I am excited to introduce you to Mary R. Woldering, writer of the Mystical History series Children of Stone. Costumer, art historian, artisan, student of wisdom, never a master, companion, old soul, Wise MaMa, Crone (not your sweet lil' old granny) - Mary is brash, volatile, vital & out of control. She's wise in life but the lifelong search for peace has not cooled her jets.
Mary's a spiritualist and spirit hunter but not “out there” …down to earth and often salty. She thirsts for more life and new adventures. 100 years ago she probably would have been in a madhouse. In sane moments she is the devoted wife of Dr. Jackie Woldering, mother of two grown children, grandmother of three, and servant of three cats.
Let's get to the interview! Welcome to An Angell's Life Mary! Where do you come up with the ideas for your stories?
The answer isn’t easy. Since age 3 I was aware of extrasensory things; spirits, dreams, soul journeys. Some of my ideas and characters DO go back to my childhood such as: Storm Gods, luminous wraith-like creatures who might be like angels, places and people I saw and later met or visited. By the time I was in college I had begun to not only write about them but to catalogue them as possible “past lives and connections” I still have all the notes and many of the drawings. I never said I was so-and-so in a past life because I’ve aways known the subconscious is a much bigger place. I met a group of people who had the same sorts of dreams and thus the series I call Children of Stone (which covered many, many eras and places) was created. I teach what I have seen in my dreams...
What is the current book you are promoting? Children of Stone 1 – Voices In Crystal. Here is the blurb.
"We are children made of stone
Tiny voices are as grains of sand
Come to Us Marai
Man of Ai
Man of the sand"
When Marai, a shepherd living at the foot of Mt. Sinai in the third millennium BC, sings to his goddess one night, he sees a falling star. Tracking it he discovers a strange vessel containing crystalline entities resembling earthly stones and gems: The Children of Stone. The Children delight in this simple shepherd and his songs of love. They ask him to host their intelligence; to bring them to the sages and priests who have spent their lives seeking the wisdom of the stars. When he agrees, he is transformed into a godlike being. Still a passionate shepherd at heart, Marai gathers others, like lambs to his fold. His journey to the wise men of ancient Kemet won't be easy. Things hidden that wait in darkness, are always there.
Who is your favorite character in your book and why? Marai bin Ahu because of his personal tragedy and the beginning of his heroic journey. I love his caring and nurturing nature and his uncomplicated thoughts. They reveal a surprising inner strength where slow-wittedness is expected.
If your book were made into a movie, who would you cast? Hands down, Jason Momoa. Originally I had cast Clockwork Orange Strong man David Prowse but time passes and mortals age. I was not a Jason Momoa fangirl, but saw his face and form and was shocked at his similarity to some of my early drawings. His size & stature is about right too.
I am a total Momoa Fangirl, lol! What is one place you would like to visit and why? All the places in my series, The Middle east and Egypt; the Sudan
What one person from history would you like to meet and why? Prince Hordjedtef. I want to see if he is anything like I made him in the novels.
Are you intrigued? I know I am. Want to learn more about Mary's World? Visit her website at MaryWoldering.com