I’m super excited that An Amish Cookie Club Christmas is releasing on September 24th. You see, having written this book last year, I’ve been in a Christmas spirit ever since. And I’m hoping that you’ve preordered the book and, come September 24th, you’ll be eagerly getting in the mood, too, with Edna Esh and her friends as they bake away for the holiday season.
I thought it would be fun to invite Edna back for another interview. 🙂
Sarah: Welcome back to the blog, Edna!
Edna: Thank you for having me, Sarah. It’s nice to be back. Alone this time. (chuckles)
Sarah: Ah, yes. I forgot that the last time you had company. So, tell me how your autumn is going? Are you busy?
Edna: Oh help! (rolls her eyes) Am I busy? Do bees make honey?
Sarah: I take that for a yes.
Edna: (fluttering her hands) I did it again, Sarah. I overbooked myself for the holidays. It’s that Destination Amish tour group from Sugarcreek. She’s sending too many people my way, you know.
Sarah: That’s a good thing.
Edna: I suppose so. But I’m just overwhelmed.
Sarah: Maybe you need to hire some help.
Edna: (glances around the room as if looking for someone in a dramatic manner) Wilma? Are you here? (laughs)
Sarah: Excuse me?
Edna: You sound like my friend, Wilma. She’s always trying to get me to hire her dochders. Those two are fireballs, for sure and certain. It would be like having two feral cats in my kitchen.
Sarah: (laughs) Oh. I get it.
Edna: But seriously, my son John is always after me to hire some help. Elmer—that’s my husband—is encouraging me to consider that, too. But I know that, as soon as I mention it, Wilma will force those two girls on me. And that simply will not do.
Sarah: Surely, there must be someone else?
Edna: (sighs) Mayhaps. But I don’t want to offend Wilma.
Sarah: What else is going on, Edna?
Edna: (takes a deep breath and exhales slowly) We’re all keeping busy, baking cookies for our church districts and to raise money for Amish Aid. I’ll be happy when Christmas is finally here. Things will slow down a bit more and I won’t feel so hurried. Have more time to really spend with my friends instead of rushing through our baking.
Sarah: What else will you do over the winter because, if I recall, you don’t host supper for the Englische in the winter, right?
Edna: That’s correct. I’m hoping to do some quilting. I love crocheting but I also love quilting. My neighbor, Susan Lapp, mentioned having a quilting bee. Those are always fun. You get to hear a lot of what’s going on with people in the community that you normally don’t learn otherwise.
Sarah: That sounds suspiciously like gossip.
Edna: Around here we call it the Amish grapevine.
Edna: What. Ever.
Sarah: Well, I think you should reconsider having someone help you with your business. With only having sons, I know you could use the help.
Edna: Mayhaps, Sarah. I’ll keep you posted if I decide to do just that.
I can’t wait for everyone to read An Amish Cookie Club Christmas! Here’s where you can preorder:
Sarah Price is the author of the Plain Fame series and the Amish of Ephrata series, among other books. She comes from a long line of devout Mennonites, and her writing reflects accurate and authentic stories based upon her own experiences with several Amish communities. Visit her at sarahpriceauthor.com and on Facebook.