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 Wichita Kansas, pretty much smack dab in the middle of the United States. We have several Amish settlements in Kansas. A new one has just started in the north central part of the state. It will be interesting to see if it prospers.
Q. Tell us about your writing habits: how many hours a day do you devote to writing? What time of day? Any interesting work patterns?
I write about two hours a day when I’m first getting started on a project. I spend a lot of time letting the ideas simmer in my brain. When I’m under deadline, I write anywhere from three to twelve hours a day. I’ve been known to write for 24 hours straight, and believe it or not, that’s when writing is the most fun for me. Coffee is my essential food along with black licorice. Odd combo, but it works for me.
Q. Have you been influenced by the Amish in a positive way?
I have absolutely been influenced in a positive way in coming to understand the Amish faith and their beliefs. It has made me much more aware of my extended family and made me realize it’s important to stay in touch no matter how far away they are. Thank goodness for Facebook. I’m always reminded of the importance of God in our lives when I read an Amish book.
Q. What are your thoughts about the growth of Amish fiction? Why do you think it is such a popular sub-genre?
I must admit to being something of a Doubting Thomas when I was first asked to craft an Amish series by my editor. I didn’t think the genre would be long-lived. I certainly was proven wrong. I think a great deal of the success of the genre has to do with the Amish themselves. They are adaptable in a deliberate fashion. What is best for the whole of the community is allowed, what moves them away from God, community and family is not allowed. This practice gives rise to hundreds of storylines, of conflict and questions of faith. We admire their resolve and their deep faith. Because they live apart from us, we can never fully understand them, and that element of mystery draws readers in.
Q. People don’t know I’m good at…
I’m a nurse. I’m really good at starting IV’s even on premature babies. I love fishing. I used to be a champion archer, and I make a mean, made-from-scratch cherry pie.
Q. Tell us about your current work-in-progress.
I have just finished a book called An Amish Harvest. It’s the first book in my new Amish Bachelors series. It follows the lives and loves of one Amish family with five sons. The sons of Isaac Bowman. I adore this family. I grew up with four brothers and it’s amazing how different they all are after being brought up in the same household. That’s what drew me to the idea of setting a series around Amish men instead of the women.
Pat Davids is a former NICU nurse who has always enjoyed creating stories of romance and adventure. Pat lives in central Kansas with her daughter, two grandchildren and three dogs. It’s a busy household.
Pat has served as president of the Wichita Area Romance Authors and has been a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. A frequent speaker to writer’s groups and book clubs, she enjoys sharing all she has learned about the Amish while researching her stories. Her latest release is An Amish Christmas Journey, the twelfth book in her Brides of Amish Country series. Look for more Amish titles from her in 2015.
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