Q. Before we get to your talent for writing, let’s learn more about you as a person. What stage of life are you in?
My husband and I are in the in-between stage. We were married November 18, 1960 and raised five children to adulthood. Our children have blessed us with 16 grandchildren. Five of our grandchildren have married and they have blessed us with eleven living great-grandchildren. (Our first-born great-grandchild is waiting in Heaven for us.)
Q. What is your go-to research when you’re writing? A specific book? A website? An individual?
I inherited my father’s love of the written word and have acquired over 100 books on the writing craft in general and on specific topics that interest me. I have saved every writing magazine I ever owned. And now with the internet available I belong to many online writing groups.
Q. Let’s talk about studying the Amish up close. Where has book research taken you?
I was rocked in a German Baptist cradle. So I have always been immersed in the Anabaptist lifestyle. I owned many books on Brethren history and several on Amish history before I knew I would be writing novels.
When visiting with Anabaptist sisters from other groups I find we have many things in common and are interested in the same topics, such as family, recipes, etc.
I’m passionate about…
I believe deep friendships between women are as necessary as breathing. Many married women have bought into the American concept that their husband is all they need.
Psychologist and author, Dr. James Dobson, says women used to be surrounded by women family members, aunts, cousins, and women friends. Now, many women expect their husbands to fulfill all their emotional needs. Some of their needs only Jesus Christ can fill. This results in unfulfilled expectations for many wives. The necessity of the deep friendships is why my stories always feature two women friends who mentor each other.
Q. Tell us about your current work-in-progress.
As a seat-of-the-skirt writer, I am still trying to solve the problem introduced in Deadly Secret and continuing through Farewell For A While. The title of the follow up book is Forgiving The Unforgivable.
We know nothing is too hard for God to forgive…but how can a human forgive a monster who is not repentant? We’ve all heard the saying that time heals all wounds. But I learned in Farewell For A While the villain was still up to his old tricks. When my characters from Deadly Secret discover this…how will they cope?
She is best known in the novel writing community, as that German Baptist lady. In her Old German Baptist community she’s a dressmaker, a pattern maker, and the sister who writes.
In her own mind she’s a wife, a mother, and a grandmother, but above all a child of God. Her greatest desire is to be a woman after God’s own heart. Her latest book is Farewell for a While.
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