Oh look! A new Amish story! I am happy to have Laura Hilton visiting with us today to share her newest novel, The Amish Wanderer. Laura has visited with us previously (The Amish Firefighter, The Birdhouse, and The Postcard), and I’m looking forward to hearing about this new story! Before we visit, here’s a quick look at The Amish Wanderer.
Bethany Weiss has been fascinated by Silas Beiler since he spent a couple of years in Jamesport, Missouri, before he and his family moved to another Amish community. They hadn’t kept in touch, but she hasn’t forgotten the friendly young man who brought her lemonade and took her home once from a Singing years ago. When she finds a man sleeping in her family’s barn, like Jesus sleeping in the hay, she is stunned to recognize Silas. He’s left the Amish and is backpacking across the country. She talks him into staying, at least until after Christmas.
Silas’ family has never been happy living in one area for long, and their vagabond ways are wearing on him. He’s lived in Amish communities all over the nation, moving whenever his daed became disgruntled with the leaders, and he’s looking for some sense of stability. His intentions are to make it back to Pennsylvania and stay with his Englisch onkle and his family—and pursue an education. Will Bethany be the one to bring Silas in from the cold? Or will he continue on his way to his extended family and become Englisch?
Welcome back, Laura! Let’s start with five fast favorites. What is your:
Favorite color? White, like snow or a blank piece of paper
Favorite season? Winter
Favorite beverage? Malted milkshakes. I don’t get them very often
Favorite vacation destination? Normally, the upper peninsula of Michigan. But this time, I’m going to say near Niagara Falls because my Coastie son is near there.
Understandable! Favorite ice cream flavor? Whatever I’m in the mood for at the time. Usually, fudge ripple
Tell us about The Amish Wanderer. What inspired you to write this series, or this novel in particular?
The Amish Wanderer is the story of a very minor character who appeared in several of my other Amish books. This book IS stand alone. I’ve been asked to tell the story of my maternal grandparents leaving the Amish and while I will never write the true version this is a very fictionalized account. God gave me the verse for this story before I started writing and usually that doesn’t happen, He gives it near the middle or end. But this time, He needed me to know it all the way through.
How neat to be able to tell their story, to some extent! Who is your favorite secondary character in this latest novel, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
One of the secondary characters in this story is Caleb and his story will be coming in another book, yet untitled, later in 2017 or early in 2018. I’m not sure when Whitaker House has it planned for.
Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
It is set in Jamesport, Missouri, and yes, I have been there, two or three times. Lovely area. And it’s very near to the Iowa border, lots of Amish in there!
I think there are more Amish communities than many people realize. What appeals to you the most about the Amish?
I love their work ethic and the matter of fact approach to life. I also like learning about my history.
Some of that work ethic and life perspective has probably been passed down to you, despite your grandparents leaving their community… Can you share about a time when you knew that God was in control and/or had your back?
Once my very old van was having problems and I did a lot of praying – I don’t know why, but I prayed specifically it wouldn’t catch on fire. I drove it to the garage for repairs and they fixed it but the technician told me, “I don’t know how it didn’t catch on fire!” I did! It was God.
That’s awesome! God is so good to us! Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
Right now I am working on an Amish Christmas story titled The Christmas Challenge.
Amish AND Christmas! Sounds like a great combination. 😉 Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Laura!
Your turn! What is your favorite beverage?
More about Laura:
Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.
Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love followed by her first Christmas novel, A White Christmas in Webster County, as well as the Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe, The Postcard, and The Birdhouse. Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love series. Laura is contracted for another three book Amish series set in the Jamesport area, with the first book, The Amish Firefighter releasing in May 2016, followed by two more Amish books and a Christmas story releasing in Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 respectively.
She has self-published a Christmas novella, Christmas Mittens.
Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer and blogs for Putting on the New and Seriously Write.
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‘The Amish Wanderer’ Giveaway:
Laura has generously offered to give away a copy of The Amish Wanderer (paperback or e-copy; winner’s choice). Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.
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