Mary DeMuth’s interview

» Posted on Mar 12, 2009 in Blog | 6 comments

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This week I’m hosting Cathy Gohlke with I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires and Mary DeMuth with Daisy Chain. If you want to be entered in the two drawings, please leave a comment this week with your email address. If you don’t leave an email address, you won’t be entered. I’ll have no way to get in touch with you. If you don’t want to
leave an email address, you can email me at and let me know you want to enter the drawing(s). The drawings will end Sunday evening.

Visit Mary’s Web site about Daisy Chain.

Mary DeMuth’s interview:

Tell me a little bit about your background and your family.
You can read my testimony on my website ( I came from a difficult upbringing, but Jesus saw fit to find me at fifteen. He has utterly changed my life.

I’ve been married 18 years to my husband Patrick (who’s been told he looks like George Clooney on more than one occasion). Interesting side note: I’ve been told I look like Laura Dern, and we share the EXACT same birthday. Twins separated at birth? Possibly. If you’re reading this and you’re chums with Laura, could you probe a bit?

George (er, Patrick) and I have three kids: Sophie, Aidan and Julia. Sophie’s learning to drive—and what’s interesting is that I’m not worried about it. She’s a careful driver. My son Aidan is thirteen. He’s passionate about finding water for a small village in Ghana. We got to go on the trip of a lifetime to meet the village of Sankpem last summer. Our daughter Julia is ten and is deeply kindhearted, beautiful inside and out. We also have an overly needy (farting) dog and a fat & fuzzy (sometimes cranky) cat.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Hobbies?
I love to cook and garden and sew and decorate and take pictures. I’m really quite a homebody. I also keep in shape by training for small triathlons, emphasis on small.

What has God been teaching you lately?
To learn how to embrace subtlety. I’m a loud, in your face, writer. I’m learning to create nuance. This, of course, translates into my everyday life too.

Alas, the other thing is pretty convoluted and deep, but it has to do with learning to trust God’s love for me, even if some people in my life act in enemy-like ways. (I’m sure none of you have ever struggled with this.) In other words, what do you do when some voices say unkind and untrue things? Used to be I took those words like morsels into my heart and chewed on them until the poison saturated me. Now I’m learning to weigh the words briefly, then place them in Jesus’ hands. It’s a discipline to do that. The tricky part comes when I act as my enemy, hurling insults at myself. It’s all about giving every word to Jesus and choosing to believe His words about me. I am dearly loved. Wow.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
This may sound strange, but I wanted to be a doctor. But even then, the writer in me came out because I liked the cadence of my maiden name with the title doctor. Mary Walker, Medical Doctor.

Where are you headed next?
I hope I see that I get to continue this writing dream—writing for the sheer joy of it, and also receiving compensation (a nice writerly dream!). I also pray that if things take off, I’ll keep my head on straight and constantly strive to point to the truly Famous One, Jesus.

I sense that more public speaking is in the future as well.


  1. Thanks for hosting me here! What a blessing!

  2. Hi Margaret and Mary,
    What a treat to see behind the scenes with Mary. I’m a big fan of her so-you-wanna blog and this fills in some of the blanks.

    Oh, yeah, I see the Laura Dern thing–love to see the George Clooney comparison myself.

    Mary, your blog is really helpful, especially those critiques that show the things that we often hear about.

    You are both fabulous ladies how are helping a lot of writers and readers learn about the craft of writing and about the heart of Jesus.

  3. This sounds like a really neat book. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.

  4. Any chance of still entering for this contest? I’ve read some very good reviews on this book and would love a chance to win!

    ldneuhof at hotmail dot com

  5. I would love to be entered into a contest to win some books, I love to read and do so about 4 hours each night so you can see I go through quite a few books, I am retired so my time is my own.


  6. Please enter me into your comtest to win free books, and may God bless you in all you do.

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