Receiving editorial letters about your current WIP is both exciting and frightening as an author. Exciting to see your hard work transform. And frightening what changes you need to make to get it finished! I remember getting a note from my editor at Harvest House and wanted to share two parts with you that stuck out:
- “I’m not asking for any huge changes.” <–this is something every author wants to read. Can I get and AMEN?!
- “It’s a joy to read. You’ve got a flesh-and-blood heroine and the yummiest hero I think I’ve ever seen in Amish fiction. And glory, all that good eating…” <–I might have to get that quote framed for all the hard writing days.
Those comments were from the novel I co-wrote with Sherry Gore, Made with Love! Our novel series is set in Pinecraft, Florida … an Amish community where 3,000 Anabaptists travel to every winter to escape the cold. As a duty, my family and I “sacrificed,” and we went to Pinecraft. Here are some behind-the-scenes looks at my book research.
P.S. You can read an excerpt from the book here!
Me, myself, and 10 members of my family in a 12 passenger van for the trip from Arkansas to Florida!
The kids had a blast on Mom’s “research” trip. (And it makes up for all the days when they have to eat peanut butter and jelly again because Mom’s under deadline.)
Two “plain” women on the beach. I bet you’ve never seen Amish women in flip flops, have you?
As part of my “research” I had to try out the food at Yoders. I give lunch two thumbs up!
And no meal is complete without homemade Amish pie!
Sherry Gore and I are excited that our book Made with Love is now available! You know we’re a good writing match as co-authors when our names are almost exactly the same except I have an extra letter!
Sherry and I with our daughters Leslie and Shannon!
Have you ever seen a lovelier clothesline?!
This laundry mat has clothes lines … but it also has a phone booth!
If you want to know more about Pinecraft you can check out Katie Troyer’s blog. Katie grew up Amish, and she lives in Pinecraft. Katie is 3′ 4″ tall. Here she is talking to some friends in Pinecraft in this photo.
Pioneer Trails buses bring loads of Amish south, starting in September. During the peak season 3-5 bus loads of Amish arrive every day.
I introduced myself to Katie and asked if we could have a picture together. She agreed!
I was excited to find Sherry Gore’s book in the gift shop!
So have you ever thought about visiting Pinecraft?
If you do there will be PIE…
And this is Sherry’s pie, because in the Amish world you can’t have too much pie!
Find out how you can enter to win a copy of Made with Love below!
Tricia Goyer is a homeschooling mom of ten, grandmother of two, and wife to John. A bestselling author, Tricia has published 50 books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. Tricia is also on the blogging team at TheBetterMom.com, FortheFamily.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites. Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR.