When is your next book out?
I hear that question all the time. What readers really want to know is why can’t I write faster? There is a good reason that I’ll go into later. Anyway, here is the list of my upcoming titles and release dates.
1. An Unexpected Amish Romance. March 2018.
2. His New Amish Family. July 2018 (Cover coming soon)
3. Nov. 2018, Untitled Christmas book that will start off my new 8 book series set Maine. Did you know there were Amish settlements in Maine? I didn’t until I uncovered an article on-line about them.
That in a nutshell why can’t I write faster. I get hung up doing research. Take His New Amish Family. It deals with a young Amish man’s desire to be an auctioneer. Lots of research on the subject led me to this YouTube video. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjpxhR-ZFF4 ) I think you’ll find it wonderfully interesting. I did.
Once I had my hero’s occupation, goal, motivation and conflict fairly well formed in my mind I started working on my heroine. Who was she. What did she want or need? Why couldn’t she obtain it? I love kids and I love writing about kids. As a former nurse I happened to like writing about medical issues. One issue the Amish have that I find really fascinating is their incidence of genetic diseases. Take Crigler-Najjar syndrome. Never heard of it? I have not encountered this rare genetic disorder as a nurse, but I am familiar with it from medical literature.
Blue Light Babies as they are sometimes called are infants that suffer from jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and eyes caused by a substance we all have in our blood called bilirubin. High levels in the blood can cause brain damage and death. Our livers get rid of the stuff every day and we never have to worry.
Many newborns have a mild form of jaundice and are treated by being placed under phototherapy. Light, particularly blue light, causes a reaction in the skin that breaks down bilirubin and lets the body get rid of it.
In Crigler-Najjar syndrome the child’s liver can not process the bilirubin in his or her blood. The levels increase until the child dies. The current treatment is 10 to 12 hours of phototherapy a day until the child’s skin becomes too thick for the light to penetrate. When that happens, usually in their early teens, they die.
Here is a link to a wonderful Fox News article about blue light children.
The only cure is a liver transplant, but in a population without medical insurance the $500,000 to $700,000 price tag for the surgery is difficult to fund. The heroine of my book has a little girl with this rare syndrome. She believes she is the rightful heir to her late uncle’s farm and plans to sell it to raise the money for her daughter’s surgery. An unscrupulous cousin claims the land is his and has hired an Amish auctioneer to sell the property as soon as possible.
Can this young widow convince the hero that the farm belongs to her? Or will he honor the bargain he made and sell her daughter’s only hope for a normal life?
Research is my love and my downfall. I can get carried away for hours. I may not be able to turn out as many books a year as some readers would like but I hope my stories supply you with a new tidbit of knowledge about the Amish that you didn’t know.