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Buy A Plain Malice and Give Back to Those in Need with Guest Amanda Flower

By Amanda Flower

The original publisher of my Appleseed Creek Mystery Series decided that it wants to go in a different direction that did not include publishing fiction. As a result, they canceled all of their fiction series. Sometimes this happens in publishing. For me it meant the end of my popular Appleseed Creek Mystery Series, which was disappointing. However, I was most worried about the abrupt ending because I left my readers hanging at the end of book three, A Plain Disappearance. I knew I had to give my readers a proper ending about Chloe and Timothy, so I decided…

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October 24, 2014  |  Amish, Faith, Inspirational, Uncategorized, Writing  |  No Comments

To Viola. Be Still my Soul.

A cute reader wrote to me about the words to “Be Still my Soul” which is the song that has such an impact on Kate in “Kate’s Song.” Viola, I hope you see this blog. I tried to respond to you, and the email address you gave me doesn’t go anywhere. (I hate it when that happens!) So, I wanted to post the words here for you and anyone else who is interested. This song has always meant so much to me, especially in times of trouble and stress. Here are the words, and God bless!

“Be Still, My Soul”
by Catharina von…

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October 20, 2014  |  Amish, Faith  |  2 Comments

Who would you like to meet?

If you could spend a day with any historical figure, who would it be? What about a religious figure? I worry that if I spent the day with some important historical figure, they would wish this annoying woman would quit tagging along after them. Let’s see what our authors have to say.

If you could spend the day with any religious figure besides Jesus, who would it be and why?

Jennifer Beckstrand: I would like to meet Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus. I like to think I’m a lot like her, careful and trouble about many things! But she was also…

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October 15, 2014  |  Faith, Inspirational, Romance, Writing  |  2 Comments

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  |  10 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