The Coffee Corner: A Chat with Mary Ball

Welcome Mary Ball to the Coffee Corner. Grab a cup. Pull up a seat and stay a while. We’re talking about life, writing, and her new book, Stone of Destiny. Leave a comment for a chance to win a e-copy of her book (see details).


Thanks for coming today, Mary. They always say, ‘home is where the heart is.’ For those of us who’ve never been to North Carolina, what can you tell us about your beautiful state?

It’s the best of both worlds.  We have glorious beaches and wondrous mountains.  I’m lucky enough to live in the middle of these two scenic areas. I can take a three-hour drive in either direction and be walking in the surf of Carolina Beach or hiking at Grandfather Mountain.  

Wow, I love the beach, and since I’m from Wyoming, who knows? I just may need to visit that wonderful place. And soon, especially since one of my favorite things to do is fishing. The other is classical guitar. What do you do when you’re not writing? 

I also share a fondness for fishing. Last year I caught a forty-pound Red drum. That is the biggest fish I’ve ever hooked. Another thing I enjoy is singing Gospel music with my husband.  We praise the Lord in song as our time allows.

Time can be an issue in a busy life, that’s for sure.  I see you have a new release this month. Would you share a little bit of Stone of Destiny with us?

Can a mysterious ring change lives?
Taylor Harrison has given up on everything but her work. The youngest CEO of Mugful’s Beverage Company, her life is complete. That is, until her grandmother asks her to oversee renovations at the family home and find the missing heirloom.
First contact with what she believes is an insignificant ring, lost for fifty years, sends her life spinning. Taylor experiences strange dreams. Feelings surface; she doesn't understand; thoughts that should remain unspoken, voiced. 
Taylor’s emotional journey begins, testing a heart as cold as the ring itself.
Is this a fairy-tale or her soul, reaching out for a life she can only find through faith and trust in God?

This book seems quite interesting. What’s your favorite part?

When Taylor finally realizes the one thing she has been denying, even to herself. Then sits out to make her life complete.

Mary, I’m so glad you stopped by the Coffee Corner today. Before you leave, can I pick your brain? Do you have any advice for the new writer?

Keep on sending out those queries and rewriting (if necessary). Always believe in yourself.

Thank you! I’ll remember that. Now for all those hungry fans out there…what’s next on your agenda?

My work in progress is a story about a man who has fallen prey to an addiction and the struggles he has to find faith and the strength to overcome.

Now that sounds interesting indeed. Thanks for coming, and the chance to win a free book.


The winner receives a free e-copy of her book, Stone of Destiny. Leave a comment about the interview with your email address. In a week, I'll draw for the lucky winner (with any entries from my website).

Barbara Thompson

About the Author:

Mary Lou Ball lives in the south and writes novels and Christian articles. Her passion is weaving together inspirational romantic suspense and mysteries, which show the imperfect lives of everyday characters as they face hardships and struggles while discovering the real meaning of grace. Her books will encourage you to see the magic of love, hope and a divine guidance that often lies dormant, waiting to be found by each of us. When she’s not writing she enjoys family and singing Gospel music with her husband. Some of her Christian Articles are found on at: Learn more about Mary at

Lead photo credit: HalasiZsolt via photopin cc


  1. Nice interview....Stone of Destiny is a good read and will keep you flipping pages or glued to your Kindle until the end. I enjoy Mary's writing and her sweet spirit that shines in her stories.

  2. Enjoyed the interview, ladies. I grew up on the Atlantic Ocean and now live in Colorado (on the plains). Sure do miss the seashore sometimes!

    Your book sounds like a great story, Mary. I'd like to be entered in the giveaway.


  3. Enjoyed the great interview. I'm very interested and intrigued by the book. Sounds like a fabulous book. Thank you for sharing this giveaway and please enter my name.
    Barbara Thompson

    1. Congratulations! You are the winner of Stone of Destiny. You lucky duck. :) Enjoy.

  4. Thanks for the comment ladies, I can't imagine no being able to see a sea shore, but Patti, I hear the mountains of Colorado are something wonderful to behold.


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