What new projects are on the horizon?
Lots of exciting things are in the pipeline! A new 3-book Amish fiction series kicks off with “The Keeper” in January (it might be my favorite!), and an Amish children’s chapter book series is coming out next summer. I’m co-writing the series with Mary Ann Kinsinger, who was raised Old Order Amish and writes an amazing blog called “A Joyful Chaos” (ajoyfulchaos.blogspot.com). Some other projects are getting finalized, too. My goal is that every book is better than the one before it—I never want to stop improving my craft.
What message would you like your readers to take from reading A Lancaster County Christmas?
Emmanuel—God is with us. Stop for a moment and think about that simple phrase. God has entered His creation to come alongside of us. Such a miracle!
What was your favorite book as a child?
My mother read a book to me called “Hitty: Her First Hundred Years” by Rachel Field –it chronicled the life of a very loved doll, who started life on a whaling ship with a little girl named Phoebe. Does anyone else remember it?
What is your greatest achievement?
Personally, it would be the great delight I have in my four children. Throughout their childhood (even in Hong Kong, where we lived for four years), I attended weekly Moms in Touch prayer groups. I have no doubt those prayers were heard! Never, never underestimate the power of prayer.
Professionally, I think it just happened! On the morning of the Christy Award Event (The Waiting” was a finalist), I received a call that “The Choice” was a finalist for a Carol Award with ACFW. Talk about feeling as if “my cup runneth over.” What a moment!
What do you do to get away from it all?
Oh--that’s why God made dogs. I’ve been a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind for ten years. You just can’t take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone’s underwear in its mouth.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I love connecting with readers! You can find me on-line at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com or on Facebook. I host a lot of giveaways on my website—a small way to thank readers. And I have a weekly radio program, “Amish Wisdom,” every Thursday at 5pm EST on toginet.com (http://toginet.com/shows/amishwisdom). I interview guests who have some link to the Amish—authors, scholars, even formerly Amish! There’s always something to learn about living a simpler, life.
Thanks for your interest in my books. Hope to hear from you!