Interview and Giveaway with Mary P. Lowry, author of “The Earthquake Machine”

Today I’d like to welcome Mary P. Lowry, author of The Earthquake Machine.

“The Earthquake Machine” tells the story of a girl named Rhonda who runs away to Mexico in a coming-of-age adventure.  I read it a few weeks ago and enjoyed it tremendously.  I was very excited when Mary agreed to do an interview and e-book giveaway with me!

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment.  I’ll keep the giveaway open for two weeks and draw a winner on April 27.  The winner will receive an electronic copy of “The Earthquake Machine.”

And now, onward to the interview!

What was your inspiration for “The Earthquake Machine”?

I always wanted more books that are really honest about female sexuality AND that have lots of adventure AND are beautifully written. So I tried to write a book that I would be and have all of those things.

Did any parts of the story change or evolve over time?

Yes, definitely. The book was originally a couple of hundreds pages longer. I had to let it get cold and then come back to it so I could see what needed to be cut.

Your work as a forest firefighter and a writer for the Huffington Post seems fascinating!  How do you find the time to do so much (and still write)?

I’m very dedicated to my writing. I’ve chosen to focus on pursuing fiction (and adventure) instead of more conventional things. I have novels and experiences in lieu of a “career,” a house, a marriage.

How have your own personal experiences and adventures impacted your writing?

My personal experiences and adventures have been essential for my writing. I could never have written The Earthquake Machine if I hadn’t spent time on the border between Texas and Mexico, if I hadn’t traveled all over Mexico by bus. I could never have written my yet-to-be-released novel The Gods of Fire if I hadn’t worked as a forest firefighter.

What was your biggest challenge when writing “The Earthquake Machine”?

When I was writing The Earthquake Machine I supported myself by working construction in Durango, Colorado. It was very cold outside and construction was difficult and tiring. So the hardest part was waking up before dawn to write.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Commit to writing every day, even if only for 20 minutes. And never show your writing to anyone who isn’t sure to be 100% supportive.


Mary P. Lowry is the author of two novels, “The Earthquake Machine” and “Gods of Fire.”  She has worked as a forest firefighter, an open-water lifeguard, and a construction worker.  She currently writes for the Huffington Post and is an activist working to end violence against women.

9 thoughts on “Interview and Giveaway with Mary P. Lowry, author of “The Earthquake Machine”

    1. I don’t think that it posted, because it’s not here and it’s not in the spam folder. I know that WordPress has been weird with comments for the past week or so, and I’m hoping they fix whatever the problem is sometime soon.

      I completely agree with you. I feel like it’s hard enough to balance work, grad school, and a blog… writing a book is quite an accomplishment, especially while doing other things!

  1. Great interview! Thank you! It reminds me that finding time to write is so important, but such a challenge for me right now. I should get back to writing my morning pages, they help me get into the swing of things. I should probably add the Earthquake machine to my reading list.

    1. You’re welcome. I used to write a lot, but haven’t much at all lately because there just aren’t enough hours in my day. This made me want to get back into it again.

            1. Thanks! I took a writing class in college and loved it, it’s mostly a time thing. I’ve noticed though that even with my blog, my writing has gotten a lot better over time. Maybe this summer when classes are over I can squeeze in some writing time. 🙂

  2. This was a great book and Mary Lowry seems like a pretty cool person. It’s inspiring to me to know how much of her writing is based on real-life adventures. I enjoyed reading your interview.

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