When I tell people I write books about the Amish, the first question I’m usually asked is if I’m Amish. Well, no. And the second is why are my books set in Oklahoma?
When I first started writing Amish romance, I wanted to add something different to the growing genre. So many Amish books are set in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana. Since I live in Oklahoma, what better place to set my books?
My first series, The Clover Ridge Series, is set near Chouteau, where the Amish in Northeastern Oklahoma are located. But that is where the similarities end. Clover Ridge is an Old Order Amish community and Chouteau is something different all together.
My new series, Wells Landing, is much more like the actual town of Chouteau. One of the main differences between Wells Landing and Clover Ridge is the use of tractors.
The farmland in Oklahoma is very rocky and requires the use of machinery to plow. The Amish learned this the hard way and even split over the use of tractors. Unfortunately the Amish who were against the use of tractors had to move in order to survive.
The Chouteau Amish can be seen driving their tractors during the week. Though on Sundays they drive their buggies.
This man had driven into town and parked his tractor. He took a little nap as he waited for his ride to work.
This Amish man was spreading manure. It was a hoot watching the cows chase after him.
But for all of the differences, the similarities are greater. Here an Amish man helped an Englisher to get his trailer hitched correctly.
The plain cemeteries…
The roadside signs…
And as always, the fascinating laundry line.
Amy Lillard is an award-winning writer who loves reading romance novels. Born in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. She has always been intrigued with the Amish’s gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. Her latest book Lorie’s Heart releases July 28th. You can pre-order it here.
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