**Author Peek** Interview with DARLENE DELUCA’S
BAREFOOT DAYS (Women of Whitfield Book 3)
Character, Mary Logan
INTRODUCING…Mary Logan, BAREFOOT DAYS Character.
1. What is your name? Do you have a nickname?
Hello! My name is Mary Logan. Sometimes my friends call me Mare. And my husband sometimes calls me Mary-me. Everybody say “awwwwww.”
2.Who is your best friend? What kinds of things do you do when you’re together?
My very best friend is Claire Stapleton. She’s the main character in the first Women of Whitfield book, and she is a character! We used to do everything together, starting way back when with raising kids. For a long time we were neighbors and our families kind of spilled into each other. We do volunteer projects together, and belong to the same book club. Most of all, when we’re together we laugh and have fun!
Here’s a note I wrote to Claire when a few of us girls sent her an indoor plant for a housewarming gift:
“This tree is like us, dear friend – lots of individual branches going every which way, but with deep roots, and a trunk that’s a little bit twisted, but fused together forever.”
3. If you have a family, how do you get along with them? If you don’t, are there people in your life that you consider family? How do you get along with them?
I’m blessed with an amazing family, and a husband who adores me – most of the time! 🙂 I have a brother, but he lives a few states and several hours away. We’ve grown a little distant over the years. But my family is the source of pride, love and joy. I have three children, two girls and a boy, who are the light of my life. And I’m soooo ready to have my first grandchild. (Did I mention that BFF Claire already has two?! Not that I’m jealous or anything.) Generally, I get along well with my kids. Do I ever embarrass them? Well, sure. I’m a mom! Do we ever fight? Goes with the territory. But we managed to survive the teenage years. I have the most struggles with my 26-year-old daughter, Sara. She’s a laid-back, go-with-the-flow girl, and I’m a planner. Things can get interesting.
4. Do you have a birthmark? Scars? Where is it/are they? How did you get it/them?
No scars to speak of, but I’ve developed a drooping lip on one side – one of the symptoms of whatever’s going on with my health right now. I hate it, but it’s less noticeable when I’m talking and animated, and that’s how I like to be, anyway.
5. When you’re angry, what do you do? Where do you go? How do you deal with your anger?
Oh, this is tough. I tend to hold things in and try to keep my cool. My mantra is grace under pressure. I don’t mind talking things out, though. I want to clear the air, but without a lot of yelling, tears and drama. When I’m angry, the house gets super-clean, and there’s something in the oven! Oh, and I probably have a vent session with Claire.
6. If you had to make me a meal right now, without going to the store, what would you find in your refrigerator to feed us?
Pretty sure I could whip up a gourmet meal. Steak and potatoes, for sure. I keep my fridge well-stocked. I live in a small Kansas town, so I have a second freezer, too. Fresh fruits and veggies are harder to come by in the winter, but we have plenty of home-grown goodies all summer long. And by the way, around here I’m known as the casserole queen. And I deliver.
7. What’s the one thing you’re afraid of losing?
I hadn’t really thought of it before. But right now, I’m afraid of losing my health, which will mean my independence, and becoming a burden on my husband and kids.
8. What makes you laugh out loud?
Kids and friends being goofy. Claire and I manage to get the giggles over almost nothing!
9. Has anyone broken your heart? Who was s/he?
Not my heart really. But, recently, I’ve been the target of a bitter woman who holds some animosity toward me that I didn’t realize existed. It’s shaken me a bit because I like people. I like to do things and be involved in community life. Turns out some folks are jealous of my lifestyle and think I’m a control freak.
10. What’s the one thing you want out of life that you don’t think you can have? Why can’t you have it?
Honestly, I’m pretty happy with my life. I’m married to the love of my life, and we have three beautiful children. We have fabulous friends and a lovely home. Right now what scares me is to think that I might not be around to know my grandchildren. I’m dealing with some health issues, and there are no guarantees. I’d love to be a grandmamma and be able to spoil some darling grandkids rotten!
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