It’s a funny thing about Amish fiction…you either love it or hate it. People just can’t be neutral about it. I wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked me if I was “still” writing about the Amish. And, they add, don’t I ever want to write about something else? As if writing about the Amish were a song with one note.
Obviously, those people fall under the “don’t like it” category. And those are the polite ones! What they don’t realize is that there’s more to the bonnets and buggies and beards than meets the eye. For me, and for many other authors, the more you know about the Amish, the more you realize how little you know. The Amish are endlessly fascinating, with all kinds of story lines still to ponder.
And, happily, there are plenty of readers who love the still growing sub-genre. Some literary sub-genres rise like a rocket and drop like a stone. The trend of Chick Lit, for example. But that’s not the case with Amish fiction. It has found its spot and is settling in for a long stay.
Here are a few recent facts about Amish fiction:
- Amish fiction remains the top Christian fiction sub-genre carried in libraries.
- 91% of all public libraries own some Amish fiction.
- In 2003, one new Amish fiction romance was released. In 2013, there were 86.
- Even in New York City, the heart of the literary community, the Amish fiction collection is consistently popular.
- There used to be one publishing house that published Amish fiction. Now there are over a dozen.
- A new Amish fiction is released, on average, every four days.
Why Amish fiction remains popular has been studied by every angle: academically, anecdotally, curiously, snarkily. In some ways, it doesn’t really matter why. What matters are the readers. And that’s you!
In 2015, the Amish Wisdom blog will continue to develop the relationships between authors and their faithful readers. The Amish Wisdom team is completing a survey to see how we’ve done since the launch, what we can improve, and what new features and giveaways to provide. If you haven’t chimed in with your opinion yet, please take a moment and fill it out. After all, Amish fiction is all about giving the reader a good story with something more. Help us make sure we’re providing that “something more.”
Blessings to you in 2015!
Suzanne and the Amish Wisdom team
Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Revealing, The Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. Her latest book, Christmas at Rose Hill Farm released September 2nd. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is the host of the Amish Wisdom blog, as well as a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She also offers readers a free downloadable app, Amish Wisdom, that delivers a daily Penn Dutch proverb. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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