Author Guest Post With Mary Pauline Lowry

Mary Pauline Lowry has kindly agreed to guest post here about her work, and share her inspiration for becoming a writer in honor of her debut release, The Earthquake Machine.

 About The Author:

Mary Pauline Lowry has worked as a forest firefighter, screenwriter, open water lifeguard, construction worker, and advocate in the movement to end violence against women. Due to no fault of her sweet parents, at 15 she ran away from home and made it all the way to Matamoros, Mexico. She believes girls should make art, have adventures, and read books that show them the way.
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 Guest Post:
My Inspiration for Writing
I’ve always been a voracious reader, but at a young age I realized I didn’t want all of my adventures to happen between the pages of books. I wanted to have real life escapades, too. I’ve done a lot of things that girls aren’t “supposed” to do. I’ve worked as a forest firefighter, and as an apprentice carpenter; I’ve walked through Costa Rican rain forests alone at night; I’ve traveled across Mexico by myself; I’ve worked as a Hollywood screenwriter.
Even though many girls are told they can be anything they want when they grow up, the reality is that there are many professions that are very male dominated, and not just the professions you’d imagine like firefighting or construction work. Only 4% of major motion pictures are directed by women. Only 3% of the artwork in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC is created by women. Only 15% of screenwriters are women. So the reality is that in many careers, it’s harder for females to break out and be successful.
Through my writing I want to INSPIRE women and girls to have adventures and push against the societal expectations of what women are “allowed” to do. I also want girls to know that they don’t have to conform to expectations for what it means to be “girly” and “feminine;” and that they really can pursue their wildest dreams. And I want readers of THE EARTHQUAKE MACHINE to have an opportunity to experience a book about a girl who isn’t afraid to take risks and live life fully.
 The Earthquake Machine:
Title: The Earthquake Machine
Author: Mary Pauline Lowry
Publication Date: March 1, 2012
Publisher: Authorhouse

The Earthquake Machine

The book every girl should read,
and every girl’s parents hope she’ll never read.
The Earthquake Machine tells the story of 14 year-old Rhonda. On the outside, everything looks perfect in Rhonda’s world, but at home Rhonda has to deal with a manipulative father who keeps her mentally ill mother hooked on pharmaceuticals. The only reliable person in Rhonda’s life is her family’s Mexican yardman, Jesús. But when the INS deports Jesús back to his home state of Oaxaca, Rhonda is left alone with her increasingly painful family situation.
Determined to find her friend Jésus, Rhonda seizes an opportunity to run away during a camping trip with friends to Big Bend National Park. She swims to the Mexican side of the Rio Grande and makes her way to the border town of Milagros, Mexico. There a peyote- addled bartender convinces her she won’t be safe traveling alone into the country’s interior. So with the bartender’s help, Rhonda cuts her hair and assumes the identity of a Mexican boy named Angel. She then sets off on a burro across the desert to look for Jesús. Thus begins a wild adventure that fulfills the longing of readers eager for a brave and brazen female protagonist.
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Happy reading until next time!