OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN POET MARY ANN DUHART
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 “poetrywithpassion.com” 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 poets.com, blackplanet.com, poetrywithpassion.com, 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