Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the
County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award
finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking and Such
magazines. She lives in Old
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Welcome back, Suzanne. Why did you become an author?
Writing is such a joy to me. I couldn’t not write!
If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream job?
Probably a book reviewer or an Acquisitions Editor. As soon as I could get to books…
If you could have lived at another time in history, what would it be and why?
Right now, I’d like to pop into
Nantucket in the late 1600s, early
1700s. Even the early 1800s. Writing a series based on the whaling period and I
wish I could soak up the sights and smells of that time. What did whale oil
What place in the
have you not visited
that you would like to? United States
How about a foreign country you hope to visit?
Just last night we bought our plane tickets to
Actually, we had lived there for four years in the late nineties. Our youngest
daughter, Meredith, is moving to next week (!) to teach at an
international school. We just gotta visit! China
I have a friend who did that. First teaching English in a school there, and now working for a ministry. What lesson has the Lord taught you recently?
Sigh … letting go of children so they can pursue their dreams. I’m so excited about my daughter’s big move, but part of me is grieving, too. Really, really, really gonna miss her.
Tell us about the featured book.
Seeking a fresh start, newly widowed Rose Schrock settles her family into a farmhouse in Stoney Ridge and turns the basement into a guest room. A charming cast of characters finds love, forgiveness, and renewal behind the doors of the cozy
at Eagle Hill. Yet the inn brings more surprises than Rose can imagine,
including some unfinished business from her past.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Page 1 of The Letters by Suzanne Woods Fisher
The air had the sweet burn of frost. Long out of habit, even in the winter months, Rose Schrock woke before dawn to carve out a little time for herself before the day began. She liked the bitter cold, a cold that seemed to sharpen the stars in the wide
was her favorite hour, a time when she felt most keenly aware of how fragile
life truly was. Between one breath and the next, your whole world could change.
Hers had. Pennsylvania
On this morning, wrapped in her husband’s huge coat, she walked along the creek bordering the farm and climbed the hill. The thin February moon, low in the horizon, lit the sky but not the ground. Her golden retriever, Chase, trotted behind her, saluting trees along the path, baptizing each one as he went. When Rose reached the top of the hill, she sat with her back against a tree. In its awakening hour, the farm below seemed peaceful, lovely, calm. The birdsong symphony had just begun—something that always seemed like a miracle to Rose. How did that saying go? “Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.” And wasn’t that the truth?
Rose Schrock had been raised not to complain, so she didn’t, but the truth of the matter was, the last seven months had been the hardest stretch of her life: so many things had gone wrong that it was hard to know which trouble to pay attention to at any given time.
Her mother-in-law, Vera, assured her cheerfully that increase in trouble was something she had better get used to. “You can’t expect mercy.”
“I don’t expect it,” Rose had told Vera. “I just wish things would go wrong one at a time. That way I could handle them.”
Soon, she would need to head back down the hill and wake her boys. Her girls would already be stirring. They were unusually helpful and did whatever chores there were to do without being asked, whereas her two young sons were so sluggish in the morning that it took them half an hour just to get themselves dressed and downstairs. Before Rose left this quiet spot, she had something to do. To say. No, no. She had something to pray.
Lord, I beg your pardon, but I am in a fix. I’m about wrung out from all this, and it’s getting so I can barely tell which way is up. I’ve got four fatherless children—five, if I knew where that oldest boy had run off to—an addle-minded mother-in-law, and barely thirty-six dollars left in my pocket. I’m fresh out of backbone, Lord. And near out of fight. Near out. Lord, if you’d be so kind, look down here and let me know what to do. I need a Plan B.
Rose waited quietly, hoping for a word from above, or maybe just an inkling. Reflecting, she decided it was funny how life could change so fast. She used to have so many plans. Now, her plans for the future were foggy at best. Years ago, money had been the last thing on her mind. Now it was all she thought about. Scarcely seven months ago, she had a husband. Now Dean was gone. A few years earlier, she hadn’t minded so much being with her mother-in-law. Not so much. Now she couldn’t think of anything worse.
Anything you want to say, Lord? Any advice? A word of wisdom? Rose heard the gentle hoot of a screech owl, once, then twice. A rooster began to crow. That would be Harold, the loudest rooster in the county. The day would soon begin.
A moving bright light in the sky caught her eye. She watched for a moment, intrigued. Then, fascinated. It was a shooting star, darting over little Stoney Ridge in all its glory and majesty. Her jumbled thoughts gave way to a feeling of peace.
What a thing to see at a time when she needed it so badly!
Suzanne Woods Fisher is celebrating the release of the first book, The Letters, in her new series by giving away 2 iPads, 2 Kindle Fires and 2 Nook HDs! Wow!
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- The Letters by Suzanne Woods Fisher
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- The Letters by Suzanne Woods Fisher
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Letters, The (The Inn at Eagle Hill Book #1): A Novel - Kindle
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