Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a best-selling and award-winning author, and it has come as quite a fun ride and surprise! Some of my Amish Historical Romance books have made Publisher’s Weekly Best Ten List, USA Today, live and print interviews on newspaper sites, and popular magazines across the U.S. Also a nice surprise and came from meeting wonderful editors. I’m a national speaker for Women’s Christian Connection, and I have served as a keynote speaker for writing conferences, and I’ve been a guest lecturer at libraries & events across the U.S. on writing, publishing, & marketing. I did this on Zoom during COVID, but now hope to resume “in person”! I’ve also participated in a program at the request of Ohio State University to help writing students. I love God, her family, and friends. Also sea life, reading, swimming, golf, and traveling. She says yes to cupcakes, and no to coconut! I will have written 12 books by Jan., 2023 which are all under contract.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
MARYANN’S HOPE (Book 4 in my Amish Charm Bakery Series) released in Jan. 2021. MAGDELENA’S CHOICE releases Jan., 2022. Maryann left Amish life to marry an Englischer who became a gambler and dishonest husband. She’s returned to Amish life with her baby, Betsy. Her parents are thrilled she’s back, and so is her brother, Andrew and his wife, Ellie. It’s difficult to face the gossips and others who are not so happy to have her back. Amish men won’t consider her until Andrew. They fall in love, but he must move a far distance to take care of his uncle’s business when his uncle becomes ill. Maryann must stay in Charm and take care of her seriously ill mother. She’d vowed never to leave her again, and her mother has begged her to stay. Andrew has a brother he’s kept secret. Maryann finds out, and she’s upset Andrew didn’t tell her about him. What does the future hold for this couple?
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have to have quiet. No music or television. I take walks to create new characters and parts to stories. What can I do to make the story more interesting? How can I make their problem worse?
What authors, or books have influenced you?
What are you working on now?
BOOK FIVE OF THE AMISH CHARM BAKERY SERIES. The main character is Magdelena where you’ll recognize her from the previous Amish Charm Bakery Series books, or you can read it as a standalone and learn all about her and her troublesome way to finding love and dodging gossips, a difficult father, and more.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I like this website for promoting my books!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t give up. Getting an agent and/or publisher of your dreams takes time.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t get discouraged. Be patient and keep trying for what you want. I wanted an agent and big publisher, and I have them. But it takes time. I love both my agent and editor.
What are you reading now?
All kinds of books – mysteries mostly.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I like writing articles for magazines also. Guideposts just accepted an article coming out this summer. I don’t have the date yet.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?