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The Waltons, Mary McDonough and Me

This week, Good Morning America and Entertainment Weekly are revisiting classic shows and movies, reminiscing with their cast members, and finding out what they’re doing now. On Friday, October 18th, GMA will air the interview segment featuring cast members of The Waltons. Since I get asked a lot about my experience writing with Mary McDonough (Erin Walton), I thought I’d take the opportunity to share some of the highlights of what’s happened since Lessons from the Mountain came out, and what Mary and I are both up to now.

Now, Mary is busier than ever with her coaching, acting, and speaking. Keep up with her on Facebook, or her website. And yes, she’s writing more, but I’ll let her tell you about that herself.

Since Lessons came out, I’ve continued adding to my popular fiction series, The Seasons of Cherryvale. I’m also branching out, working on a high concept adventure story, The Kaleidoscope. I also have a new nonfiction project in the pipeline called “God Stops, a Pediatrician’s Faith Journey After Her Son’s TBI,” written with Dr. Karla Ramsey.

People often ask me what were my lessons from the mountain. My answer? To be open to the possibilities of what God has in store, and with some lots of hard work, your dreams can come true. ALSO, I learned that the people behind the scenes of one of the most classic, enduring television shows ever, from the creator and writer Earl Hamner, to the crew and cast, guest stars and their families, are all truly a part of an American legend.

I’ve been honored and blessed to be a small part of The Waltons‘ legend, continuing its positive influence on the world’s culture through entertainment. Because after all, “the Walton way” is truly at the heart of every loving community.