My books, Hiding in Plain Sight and Nowhere to Run were filled with family jokes. During my research trips to Montezuma, Georgia, and Shipshewana, Indiana, my daughters accompanied me and sprinkled joy into our days. Some of those funny moments were hidden in the Place of Refuge series.
In Montezuma outside of Yoder’s Gift Shop, my children fell in love with three adorable puppies. They were chocolate brown and caused copious laughter and conversation on the car ride home. My girls named their favorite of the puppies Chester. I couldn’t afford to buy Chester, so I did the next best thing. I immortalized a flea-free, never-gets-sick, no-night-waking puppy, named him Chester, and placed him prominently in Hiding in Plain Sight and Nowhere to Run.
My youngest daughter recently began reading the Place of Refuge series and squealed in delight when she read about Chester being given to Ashley as a gift. We enjoyed lovely chats about how much fun we had with Chester. I will forever cherish her smiles and compliments as she flipped pages and gasped about how she remembered specific places we visited.
Another fun moment came through two young goats at the Songbird Ridge Bed and Breakfast in Shipshewana. These goats were my citified children’s first hands-on experience with farm animals outside of 4-H cages at the state fair. They giggled and ran from the goats who tried to chew the girls’ hair, jump all over them, and climb everywhere. They spent hours outside with these goats. When my daughter read about the goats in Nowhere to Run, she flopped down the book and said, “I remember those funny goats! I love this story!”
A final fun memory from our research trip centered on the amazing foods at the Songbird Ridge Bed and Breakfast. We feasted on Amish peanut butter, cinnamon rolls, sausage and egg casseroles, and fresh fruit every morning. Every day my children exclaimed this was the “best breakfast ever!” We have since attempted to make Amish peanut butter, but nothing came close to that first breakfast feast. Thankfully, those foods and the fun memories associated with research trips are forever available with the turn of a page.
Amy writes Dark Chocolate Suspense—high-action suspense that delves deep into heart issues. Her novels include the Place of Refuge series: Hiding in Plain Sight and Nowhere to Run, the Defenders of Hope series: Ransomed Dreams, Healing Promises, and Enduring Justice. Amy is also a contributing author of A Novel Idea: Best Advice on Writing Inspirational Fiction, God Answers Moms’ Prayers, and Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series: Diabetes.
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