What is your favorite Bible verse?
Exodus 18:18 (NASB) is my favorite—“You will surely wear out…for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.”
This verse applies to parenting a child with autism, to writing, marriage, and all of my life.
Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I’ve been married to my best friend, my high school sweetheart, for nearly 25 years. I love to teach English, have joy in my children, and find true peace in the living aspect of God’s Word. We live in Georgia.
What inspired you to write about the Amish?
I grew up around the Amish of North Central Pa., deep in the Allegheny Mountains. They are a people of rare work ethic, generosity, and regularly exemplify God’s grace.
Do you have any connections with the Amish community?
I have a great reader/consultant who has a wonderful sense of humor and rare insight into human nature. He is a member of an Old Order Amish community and keeps me straight about all things Amish.
Is any part of Sarah’s Garden factual?
Road-side stands packed with goodies, whoopee pies, quilts and things of nature are factual to where I grew up. Kitchen gardens, quilting through stages of life, and a deep appreciation for family are all factual as well.
How closely is Sarah’s Garden based on your own life experiences?
At least 2/3rds of the book comes directly from my own memories of the Amish and the mountains.