Author Interview with Maree Compton
Hi Maree, we’re pleased to have the opportunity to hear from you today! To get started, tell us a bit about yourself.
Well, I’m just an ordinary Mum and wife. We live on a sheep and cattle farm and love working and learning together. I’m an ideas person. I really love being a stay-at-home Mum—cooking, preserving, sewing, candle making, reading to my children, and the list goes on. I love God and want to serve Him right where I am and make the most of my life. Most of all, I desire to live a godly life and to teach my children to know and love God and live for Him.
So with five children still at home, how do you find time to write children’s books?
That’s a good question. There is a time and season to things in our lives. Life is constantly changing and constantly busy. I don’t have babies and toddlers in our home anymore which changes family dynamics quite a bit. The children joyfully help around the home, which takes the pressure off of me. In truth, I have to plan to do it so it happens. All the children participate in making my books. Whether it is posing for many photographs, taking the photos, editing, designing the cover, or laying the book out, it really is a family project. It wouldn’t happen if we didn’t work together. I just get to put my name on the front cover!
Lambs, Lambs, Lambs is a special book for me. It took a year to get it to the printing stage. Sheep farming has been in my family for four generations. Now my oldest son is helping my uncle run his sheep farm, making him the fifth generation sheep farmer. I have to admit that I really do have a soft spot for orphan lambs. Memories of my childhood flood my mind as I watch my children feed our lambs.
Lambs help children to see God’s creation up close, learning life, birth, and death. Feeding them teaches responsibility and gives a feeling of achievement when the lambs get released back into the flock.
Of course as we read the Bible, we see the use of the words lamb and sheep many times. As I feed lambs late into the night, I ponder the fact that we are like sheep who have gone astray from God’s way. But God foreknew that we would sin and sent His only Son as the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world. So physically and spiritually you could say I live and breathe sheep.
What do you aim to achieve through your books?
To offer families life stories set in Australia that encourage them in their walk with God.
We realised a number of years ago that it is quite difficult to find quality God-honouring books. My oldest daughter decided she was going to change that and write some novels (still in the editing stages). The rest of us caught her vision.
We would love to encourage other families to try their hand at writing books too. Together we can strengthen families.
Do you really believe that books can impact a child’s life?
Did you like to read as a child? Do you have a favourite memory?
Yes, I enjoyed reading as a child, and as I got older I loved to sleep in on Saturday mornings to read.
I remember my nana reading a series of books to me. She used different voices for each of the characters, making the stories come alive to me. I have such fond memories of those times.
Could you share one of your favourite Bible verses with us?
It’s difficult to choose only one verse as I have several favourites. I do like Philippians 4:8—Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
This verse helps me when I have to make decisions about everyday things. Do I want to do it my way or God’s way?
When you want something yummy, what’s the first thing you go for?
Homemade carob fudge served on ice-cream. Yummo! Or if it’s just time for “a little something”, I grab a spoon, go to the fridge, and dig into that fudge. I always get a heaped spoonful! In my defence, I would just like to add that it is all natural and contains no sugar! The children laugh when they see me heading to the fridge with a spoon. I don’t make it too often in case I develop an uncontrolled addiction!
What are some of your favourite books for children?
Books that will encourage my children to love God and walk in His ways. The Castleberry farm mystery books pop to mind.
To finish up, is there anything else you would like to share?
To remember that everything we do shows others around us who we really are and what’s important to us. So the question is—are we showing others, including our children, how much we love God?
I Corinthians 1:31— Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.