>I have the opportunity to be a part of Mary DeMuth‘s blog tour for her new memoir Thin Places. If you are a woman with a past that haunts you, tests you and continually tries to drag you away from the precious love of your Heavenly Father, then I strongly recommend you read Mary’s new book – Thin Places.

When I first picked up the book, I literally did not put it down until I was atleast 1/2 way through, and that was only because it was time for dinner. I was enthralled, literally taken into Mary’s story. I became that 5 year old little girl who had her life ripped way. I walked hand in hand with the woman holding the scars, whispering to her husband, asking if he loves her, just needing that confirmation. I was there in those moments of Thin Places where Holy Spirit ministered, touched and guided that little girl in ways we can’t even begin to understand.

I have an interview with Mary that will take 2 days to share, bear with me 🙂  I don’t want to give you an information dump overload. There is so much to this interview that it needs to be taken in and savored.

First off – if you haven’t viewed the trailer to Thin Places on YouTube – you need to do so!  The link is on Tuesday’s post.  Second – Thin Places is now available on Amazon.  Get it. Get it now!

Ok – on to the interview 🙂

Mary, you’re a natural born storyteller – is it natural? How did you start on your writing journey?

When I started my writing journey toward publication, I thought I’d always be a novelist. My agent at the time suggested I write parenting books, something I balked at for quite some time. I was a storyteller after all. And because of my upbringing, I suffered from deep wells of insecurity in my parenting. And yet, I sold three parenting books. I wrote them from a position of weakness, and I prayed other parents with struggles similar to mine would be encouraged that they’re not alone.

And yet, those three books you sold were non-fiction. Where does the story part of your ‘natural born storyteller’ come in?

I can’t help but tell stories, whether they be fiction or nonfiction. As I brainstormed with my next agent and my editor about who I wanted to be when I grew up, we all came back to story. I am a storyteller. We decided it would be best for me to place my primary focus on novel writing, but keep the storytelling alive in nonfiction.

From what I’ve read, writing a memoir is a difficult thing to do. What gave you the courage to step out?

Two years ago, I sensed the need, urge, and desire to write a memoir. I’d come a long way in my healing journey, enough that I could write it without bitterness, with a view toward God’s intervention. Thankfully, my vision for a memoir fit well within the story idea, and Zondervan took a risk and bought the book.

What did you find the most difficult in writing Thin Places?

It was difficult to create me as the main character, to place the potential reader into my own head, to play it out in a way that would woo the reader to turn the page. In doing that, I learned even more about myself, how I viewed the world (sometimes in a warped way!), and what possible impact my journey might have on fellow strugglers.
Though I knew well the landscape, setting, and characters of my life, it proved difficult to give myself permission to truly delve in deeper, to re-feel my pain, angst, joy, frustration, anticipation, and worry. Once I let myself go there, the memoir progressed. And my editor helped me shape the book more chronologically, something for which I’m deeply thankful.

I have to say that I love this book. It’s a beautiful yet dark story about the redeeming love of God. What do you love about it?

It’s the story of a little girl who faced sexual abuse, neglect, drug-using parents, fear, death of a parent, and a host of other malevolence. And yet it’s a hope-filled story, where the bright light of God’s climactic redemption outshines the dark places. It’s a story of God’s nearness when I thought I’d nearly lose my mind and will to live. How grateful I am for the beautiful love of Jesus, how dearly He chose frail me to shame the wise. It’s really His story after all.

Come back tomorrow to find out about a contest to win a copy of Thin Places!