Q. Why did you decide to write a short story?
The idea for a short story came from a character, Will Stoltz, who had a leading role in The Haven and a small appearance in The Letters. Will is one of my favorite characters–a great combination of charm and chutzpah. And there was something I wanted to finish up for him. A perfect opportunity to try a short story!
Q. Can The Rescue be read as a stand alone?
Definitely! You’ll be swept right into Will’s current dilemma.
Q. Which is…?
Will just finished vet school and has a dream: To start a wild bird rescue center in Stoney Ridge. Maybe…two dreams. On a previous visit to the Inn at Eagle Hill in Stoney Ridge, his heart was captured by a beautiful young woman named Jackie Colombo. She had encouraged him to start the wild bird rescue center and even helped him lease retail space for the center in Stoney Ridge. But when Will arrives in town, Jackie is nowhere to be found.
Q. So what happens next?
Well, I can’t tell you without spoiling the ending.
Q. But isn’t this an Amish story about an inn?
Good question! I’m glad you asked. Will is staying at the Inn at Eagle Hill while he is setting up the wild bird rescue center and trying to find out what happened to Jackie. So even though he’s the main character of this story, the Amish play a strong supporting role. They are the ones who point him in the right direction. Actually, many right directions.
Q. How does this short story fit into the ‘Inn at Eagle Hill’ series?
Q. Anything else you’d like to add about The Rescue?
Do you remember reading O. Henry stories in school (Gift of the Magi, for example)? He’s famous for startling twists at the end. I love twists and turns! That’s what happens in The Rescue–it ends on a note of surprising irony. Hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Suzanne Woods Fisher is a bestselling author of Amish fiction and non-fiction, and a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. The Search won a 2012 Carol Award. The Waiting was a finalist for a 2011 Christy Award, The Choice was a finalist for a 2010 Carol Award, and The Letters is a finalist for the Christian Retailing 2014 award. Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World and Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life were both finalists for the ECPA Book of the Year (2010, 2011). Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, W.D. Benedict, who was raised Plain in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
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In celebration of my Suzanne Woods Fisher’s new novella, The Rescue, she’s hosting the “Birds of Springstagram” giveaway! In The Rescue you’ll “fly” back to the Inn at Eagle Hill for the untold story of one of your favorite characters and experience the miracle of love.
Enter to win $100 Amazon gift card by doing the following:
1. Take a picture of a spring bird returning to your town now that the weather has finally warmed up!
2. Follow @SuzanneWoodsFisher on Instagram.
3. Tag @SuzanneWoodsFisher, #TheRescueGiveaway, and #BirdsofSpringstagram (contest name).
4. Grab the URL to your photo (by going to your Instagram profile on a web browser), then fill out the below form.
5. If you don’t have Instagram, fill out the Rafflecopter widget (located below the form).
The contest runs from May 5–25! I’ll announce the winners on her blog on May 26.