Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I never thought I’d be an author, but have been blessed in so many ways since I have been obedient to God in persevering, and writing stories in His name. There are ups and downs but when you feel the Lord calling you, you know to ride out the storm until His will is done.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (NIV)
I’m a worrier, and this verse tells me not to. I need that constant reminder to give it to God, and that it’s not in my control but His. When you are in prayer, petition and thanksgiving to God, you can’t worry.
What was your inspiration to write the Touch of Grace Series?
I like to make my stories different and unique, something the reader isn’t expecting. I thought about what it would be like to be an Amish woman who took pride in herself, and what her community thought of her, would deal with finding out she was an outsider. And also for the Amish who consider themselves chosen people, to find out one who was so obedient to their ways wasn’t biologically Amish.
How much research did the Touch of Grace Series take?
In one of my blogs I write about ‘Amish Overload’ due to the amount of research I went through to learn about the Amish. But it surprised me how easily my writing fit into their dialogue, words and ways. There was something that clicked between the country life I grew up with on my grandfather’s ranch and the Amish life.
What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Annie’s Truth?
I find it fascinating that the Amish can continue to live separately from the secular world. They are not perfect people, but they strive to be, with sincere perseverance, and I admire that.
What inspired you to write about the Amish?
My friend, Shelley who goes by Shelley Shepherd Gray. We knew each other when…and she’s been a great encourager along my path to publication. I came on board when the CBA was starting to grow and am glad to have found a place in Christian fiction.
Do you live in or around an Amish community?
I frequent a nearby Amish community just south of Fort-Worth for an occasional church service or brunch with the bishop and his wife. And on the way home I stop at the community store to get some plum jam!