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CANADIAN CHRISTIAN POET AND ARTIST MARIE FALCK-RUHLMANN
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?
4. Who is your inspiration?
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?
9. Do you prefer to work in a quiet environment?
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
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.
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:
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