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I’m happy to have Laura Hilton back to visit with us again today! Laura’s newest release, The Amish Candymaker, is set in Michigan — a fun change of scenery for an Amish story. Before we visit with Laura, let’s take a quick look at the story.
A letter brings him to Mackinac County. Can one woman make him stay?
Agnes Zook has found herself on her own after in small Amish community in Mackinac County after a tragedy took the life of her parents and siblings. Most of the Amish call her “off in den Kopf” (strange) since she’s starting her own business and forging her own way in the community instead of relying on the bishop to take care of her. Since she’s viewed as non-submissive and too-forward for an Amish woman she’s not courted by other young men in the area.
Isaac Mast is on the verge of leaving the Amish church. He’s become a sought-after Auctioneer and has a thriving business, but he feels confined by the strict rules. When his brother is severely injured in a wild fire, Isaac receives a letter from his sister-in-law, begging him to come to Mackinac County to help out while his brother is hospitalized for skin grafts and his wife is with him. They have young children that can’t be left alone. Isaac agrees but is unsure how to manage the children when he has weekend auctions he’s expected to attend. Agnes may be an answer to prayer.
When Isaac and Agnes meet, sparks fly, but everything changes. While neither of them fit within the structures of the Amish faith, could their differences be the one thing that helps them form a deeper connection to their faith . . . and each other?
Welcome back, Laura! Let’s start with five fast favorites. What is your favorite color? Season? Favorite writing snack? Beverage? Favorite ice cream flavor?
White. All seasons have good things. Don’t snack while writing. Ice water. Fudge ripple.
I’m curious about placing an Amish story in Michigan. Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
I have always loved the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and always wanted to set a series. When my Coastie son was stationed there, he sent pictures of the Amish – proving they were that far north. I have been to the UP many times (before the Amish were there) and when I went to visit my Coastie I drove out to the area where they lived. I also saw them at the Soo Locks and at a historical Army fort in Mackinaw City.
It is a beautiful area! Have you given any of your own personality quirks to your characters? If so, would you be willing to share about it/them?
Agnes has a tendency of making inanimate objects in to people and talking to them. Plants, dishes, evil sinks… she is a lot of fun. I tend to talk to things and for things too. Our dog has whole conversations with me. ☺
She does sound like a fun character. 🙂 If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you most like to go?
Wherever my Coastie is stationed. Or to Alaska. I always wanted to visit there.
I wonder if there are Amish in Alaska… Probably not! Paper or e-reader? There are certainly pros and cons to each. Which is your favorite?
Paper is easier on my eyes.
That’s very true! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Laura!
Your turn! Have you been to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan? Did you know there were Amish living there?
More about Laura:
Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with thirty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs. Her most recent series is set in Mackinac County, Michigan, and includes Firestorm, The Amish Candymaker, and Married to a Stranger (July 2019).
Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They 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.
You can connect with Laura online:
visit my blog: http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/
The Amish Candymaker Giveaway:
Laura has graciously offered to give away a copy of The Amish Candymaker (paperback or e-copy — winner’s choice!). Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.