One of the most asked questions of authors is Where do your ideas come from? And most writers will tell you, ideas just are. Something happens, you see a person, an event, hear a song or maybe even an old adage you’ve heard all your life and boom. There it is. The what if.
What if are magical words for authors. Everything stems from what if.
When I first started writing, I wrote contemporary romance. When you write about the world around you, what ifs are plentiful. Everything on the news, everything you see, every song on the radio. But when you write about the Amish, you’re not surrounded by what-if triggers and they have to come from a different source.
Or maybe not.
The idea behind Titus Returns happened one evening just like any other. My husband and I were watching TV, which at our house means I sit with my computer in my lap doing one cyber chore or another while he flips channels. Now my husband is a deputy sheriff and watches a lot of different types of television shows. Most are documentaries or have to do with law enforcement or incarceration. The Major had stopped on Lock Up, who knows what city, and then the magic happened.
How did he get there? And what would he do once he was released?
And from that Titus Returns was born.
Titus Lambert is a victim of a bad choice. But bad choices bring consequences. After an automobile accident that kills two friends and leaves another paralyzed, Titus, who was driving, is sentenced to five years in prison.
No one could live through that unchanged. But how can an Amish man return to the life he had before? Can he return?
I will tell you this: The Amish are very forgiving people, and Titus is welcomed back to Wells Landing with open arms. But after five years away, Wells Landing has changed and so has Titus. Will he be able to pick up the pieces and start a new life? Or will the changes get in the way of his healing? You’ll just have to read the book to find out.
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Amy Lillard loves nothing more than a good book. Except for her family…and maybe homemade tacos…and nail polish. But reading and writing are definitely high on the list. Born and bred in Mississippi, Amy is a transplanted Southern Belle who now lives in Oklahoma with her deputy husband, their genius son, two spoiled cats, and one very lazy beagle. Oh, and don’t forget the stray kitty that has taken up residence on her front porch. When she’s not creating happy endings, she’s chauffeuring her teen prodigy to guitar lessons and orchestra concerts. She has a variety of hobbies, but her favorite is whatever gets her out of housework.
Amy is an award winning author with more than twenty novels and novellas in print. She is a member of RWA and ACFW and loves to hear from readers. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest. For links to the various sites, check her website: www.amywritesromance.com.
Her latest book, Just Plain Sadie, is now available.
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