I grew up with a steady diet of William Shakespeare and Jane Austen. After all that literary immersion, I naturally decided to get a degree in mathematics, which came in handy when one of my six children needed help with homework. After my fourth daughter was born, I started writing. By juggling diaper changes, soccer games, music lessons, laundry, and two more children, I finished my first manuscript—a Western—in just under fourteen years.
I have always been fascinated by the Amish way of life and now write Inspirational Amish Romance. I am drawn to the strong faith of the Plain people and admire the importance they put on enduring family ties. I have visited and studied Amish communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin where I met with a bishop and a minister as well as several Amish mamms, dats, and children. It has always impressed me at what salt-of-the-earth people they are. My interactions with these kind people have been some of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
My goal is to write uplifting, inspiring stories with happy endings and hopeful messages. If my books make readers want to give themselves a big hug or jump up and down for joy, I’ve done my job. I am a member of Romance Writers of America and am represented by Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.
There are three Amish romances in the Forever After in Apple Lake Series. Kate’s Song, Rebecca’s Rose, and Miriam’s Quilt. This series is currently out of print, but stay tuned! I’m reissuing them this year.
My second Amish romance series, The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill, is about an elderly Amish couple who try to find suitable mates for their grandchildren. What could be more fun than throwing two young people together to see if sparks ignite? No one would ever suspect two octogenarian Amish folks of mischief.
The 9th book in the Huckleberry Hill series came out in June 2018, plus there are four more Huckleberry Hill novellas in my Christmas novella series.
Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspiration Fiction and Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the 2014 Reviewer’s Choice Award by RT Book Reviews and the RITA Award by the Romance Writers of America. Home on Huckleberry Hill has been nominated for the 2019 RITA Award. Stay tuned for results in July!
The Honeybee Sisters, starting with Sweet as Honey, came out summer of 2016. The three Christner schwesteren are all grown up and their Aunt Bitsy is fighting off boys left and right. Be sure to get in on the excitement.
My newest series, The Petersheim Brothers, kicks off in June 2019 with Andrew. Dawdi Petersheim has had a stroke, and eight-year-old twins Benji and Alfie Petersheim have been pushed out of their bedroom and into the cellar with the spiders. In order to get their bedroom back, they’ve got to get their three older bruderen out of the house. And what better way to get rid of their bruderen than to get them married off? It will take a pair of binoculars, some walkie-talkies, and an orange smoke bomb to accomplish their goal. It’s going to be a wild summer!
I have four daughters, two sons, three sons-in-law, and seven adorable grandchildren. I live in the foothills of the Wasatch Front with my husband and play with my grandchildren when I’m not writing.
My grandchildren — Cooper, Deric, Calvin, Anne, Graham, Elsie, and Whitaker. I just want to eat ’em up!
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Emma by Jane Austen
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Enchanted by Orson Scott Card
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Sisters of the Quilt Series by Cindy Woodsmall
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
The Alvin Maker Series by Orson Scott Card
My Name Is Asher Lev by Chiam Potok
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
The Plant Paradox by Stephen Gundry
The Light and the Glory by Peter Marshall and David Manuel
Bonds That Make Us Free by C. Terry Warner
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Into Thin Air by John Krakauer
Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
It’s a Wonderful Life
Pride and Prejudice
Sense and Sensibility
The Princess Bride
The Farmer’s Daughter
Pocketful of Miracles
Lord of the Rings