Today we talk about Advices on marriage, a book by Mary Joseph published with our publishing house Europe Books.
Europe Books had the pleasure of interviewing the author Mary Joseph, to get to know her better, what was the moment that led her to the writing of her book Advices on marriage, as well as how she felt to see her book published.
Below you can find our interview. Take a seat and enjoy your reading!!!
- What was the moment in your life that led you to the writing of your book?
I start working to become a writer and aim to publish a book just after graduating from university, my first book it’s a poetry book. I wrote within a few weeks over hundred poems then I shift my attention to writing; however the love for writing has been with me from childhood, my mother noticed that I was always writing as a youngster and used to say that one day I would be a teacher. I believe that writing is one of my gifts. I felt the need to write my book based on a combination of factors including my academic background, understanding of the subject from a religious perspective statistical analysis and above all, I believe that my work is original and therefore as a writer I want my work to have a positive impact on readers. Last but certainly not least I wanted to share my expertise, knowledge and options with others while writing the book and before deciding to publish I asked myself what material would I be feeding the minds of readers with. The moment that led to writing the book came when I realised that I have something to say and wanted others to know about it.
- What particularly significant experiences in your life find expression in your book?
I would say that most experiences in my life have found expression in my book, as I write what you write is not only your opinion it’s what you think, knowledge, or past relationships which are contributing factors to how you feel and indeed shapes your perception of life in general. I believe that human life it’s a human experience, as individuals we learn to both learn to love and hate through what we experience throughout our life span, I would not single out a particular experience in my life that everything that I have been through in my life. However, coming from a psychology and law background has been something relevant to emphasising my strong beliefs in how marriage or a relationship as a whole can be challenging yet worth fighting for. I tend to take a very holistic approach to most aspects of life and because of that, I can say without any hesitation that my whole life which is a human experience itself has found expression in the book.
- What are the messages you want to convey with your book?
That’s a very good question, I’d like to communicate different things in many different ways, marriage is worthy of honour, marriage is hard work, relationships by nature are hard, having the desire of getting married by itself will not grant you a successful marriage, at times people try everything they can think of and yet things don’t seem to be working at all, writing this book was never about proposing a set of rules that one must follow to make it work, the title was very deliberate because I want to share knowledge, options and expertise among many other and yet give the individual a chance to consider his or hers own understanding of the subject, I want to convey the message that as challenging and at times frustrating not all marriages need to end up in a divorce. I want readers to be mindful of how certain aspects of human life including one’s personality, social-cultural factors, and the way we communicate, can have a positive or negative impact on marriage.
- How did it feel to see your book published?
Truly speaking took me a few seconds to digest (author laughs), but I felt that it has been one of the most important things I have done, a great feeling altogether, I was very and will always be grateful to the book publisher to see things the way I do, I believe that writing it’s hard work even in my case I write a book within weeks still it’s hard work. I am always mindful of the kind of information I will make others exposed to. From a personal standpoint, I can look back and think I have tried my best to offer my contribution to the general society, I also felt that my life it’s about to change because I am now letting others know my opinions, personal beliefs and should be prepared to answer questions about what I said, how and reasons behind writing and questions about the subject in questions broadly speaking.
- Are you planning to write more books?
Yes indeed, I already wrote a poetry book which happens to be the first one I ever wrote, at the moment I am elaborating my ideas or if you prefer, I am preparing to write another book on the topic of (Domestic Violence) I have not started writing it just yet, however I have all the material that I need to do so, I feel that I am not going as fast as I should or wanted (author laughs) but it is on its way. On one hand, this book will be very different from the previous one but, on the other hand, it is an issue that married people or those in relationships come across often. I intend to write the same way the same writing style as well time frame need to complete, I have a lot to say and I believe I should say as much as possible when comes to domestic violence, some incidents of domestic violence end up being fatal. Therefore, it is only fair to shed light on the topic.
Europe Books thanks the author Mary Joseph once again for taking the time and answering our questions. We are really pleased to have walked alongside her on the editorial path that led to the publication of her book Advices on marriage. We wish her the best of luck for her future works.
To you, my dear reader, I wish this book helps you to make useful reflections on marriage, on yours, on that of your friends, acquaintances and relatives and that it allows you to have new ideas or new perspectives on the matter.
So, my dear reader, all I have to say is to enjoy this very interesting reading!