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 New York state now, but I have lived in New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Missouri, too.
Tell us about your writing habits: how many hours a day do you devote to writing? What time of day? Where do you write? Any interesting work patterns…like a certain type of music? Or continual infusions of coffee?
If all goes as planned, I spend about six hours a day writing. I’m definitely a morning writer. Once three o’clock rolls around, my brain is done. Unless, of course, I’m on a deadline, then it can operate on all cylanders for twenty-four hours straight, if necessary. Candy corn is my deadline food of choice.
I work at home most days. Some days though, I have a need to have people around. When I have one of those days, I take my computer to Barnes & Noble and write in their café. I especially enjoy this location during the winter months because they have Peppermint hot chocolate.
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?
I have always been drawn to the Amish mostly because the way they live is very much the way Laura Ingalls lived in the 1800’s. But since I’ve started writing about the Amish, I’ve become truly fascinated by the simplicity that surrounds them. In this day, when technology is hindering so much face to face communication, I find myself envying them more and more.
If you had been born into an Amish family, would you have chosen to become baptized? Would you have remained Amish?
Have you been influenced by the Amish in a positive way?
Absolutely. Since I’ve been writing my Amish Mysteries, and really researching the Amish, I can honestly say that I’ve made a real effort to slow my life down a little—to save my time and my loved ones. At the beginning of 2015, I set up areas of my life I wanted to really focus on, with simplicity being one of them. I think I’ve done a pretty good job so far.
What are your thoughts about the growth of Amish fiction? Why do you think it is such a popular sub-genre?
I think Amish fiction brings all of us back to a time when personal communication was more the norm. I think we miss that in many ways. Reading about it in a book is the next best thing.
Tell us about your current work-in-progress.
Now that I’ve finished and released my Amish Mystery E-short, A Christmas Mourning, I’m turning my attention to the third book in a new mystery series I’ll be debuting in 2016—The Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries.
Where can readers find you?
I’m passionate about…
My kids, baking, Disney, and research trips to Lancaster County.
People don’t know I’m good at…
If I could write a book on any topic, it would be…
Non fiction? Raising good kids.
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Laura Bradford is the national bestselling author of the Amish Mysteries and the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey) with Penguin Random House. The Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries will be added to the mix in 2016. Laura is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, playing games, and catching up with friends. A Christmas Mourning, her Amish Mystery E-short story, is now available wherever you buy e-books.