The clock in the front room chimed eight times just as Phylis took her famous sour cream pound cake from the oven. The sweet smell of vanilla and sugar wafted in the air for the past hour while she busied herself tidying up her home for her Saturday afternoon Book Club.
Placing the hot cake pan on the rack on the counter, she admired the evenly baked dessert. She was sure her ‘Book Buddies’ would love snacking on it as they discussed this month’s story.
Last month they decided they would read her favorite author, Sarah Price, since it was her turn to host club. She was so excited to see what everyone thought of An Amish Cookie Club Christmas. The book’s characters reminded her of her friends Rosie, Irma and Lovina, and all the fun they had meeting once a month to discuss their favorite hobby, reading.
Tracy Fredrychowski is a country girl, author, homesteader and everything simple living. She has a passion for writing about the simpler side of life, much like the life she lived growing up in rural Pennsylvania.
Her life has always been intertwined with the Amish, and it’s only fitting that she has a genuine passion for their simplicity, sense of community and God-centered lives.
Growing up in Northwest Pennsylvania she spent her childhood immersed deep in Amish Country. The clip-clop of horse and buggy woke her each morning as Amish men drove past her childhood home on their way to work. As a young woman, she was traumatized by an Amish murder that involved a family member and changed her life forever.
Even though she currently lives in South Carolina her travels take her through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin’s Amish Country every year. During those stops, she researches the communities she visits and prides herself on writing Amish fiction that truly represents the Amish culture. She considers herself very fortunate to have made friends in those communities and values the information they share and wants nothing more than to represent their lifestyle as accurately as possible.