Inspiration

Amish Bishop Mysteries Comments: 13

What The Bishop SawAs you know, What the Bishop Saw is available in the Kindle store. The actual book releases on May 1, and the print as well as ebook will be available everywhere books are sold on that date.

Today I thought I’d share with you my inspiration for this novel, which was actually 3 things.

  1. When I was in Ohio on a book tour with Shelley Shepard Gray and Amy Clipston, we have the fun pleasure of meeting with a local Amish church group at a diner. I sat next to the bishop, and he shared with me his duties, the everyday problems of raising children, and his love for the members of his church. As you can imagine, it was an awesome experience.
  2. from Heini's Cheese shopLater in that tour, we visited Heini’s Cheese in Berlin, Ohio. An old Amish gentleman named Atlee gave us a tour of the place. He was funny, sharp as a tack, very energetic, and he was in his 80s. Atlee is who I thought of as I wrote about my bishop, Henry Lapp. I did decide to make Henry a little younger.
  3. Lastly I’m a news junked. I came across an article about people who had suffered from traumatic brain injuries, and the result was that they had amazing abilities that they hadn’t had before. They became accidental savants. Which started me thinking, would that be a good thing or a bad thing? But we believe, as Christians, that all things work together for the good of those that love God…so I knew where my story needed to go.

I’m having a lot of fun with this series, and I like exploring the idea that God can turn any situation into good. Now it’s your turn. What situation have you seen God use for good — in your life or someone that you know? Leave a comment, and I’ll pull one name randomly to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate. Last week’s winner was Linda M.

Blessings,

V

Announcements for this week:

  • What the Bishop Saw will release in stores everywhere on May 1. Be on the look out!
  • My rafflecopter giveaway is live – this month I’m giving away a mystery package! You can access here or simply go to my webpage and scan to the bottom of the page.
  • My inspirational romantic suspense novels are still 99 cents in the kindle and nook stores.
  • I’ll be presenting at the Lampasas Public library in Lampasas, TX on May 23rd at 5:30. If you’re in the area, please stop by!

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13 thoughts on “Inspiration

  1. Anne L. Rightler

    Interesting to hear about the brain injuries that led to amazing abilities. Sounds like a great book. It’s on my TBR pile, for sure! Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Tiffany Hall

    God used a particular situation that came into my life a few years ago to really draw me closer to him. It was one of those make you or break you kind of things and instead of letting the devil get the best of me, I decided that with the Lord’s help, I would let it draw me even close to him.

    I always enjoy hearing about how an author comes up with ideas in their books and characters, so I enjoyed reading about things that brought about your characters in this blog. Can’t wait to read this new book and series!

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  3. Cherese Akhavein

    I’m so very excited for this series, I have the first book and the second is pre ordered. I just can’t wait! I never thought I would like mysteries but after I read my first one you wrote I was hooked!

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  4. Patricia Bond

    I enjoyed reading how you came up with Henry Lapps character, your talks with the Amish people you encountered and what can cause people to become accidental savants —I learned something new I never knew before Thanks for sharing this with us

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  5. Mari

    Thanks for sharing your inspiration for “What the Bishop Saw”. I’m waiting patiently for the copy to arrive to read.
    I saw God’s hand and blessings in my life after a broken engagement. It was hard at the time but the peace I had knowing it was for the best. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  6. Debbie Rhoades

    My husband had a stroke when he was 55. He couldn’t talk, walk, read or write for awhile. After he recovered, he couldn’t work anymore, but he started cooking. He could grill before, but he really started taking a keen interest in cooking, and since that time, he has become the main cook, because his food is so good!

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  7. Debbie Earls

    My sweet Mama (grandmother) passed away in 2004. We were very close. I felt like I had lost my right arm. I asked God what I was supposed to do now that I didn’t have her to take care of & in my life. My answer was adopting my 13 year old nephew 2 months later when my sister-in-law died suddenly. I could never have children so we went from no children to a teenager. God does have a sense of humor! It truly changed all of our lives. We would never have sent him to foster care. That was never an option. He is now 26 & a college graduate supporting himself. God is good. He turned this sad situation into a blessing in our lives.

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