At the end of book #1 in the
series—Seek Me With All Your Heart—Katie
Ann’s husband had left her pregnant and alone in their Old Order Amish
community. As it is with all my books,
God plants the story in my mind, then I do my best to nurture it along. Land of Canaan
If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Kelly Long, Amy Clipston, Vannetta Chapman, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Kathy Fuller, and Cindy Woodsmall. Then I’d sneak in the rest of the Amish fiction authors so we could all learn from each other.
Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Until recently, I didn’t think I was a fan of historical fiction, so I haven’t read a lot in the genre. But I read two historicals that changed my mind—Spring for Suzanna by Catherine Richmond and A Texan’s Promise by Shelley Gray. Both great books, so I’d invite Catherine and Shelley to my party and ask them to recommend a few others. J I’d also invite Kelly Long to this party because she is writing an Amish historical that I think will be fabulous.
Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
It’s the same problem I’ve had since I started. Balance. I love my family and friends, but I have to know when it’s important to say ‘no’ and when it’s equally as important to say ‘yes’.
Katie Ann Stoltzfus lives in the small Amish community of
. At forty, she is widowed and raising her
first child. Eli Detweiler has come to Canaan, Colorado Canaan for a wedding and a long vacation. Having raised six children following the
death of his young wife, Eli is finally an empty-nester. He’s enjoying the slower pace of having no
one to care for but himself. When Katie
Ann and Eli meet there is an instant connection. Yet as strong as the attraction is, they both
acknowledge that a romance would never work.
He is done parenting, while she has just begun. But as their friendship blossoms into
feelings that are as frightening as they are intoxicating, Katie Ann and Eli
question if the plans they made for themselves are in line with God’s
Please give us the first page of the book.
Katie Ann reached into the drawer of the end table next to the couch and pulled out the letter she’d received two weeks ago. She knew it would upset her stomach to read it—as it had a dozen times already—but she unfolded it anyway. She couldn’t imagine why her husband’s mistress, Lucy Turner, was planning to travel all the way to
to see her. She took a deep breath
and read the letter again. Colorado
Dear Katie Ann,
I hope this letter finds you well. I heard from some of our mutual acquaintances here in
that you had a healthy baby boy
and named him Jonas. Congratulations to you. A baby is such a miracle from God. Lancaster County
Katie Ann rolled her eyes, the way she always did at Lucy’s mention of God. A good, godly woman wouldn’t get involved with another woman’s husband. Although she knew good and well that it took two for such deception. She let out a heavy sigh and continued reading.
I’m sure that I am the last person you want to hear from, and I’m sorry to bother you, but I need to meet with you. I know it is awkward, but I have something important to discuss, and it’s too much to say in a letter, or even over the phone. As soon as I can arrange to be off work, I will be traveling to
. I hope that
you can find time to meet with me to discuss this urgent matter. I thought it
might be easiest for you if you knew in advance that I’m coming. Colorado
All the best to you and your new little one,
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