I am honored to host debut author Michelle S. Lowe on my blog today. She’s giving away a gift card, and this adorable bible cover! I love it!
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Welcome, Michelle! Tell me about your newest release.
The Maritime Cure is a story about forgiveness and the tender healing that follows. Due to her father’s incomprehensible actions, Sage Patterson is forced to sell her late mother’s beloved beach cottage. She loads up her best friend, a loyal Belgian Mallinois, and heads to Ocean Isle where she plans to pack up the remnants of a much happier past. Experiencing firsthand why her mother loved the tranquil surroundings of the friendly beach community, Sage and Molly find refuge each evening when watching a mysterious artist paint his beautiful watercolor by the ocean; and of course, in the handsome real estate attorney who is overseeing the sale of the beach property. But when the kind attorney crosses the line, trying to convince her to forgive her estranged father, Sage must face a painful reality, and the fact she risks losing more than just her mother’s precious beach house.
How has your own career and your own life experiences influenced that of your characters’ careers and experiences?
I am a nurse and have worked with patients who suffer from seizures, so this played a large role in the story. My mom battled Multiple Sclerosis for nearly fifteen years, just as Sage’s mom. And being a nurse, I have worked with many seizure patients: this was my influence for Brandon, a young boy with seizure disorder whom Sage befriends.
What brought you to a place where you were motivated to pursue publishing a novel?
Writing The Maritime Cure was all about timing. When the coronavirus pandemic began, I was suddenly at home while my son attended online school. This afforded me the time to write like I had always wanted to. I fixed a cup of coffee in the morning and sat down to write just as if I was going to my job. I wrote for the same hours my son did his schoolwork.
What has been the most challenging aspect of publishing this novel? Waiting on the release date! Because of the pandemic, my date had to be pushed back. I could hardly wait!
Who is your favorite character in The Maritime Cure and why?
My favorite character is Jacob Gable. A successful real estate attorney, Jacob has fallen in love with Sage while helping her to sell her mother’s beach cottage but convincing her of the need to forgive her father proves to be harder than any professional work he’s ever done. He also has an easy going, fun side. I enjoyed writing this character who readily walks on the beach in his business suit, is willing to allow a wet, sandy dog ride in his expensive car all for the love of a girl, and who leaves colorful candy wrappers on his otherwise neat desk.
Who is your favorite side character and why?
My favorite side character would be Mrs. McNeilly. She is raising her grandson, the young boy who has seizures, and her devotion to him is deeper than can be measured, reminding me of my mother-in-law and her unconditional love for her grandchildren.
What is something you’ve learned about yourself or about your writing process, through writing and publishing this story?
I’ve learned to trust in God’s timing.
What is your favorite social media platform and why?
Instagram, I believe. I am new to this platform and I really like the way Instagram is set up. I am very excited about connecting with readers and other authors.
Where can people find you online?
What’re you giving away today?
I am giving away a ten-dollar Amazon gift card and a pretty Bible cover inscribed with Prov. 31:25.
What a beautiful bible cover! Thank you so much for offering this up as a gift!
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About the Author
Michelle Smith Lowe lives in Asheboro, North Carolina with her husband of twenty years, Brian, and their son, Jake. She is the proud owner of a very spoiled bluetick hound dog. Michelle is a Registered Nurse as well as a Certified Multiple Sclerosis Nurse. She has always loved to write and wishes to thank God most of all for her ability to write fiction. Her hobbies include searching for Native American arrowheads on her property and cooking for her family.