MaRita, describe yourself for our visitors.
Aside from the obvious, which is reading and writing, I love spending quality time with my husband and children. We like to take walks, go to museums, and sometimes to the movies. However, you’re most likely to find me at church. Whether it’s a church service or activity, my family is very active in church, especially in the music ministry. I sing in the choir, and my husband is a minister of music. Listening to gospel music is another favorite hobby.
How do you find time to connect with God?
Well, with three young boys it’s not something that just happens! I have to set time aside in the early morning or late at night to read scripture. Mornings are the best time, but I have to be honest about not being a morning person. Usually, late at night after my children have gone to sleep, I can meditate on the Word, study, and pray. Most days are so busy, but scheduling quiet time to connect with God is absolutely essential for direction and peace.
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
That’s an extremely difficult question—almost too difficult to answer, but Toni Morrison is one of my favorite authors. Other writers I admire are Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and Delores Phillips, author of The Darkest Child. I have to say that I particularly enjoy works by Christian fiction authors because generally the motivation is to spread the Gospel in some way, something I feel very passionate about. I’m reading Secrets of a Sinner by Yolonda Tonette Sanders right now.
Tell us about your current book.
The Taste of Good Fruit is a story about three women who each struggle in some way to find out why bad things sometimes happen to good people. Sydney is suddenly widowed and the devastating loss leaves her wondering why a loving would allow her to suffer. Sherese, her sister, is the black sheep of the family and a pastor’s daughter. When she discovers a horrible secret, she discovers that she needs her faith to lean on. Chanel has come a long way from her impoverished childhood, but when life doesn’t go the way she has planned, she allows temptation into her family. They take a road trip together, hoping to discover the faith they need to find assurance and hope.
How did you come up with the ideas for this book?
Through a particularly devastating period of my life, I experienced some horrific losses that left me wondering why a loving God would allow His people to suffer and die. I searched the scriptures for answers and prayed long and hard. Through my own journey, I imagined that other people may be experiencing the same types of questions through their own suffering.
So, the specific story is entirely fictional, but the central idea of the story is that God does sometimes allow—not cause, His people to suffer. He sometimes purges us or prunes us, during times of loss, death, and suffering, so that we can bear good fruit for Him. Just like some plants and trees have to be pruned to bear fruit, the Bible instructs us that we also have to be purged to bear fruit. Ty, I think it’s good news that even in suffering and loss, that God has a divine purpose and He is sovereign, so I felt passionate about getting that across to readers in this story.
List your three most recent books.
The Taste of Good Fruit is my first novel although I do have publications in Living the Serenity Prayer (Jeanette Gardner Littleton), All My Good Habits I Learned from Grandma (Laurel Brunvoll), and A Cup of Comfort for Mothers Devotional (James Stuart Bell & Jeanette Gardner Littleton).
What’s next for you?
Currently, I am working on my next story, and I’m excited about the storyline. I feel that it’s something readers will both enjoy and hopefully be ministered to in some way.
Where can visitors find you online?
My e-mail address is: email@example.com
www.MaRitaTeague.com or www.walkworthypress.net