Blogging superheroes: Faith Hope and Cherry Tea

   Who is that superhero in shining, albeit dented, armor.  Read on and find out more…

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If you were to write the ‘origin’s episode’ of your writing what would be the most important scenes?What did your early efforts look like? Are they still around to be used as bribes and blackmail material?

Growing up in a small rural town, mom knew the learning and entertainment value of story. Probably what provided her with some peaceful down time as well! – One of our weekly highlights was walking across town to visit the library, scanning the shelves for a new delight or next in a series.

Then, Grade 5, writing a story in response to a newspaper columnist’s encouragement to write. My teacher liked it enough to pass along to the school principal who read it to the entire school body during assembly. This was followed by a teacher designating class time to act out a play I wrote. My entire repertoire of mysteries and family adventure stories were contained in a single folder until during some move to somewhere it disappeared whilst adding three kiddos to my life! Funny how this has me picturing my special black pen I used for writing…me

My blog debut resulted from a unique learning experience whilst taking a course on Mission in Scotland, followed shortly by my only daughter’s wedding , enough incentive to begin blogging to share life’s experiences.

Joining twitter connected me with a magazine publisher who invited me to write for them , appreciated what I wrote, then encouraged and instructed me right through to publication. A wonderful partnership that’s enhanced my writing and desire to pursue more.


All super heroes have their mild-mannered secret identity, what is yours? I promise we won’t tell.

 I’m very pastoral. I’ve interned as a priest, studied for and created fresh expressions of church, a Church of England initiative, and am now working in the area of social justice as an advocate for the elderly. I’ve founded a tenant initiative to give elderly abused advocacy, a listening ear and a voice to be heard. I’m also a worldwide certified wellness instructor.


 Who are your partners in crime? What are their superpowers?

Partners in crime are the elderly themselves. Their encouragement superpowers infuse me as well!


Where do you get your superpowers from?

 Some superpowers I recognize are hereditary and highly valued. Fortitude, strength, stamina. Prayer is definitely an underlying source for my superpowers. My children. “Others your age are happy sitting on the bench and you’re out having adventures,” from my eldest. “Sometimes you’ve just got to do the hard stuff, MoM,” from my youngest. How can I not be empowered with that kind of support ?


Where is your secret lair and what does it look like?

 A rural summer home drenched with sunlight, wicker rocker, shelves stacked with hundreds of books and outdoors, a secret garden with cushioned bench glider, iced tea at hand, surrounded by climbing vines, mock orange, and mountain ash.


What kind of training do you do to keep your superpowers in world saving form? How do you insure they are used only for good?

 Using my superpowers regularly in each new encounter keeps them at the ready for world saving situations. Discernment & evaluation ensures they’re used only for good =)


Granted, you probably don’t’ get to wear your superhero costume a lot, but if you did, what would it look like?

 Lately, I’ve been wearing that superhero costume a lot. It’s beginning to look like it’s ready for replacement. Well worn, it’s taken plenty of hits, a warrior knight’s armour in need of some shining! A shield needing dents knocked out…


What is your kryptonite? What are the biggest challenges faced with in your writing.

Health limitations from chronic conditions. Slowly recovering from bell’s palsy, eye strain keeps me away from the screen – or at least should – for my best immediate and long term vision care. RA affects mobility and activity levels. Keyboarding can be quite the issue for arms, hands, wrists, and neck. I’m always having to make choices of which project gets attention today…


What was the supervillian that threatened to stop your latest project and how did you vanquish it?

 Eyestrain from too much screen time. Currently being vanquished by wisdom and intentional healthy choices . Audiobooks over reading. Selective online time.


What important lessons have you learned along the way?

 ‘No’ and ‘not now’ are not bad words.


What have been the best/most memorable experiences along the way?

 Taking adventures. Travelling to England and ending in Scotland – not knowing a soul there, yet ending with lifelong friends and open doors awaiting my return…


If you did this again what would you do differently and what would you not change?

 I would have pursued publication sooner. Then again, everything in its time…
I wouldn’t change having made my kiddos priority and taking time for people.


 What is the best (writing or otherwise) advice you have ever gotten and why.

From author, Julie Klassen, Sit down and write the story straight through. Get your story on the page. There’s time for editing and developing later.


Tell us about your new book and why we need to drop everything and get it now.

 As it’s not yet published, you can relax! But when that new book is here and the series exists in print, I’ll be very grateful for you dropping anything to grab copies. A series of children’s books I created when my youngest was yet young.   Now that my eldest has blessed me with a wee grandson, it’s time I took it to next steps and got him his own copies written by his own NaNa!


 What’s in store for you in the future? Do you have any other big projects on the horizon? 

More articles for the W coast quarterly magazine, CAST. More book reviews and photo blogging. And my biggest project just ahead, spiritual director formation for certification, and the resulting open doors following those steps.

Look forward to sharing more on that…



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  1. Thank you, Maria Grace, for your interest and time together!
    Such a fun interview, I enjoy your creativity in challenging questions, and the responses evoked.
    Here’s to writing in whatever form and opportunities offered.

  2. I really enjoyed reading this! Your writing lair sounds so idyllic!

    Good luck with the publication of your series of children’s books. How lovely for your grandchild (and children) that you are publishing these treasures!

  3. Thank you, Cassandra – I value your encouragement !

    • Barb Greason on April 27, 2014 at 9:19 pm
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    I am amazed and thrilled to read this. Faith Hooe and Cherry Tea, you are an inspiration. And always show us there is hope and encouragement, by keep on keepin on!!

    1. Grateful for your inspiriting comments, Barb!
      It’s people such as you that keep me ‘keepin on!’

  4. It’s great to get to know you better via this interview. I think we have much in common. For one thing, apparently we both know and admire Julie Klassen, although I can’t take her advice. I’ve never been able to write the story straight through without constant self-editing and rewriting along the way. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Shannon, for taking time to read and chat!
      yes, we definitely have commonalities including Julie and JA =)

      Julie’s statement was as encouragement to would be writers intimidated to a standstill by process.
      It removed the fear of the unknown – at least for this learning listener!

  5. Looking forward to getting to know you in the Making Manifest group. Enjoying your writing and wisdom already with this one blog post!

    1. Kelly, it’s a pleasure to meet you here at Maria Grace’s, knowing the MM fb group has connected us!
      Thank you for taking time to hop over and read this weary superhero’s story =) and for sharing the warmth of your encouragement!
      Cheers to New writing endeavours ! Blessings…

  6. What a great feature and interview! Thanks for sharing more about the lovely lady behind Faith, Hope & Cherry tea. Sharon always brings us such inspiration and interesting books. Thanks for sharing with #SmallVictoriesSundaylinky!

    Hope you link up again this weekend

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