Hi everyone and since I have already been posting on the blog, I presume you already know me. 😀
However, just to get the ball rolling, let me re-introduce myself.
My fascination with the Amish began in 1978 (which blows my claim that I am perpetually 29 years old). My Mennonite grandparents took me on a great adventure to Intercourse, Pennsylvania. We drove along the backroads, visited one of the living Amish farms, watched a movie at The People’s Place in Intercourse, and toured the Weaver Schoolhouse. When I saw my first horse and buggy, I was hooked.
Most of the places that we visited on that day are no longer there. Times change. But one thing has not changed: my love of the Amish religion and culture.
For years, I bought every book I could about the Amish which, back then, were not very many and were hard to come by. Yes, this was before the Internet and this was also before Harrison Ford’s movie, The Witness, which introduced the Amish to mainstream America.
In 1988, I was a young college girl, studying anthropology at Drew University in Madison, NJ. During a break, I drove to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, determined to meet some Amish people and stay on their farm. Everyone I talked to laughed at me and told me that this was an impossible. First of all, they told me. Amish people didn’t like Englischers and, secondly, they certainly didn’t want Englische women hanging around their farms.
I proved them wrong.
For almost forty years now, I have been living among the Amish. Sometimes I would rent apartments on their farms, other times I rented rooms in their homes. I have been invited to their weddings, church services, barbecues, birthday parties, picnics, quilting bees, canning frolics, and even funerals. I even courted a young Amish man (although I didn’t realize it at the time). As my one Amish friend always says to me, “I don’t know why we like you so much, but we just do!”
My first book about the Amish, Fields of Corn, was written in 1990 and was turned down by the Good Books division of Good Enterprises. The rejection letter, signed by one of the Goods (I don’t remember if it was Merle or Phyllis) informed me that (and I quote) “No one will ever want to read a romance about the Amish.” Ironically, these were the people who owned the People’s Place in Intercourse, PA before going bankrupt in 2013.
After almost twenty years, Amazon began offering self-publishing and, at the encouragement of my husband, I self-published Fields of Corn in 2009. As they say, the rest is history.
Today, I am the very proud (and busy) author of over forty novels, many of them having been on best-seller lists as well as members of the elite Amazon Top 100 Club. Almost all of my original works have been bought by publishing houses. While I am venturing into new genres (such as Women’s fiction with The Faded Photo released in April 2017 and Heavenly Blues releasing October 3, 2017), the Amish genre remains near and dear to my heart.
My goal as an author of this unique genre is to provide well-written stories that are both authentic and accurate in their portrayal of the Amish to my followers and friends. And with that, I am pleased to welcome you to the Amish Fiction Authors’ blog.
Hugs and Blessings,