What does a writer do when she joins an online writing contests and the New York editor from Love Inspired says, “I love your voice. Do you have any Amish books to send us?” Naturally she says, “Yes,” even though she knows her Amish book is really just a few disjointed ideas and dialog that’s been keeping her up at night.
The writer scrambles like crazy to get the book finished, does tons of research, only to be held back by serious life events that keep the book from being completed.
That’s what happened to me.
Finally freed from those life struggles, I headed to Dallas and the ACFW Writer’s Conference, convinced Amish books were no longer the flavor of the month, but determined to pitch my Amish story to a Love Inspired editor anyway. You see, I believed in Mose and Sarah’s story, in the secondary characters that made the book rich with Amish flavor, and the tiny Amish tourist town of Pinecraft, Florida. I love happy endings and my book had a very happy ending.
Nerves hit and I almost didn’t go to the editor appointment. So many people were getting turned down. I had myself convinced I’d be turned away too, but I went anyway, my three chapters, synopsis and freshly printed one sheet in hand.
To make an exciting and long story short, that tough New York editor I was so scared of cried as I pitched to her, told me I was a natural story teller and asked for my Amish book. I cried too as I signed the contract a few months later. The Amish Widow’s Secret comes out June 1st and I can hardly wait for the readers to travel to Pinecraft, Florida with me as Mose and Sarah begin life’s journey.
Cheryl Williford and her veteran husband, Henry, live in South Texas, where they’ve raised three children, numerous foster children, alongside a menagerie of rescued cats, dogs and hamsters. Her love for writing began in a Literature class and now her characters keep her grabbing for paper and pen. She is a member of her local ACFW and CWA chapters, loving grandmother, seamstress and watercolorist. The Amish Widow’s Secret is her first novel.
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