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Why Amish?

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VC at Essenhaus in Middlebury, IN

One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is WHY AMISH? It’s a pretty specialized genre, so why write Amish books? The question always makes me laugh, because if you’d asked me 10 years ago, I would have never guessed that I would have written 32 books in that time, with 25 being Amish. So why Amish? It’s a good question.

  • In 2009, my agent asked me to write Amish. She was receiving requests from publishers that needed more Amish books.
  • My first book, A Simple Amish Christmas released in 2010, was such a success that I was immediately offered a contract for more Amish books from other publishers.
  • Once I met a few Amish families, I was intrigued by their lifestyle.
  • The more time I spent visiting Amish communities, the more I realized they deal with the same problems that we do. It’s their lifestyle choices that are different.
  • Readers seemed to love the stories, and every week I receive requests for more.
  • It’s very easy to work faith elements into an Amish story, as faith is an integral part of their lives.
  • I’ve enjoyed visiting different communities–which allows me to write even more books centering around Amish characters.

So what do you think? Has this genre been over done, or would you like to see more books centered around the Amish lifestyle? I’d love to hear from you. And if you have any other questions, feel free to ask them in the comment section.



Announcements for this week

  • I have new items in my VC Boutique Store, including dish cloths, fall hats, and a new afghan. Check it out here.
  • Dead Wrong, my new Amish cozy mystery, is now available for pre-order. It will release on November 5th, and yes–it will be available at all retailers in both print and ebook.
  • The Amish Christmas Matchmaker will be in stores September 17th, and the ebook will be available October 1.

Another New Year

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Happy New Year!

First of all, if you already received this blog–my apologies. I preset it for 2018 instead of 2019. That won’t be the first time I’ll get the year wrong this month … so here goes for take 2. 🙂

Happy new year! I’m one of “those” people who love the thought of a brand new year. I can’t wait to put up my new wall calendar. I start a new journal. I set goals and list projects and make Continue reading

Speaking Gigs

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2018-05-15 18.04.18Last week I had the fun, fun experience of speaking at the Willard Public Library in Battle Creek, MI. I had an awesome time! My talk was titled, “Today’s Amish–Fact vs Fiction.” I love that subject.

It’s not that I’m an expert on the Amish, but I have met a few, and I can count a few as friends which I feel very fortunate about. As an author, it’s been awesome to travel to different Amish communities and see how they live, how they Continue reading