Q. Can you tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind Child of Mine?
Some time ago, we stumbled upon several real-life stories about black market adoptions. Both of us were stunned and saddened by the heartbreaking anguish these mothers must endure, and we decided to explore a fictional tale of one such mother, eager to demonstrate her relentless courage, hope, and faith in the search for her little girl.
Q. This is your second writing collaboration with your husband, David. What are some of the challenges and rewards of working together on a book?
One of the greatest rewards is being able to brainstorm ideas together—Dave brings a whole new level of life experience and ideas to the writing process, and it’s wonderful to have his perspective. It helps that Dave has been a “first reader” for my solo books for many years now, and while I love to write, I also really enjoy the role of editor.
Q. Even though this story takes place outside the Plain community, an Amishwoman plays a central part in Child of Mine. Tell us more about Laura Mast and her role in the family.
Laura has been with Natalie since she was an infant, and her gentle spirit and Plain ways are Natalie’s lifeline during tumultuous times: Laura’s much more than a nanny in young Natalie’s eyes. But Laura is keeping her own troubled past a secret, and as that mystery unfolds, she has some important decisions to face about her Old Order community and her future.
Q. What are some of the themes woven through Child of Mine?
There are parallel themes for several of the characters, but some of the primary ones are forgiveness and redemption, as well as learning to trust God and see where He leads. Even when we fear that God’s plans may be different from our own desires, we are wise to follow His lead and rest in the knowledge that He is our best guide.
Q. You have won dozens of awards and are a regular on the New York Times bestseller lists. Why do you think readers are so enthralled with your stories?
The simpler life enjoyed by the Amish has a timeless appeal. In today’s hectic world, readers seem to find a real inspiration and peace in that. My fans also tell me how much they appreciate my characters and how they come to life on the page. Readers feel as though they are really getting to know these people through my stories, as if the books are written just for them. That sense of connection is something I strive for in every book, and I thank God for His hand of blessing on my writing journey. I couldn’t do it without Him!
My next stand-alone novel, The River, will release September 2. Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters, are plagued by unresolved relationships when they return to Lancaster County for their parents’ wedding anniversary. I love writing about sister relationships, and the bond between Tilly and Ruth is a particularly deep and memorable one.
Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than ninety books. A keen interest in her mother’s Plain heritage has inspired Beverly to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with The Shunning, which has sold more than one million copies and was recently made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. In 2007 The Brethren was honored with a Christy Award. She has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Beverly lives with her husband, David, in Colorado.
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