Coronavirus has taken the world by surprise. With that being said, like many of you, I’ve had a lot of extra time on my hands.
Actually, that’s not 100% true now that I think about it…we still have to fix broken fence boards (thanks Essie!), care for our 30+ horses, 10+ dogs, 9 ducks, 2 pigs, 2 goats, 7 cats, etc. 🙂
And with time comes reflection.
For so long, I’ve complained about people who know very little about the Amish religion and culture writing books about them. The inaccuracies, the disrespect, the inattentiveness…it drives me crazy. So many authors pretend to be someone they are not…some faking their backgrounds, some using combinations of my author name with their “fake” author name in order to trick readers. Seriously, how many authors named PRICE can there truly be? It’s not a coincidence.
For the world of Christian writing, it doesn’t seem very honorable, does it?
For the record, my family heritage is Mennonite. My father was raised Mennonite. For years, I learned about the Mennonite culture and religion from my beloved Mennonite grandmother. In fact, she and my Mennonite grandfather introduced me to the Amish in 1978. Our family’s last name was PREISS when we emigrated to Pennsylvania in the early 1700s. And yes, Sarah Price is my author name—Sarah for my grandmother and Price for my family. It’s a tribute to those who gave up so much to promote Jesus and the plain faith.
For many years, I stayed with an Amish family and then, later, rented a room from an older Amish woman. My stories are based on authentic experiences, but I always strive to protect this amazing community of people whom I love and respect very, very much.
So, that being said, and after much reflection, I am redoing Amish Fiction Authors and inviting new authors to participate. I want to read about their experiences, their stories, their thoughts, and their culture. Some of these authors you will have read before. Some of these authors might be new to you. But not for long. You see, each of these new authors are very familiar to me…great women with strong Amish backgrounds.
The name of our first guest, Amanda Beiler, might ring a bell with you. She will be sharing stories about her upbringing, her life, and also what she is doing today. But she has committed to being a regular on this blog. As for the others…you’ll just have to wait and see. 😉
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.