On May 28th, my publisher, Kensington Press, is releasing my long awaited new series: The Amish Cookie Club. I loved the idea of four older women getting together to bake cookies and visit. Believe it or not, the Amish lead very busy lives. So getting together isn’t so easy. They often have work parties so that they can meet and work at the same time. Of course, once you put four women in a room together—four women with older unmarried children!—romance will eventually enter the picture.
We thought it would be fun to introduce you to some of the characters you will meet (and, believe me, they ARE characters) in the first book. So, in the first interview with the Cookie Club Characters, please meet the four women who started it all!
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Interviewer: Welcome ladies and thank you for taking a few minutes out of your very hectic schedule to chat with me. I thought we should start by talking about your Cookie Club.
Edna: Oh now, we don’t like to call it a ‘club”–
Wilma: You always say that, Edna!
Edna: —because that sounds so exclusive.
Wilma: Well, technically people are excluded. (Leans forward) You see, it’s just the four of us who meet. It’s not as though we allow other people to join us.
Verna: Now, Wilma, there’s nothing to actually join.
Wilma: (waves her hand dismissively at Verna) Bah!
Mary: (smiles at interviewer) We just like getting together to bake cookies on the Friday before worship Sunday. The children love our cookies so much.
Interviewer: Do you all attend the same church?
Edna: Nee, we do not.
Wilma: Well, some of us do. (raises and eyebrow at Edna) Verna and I live in the same church district.
Mary: You know that we don’t actually have a church, right?
Mary: Not like the Englischers have churches. Buildings, I mean. We worship in our homes or sometimes the barns. We rotate where the worship service will be held every week.
Interviewer: I see. (Turns to Edna) How, exactly did this cookie club start?
Edna: (frowns) It’s not a club.
Interviewer: Right, right. My apologies.
Edna: Well, we were childhood friends, you see? And as we got older, married, and had children, life seemed to separate us a bit. When Wilma started to get a bit blue—
Wilma: (gasps) I wasn’t blue!
Verna: (rolls eyes) Well that’s a falsehood if I ever heard one.
Edna: (ignoring them) —when her two youngest dochders—twins, you see—began their rumpschpringe—that’s their running around time—we decided to start meeting twice a month, the Friday before worship Sunday. It began as a support group, I suppose, but we kept meeting because it was so nice to see each other.
Interviewer: Do you all still have children living at home?
Verna: A few, ja. My one dochder, Myrna, is—
Wilma: —quite the handful!
Wilma: (directed to the interviewer) She can’t hold a job. She’s so opinionated.
Wilma: What? It’s true!
Edna: (clears her throat) I have three sohns. One works in Shipshewana at the auction haus. The younger two work on the farm with my husband.
Mary: I have only one dochder.
Wilma: —who is quiet as a mouse! I don’t think I’ve ever heard her utter a word!
Edna: (gives Wilma a sharp look)
Verna: I reckon we shouldn’t bring up your dochders. You know, the two who argue non-stop? Bickering constantly?
Wilma: They do not.
Edna, Verna, and Mary: (in unison) They most certainly do!
Interviewer: Well. (Looks uncomfortable) Let’s get back to the cookies.
Edna: As you can see, we often have quite a lot to talk about while the cookies are baking. Usually we talk about what’s happening in our communities. We don’t live in the same church districts—except Wilma and Verna—so there is always plenty of stories to share. And, of course, we talk about our children. It’s high time they were courting and getting ready to settle down.
Interviewer: Oh? Any weddings in the near future?
Edna: (sighs) Oh how I wish.
Verna: Me, too. If only my Myrna could find someone. I can’t wait to have little feet pattering on my kitchen floor again.
Edna: I think we all feel the same way.
Mary: I’m just fine with Bethany living at home. She’s so helpful.
Interviewer: I understand that you are baking cookies to sell at MayFest in Shipshewana this year?
Edna: And baby blankets. We are crocheting—
Wilma: —and knitting!
Edna: —and knitting baby blankets to sell. All of the money will be donated to Amish Aid to help sick people in our districts. Since we don’t use health insurance. Amish Aid pays the medical bills for our families.
Interviewer: Well! You certainly have a lot going on. Raising families, baking cookies, knitting for charity. I’m sure our readers will be thrilled to meet up with you at MayFest, buy some of your cookies and even a baby blanket. Thank you so much for spending some time with me today.
Edna: (smiles) You are most welcome. (pushes a plate of cookies toward the Interviewer) Now, have a cookie or two.
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.