When my 2nd grade teacher gave me encouragement by saying a poem I had written about a moth was exceptional, I knew I wanted to become an author.
Q. Does your writing offer you an escape to express yourself or to entertain others?
It does both. I enjoy sharing my love for the Amish people with my readers, and I find fulfillment in creating characters and writing what God lays on my heart.
Q. What is the inspiration for your love affair with the Amish culture and way of life?
When I married my husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, we were introduced to an Amish couple in Pennsylvania. While visiting with them, I felt drawn to their way of life, and determined that I would learn all I could about the Plain faith. Later, I discovered that my great-great-great grandparents were also part of the Anabaptist faith.
Q. What was the most enjoyable and rewarding aspect of writing about the Amish people and culture?
The most rewarding aspect is when a reader tells me that something they have read in one of my books has helped them through a difficult time in their life or has lead them to a closer walk with the Lord.
Q. What are the three major lessons you have learned from the Amish community that will serve mainstream Americans well if they incorporate them into their lives?
1.) Put God first in all you say and do.
2.) Spend more time developing a close relationship with your family and friends.
3.) Reach out to others when they have a need.
Q. The Amish seem very committed to community. What are some ways we can build community with one another?
Getting to know our neighbors. Paying closer attention when there is a need in our community. Asking others for help when we have a need of our own.
Q. Do you have a “recipe for living” you would like to share with our listeners this morning?
My recipe for living is to put God first in everything. Proverbs 3:5-6 sums it up nicely: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Download an excerpt from Plain and Fancy here.
Wanda Brunstetter is a New York Times bestselling author who has published over 60 books and has more than seven million copies of her books in print.Wanda’s books have also been translated into four foreign languages.Wanda and her husband, Richard, have two children and six grandchildren.
Wanda will be presented with the distinguished RT Book Reviews magazine’s Career Achievement Award for Inspirational Fiction during the Awards Ceremony of the 2014 RT Booklovers’ Convention in New Orleans on Friday, May 16, 2014.
Wanda will also speak at the convention on the “Writing the Inspirational Novel” panel on May 16, 2014 and will hold a book signing during the Giant Book Fair at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal Street, on Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. That signing is open to the public. For more information, visit https://www.rtconvention.com/
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