A Promise of Hope, Kauffman Amish Bakery Series #2A Promise of Hope, Kauffman Amish Bakery Series #2
Amy Clipston
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In the second book in the Kauffman Amish Bakery series, a widow discovers her deceased husband had disturbing secrets. As she tries to come to grips with the past, she considers a loveless marriage to ensure stability for her young family--with her faith in God hanging in the balance.
     

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Amy ClipstonAmy Clipston is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). She holds a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time as a public information specialist for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband and two sons.

Favorite Verse: Romans 12:12 (NIV) "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."


 

Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember.   I joke that my fiction writing "career" began in elementary school in New Jersey when I wrote and shared silly stories with a close friend.   I’m a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).   I hold a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and work full-time as a public information specialist.   I live in North Carolina with my husband, two sons, mother, and three spoiled-rotten cats.  My husband needs a second kidney transplant, and while I’m not a match for him, I hope to be a donor and give a kidney in exchange for one for him.


How did you get started as a Christian fiction writer? 

I’m a lifelong Christian, so I switch to Christian fiction was comfortable for me and felt like the right fit.  I’m half-German, and my father immigrated to the United States with his parents and siblings in 1929.  He once told me the Amish speak the same dialect as our relatives, so I feel a connection to them.  I’ve always had a great respect and fascination with their faith and simple lives.  I began reading other Amish authors and I was moved to create my own series.

 

How many awards have you garnered throughout your writing career thus far?

I haven’t won any awards; however, I’m excited that my first book, A Gift of Grace, made the CBD, CBA, and ECPA besteller lists.  Thank you to my awesome readers!

 

How did you come up with the concept for A Promise of Hope?

To be honest, I’m not sure where the idea of the fire at the end of A Gift of Grace came from.  When I finished A Gift of Grace, I knew A Promise of Hope would be Sarah’s story, yet I didn’t know where the story would go.  I owe the idea all to a movie called “Catch and Release,” starring Jennifer Garner.  My mom and I had a “girls’ weekend” alone at the house while husband took the kids to Virginia to visit his family, and Mom and I rented some “chick flicks.”  “Catch and Release” intrigued me and inspired Sarah’s story.

 

Did you plan this series out completely or have you taken your ideas book by book?

I’m going book by book, which isn’t the way I recommend a series should be written.    A Place of Peace, which will release in December, centers on Timothy Kauffman, who has a rather large role in A Promise of Hope.  I’m very excited about his story; it’s very close to my heart.  I have ideas for A Life of Joy (Book #4), but nothing is concrete yet.


What is significant about A Promise of Hope? 

A Promise of Hope is Sarah’s story.  After her husband’s death, she has face her grief, find the strength to be a new mother, and deal with secrets from her husband’s past. Sarah comes to realize there is life after death.  It’s significant for anyone who’s lost someone close in that everyone leaves his/her mark in this life, and there can be good things out of bad.

Is any part of A Promise of Hope factual?

No, it’s all from my head.  

What is the most interesting tidbit that you learned while writing A Promise of Hope?

I didn’t know Amish women mourn for a year before they begin dating again.  I found that very interesting.

What other projects do you have on the horizon?

A Christmas book, A Plain & Simple Christmas, will debut in September, followed by A Place of Peace in December.  In 2011, another Christmas book and a Life of Joy will follow.  All are from the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series, and I’m very excited!

 

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?

Sometimes I struggle with the balance of the full-time job, writing, motherhood, and caring for my ill husband.  There are days when I wish I could have another twelve hours of daylight to get through my “To Do” list before I have to go to sleep.  However, my mother is my rock and keeps me going.  Without her, I could never balance it all.  She takes care of the household and also cares for the children while my husband and I are at work (or my husband is at dialysis). 

Who was the person who most influenced you in your writing journey?

I can’t really say it was one person who influenced me the most.  I owe a lot to my family members, including my mother, husband, and my father-who-law, who passed away unexpectedly shortly before A Gift of Grace came out.  (A Promise of Hope is dedicated to my father-in-law’s memory.)   My family wouldn’t let me quit when I was fed up with the rejections.  I also feel that God led me to writing about the Amish since He opened many doors in my research.  I believe He led me to writing Christian fiction.


What message would you like your readers to take from A Promise of Hope?

I hope that my readers will find a message of strength, hope, faith in God, and forgiveness in A Promise of Hope.  Even in our darkest hour, God is with us, holding us and leading us.


What is your goal or mission as a writer?

My goal is to create books that touch my readers and also leave them with a stronger or renewed Christian faith.


What do you do to get away from it all? 

What’s that?    I rarely get away, but when I do have time to myself, I enjoy sappy “chick flicks” on Lifetime, LMN, or Hallmark Channel, and I also love Disney Channel’s teen shows.  I enjoy going to the movies, but don’t get to go as often as I’d like.  I love to spend time with my boys.  Just sitting on the deck and watching them play is relaxing.  I love to read, but don’t have the time when I’m in the middle of a book project.  Once my husband is well, I plan to drag the family to Disney World to celebrate his new, dialysis-free life!  I’m praying that dream comes true very soon.

 

 

 

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