Wednesday, April 14, 2010

AMISH PEACE and THE CHOICE - Suzanne Woods Fisher - 2 Free Books

Suzanne is visiting with us today about two of her books. One nonfiction, one a novel. Welcome, Suzanne. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?

With every book I write, I hope to draw the reader closer to God. I don’t ever want to hit anyone on the back of a head with a 2x4 (metaphorically speaking, of course)…but I hope a reader finishes a book wanting to know more about this almighty God of ours.

Tell us about your family.

I am a wife to Steve, a corporate guy, and a mom to four kids—two boys and two girls. Add to that one son-in-law! I’m almost at the empty nest stage…my youngest is a senior in high school. And yes, I have mixed feelings about an empty nest! How did it happen so quickly?

It does rush upon us, doesn't it? What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?

Gardening and cooking are two of my favorite hobbies…but the top of my list is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. My youngest son talked me into this activity after we returned from Hong Kong—he wanted a dog and my husband is not a dog-guy. So my son found a compromise…a temporary dog with a noble purpose! Our first dog, Arbor, graduated and was partnered with Jon, a college student. We’re now on our seventh (!) puppy. It’s like eating a potato chip…you just can’t stop at one.

Have you written other nonfiction books?

Grit for the Oyster, winner of two literary awards and a great book for writers, and in August of 2010, Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom for a Simple Life (Revell) will release.

Why did you write Amish Peace?

My grandfather was raised “Plain.” Knowing that, my agent (Joyce Hart of The Hartline Literary Agency) connected me with an editor from Revell and the concept for this book emerged. Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World is a collection of true stories and examples of Old Order Amish families. Divided into five sections, it is meant to shed light on how the Amish are able to maintain their simple living and abiding peace…to help us bring those qualities—and incorporate those principles—into our home without “goin’ Amish.”

We share the same agent. I just love Joyce. What do you want the reader to take away from the book?

Inner peace, rooted in the sovereignty of God. Most of us have a tendency to confuse peace with happiness, personal achievements or the accumulation of wealth. The Amish are good examples of those who find peace not in circumstances but in the Lord.

You also write Fiction.

I do! My first novel, Copper Star, a World War II love story based on true events, received three literary awards. Copper Fire, its sequel, received another award. For the Love of Dogs is a heartwarming story, set in the late 1960s, about a young woman who is losing her eyesight and struggling to trust in what, or Whom, she can’t see. That novel received a literary award, too.

Do you have any other books in the works right now?

Of course! Longevity is a good thing for authors. Amish Peace will be followed by three novels about the Amish, starting with The Choice on January 1, 2010, The Waiting on October 1, 2010, and the third in the series (written but not officially titled yet) will release in Spring 2011.

We really need to get you on my schedule with these other two novels. Tell us about The Choice.

This is a contemporary novel about a young Amish woman named Carrie Weaver. We meet Carrie right as she plans to run off with Lancaster Barnstormer pitcher Solomon Riehl. But the next moment, she is staring into a future as broken as her heart. Now, Carrie is faced with a choice. But will this opportunity be all she hoped? Or will this decision, this moment in time, change her life forever?

Please give us the first page of the novel.

The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher excerpt

Carrie Weaver tucked a loose curl into her cap as she glanced up at the bell tower in Lancaster’s Central Market. The clock had struck two p.m. more than ten minutes ago, and an English couple was haggling with her stepsister, Emma, over the price of a crate of strawberries. After all, the man was saying, the market was closing for the weekend.

“Certainly, you Plain folks wouldn’t want this fruit to go to waste now, would you? Tomorrow being Sunday and all?” He rested his hands on his round belly and fixed his gaze on Emma, a satisfied look on his red face—as red and ripe as a late summer tomato—as he waited for her to buckle.

But this red-faced English man didn’t know Emma.

Carrie saw Emma purse her lips and hook her hands on her hips in that determined way and knew where this stand-off was headed. Emma wouldn’t drop the price of her strawberries to anyone, much less an Englisher whom, she was convinced, had a lost and corrupted soul. Her sister would plant her big feet and squabble over the price of strawberries until the sun set and the moon rose. Carrie picked up the crate and handed it to the man. “Abgschlagge!” Sold!

The man and his wife, surprised and delighted, hurried off with the strawberries as Emma spun to face Carrie. She lifted her hands, palms out. “Have you lost your mind? My strawberries are worth twice that price! What were you thinking?”

“I’m thinking that it’s past two and the market has closed and the van is waiting.” Carrie pushed the leftover crates of red ripe strawberries into the back of the van of the hired driver and slammed the door shut, pinching her thumbnail. Wincing from the pain, she knew she didn’t dare stop to get ice. There wasn’t a moment to waste.

“Dummel dich net!” Emma muttered as Carrie opened the passenger seat door for her. Don’t be in such a hurry! “You’ve been as jumpy as a jackrabbit all morning.”

Carrie reached out an arm to clasp her younger brother on the shoulder, pulling him back as he started to climb in the van behind Emma. “I need to run an errand and take the bus home later today. Andy’s coming with me.”

Andy’s eyes went round as shoe buttons, but he followed Carrie’s lead and hopped back out of the van.

Emma twisted around on the seat. “What errand?” she asked, eyes narrowed with suspicion. “You know your dad wants you home to visit with Daniel Miller.”

Carrie blew out a big sigh. Silent, solemn Daniel Miller. He and his father, Eli, were staying with the Jacob Weavers this summer. Eli Miller and Jacob Weaver made no secret of the fact that they had a hope for her and Daniel. Well, they could hope all they liked but Carrie’s heart was already spoken for. Spoken for and claimed, and the thought warmed her.

“Daniel’s mighty fine looking, Carrie,” Emma said. “Your dad is hoping you’ll think so too.”

“If you think Daniel is such a looker, why don’t you visit with him?” Carrie stepped back from the van to close the door. That had been mean, what she said to Emma, and she reached out to give her sister’s arm a gentle squeeze in apology before she swung the door closed and the driver pulled away. Dear Emma, nearly twenty-seven and terrified that she would end up an old maid. Carrie felt a smile pull at her mouth and fought it back, as an unbidden image of a large celery patch popped into her mind. Emma and her mother, Esther, grew celery in the family garden in hopes that this would be Emma’s year.

Carrie shook off her musing and grabbed Andy’s hand and hurried to the bus stop.

She wanted to reach the Lancaster Barnstormers’ stadium before Solomon Riehl would start pitching. Last night, Sol told her he might be a closing pitcher in today’s scrimmage, so she should be in the stands by the last few innings.

“What kind of errand?” Andy asked Carrie.

She shaded her eyes from the sun to watch for the bus. “It’s a surprise for your birthday.”

“I won’t turn nine ’til October.”

Carrie looked at him and tousled his hair. “Consider it an early birthday present.” She knew she wouldn’t be here on his birthday.

As Carrie and Andy climbed on the bus and sat amongst the English, she felt the happiness of her secret spill over her. She didn’t even mind the pain radiating from her throbbing thumb. She was entirely preoccupied with the conversations she had been having with Sol lately. Last week, he called her at midnight, as planned, from the phone shanty across the road from his father’s farm. During that call, he had talked to her about
leaving the community and trying to make a living as a baseball player. And he told her he wanted her by his side, as his wife.

Where on the Internet can the readers find you?

I can be reached on-line at , and on Facebook and Twitter. I love to hear from readers!

Thank you for hosting me today, Lena!

And thank you for sharing with us today.

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rubynreba said...

Please enter me. I like to read about the Amish.

Unknown said...

These books sound great! Please enter me in the draw! :)
God bless,

apple blossom said...

Please enter me in the drawing for these books. Thanks

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Sidney W. Frost said...

Enjoyed the interview. The books sound great. One of my goals in writing is to try to tell others about God without the 2x4, too. Thanks.

Sidney W. Frost
The Christian Bookmobile

Suzanne said...

Hi to Lena and her bleaders! (Bloggers + readers = bleaders)

Thanks for posting the interview and for your lovely bleader comments, too!

Will check back this week in case there are any Q's.

Warmly, Suzanne

nicole gee photography said...

I just finished reading "The Choice"; really enjoyed it. Thank you, Suzanne, for bringing us closer to God, sans 2x4!!
I look forward to reading more.

Megan said...

Both of the books sound great! And Lena, I love the new blog layout - the background is gorgeous!


Sheila Deeth said...

I love the idea of a book of true stories about the Amish. And the excerpt from the Choice sounds fun - nice characters.

Pa-Dutch-Travel said...

I love reading nonfiction and all things having to do with the Amish. So this book is right up my alley. The Choice looks great too, sometimes its nice to break away from reality and read a nice fiction book.

Carol said...

I'm hooked on reading about the Amish. Please enter me in the drawing. Great interview!!


Unknown said...

I love reading about the Amish! Please enter me! These books sound really good!


runner10 said...

Your books sound fascinating. Would love to read.

Unknown said...

Would love to be entered for the drawing for Amish Peace--wouldn't we all benefit from a more peaceful simpler life.


mariska said...

I'd really like to read Choice, it sounds great.
And Suzanne is a new for me Author :)

Sandra Kaczanowcke said...

Please enter me in the contest for these books. I have been following Suzanne on FB and love the Amish proverbs she has been posting there.

Cindy W. said...

Both books sound like wonderful reads. Please enter me into your giveaway and thank you so much for the opportunity.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


Linda Kish said...

These sound like wonderful books.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Theresa N. said...

Both books sound good, with Amish Peace giving us a very different view of the Amish.
Theresa N

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this. The amish community has always fascinated me.

Simply Stacie said...

Please count me in.

Desiree said...

Amish Peace sounds really interesting! I really enjoy Amish fiction like The Choice.


Coolestmommy said...

I love Amish based books. Please enter me.

Julia M. Reffner said...

Both books sound good. The Choice sounds differently themed from many of the Amish-themed books out there. Sounds like an interesting read.


Anonymous said...

thank you for the opportunity to read suzanne's masterpieces.

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

kristen said...

Love the little teaser!! I didn't want to stop reading:)
Please enter me in the drawing so I can read more!!!:)

Carla said...

I am so interested in the Amish. I want to read this series. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Please enter me. I also like to read about the Amish.


Trinity Rose said...

Super books. Thanks for the interview. Please enter me.
Trinity Rose

Tami @ This Mom's Delight said...

I'd like to win and read this book.

Carman said...

Please enter me in this contest! I usually enjoy Amish fiction. :)

booklovercb[at]yahoo[dot]com said...

Please enter me I love reading about the Amish!

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misskallie2000 said...

Suzanne, I loved your interview. I enjoy learning the little things about authors and how, when,where, who and how you pick your subject for your book.
I love to read books about the Amish and their way of life. So calm and peaceful yet productive.
I would love to win your book and start my Amish journey. Thanks for stopping by to chat.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Sara - artst4christ said...

Love Amish fiction and I would adore trying out a non fiction book teaching us how to use Amish ways. . . . I'm certainly not turning Old Order but there are aspects I find amazing about the Amish like their understanding of Forgiveness and turning the other cheek.

Anonymous said...

Please enter my name, I always enjoy reading about the Amish and I appreciate your contests.

rbooth43 said...

Great interview about these two books. Iwould love to read and review them on Good Reads and Library Thing. Enter me in the drawing.

Katherine said...

These books look really good. Please enter me.


Megan (Inspired by Fiction) said...

We posted about your giveaway at Winning Readings.

Michelle - Blessed Mom of 5 said...

I would love to win! Thanks!

Nancye said...

These books look awesome!! I would LOVE- LOVE- LOVE to be the winner!! Thanks for the chance!!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Edna said...

I love the amish books and have been wanting to read THE CHOICE

Please enter me


Michelle said...

Thank you for entering me, Lena!

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Charleydog said...

Please enter my name in the giveaway for the books. Thanks!

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Anonymous said...

Please enter me.

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Cindy W. said...

I enjoy reading Amish stories. Please enter me & thank you for the chance.

Cindy W.


Anonymous said...

I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

Rhonda said...

I would love to read your book

Congratualations on your success

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Judylynn said...

Please enter me in this giveaway.


holdenj said...

They both look really good and I enjoyed the interview too. Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

Please enter me to win.I have been wanting to read Amish Peace.Thank you

Marla said...

Would love to win. I've always been interested in the Amish lifestyle and the peace they seem to have.


Brenda said...

Is the chance for winning your books still open? If so I would love to have a chance of winning! They sound wonderful!

Brenda said...

Not sure if my post worked or not before. I would love to be entered in the drawing for these books if still open. They sound wonderful!