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Amish fiction fans have probably had their eye out for the latest from Laura Hilton… We have the privilege of visiting with Laura today about her newest novel, The Amish Wanderer. Before we begin, let’s take a quick peek at the story.
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! Do you have a favorite character from this story? Why is this character your favorite?
I really liked Silas. He has an admirable faith that even when you can’t see God working He is still working behind the scenes.
It sounds like he’s been through a lot. Often it’s those tough times that grow our faith like that. Who is your favorite secondary character in this latest novel, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
Lydia and Susanna both made me curious about their stories. And yes, they both will have books come out later this year. Susanna’s is in The Christmas Challenge in August or September and Lydia’s will be I think October, but I don’t have a title for that yet.
How fun to know there’s more of the story to come! Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
Jamesport, Missouri, and yes I have been. I had seven books set in Webster County (Seymour, specifically) and so I moved north to another Amish community in the same state (easy driving) and set seven books in Jamesport. ‘They are all stand alone.
We haven’t talked sweets in a while. What is your favorite dessert?
Cheesecake and I’ve never met a cheesecake I didn’t like. I even like the Jell-o variety. 😉
Paper or e-reader? There are certainly pros and cons to each. Which is your favorite?
I read both, but prefer paper since I work so much on the computer and reading on the ereader really irritates my eyes after working all day.
That’s certainly understandable! Authors are busy people. How do you juggle all of the demands on your time, so that you can maintain your sanity?
I make a lot of lists.
I’m glad we made it on the list today! 😉 Thanks for taking the time to visit with us!
Your turn! What’s your favorite dessert?
More about Laura:
Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with almost twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write and Putting on the New.
Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye and currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.
When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.
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‘The Amish Wanderer’ Giveaway:
Laura has generously offered to give away one of her books, winner’s choice! Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.