Q. Before we get to your talent for writing, let’s learn more about you as a person. What part of the country to do live in?
I live in Northeast Ohio, very close to Lake Erie. It’s not only wine country, it’s also snow country. The best seasons here are summer and fall–I live in a resort area so there is always something to do in the summer, and fall is just plain gorgeous. I also live close to Amish country–40 minutes from Middlefield and 90 minutes from Holmes County.
Q. Tell us about your writing habits.
My writing habits are like me–random, random, random! I started writing when my kids were small (my youngest was under three) so I learned to write in “moments” more than on a schedule. Now that I have two kids in college and one in high school, I try to be more scheduled. But I don’t have a certain time of day or certain amount of words I have to write before bedtime. I’m definitely a “go-with-the-flow” writer and person.
Q. Let’s talk about the Amish. Getting past the obvious–the bonnets and buggies and beards–how have your deeper insights about the Amish changed as you’ve learned more about them?
The number one thing that struck me (and continues to strike me) is how similar the Amish and Yankees (what the Middlefield Amish call the non-Amish) are. Even though the Amish live a different lifestyle, as Christians our core beliefs are the same. That is is what I’ve discovered in my research. We love Jesus. And really, what better thing to have in common than our love for Him?
Q. Have you been influenced by the Amish in a positive way?
Yes. I try to simplify as much as I can. I also try to see the beauty and peace in nature–that’s been my project this summer, to just go outside and sit and close my eyes and listen. There are so many things I miss when my mind is racing or I’m busy inside the house. Right now my windows are open and I can hear the sounds of the morning–the natural world waking up. It’s a beautiful thing.
Q. Tell us about your current work-in-progress.
I’m working on the first book in my new series, The Amish of Birch Lake. I’m really excited about this series because Birch Lake is a fictional Amish settlement but there are still ties to Middlefield, where my books are usually set. The book is titled The Reluctant Bride. It really should be called The VERY Reluctant Bride, because Sadie Schrock doesn’t want to get married and has a good reason not to want to marry her intended. You’ll have to read the book to find out what that reason is.
Q. People don’t know I’m good at…
Music. I’m not great, but I do play several instruments (flute, saxophone, oboe) and I participated in band from 7th grade through college. I miss playing and would love to pick it up again. I’d also love to learn to sing, but I’m chicken to sing in front of anyone, so I guess you can say I’m also good at being contradictory.
Kathleen Fuller was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and now makes her home in beautiful Geneva, Ohio. She’s been married to James for 15 wonderful years and they have three terrific children, three dogs, and an overwhelmed cat. She started writing in 2000, and published her first short story a year later. Since then she has authored several short stories, novellas, and novels. Her latest novella, Flowers for Rachael, released June 17th.
She has a Masters degree in Special Education and a Bachelors in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. A few of her favorite things: her relationship with Christ, chocolate, autumn, a satisfying book, good friends, a sense of humor, people who don’t take themselves seriously, haunting melodies, and NFL football.
Her latest release is An Amish Second Christmas.