Are you ready for a good time? I sure do hope so because on October 31, 2017, my book Belle, an Amish adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is scheduled for release.
I have to confess that there are some books that I write where I am moaning and groaning by the end of the manuscript. Sometimes words just do not come easily. My good friends always know when I’m almost finished with a book because that’s when I start whining and complaining that “I’m so sick of ______ !” <— insert the name of a character.
It’s true. After a while, I do get sick of spending so much time with my characters. Some of them anyway. Writing books is a little bit like having a guest living at your house…for several months. You look forward to them arriving, you enjoy their initial days—maybe even weeks!—and you have a lot of good times. But after a while, you secretly wish they’d go home already!!
That being said, I must also confess that there are a few characters where I wish…oh HOW I wish…I could write about them forever…that the story would never end.
Belle was one of those characters and stories.
I love my character, Belle, for a lot of reasons. Obviously, she is the beauty. 🙂 To begin with, she is extremely selfless, completely sacrificing herself in order to save other people, particularly her father and sisters. Unfortunately, as if often the case, the sisters are completely oblivious to Belle giving so much of herself. I’m sure we all know someone like that—a person who gives 150% but is often under-appreciated. I know that I do. And that makes me empathize with Belle who, while not looking for accolades, would like to at least feel somewhat valued for all that she does.
And then there is Adam Herschberger…the beast. He’s gruff and uncouth. And yet hidden beneath his rough exterior is a gentleman. It takes a little while to find him, but when you do, you will fall in love with him.
In a way, Belle and Adam remind me a little of Amanda and Alejandro from my Plain Fame series. Both couples are completely opposite. As a writer, it was challenging to figure out how to make them work out their relationships. And I love challenges! Of course, Amanda and Alejandro had a different type of romance than Belle and Adam, but the opposites attract philosophy is definitely at play with both stories.
The other fun thing about writing this adaptation was in weaving little pieces of the original fairy tale into the story. I’ll be eagerly awaiting your reactions to finding these little “Easter eggs.”
Belle is currently available for pre-order in both eBook and paperback format. Click HERE to preorder from your preferred retailer.
Hugs and blessings,
P.S. I’d really appreciate it if you’d pass this blog along to your friends who like to read Christian and Amish fiction. <3