The Story Behind My New Release
An Amish Baby for Christmas releases on October 27th. I’m often asked, “How much of that book is real?” and “Where do you get your ideas?” and “Do the Amish really live like that?”
- How much of the book is real? The location is definitely real. I’ve been to Shipshewana, Indiana many times. It’s a very friendly Amish community, and the Amish families there have been very kind and welcoming.
- Where do you get your ideas? I look around me and ask myself what story hasn’t been told yet. The Amish, like any other part of our society, have pregnant women in need of help. In my town, we have a Crisis Pregnancy Center. The Amish handle such needs through their benevolence fund and the kindness of their members.
- Do the Amish really live like that? Yup. One of the challenges of writing an Amish Christmas story is that they celebrate Christmas differently than we do. They give fewer gifts–which are either practical items that need to be bought or homemade items that one would enjoy. None of the Amish I’ve met put a Christmas tree up in the house, but some decorate with candles in the window and garland along the hearth. They consider Christmas to be a very sacred holiday, and they treat it accordingly.
- Of course that leaves a lot that is fictional in my story. I’ve never met an Amish property manager. Most Amish wouldn’t own a farm as large (and indebted) as Abigail’s. Most Amish have family that live near and can help.
I had a lot of fun writing this story. I hope that you enjoy it and that in some small way it helps you experience some of the joy of the season. If you have any questions about this release, feel free to pop them in the comment section below. And if you’d like to purchase a copy, they will be in your local Walmart beginning October 26th as well as on-line where ever Love Inspired books are sold.