Author: Molly Noble Bull
Publisher: Tsaba House Publishing
Available At: Bookstores everywhere
Publishing Date: Available now
Genre: Christian/Historical Fiction
Format: Trade Paper
Author Web site: http://www.mollynoblebull.com/
Sanctuary by Molly Noble Bull won the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence 2008 in the Inspirational Category. (congratuations of the win)
Interview with Molly Nobel Bull:
J: Firstly Thanks for agreeing to do an interview for me.
M: I am thrilled and honored to be here.
J: Molly, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
M: I was born in Kingsville, Texas – the daughter and granddaughter of real cowboys, and I spent part of my growing up years on a sixty thousand acre Texas cattle ranch. I enjoy spending time with my family, and I also like to spend time with my God during prayer, praise and Bible reading. My husband and I have three grown sons, and we lived in the Texas Hill Country west of San Antonio for many years. Now we live in Kingsville again near our sons and four grandchildren.
J: How did you know you wanted to be a writer, have you always had the desire or did it come later?
M: Before I started to public school, my parents thought I was some kind of genius. But after I started bringing home school papers marked C- and D, they realized that I was not so smart after all. I am a dyslexic with all the negatives that come with it—poor in spelling, reading and math. If that wasn’t bad enough, I was also uncoordinated, meaning I was the last child to be chosen when team members were selected in physical education class.
But there were a few things I was good at.
And story telling.
I concentrated on my strengths and sort of forgot about everything else. However, in order to use my story-telling abilities, I was forced to learn to read and spell and do math. It was not easy. Nothing worth having ever is. But with God’s help, I managed to overcome my shortcomings and turn them into strengths.
God is good.
J: What was your motivation for Writing Sanctuary?
M: Sanctuary is about the Huguenots who were kicked out of France for religious reasons, and I am descended from French Huguenots.
J: I love historical fiction that is also based on facts, and I love learning about history. I didn't know about the Huguenots or about the persecution. When writing Historical fiction is educating the readers one of your aims.
M: Absolutely. Before writing Sanctuary, I became involved in genealogy, and I am a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. But I like to education my readers on the Bible as well as on historical facts.
J: I found for me forgiveness was an intricate part of the book. Is this one thing you hope readers will glean from Sanctuary?
M: Yes. But some appear to forget all about forgiveness once the proper words have been verbally spoken.
How many times have we said we forgave someone and then reminded them of that same bad thing the very next day?
To truly forgive is to never mention the wrong done to us again, and that is not an easy task.
With mankind, it is impossible. But with God, all things are possible.
J: When book 2 in the "Faith of our Fathers" series be out?
M: I have been busy writing two other books that my publisher wanted me to write before starting on the sequel to Sanctuary, and I will be telling you about them later in this interview. But for now, I wanted to tell you about the sequel to Sanctuary, Book Two in the Faith of Our Fathers series.
The truth is, I don’t have a publication date yet for Book Two because I haven’t finished writing the book. But I can say that the heroine is the daughter of Rachel and Pierre Dupre, the main characters in Sanctuary. I can also say that the bad guy in Sanctuary will reappear in Book Two.
By the way, Sanctuary won the 2008 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in the Inspirational category. The Gayle Wilson is a national contest for published authors sponsored by the Southern Magic chapter of RWA located in Birmingham, Alabama.
It is unlikely that Sanctuary or any of my other books can be found on the shelves of bookstores. However, they can all be ordered from walk-in and/or online bookstores. Ask for novels by Molly Noble Bull. Or write Molly Noble Bull in the search slot at online bookstores.
J: Any final words for my readers?
M: Yep! My next book will be titled Runaway Romance, and it is actually two short contemporary novels under one cover. I wrote Alyson, and Teresa Slack wrote Kyla.
My part, Alyson, is as different from Sanctuary as it possibly can be. While Sanctuary is a dramatic adventure story, Alyson is a fish-out-of-water romantic comedy, and I hope it will make you laugh or at least smile. I don’t have a publication date for Runaway yet, but I should very soon. When I do, I will let everybody know.
I also wrote a non-fiction book with four other published authors with learning disabilities similar to mine. The title of the non-fiction book is The Overcomers: Christian Authors Who Conquered LD. (Learning Disabilities.) The other four published authors are Margaret Daley, Ginny Aiken, Jane Myers Perrine and Ruth Scofield.
Both Runaway and The Overcomers should be published sometime in 2009.
In the meantime, visit my website.
J: Thanks Molly for being willing to do an interview for me.
M: Thanks for inviting me. I hope you will invite me back real soon.
Sanctuary skillfully examines the path of peace in a world gone mad. Compelling
dialogue and a purpose-driven plot move the story along with a genuine sense of
realism. The historical aspects were well researched and provide strong
motivation for the characters’ actions. Readers will be emotionally swept up in
this tale as the tragic injustice of this time period separates family and
friends with irrational hatred.
Reviewer: Joyce Handzo, In the Library