A Man of His Word, Hearts of Middlefield Series #1A Man of His Word, Hearts of Middlefield Series #1
Kathleen Fuller
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When Moriah Byler married Levi Miller, she thought they would share a long life together. She is astonished when one day he abruptly leaves the Order, and her along with it. Unbeknownst to Levi, Moriah is pregnant.

Moriah finds herself alone and unsure where to turn. She's reticent about trusting her heart to anyone. What Moriah doesn't know is that Levi's twin, Gabriel, has loved her for years, but has kept this to himself. Gabriel is a man of his word--and a man of God's word. After another unexpected tragedy, Moriah must learn to unguard her heart and accept his love so she can be made whole again.
     


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Kathleen FullerKathleen Fuller is the author of twelve novels and novellas. When she's not writing, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and farm pets. She currently lives in Ohio with her husband and three children.

Favorite Verse: Philippians 4:13- "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." (NASB)


 

 Our Interview with Kathleen Fuller


 

What is your favorite Bible verse?

Philippians 4:13- "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." (NASB)

What inspired the concept for writing about the Amish?


I live in Northeast Ohio, forty minutes from Middlefield (the fourth largest Amish settlement in North America) and a couple hours from Holmes County (the largest settlement). My husband and I enjoy visiting Amish country, so it made sense to write about the Amish. Another reason I enjoy writing about the Amish is because the genre brings together the past and the present—the Amish people’s simple lifestyle and dedication to plain living is reminiscent of 19th century America, yet they strive to live separate from our contemporary world. I find the contrast fascinating.

Do you have any connections with the Amish community?

Yes, I’ve made a good friend in Middlefield who is Amish and reads my books for accuracy. I also know a couple who live in Holmes County that have Amish connections.

Is any part of A Man of His Word factual?

Nope! The characters and the story are completely fictional. 

How closely is A Man of His Word based on your own life experiences?

None.  Most of my books aren’t based on anything in my life or my family’s lives.

How did you choose the location for the setting?

My proximity to Middlefield, and knowing that there weren’t any Amish books set in this area. Middlefield and Geauga and Trumbull counties are beautiful areas that deserve to be spotlighted.

 

How long did A Man of His Word take you to complete?

The actual writing of the story took about three months, then there were a few months needed for revisions. So about six months total.

What is the symbolism for the title A Man of His Word?

The character of Gabe personifies the title. He’s steadfast and loyal. The biblical symbolism has to do with how God is always true and His promises are always good. Also, Christ tells us to be people of our word—to make our yes a yes and our no a no. I often try to remind myself of that. Do you have a favorite character in A Man of His Word? Why?
This might surprise some readers, but I really enjoyed writing Tobias. Gabe comes in a close second, but Tobias was fun. He’s carefree and impulsive, but not in a bad way. He often puts his foot in his mouth, and he thinks he knows what he wants, but of course he doesn’t.

How much research did A Man of His Word take?

A lot! I wanted to portray the Amish as accurately and respectfully as possible. Since they are private people, most of my initial research came from books and the internet. Further into my research process I met my Amish friend, and she makes sure what I put in my books is as accurate as possible.

What was the most interesting fact that you learned while writing A Man of His Word?


The most interesting thing is the diversity of the Amish. Each settlement (and sometimes the district within the settlement) are different from each other and follow different rules, or the Ordnung, as the Amish call it. For example, in Lancaster, Amish buggies are square and gray. In Ohio, all buggies are black. Women’s prayer kapps are also slightly different in style. Some districts have stricter shunning practices, some are more progressive. There is also variety within the orders: there are Old Order Amish, Schwartzentruber Amish (which are the most conservative), New Order Amish, and Beachy Amish. I never knew there were so many variations of Amish!

 

How many books will be in the Hearts of Middlefield series?

Three

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


Well, I tend to procrastinate. A lot. Which puts added pressure on me. Fortunately I work well under pressure. Balancing everything is a challenge as well—family, church, spending quality time with my husband and children—just living in the moment can be tough.

What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?

Creating the story and rewriting. I love the revision process!

What writing clubs or organizations do you belong to?

I belong to ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and RWA (Romance Writers of America).

What were your favorite books as a child?

The Little House books. I’ve read them many times. I wasn’t a big fan of the television series, but I adored the books.

What is your writing style?   (Do you outline?  Write “by-the-seat-of-your-pants?   Or somewhere in between?)

I’m somewhere in between. I’ve had to learn to outline and do a lot of prewriting. Getting the story and characters in my mind helps the writing process go more smoothly. Not that it’s ever smooth for me, though. Getting the story on paper is really difficult for me.

Do your characters begin to take on a life of their own as you write?

Absolutely. To me, as I’m writing them, they’re real people. I can hear them speak to me in my mind, and visualize their movements. Okay, I realize that might make me sound a little nutty, but there it is.

 

What other new projects do you have on the horizon?

Right now I’m focused on finishing the Middlefield series. I’m curious to see what God has in store for me in the future.


Who was the person who influenced you the most with your writing?

Francine Rivers. Reading her books inspired me to start writing.


What message would you like your readers to take from A Man of His Word?

Above all I want my readers to be entertained, to believe that the time they spent reading my book was worth it. That’s very important to me, and is my wish for every book I write.

What is your greatest achievement?

Being a wife to my husband James, and a mother to my three children, Mathew, Sydney, and Zoie.

What is your goal or mission as a writer?

To provide a worthwhile escape for my readers, and for God to speak to each one through my words and stories.


What do you do to get away from it all?

Lately, I escape to Amish country!

 

 

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