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You are my inspiration. Who are? You are.

I’m always curious as to what inspires people to write. It’s hard. It’s frustrating. It’s exciting and completely satisfying. I asked my Amish author friends who or what inspired them to become writers. You’ll find their answers enlightening.

And watch for our book giveaway contest coming in November.

Who/what inspired you to become a writer?

Mary Ellis: Louisa May Alcott inspired me to write fiction. Little Women remains my all time favorite book. I own 3 copies, including a very early 1895 edition that’s almost twice as long as the currently published editions. I am Jo March at heart.

Shelley Shepard Gray: I’ve been a…

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September 17, 2014  |  Amish, Inspirational, Romance, Writing  |  8 Comments

If I were in the movies…

All the authors I know have a very distinct picture in their minds of what their characters look like before their books are ever written. I usually search the internet for faces that I want to represent my characters. I asked my Amish writer friends who would play the lead characters in their latest books. You will see that we’ve really done some serious thinking about this. I also asked everyone to cast themselves in a movie. Who would play YOU if they made a movie of your life?

Think of your latest book. Who would you have play the main characters if…

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August 26, 2014  |  Amish, Humor, Writing  |  3 Comments

Battle scars and war stories

Even though most of us sit at the computer all day trying to write clever prose, we Amish authors do get out and do stuff occasionally. And sometimes we hurt ourselves. I asked my distinguished panel of Amish author friends to tell me about their most prominent scars and how they got them. You will be happy to know that even after quite a bit of trauma, Mary Ellis isn’t any crazier than the rest of us. :) And Amy Clipston should probably get a medal or a standing ovation.

Amanda Flower: My most noticeable scar is on my right thumb. Last Christmas…

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July 8, 2014  |  Amish, Humor, Writing  |  5 Comments

Are you a serious writer?

Today it is my pleasure to host Nikolas Baron, marketer for Grammarly, an automated online proofreader, on treating yourself like a writer. Are you serious about writing? Find out!

A man decides to buy an engagement ring. He wants to demonstrate his commitment to a woman. However, he hesitates to complete his purchase at the store. He reconsiders in order to give himself time to see how the relationship will progress. Do you think this man is certain about the future of the courtship? You probably conclude that he has doubts. Think now about your choice to become a writer. Are…

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June 24, 2014  |  Writing  |  1 Comment

Authors and their most embarrassing moments

My dear Aunt Sue, who is one of the funnest people you’ll ever meet, once walked to church in her slip. She’d forgotten to put her skirt on that morning. When she got to church and realized her mistake, she still had to walk all the way home in her skirt. It was one of her most embarrassing moments.

I will never, ever reveal what my most embarrassing moment was. I am still embarrassed about it, but for our Amish authors blog this week, I asked my dear Amish author friends to share their most embarrassing moments with us. I, Jennifer Beckstrand,…

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June 17, 2014  |  Amish, Humor, Uncategorized, Writing  |  12 Comments

Writing process blog tour

Fellow writer and street team member :) JC Morrows asked me to participate in a writing process blog tour. I am grateful for the opportunity because I love talking about writing.

What am I working on at the moment?

Right now I’m working on book #5 in the Huckleberry Hill series. Book #2–Huckleberry Summer–comes out June 3. I have had so much fun writing about this delightful set of grandparents and the situations they finagle their grandchildren into.


The Helmuths’ thirteen children are grown and moved away. Anna and Felty Helmuth, full of vinegar and spice, are looking to stir up a little…

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May 19, 2014  |  Amish, Romance, Writing  |  3 Comments

What Superpowers Do Amish Authors Want?

If you could be a superhero, which one would you be? I recently asked my distinguished panel of Amish authors this question and got some enlightening (and hilarious) answers. Almost all of us would love a superpower that would give us more time. Anybody else?

Who is your favorite superhero?

Kelly Irvin: I’ve never paid much attention to the traditional superheroes, not being a big fan of action movies. My favorite super heroes are moms. They may not leap buildings in a single bound (unless their children are in danger, of course) but they work 365 days a year. The ones who don’t…

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May 15, 2014  |  Humor, Uncategorized, Writing  |  4 Comments

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Amish authors reveal their deepest fears.

There are very few people who aren’t afraid of anything. Since I am afraid of heights, I wanted to find out if there was anything that my author friends are afraid of. You will find their answers enlightening and hilarious. Maybe you can relate.

Do you have any phobias?

Amy Lillard: I am terribly and irrationally afraid of sharks. Yes, Sharks. Now this might not be a big problem because I live in a ‘land-locked’ state. But…I can’t watch sharks on television. I can’t sit with my feet on the floor when something about the ocean is on. Finding Nemo? Fuggetabuttit. It’s totally…

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April 9, 2014  |  Humor, Writing  |  30 Comments

Recipes and Hilarious Food Disasters

This month, I asked my Amish author friends about food because I love food. I love eating, I love snacking, and I love going out to eat. When you read about our cooking disasters, you’ll know why many of us like to go out to eat and why Shelley Shepard Gray will never host another work dinner party again. :)

If you could choose only one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Jennifer Beckstrand: Whole, raw almonds. I LOVE almonds. I buy that big bag they sell at Costco and just snack on them…

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March 11, 2014  |  Amish, Family, Humor, Writing  |  16 Comments

Ask an Amish author about books and such…

Yes, it’s time once again for “Everything you wanted to know about Amish authors but were afraid to ask.” Of course, maybe you aren’t afraid to ask but just haven’t known whom to ask. Well, wonder no further. I have gathered eight Amish authors together to ask them the burning questions. If you have a question for our authors, please send me a message via the “Contact Me” page, and we will do our best to answer it in a future blog.

We all have childhood memories of special books. What are some of the books that inspired you as a…

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February 11, 2014  |  Amish, Romance, Uncategorized, Writing  |  12 Comments