Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Your Daughter Needs a Hero by Maria Furlough

Welcome to Author Maria C. Furlough

Eighteen years ago, an eleven year old girl looked in mirror and for the first time in her innocent life…she realized she hated what she saw.  That girl was me.  It continued to be me until in my early twenties I realized two things: God had a bigger plan for me than that and part of that plan was for me to help other girls not be like me.As God slowly picked me up out of the pit I was in, I began to look around me and see many of factors that contributed to my poor body image.  As a youth leader I watched, studied, and prayed for the young girls God put into my life.  I struggled with them as they constantly asked about the caloric content of the cookies I put out or begged me not to take pictures of them.  It made me so sad to see so much of myself in them.  Then one day, after an interaction with parents, it hit me like a ton of bricks “they don’t know!” Their parents, my parents…they didn’t and don’t realize the depths that insecurity reaches.  It was time for action.
After the birth of my first child, Faith I sat down at my computer to write.  I wrote and I wrote and I wrote.  I actually wrote all the way through the birth of my second child David (it took me quite awhile with two under two at home!!!).  What I wrote is simple: parents you need to know…Today my family and I live in North Carolina and we excitedly begin this journey as an author and speaker.  My husband Dave is the catalyst behind all that I do.  He has encouraged me and enabled me to be on this journey and I am so thankful for his love and his companionship.  My daughter Faith, now turning four, inspires me every day to stand firm to the message I believe in.  It is for her that I take serious every word I utter about beauty.  It is for her I strive to be a woman who models a God given security in prayer that she will not struggle the way that I did.  It is for her my life’s mission is now clear.  My son David is now two and he is the ball of laughter and energy that keep this home going.  His smile, his laugh it is all contagious and I look forward to the man God is molding him to be.  Furlough baby # three, Aaron has officially arrived into our lives.  Since the day he was born he has been a perfect reminder of God’s grace and love for us.  Aaron is our perfect gift.
Authoring is by no means my life, but it sure is something God has excitedly called me to do and I look forward to all that the future has in store!  May this book, this blog, this life of mine bless you as we partner to help our girls into a life of true worth.

Feel free to contact me at any time at maria@trueworthministries.orgfor more information on booking events, signings, prayer needs, or simply to share your story.
Maria’s latest book is Your Daughter Needs a Hero.
You can visit the author’s website at www.trueworthministries.org.
           
Interview:

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Chocolate Peanut Butter

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Bagel with Peanut Butter (catching the trend??)

Night owl, or early bird?

Night Owl!!

Skittles or M&Ms?

M&M’s (peanut of course)

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

Your daughter will someday thank you.

Any other books in the works?Goals for future projects?

God has really been redefining my view of myself and my beauty.  My next project will be for daughters…challenging them to see physical beauty in a whole new light.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

Hearing from a Mom that what she read in my book really helped her and inspired her.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Beautiful Disaster by Jon McLaughlin 
http://youtu.be/_eWDZqc7lCc

How did you know you should become an author?
It was like a had a huge ton of bricks was on my shoulders and it didn’t go away until I started writing.

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?

I actually toyed around with making a case study out of myself and writing about it.  Keeping my security regardless of diet, weight gain, or size.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?

I hated Tweeting.  With two toddlers and a baby, I could not keep up with it.  My good friend told me if I hated doing it then stop!  It gave me a huge freedom to feel like I didn’t have to do anything.

Hidden talent?

I love love love to dance.

Favorite Candy?
Chocolate

Nickname?

My husband calls me “Sanchez,” it sounds funny, but for some reason it has always been endearing to me.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
A house.  We keep on filling up ours with more kiddos!

Which authors have influence you most how?

Beth Moore and DannahGresh.  Beth’s faith and Biblical wisdom is so inspiring to me and Dannah shares a similar passion for young teen girls.

What do you do in your free time? 

Free time?Haha, in my free time I love dreaming about the days when I will have free time again!  Just kidding (kind of) my favorite thing is date night with my husband.  We put the kids to bed, order take out, and sit and chat about life’s crazy blessings.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
I love the fall.  I grew up in New England and there is something remarkable in the air when the leaves start changing.  I even love the smell of fall.

Who or what inspired you to become an author?

My daughter did.  I knew I had changes to make when it came to my insecurity and when she came along she motivated me into making those changes.  It is my life’s passion to teach my daughter what a confident and secure woman looks like.



Your Daughter Needs a Hero

What drives teenage girls? What tempts them? What causes their insecurities? More importantly, what can parents do to make a difference in their lives? Author Maria Furlough battled self-image and self-esteem issues as a teenager, and in Your Daughter Needs a Hero she uses a mix of personal stories and years of experience counseling teenage girls in youth ministry to show parents what their teenage daughters are going through and how best to help them.
Furlough explains how things such as fad diets, the media, and pornography influence a teen girl’s body image, and she guides parents on how to counteract the constant pressures and influences that affect teen girls every day. This book will show parents how to effectively build their daughter’s self-esteem, self-image, and, most importantly, their faith in God and in their parents. If you have a daughter, Your Daughter Needs a Hero is a must read!

Giveaway Details
1 copy of Your Daughter Needs a Hero
Open to US only
Ends  7/3/12

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