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.

Me and Stacy Henrie at the RITA Awards Ceremony

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 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. I have a dear Amish friend with whom I correspond in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She helps me keep my facts straight and gives me inspiration for my stories.

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 American Christian Fiction Writers and am represented by Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.

A group of children headed home after school.
A group of children headed home after school.ump u

There are three Amish romances in the Forever After in Apple Lake Series (Summerside/Guideposts). Kate’s Song, Rebecca’s Rose, and Miriam’s Quilt.

amish buggy

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 comes out this June, plus there are three 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.

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.

I have four daughters, two sons, three sons-in-law, and six 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 little grandchildren — Cooper, Deric, Calvin, Anne, Graham, Elsie, and Whitaker. I just want to eat ’em up!

6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I have been enjoying huckleberry series. Huckleberry hearts has been my favorite. Currently reading return to huckleberry hill. This one is my least favorite. I also read honeybee sisters. I love references to essential oils.

    1. I loved Huckleberry Christmas. Just finished Huckleberry Spring and enjoyed it. Next is Huckleberry Summer. I got them from the library. They only have the three.

    2. Thank you, Sherry. Huckleberry Hearts is one of my favorites too. I think it is my most spiritual book. My sister used to work for an essential oils company, and she met a lot of Amish who sold and used essential oils. I thought it would go well in the book. 🙂

  2. I just finished Home on Huckleberry Hill and loved it. This is the first book of yours I read and couldn’t stop thinking what a fun and romantic movie it would make. And what a powerful message in this story.

  3. I ordered the ebook, Austin (The Petersheim Brothers) book 3. My ordered was canceled and it’s no longer available on Amazon. Google said it’s not available in the U.S. Do you know when it wiil be available? It wad surppose to be June 2020.

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