Annie's Truth, Touch of Grace Series #1Annie's Truth, Touch of Grace Series #1
Beth Shriver
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When Annie Bieler discovers she was abandoned as a newborn and found by her Amish parents, she leaves her community and the man courting her to seek her true identity. After encountering countless dead ends and resisting worldly temptations, will this prodigal daughter be accepted back into the security of her home?
     

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Beth Shriver received a degree in social work from the University of Nebraska and was a case worker before starting a family. Beth followed her passion and has written in a variety of genres in both fiction and non-fiction.

Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (NIV)


 

 Our Interview with Beth Shriver


 

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 4:6Do 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!

 

What was the most difficult aspect of writing this story?

I wanted to learn as much as I could about the Amish. When I read a book I want to learn something and reading an Amish story is filled with ritual, ceremony, rules, rural living etc. that the reader needs to understand for the story to make sense. The memories of my grandfather's ranch came alive when I wrote my first Amish story. My parents grew up in the country, so I understand pastoral life and respect those who make a living off the land. Because of those experiences I am better able to write stories of my adventures into my books.

Do you write by the seat-of-your pants letting the story unfold as you write, plot the entire story; write with an outline, or a combination of the above?

I’m a pantser by nature but I’m also very organized so a little of that comes out when I’m doing the initial set up of names, setting, and the basic story line.

Do you make up the setting in advance?
 
I love describing the country, rivers and crop, but I have a love/hate relationship with corn. There’s nothing like Nebraska corn on the cob, but I detasseled corn in the summer when I was growing up, and when you picked those tassels off the top of that corn stalk, you never knew what was going to come crawling or popping out of there!

How many more books will be in the Touch of Grace Series?

There are three books in the Touch of Grace series and three more in the Season series. I just started on the fifth book of the six.

What other new writing projects do you have on the horizon?

I’ll keep writing Amish for as long as readers are enjoying them. I’d like to write a western some time down the road. But I’m just fine for now in Amish Land.

What message would you like your readers to take from reading Touch of Grace Series?
 
Forgiveness. It’s the common faith point that continues to resonate in my stories because it’s something I wrestle with. I’ve learned to forgive through the characters in my books, sounds silly, but my pride seems to fade away when one of them says something that is what I’m going through (or vise versa:)

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

A big thank you for the wonderful response and incredible support for Annie’s Truth. And for those who encouraged me along my writing journey, you know who you are


 


 
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