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It’s always fun to find a story with a different perspective. We’re visiting with Rachel Miller today about her new novel, A Mother for Leah. While this Amish romance includes a love story, it’s not a typical Rumspringa story. Here’s a peek at the summary to explain what I mean.
Could love soften her heart so that she is able to see her answered prayers in Naomi Yoder or will she drive a wedge between her father and the only woman he has shown interest in since Elisabeth Fisher’s death?
Leah Fisher lost her mother ten years ago. She is rapidly approaching womanhood and the lack is becoming more difficult every day.
Will she be able to recognize love when it’s right in front of her?
Could love be the key to Leah opening her heart, making room for the woman her father intends to marry… or will she stubbornly cling to the memory of her own mother?
Will Leah be able to let go of her own ideas and realize that God truly does know best for her or will she allow love to slip through her fingers, destroying Samuel Fisher and Naomi Yoder’s happiness at the same time?
You can find A Mother for Leah here:
Welcome, Rachel! I’m excited to hear more about A Mother for Leah, but let’s start with getting to know a little about you. What is your:
Favorite color? Purple
Favorite season? Autumn
Favorite writing snack? Chocolate!
Favorite beverage? Coffee!
Favorite ice cream flavor? Mint Chocolate Chip!
Yum! That’s one of my favorites, too. While we’re on the subject of favorites, who is your favorite secondary character in A Mother for Leah, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
My favorite secondary character would have to be Zeke Hershberger. You will definitely see him in an upcoming book.
That sounds promising! What do you hope your readers take away from this novel?
I hope that readers find a wonderful story that reminds them of how important it is to listen to God’s voice… even when what He says makes no sense.
His thoughts are higher than ours, but that’s hard to accept sometimes. What appeals to you the most about the Amish?
I love the community most of all, but I also deeply enjoy their simple ways. Sometimes I almost wish I were Amish.
If we could adopt some of those simpler ways, we might find ourselves happier. Although there are certainly things about losing electricity (like blogs…lol) that would be hard to give up! If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you most like to go?
I’d love to listen to the accents there! Plus I’ve heard it’s beautiful… Paper or e-reader? There are certainly pros and cons to each. Which is your favorite?
Definitely paper! Digital may have its pros, but there’s NOTHING like holding a book in your hands!
Yes. I’m not entirely sure why that is, but it is. Do you have a favorite or “life” verse? Why is that one important to you?
Psalms 1:1-3! I love the message… and the mission within.
Imagine how much different our lives might be if we delighted in obeying the Lord and meditated on His Word day and night… Can you share about something you feel the Lord has been teaching you recently?
To trust Him with everything, not just the good stuff.
Trust can be a hard one, especially when it seems like everything is going wrong. But God can redeem even our worst messes! What is one thing you wish you had known before you began writing/publishing?
I wish I had known how much social media work was involved. I could have been building up my lists for years before publishing.
It does seem authors are required to do much more of their own marketing than they did in the past. Speaking of the past, how did your education or previous career impact your journey to publication and where you are now?
I never expected the graphic arts classes I took in college to help me with writing, but that information has been invaluable to me!
Interesting! It’s amazing how so many different classes and experiences play into future stories. What does your ideal writing space look like (whether you actually write in an area like this or not)? What do you have to have handy, and what would you surround yourself with to make it easiest, and most inspiring, to write?
I would love to write in a room surrounded by books. Imagine the Beast’s library from Beauty and the Beast. I must have coffee nearby! I love having inspirational quotes and messages all around me.
There are many of us who would love the Beast’s library, whether to write or read in! If you could offer a word of encouragement to an aspiring author, what would you say?
NEVER stop writing!
Great advice! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Rachel!
Your turn! What is your favorite way to connect with authors online?
More about Rachel:
Rachel L Miller writes sweet Amish romance with a focus on faith, family and friendship.
She feels very strongly that God has led her to live a simpler lifestyle ñ thus her deep kinship with the plain people. She enjoys spending time with her family and doing fun, simple things like swimming, making sun tea, sitting outside watching the sunrise or listening to rain fall on the tin roof.
Rachel enjoys writing Amish fiction and hopes that the purity of her stories will allow God’s message to shine through more clearly.†She also writes Contemporary Inspirational Romance – and with all of her stories she focuses on presenting romance the way God intended it to be.
You can connect with Rachel online:
A Mother for Leah Giveaway:
Rachel has generously offered to give away a paperback (U.S. Only) and an ebook (international) of A Mother for Leah. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.