Since my best friend lives in an area of
Kentucky that Amish and Old Order Mennonites
are moving into, this location was a natural for the next book in my New
Beginnings series. With this third sister, I wanted to explore the idea of an
Amish young woman dealing firsthand with those not of her sect. How do we Christians
react with other denominations with their divergent customs and
If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
It’s tough to limit my guest list to only six. Okay, I’ll omit fellow compatriots of Amish fiction since I attend gatherings with them fairly often. I would invite Tracie Peterson because I stand in awe of her prolific inspiration; Brandilyn Collins because her books are so scary-real; Gina Holmes because of her ability to evoke emotion; Serena Miller because she’s such a lovely storyteller; Mary Connealy because she never fails to make me laugh; and Dan Walsh because he’s handsome!
Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Again, a limit of six is tough, so I’ll eliminate personal friends and the time-period I’m writing about. I pick Sarah Sundin because she wrote beautifully about World War II when no one else would touch that era; Lynn Austin, because she transports me into whatever time period she chooses; Julie Klassen because her characters leap off the page, Lauraine Snelling because she writes about places I’ll never visit, Gilbert Morris because his riverboat series was like taking a vacation; and YOU, Lena, because you’re awesome!
Thank you, Mary, for including me with these wonderful authors. 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?
Oh, that’s an easy one to answer—time management! I’m either researching the next in the series, trying to come up with a concept to propose, marketing the current release, completing the various edits of the last book turned in, and let’s see … what am I forgetting? Oh, yeah, trying to focus on the book I’m writing.
We really are multi-taskers whether we want to be or not. Tell us about the featured book.
Please give us the first page of the book:
A Little Bit of Charm
“Whew, it’s already the middle of September and it’s still hotter than blazes.
Rachel looked at her younger sister in horror. “Shush, before someone hears you. What will the Gingerichs think of us?”
Beth peered up with an innocent expression. “Is ‘blazes’ a bad word? I’ve heard daed say ‘build a blaze in the woodstove’ or ‘a blazing sunset.’”
Rachel rolled her eyes. “Just hush on general principles. Soon you’ll be on your way back to
. Then you can
revert to your normal self. But let’s put our best foot forward while we’re
still visitors here.” Lancaster
Beth’s green-eyed focus turned wary. “What do you mean by I’ll be on my way back to
Rachel ignored a question she wasn’t yet ready to answer. “Look, here comes the blushing bride and groom.” She grinned with a heart swelling with joy and love for their sister.
“Who would ever guess Nora would get hitched to Lewis Miller? Surely, not me.” Beth’s words were a very audible whisper. “I thought she’d end up with that wily fox Elam Detweiler.”
Rachel shifted her weight to her other foot, which she then placed directly atop Beth’s. No other admonishment proved necessary.
This sounds like an interesting story. I’m glad I have me book now. Now to find the timeto read it in between my own multi-tasking. How can readers find you on the Internet?https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Mary-Ellis/126995058236
Thank you for sharing this new book with us, Mary.
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