Q. Before we get to your talent for writing, let’s learn more about you as a person. What are your favorite hobbies when you’re not writing?
Watching movies is my favorite pastime for relaxing. I also love to read. Since I work full-time and write books at night and on weekends, I started listening to books on my phone while commuting to and from my “day job.” Listening to books has made the commute more enjoyable. In fact, I sometimes look forward to traffic jams!
Q. Thanksgiving is Thursday! What is your favorite Thanksgiving holiday tradition?
This year my birthday falls on Thanksgiving, which makes the holiday even more fun. When I was a child, I disliked turkey and was allowed to have a hot dog with cheese (aka a “cheese-dogger”) instead. Now that I’m an adult I enjoy turkey and even eat it on my birthday. We also celebrate with an ice cream cake.
Q. What has been the most “risky” think you’ve done in the name of book research? Did it work? Was it helpful?
When I started researching the Amish for books, I visited Pennsylvania and stayed with a woman who had an Amish friend. Since I’m very shy, I was a ball of nerves when I first met my Amish friend, and I was anxious about asking her questions about her life. We’ve now been friends for five years, and our visits are relaxing and fun instead of stressful.
Q. What do you think is the “downside” of being Amish, if anything?
I think we romanticize the Amish lifestyle and believe it would be fun and easy to live as they do. Living on a farm is difficult work. My Amish friend tells me that she’s often exhausted and overwhelmed because she has a lot to do every day. I think it would be difficult for an Englisher (non-Amish) person to convert due to giving up the technology we enjoy every day, such as our laptops, cars, popular music, and cell phones.
Q. Tell us about your current work-in-progress.
My new book, A Dream of Home, which is book three in my Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series. The book features Madeleine Miller, who works at the Lancaster Grand hotel, and it will debut November 4. Here’s a brief summary:
Moving to Pennsylvania wasn’t in Madeleine’s original plans. She should still be in California and married to her pilot fiancé. But death has a way of changing everything. Now the former Air Force flight nurse is living alone in Paradise, Pennsylvania, working as a housekeeper at the Lancaster Grand Hotel. She isn’t exactly a widow . . . but she sure feels like one.
Saul Beiler isn’t exactly a widower . . . but his wife is long gone. His eleven-year-old daughter, Emma, doesn’t know that her mother fled the Amish community and married another man, but she does know that her dat is lonely, and that a pretty young maedel just moved in next door. Madeline’s numb heart begins to thaw as she spends more time with the innocent Emma.
As a strange attraction pulls Saul and Madeleine across a stark cultural divide, they wonder: What could they possibly have in common besides heartache? Will love allow Madeleine to finally find the home she’s been dreaming of all along?
A Dream of Home was inspired while I was writing book #2, A Mother’s Secret. I wanted to give Saul his own book after he had his heart broken by Carolyn. This book is dedicated to all of the brave and dedicated women serving in the military.
Q. My perfect day would be…
A lazy day with my two boys home from school and my hubby and I off from work. We can all sleep in late and maybe go to the movies or just watch the boys while they drive their go-carts. would just be my family and me, enjoying a fun day without rushing to an appointment or work.
Amy Clipston’s fiction writing “career” began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series which has now been combined into the newly released The Kauffmann Amish Bakery Collection, and the Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series with Zondervan. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats..
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