis Duhart, I shall never forget the "Prayer and Healing Notebook", that this Wonderful Vessel of God presented to me. A large book filled with soul stirring prayers. Thank you my dear friend, Love you Misn'ry Carolyn Turner

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      Erich J. Goller 

      6 years ago

      I have met Mary Ann but a year ago on the poetrywithpassion site and it is always a pleasure to read your beautiful and inspiring poetry, written in many poetic styles.I enjoyed reading your wonderful interview.

      Bless you.Hugs!Erich

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      Helen VanEck Holub 

      6 years ago

      Mary Ann, you wrote a wonderful interview with Bob Hewit Sr. Your answers were truthful, filled with the love of God and with the way you write, which I find to be pretty sensational. You have learned to write so many styles of poetry and do it so very well. I'm so pleased to read this marvelous Interview and enjoyed learning a bit more about you. May the Lord continue to bless you as you grow in your poetic writing. I am so happy to be your friend and thank you for mentioning me in your Interview. Excellent, my friend. Blessings, always, Helen ?

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      Vanessa Miller 

      6 years ago

      Great interview. Continue to let God direct and use.

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      Mary Ann Duhart 

      6 years ago

      Thank you all again so very much for stopping by with the beautiful words of encouragement and strength. What comes from the heart reaches the heart and I am deeply touched..

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      Ora Smith 

      6 years ago

      Mary Ann is a true woman of God and his mercy and grace shines outwardly bringing a smile to the faces of anyone she encounters. Here poems are heartfelt, encouraging, inspiring, and uplifing. Mary Ann has the blessings and favor of the Lord, and I am so proud of her accomplishments. Keep writing and serving the Master with your inspired words of worship and healing. I love you dearly my friend.

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      6 years ago

      Great interview! I liked the questions and the answers you gave were from the heart. Continue to let God lead and guide you on your wonderful journey of poetry.

      Love and Blessings. :)

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      6 years ago

      Wonderful interview! Great questions and unique answers.Thank you for being honest and letting the world into your life! Precisely me!, ;)

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      Mary Ann Duhart 

      6 years ago from Stockton Ca

      Thank you Pamela..boy this brought tears to my eyes. You just don't realize how others are watching your life. Thank you for the beautiful review.

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      Mary Ann Duhart 

      6 years ago from Stockton Ca

      Thank you Viola for the beautiful comments. I enjoy your writing and inspirational pieces as well.

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      Pamala Harring 

      6 years ago

      Congratulations Sister, she really is my Sister. I know growing up in our unique enviroment was not ideal for all of us. I am happy you found away to save yourself. You always have loved God once you found God you were never the same. You have never lost your faith. I am proud of your success and your poetry truly is healing. It has helped me too. Love you always your baby sister!

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      6 years ago

      Mary Ann this is absolutely a wonderful interview with Robert. I have truly enjoyed learning more about you, and how you started to write. I do very much enjoy reading your inspiring poems. May God grant you all the sucess life can bring you in writing, and may you sell many books.

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      Mary Ann Duhart 

      6 years ago from Stockton Ca

      Thank you my Dena for stopping by. Your words of encouragements always uplifts me. Thank you for being my friend...

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      Dena M. Ferrari 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Heyla Mary Ann!!!!

      Guess who!!? Yup....It's Your Dena Your Dena!! How awesome is THIS Interview!! I am sooooo happy for have lived...learned and lavished us with your Golden Quill!! I admire you greatly and know trhat someday...our works will be millions!!!! Thank you for being a great friend, Dear One!! You have always aspirewd to reach your goals...and have done so...and reached...beyond!

      Bob....This was a fantastic interview!! You have accomplished much and are truely LOVED!!!!

      Brightest Blessings to you and yours!!!!

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      Mary Ann Duhart 

      6 years ago from Stockton Ca

      Thank you one and all for stopping by. I am so honored and blessed that my interview and books are a witness to all. This is my daily prayer that I will be an effective to witness to all I come in contact with. I pray that God will continue to get the Glory out of my life..Continue to pray for me daily...

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      Daveda Gruber 

      6 years ago from Hermitage PA USA

      Mary, you have answered Robert's questions with eloquence and grace. You are a joy to work with and your books tell your story with a flare for the written word. I have gotten to know you a little better, through this interview, although while formatting your books I cry and laugh with you through the truthfulness of your penmanship. You are truly one of the most talented spiritual writers of this generation.

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      Cassandra Ford 

      6 years ago

      Mary your effort is really paying off,the Lord has blessed you wth this special gift to encourage people everywhere, as your friend and sister in Christ I applaud you. Much love to you.

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      6 years ago

      hi Mary, well done what a great interview, love these as they allow the reader to know more about the writer xx

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      katherine stella 

      6 years ago

      I have followed mary for many years she is also a great teacher of many new styles that I now place into my poetry as well besides Joseph Spence and Karen OLeary

      one thing I did find out you will only find true inspirations with Mary's books so all my poetry pals please check out this amazing womens work and all she has endured in her lifetime through pain and sorrow but still stands on her feet through the grace of god

      congratulations mary on your continued sucess my dear friend blessings to you and family

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      Leokadia Durmaj 

      6 years ago

      Mary Ann, this was a wonderful interview to read that Robert presented. I have read some of your poems and I fond them most inspiring. I wish you every success in your life's journey. I hope to read more of your work here on the HubPage, sending blessings to you, Lee

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      Christina Jussaume 

      6 years ago

      This is a lovely interview. Your writing has diversified to many poetic styles and is very lovely. I have seen your growth since your first two books. It has been a pleasure to read your muse and I congratulate you on all your book achievements. God bless Christina Jussaume

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      Patricia Kubicki 

      6 years ago

      Hi Lil Sis Mary Ann,

      This was a refreshing interview! I enjoyed it as it helped me to get to know you better... I'm so glad that we met on the poetry site & are sisters in Jesus...

      As time goes on, I'm sure we will get to know each other better, & then we have all of eternity too!!!

      Thank you so much for sharing with me about your passion for Christ & for poetry. Of course woven in with this is also your passion to encourage & help others in their lives too!!! God is using you in a big way!!! What a blessing you are to everyone!!!

      E-mail me anytime... I enjoy our sharing together...

      Love Big Sis Patty :) (Truthfollower) XOXO

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 

      6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Mary Ann, you are so down to earth and warmhearted. This interview was a unique pleasure for me. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and writing. Bob


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