Beth Shriver Give-away

Amish fiction, Contest Comments: 109

photo-40Another Give-away, Author Beth Shriver

Today I’m thrilled to have my friend, Beth Shriver, visit our blog. Beth is an awesome writer, and I know many of you have read and enjoyed her books. Beth has very kindly offered to give away a copy of one of her books. Leave a comment below, and we’ll randomly draw a winner in a week.

Amish Overload by Beth Shriver 

When my agent suggested I write an Amish story a couple of years ago I wondered how exactly one would do that without knowing them. Although, I have always admired photo-39their determination to live a life that is from the past, somewhere between the prairie days and a modern day farm, but there is nothing modern about them. And there are a lot of different groups with different names that mean different things. There’s the Old Order, the New Order, the Progressive Amish and the Beachy Amish, Beachy Mennonite Amish, and Amish Mennonite, Swartentruber Amish, and there’s even more. Whew! Are you confused yet? I was.

I still had no idea how much research there would be for this story. That’s when I discovered how many other people were searching for information about them too. I don’t know when it happened or how, but people are crazy over Amish. The conversion rate is up and tourism is at an all time high. There are Amish documentaries, movies and even a reality show called Amish in the City. You can buy a Whoopie Pie at Starbucks and Shoofly Pie at your local Corner Bakery.

So great, there’s a ton of info out there to do research for my books. But once I got started there was so much, I had to start piecing together what I needed for each story. There is always research when writing a fiction book, no matter what you’re writing about but I’d never had access like this. It’s turned out to be just as much work sorting through the information than trying to dig up info on a less demanding subject.

There’s another problem. The Amish don’t want to be the center of attention, and you can’t take their picture, so there are not many ways to get a first account from the very people I’m writing about. Fortunately, I’ve found an Amish group an hour away so I have some Amish to observe first-hand in case there is something I’ve written that may be questionable or doesn’t depict them in the correct light. I recently attended an Amish wedding which was very different than any I’ve been to or read about, so the informative was important to know before writing a similar scene in one of my stories.

So when people ask me, “How are you going to write all of those books about the Amish?” My reply is, “How am I going to fit all of this information into these books?”

You can connect with Beth here and find her on Facebook here. You can also check out all of her books on Amazon, B&N or CBD. Be sure to leave a comment below, so you’ll be entered in the drawing, and a big thank you to Beth for joining us this week.

Blessings,

V

 

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109 thoughts on “Beth Shriver Give-away

  1. Judy B

    What an interesting post. I have been reading Amish fiction, oh golly, for many years. I never grow tired of Amish fiction books. If you asked me what draws me to reading them, I would have to say it would be their dedication to God, family, and community. I think most of us would agree that we’d love to have a much slower pace of life.

    I would love to win a copy of Rumspringa’s Hope.

    Blessings!
    Judy B

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  2. Lisa Stifler

    Thanks Beth for sharing the amount of time and research that goes into writing a book. You are right about the Amish becoming an interest to people more than ever before. I often wonder if it is because of the hustle and bustle of today’s living that has people looking to a people that live a simplified life with strong family and religious values. I know that is one of the reason I am so intrigued with them. Thank you for this chance to win a copy of your book. May God continue to bless you in sharing your writing!

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  3. Marilyn Vandivier

    I would love to win one of Beth’s book. Thank you for your contest. I have always loved reading books about the Amish.

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  4. Dianne

    The Amish is my favorite reading material. Your writing is what paints a picture in my mind. Thank you for your books.

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  5. Susan Beaird

    I love reading any and all Amish related books. I haven’t found a bad one yet. Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter this great give-away!

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  6. Rosemary K.

    Thank you for the insight in the research that goes into your writing. I enjoy reading Amish fiction.

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  7. Patricia

    Thank you, Vannetta & Beth! I have not read Beth’s books, but would like to start with Rumspringa’s Hope!

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  8. Linda McFarland

    Very interesting blog post and yes, the upswing in the interest in the Amish has increased. When I visit nearby Lancaster Co. during tourist season it is wild! I love reading Amish fiction and want it to be as realistic as fiction can be. I look forward to reading Rumspringa’s Hope and thanks for the opportunity to win! Linda

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  9. Juanita Wickey

    Would love to read on of Lois Shriver’s books. Didn’t know there were that many types of Amish that she listed in her sharing above. I have many fictions novels about Amish from different authors and so enjoy them, looking forward to another ne

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    1. Juanita Wickey

      I apologize, Beth Shriver, not Lois. So Sorry. I love adding new authors to my shelves. Am 74 so have plenty of time to read. Reading is entertaining and a blessing to me, since I am retired, and don’t have money enough to travel. These books are a real blessing.

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  10. Judith A Fritz

    Beth – I enjoyed your posting on the Amish. I was astounded to find out that there were that many different Amish communities!! WOW!! To me, reading an Amish book is like living there – well almost. I love their faithfulness to their community and to God. They work so very hard where we have way too many conveniences as far as I’m concerned. Thanks for sharing this blog and thank you, also, for a chance to win this great book.

    Judy F

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  11. Karen Smith

    I can’t wait to read this new book, I read all of her books and always would be happy o be able to add it to my small collection of books that I have but if not lucky I will still read when it come to my library around the cornor.

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  12. Bonnie Roof

    I’ve always admired the Amish for their convictions and simplicity and love touring Amish settlements, admiring their furniture and crafts and enjoying their food. Enjoyed your post, Beth – thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of “Rumspringa’s Hope”!! I shared this post on Facebook.

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. rw1010

    Amish fiction is my favorite genre, but I had no idea that there were so many different groups!! I’ll never read them all!! 😉 Thanks for sharing Vannetta & Beth!!
    RW620(at)aol(dot)com

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  14. Kimberly Taylor

    Beth is a new Amish author to me, so I would love to win her book. I love the abundance of Amish fiction available these days!

    Mylab1122(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. chrisinpslc

    I love Amish books too. I think we all want to return to a more simple, family-oriented, focused on unity working together sort of life. A life of community. Thanks for writing and the giveaway. Blessings.

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  16. Connie Saunders

    I love Amish fiction and I look forward to reading this new book. Thank you for this giveaway!

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  17. Ellen

    Your books, and the messages within, are so very special. Makes one ponder on them, as one reads the stories also. Great writer always looking forward to your next one.

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  18. Mallory Fry

    I love Amish books, and Beth’s book sounds amazing! I’d be so honored to win! Thank you Vannetta & Beth for this giveaway! God bless you both!

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  19. Julie Shelton

    I would love to receive this book! I have never read any of Beth’s books. It would be great to try out a new author and hopefully find a new one to add books to my collocation. Thank You for giving me the chance to win this book.

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  20. Jackie McNutt

    Thank you for featuring Beth and her book. I guess I never thought about how much research has to into a book I found the post interesting.
    I have not read Beth’s book but am looking forward to it. Amish fiction is among my favorites.
    Thank you for giveaway.
    mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Lisa Johnson Cowell

    Yes, so many different Amish groups. I have family members ranging from the ultra-conservative Swartzentruber to Mennonites so modern you can’t tell, and your regular Anabaptists (which I am), but I am much more conservative than the rest of my Anabaptist flock. They wonder why I do so many things the old-fashioned “hard” way. It’s the way I was raised and some old ways I have chosen to go back to, but one modern thing I am forever thankful for is the computer. I would never want to go back to the old way with pencil and paper…so time consuming and unproductive in my career.

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  22. Jennifer Ingman

    I am glad your agent suggest your write an Amish book! They are some of my favorite to read. I find them refreshing after how busy life has become. xo

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  23. Brittany

    I enjoyed reading your post and looked up the description of Rumpringa’s Hope on Amazon. It sounds like a very good story that I would enjoy. Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy!

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  24. Phyllis

    You would be a new author to me. It is always so good to find one. I would love to win. Thanks and God Bless.

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  25. Carol Draper

    I really enjoy reading about the Amish and their special life style. Looking forward to this book!!!

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    1. chldrnofgod

      Amish Fiction has become my favorite fiction. 80% of the books on my Kindle are now Amish Fiction and by so many different Authors. I love them all and am so intrigued by each approach the authors take in the writings. I enjoyed this interviewed, and appreciate the opportunity for that chance to win this book.

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  26. Karen Taylor

    I love the clean, wholesome themes of the Christian Amish books. You learn so much about the Amish way of life, living in Amish country, they do not let you know about their way of life.

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  27. Michelle R

    I have recently started reading your books and can’t wait to read this one! Love your books!

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  28. Jo Ann Winters

    I have such a love of Amish fiction. It is my new passion. Along with being entertained, I learn about a different culture. I have been to Amish country in Ohio for a vacation but sometimes after reading all of these books, I wonder if I should do that. I don’t think they appreciate us “gawking” but then they do need the financial support I guess. Anyway, I would LOVE to win this book!

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  29. Cindy

    I love Amish Fiction, it is all I read. Will be adding Beth to my authors to read. Would love a chance to read this book. 🙂

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  30. Sharon Whited

    I keep going to my book shelves looking for a good book to read. My eyes automatically go to the stack of Amish books. I have read everyone of them, some of them more than once. I would enjoy a new Amish based book, as I haven’t had the opportunity to read any of Beth’s books, I would love to own one.

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  31. Martha Franks

    Beth, I’d love to win your book. I am loving Amish fiction and although I couldn’t live their lifestyle completely, I do slow down and live the moment more.

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  32. Karen Dei

    After just visiting Shipshewana recently, I was wonderful to talk with the Amish at the flea market and in town. Very friendly, kind people. Would love to expand to a new author..

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  33. debbie jamieson

    I love reading Amish books. I have read some of Beth Shriver’s books and really enjoyed them.

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  34. Mippy/Sabrina

    I admire them as well, Beth. It’s nice to ‘meet’ a new author. 🙂 Have a happy weekend! 🙂

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