On deadline

On deadline

I love thinking through Shakespearean plays from the female leads point of view.

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Chance to win a copy of The Amish Bride!

Chance to win a copy of The Amish Bride!

Thank you to Harvest House Book Reporter for this contest! Check it out! Seventy-five copies of The Amish Bride are being given away!

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Amish church wagon

Amish church wagon

In May, hubby, youngest daughter, and I visited Lancaster County. Both my daughter and I took photos while hubby drove. This is one I took after exclaiming, “Slow down!” Not that hubby wasn’t already inching along. That’s how one drives in Lancaster County. The church wagon was sitting on the edge of the lawn of new-style house. It was a Saturday afternoon–I could only imagine all of the preparations going on inside the home. The wagons carry tables, chairs, and dishes from home to home for services, held every other Sunday, in each district. I’d read about the wagons–and had written about them–but it was the first time I’d seen one up...

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Christy update

Christy update

    I already shamelessly posted this all over Facebook, but I had to post it here too. My co-author, Mindy Starns Clark, and I won a Christy Award Monday night for The Amish Midwife. It was an absolutely amazing evening, made even better by sharing it with our publisher, Harvest House; our agent, Chip MacGregor; and our husbands, Peter Gould and John Clark. I think we were all equally...

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What does Liz Taylor have to do with an Amish novel?

What does Liz Taylor have to do with an Amish novel?

Choosing to retell “The Taming of the Shrew” first in my The Courtships of Lancaster County series was a given. Who doesn’t love that story? I first saw the play in elementary school and loved it. But I’ve always wanted more of the story, namely from Katharina’s point of view. I finally had the chance! I thought of a young Elizabeth Taylor as I began to write Courting Cate, a younger one than she actually was when she played Kate in the 1967 movie of “The Taming of the Shrew” at age 33. But once I saw the cover Bethany House designed for the novel, the model became my “Cate.” She’s Amish, plus a little sassy and very smart—an all around intriguing character. Courting Cate comes out in October, but preorders are available through Barnes and...

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