A Marriage for Meghan, Wayne County Series #2A Marriage for Meghan, Wayne County Series #2
Mary Ellis
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Meghan Yost is 19, bright, and eager to prove to her father, the bishop, that she's mature enough to teach in the Old Order district. But just when Meghan gains confidence and assurance, a troubled student challenges her authority and a male suitor challenges her patience.

Life and love tensions escalate when a string of crimes threaten the Amish community, and handsome FBI agent Thomas Mast arrives to investigate.Is there truth behind Meghan's fear that she's the cause for disruptions in the serene county? And is there true love behind her mixed feelings for Thomas, the outsider?
     


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Mary EllisMary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish Community, Geauga County, where her parents often took her to farmers’ markets and woodworking fairs. She and her husband now live in Medina County, close to the largest population of Amish in the country. They often take weekend trips to purchase produce, meet Amish families, and enjoy a simple way of life.

Favorite Verse: Colossians 3:13 (NLT) : Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

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 Our Interview with Mary Ellis


 

Please tell us a bit about your writing journey.
 
I began writing short stories in my twenties, but soon shelved the idea of becoming a writer. When I couldn’t seem to stop inventing and embellishing stories, I decided to try my hand at fictional novels. I began crafting romantic suspense and then made the switch to Amish and historical inspirationals when I committed my life to the Lord. I cannot express how much He helps me on a daily basis. All I need to do is open my heart and He guides my hand.

How did you come up with the concept for A Marriage for Meghan?

As a former schoolteacher, I saw many examples of teachers who weren’t exactly cut out for the job, yet through their dedication and commitment “grew” into the roles and responsibilities beautifully.

Will there be any more books in this series?

This book is second in the Wayne County Series, following Abigail’s New Hope. Right now, it’ll be just a two-book series, but who can say what the future will hold?

Do you have a favorite character in A Marriage for Meghan? Why?

Of course, it must be my little Meggie. As a green-around-the-gills schoolteacher, I put plenty of myself into her when I think back to my first year of teaching school. I faced middle school eighth graders and at first, they terrified me. But I quickly got over that….

How much research did A Marriage for Meghan take?
 
It turned out to be more than I’d expected. Teaching school in the Plain community is quite a bit different, of course, than what I’d been familiar with. Luckily, a few Amish teachers have published excellent non-fictional accounts of their experiences, plus several teachers were willing to be interviewed. I also found a delightful sheriff’s department deputy knowledgeable about crimes committed against the Amish in our area.

What is the most interesting fact that you learned while researching and writing A Marriage for Meghan?
 
Although my story involves “hate crimes” against the Amish, I was pleased to learn there is very little crime perpetrated against these pacifistic, gentle people.

What is your favorite genre to write?

By far, my favorite genre is Amish fiction. I feel honored to bring heartwarming stories about these devout Christians to my readers. I also enjoy writing historical romances, especially those set in the United States during and following the turbulent Civil War.
 
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
 
I’ve said it before but I must say it again, it’s time management. Whenever I sit down at the computer, often my time is eaten up by loops, blogs and emails. So much is expected of authors these days that the actual writing becomes squeezed into an ever-shrinking window.

 

What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
 
Since I live in Ohio, home to plenty of winter ice and snow, I love not leaving the house to go to work. I’m a terrible winter driver and have ended up in more roadside ditches than I care to admit. However, holing up in my office all day does have its drawbacks. Last week, I ran outside to chitchat with the electric company meter reader, just to enjoy a few moments of human contact. My dog and cat still cannot hold up their end of the conversation.

What clubs or organizations are you involved with helping with your writing?
 
I’m involved with ACFW, which offers plenty of support to writers of all levels through networking loops, local chapters, the national conference (this year it’s in St. Louis) and their on-line classes.

What new projects are on the horizon?

I’m pleased to be working on An Amish Family Reunion, book 4 of my best-selling Miller Family Series set in Holmes County, Ohio.

What message would you like your readers to take from reading A Marriage for Meghan?

To never give up their dreams of accomplishment. If we only do things that come easily or naturally, we won’t grow as people or as Christians. We must challenge ourselves at all stages of life to make a difference in the world.

What were your favorite books as a child?
 
Any books with animals especially horses, such as National Velvet or My Friend Flicka. But my all-time favorite book is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. My first copy was abridged for children. My current copy was published in 1896 and is substantially longer than contemporary editions. I treasure it, but I’m still looking for a first edition.

What is your greatest achievement?
 
I suppose it was my opportunity to take care of my parents as they aged and when they became ill. They had sacrificed so much over the years that I was honored to give back to them in this fashion.

What do you do to get away from it all?
 
I don’t know how to “get away from it all.” Even on vacation, I take my yellow legal tablets and pack of pens. I can’t stop myself from jotting down story ideas or new plot twists to my work-in-progress. My favorite vacation destination is anywhere by water. I love to sit on the beach (whether sandy shores in the south or the rocky coastline of northern inland lakes) to create my stories.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I like to thank my readers, especially those who’ve written or dropped by my blog to offer words of encouragement and support. And l would like to leave you with one of my favorite Scriptures: Hebrews 10:24 – And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

 

 


 

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