“Huh?” is the expression I got when I pitched my “retelling of Shakespeare stories using Amish characters and settings” idea to an editor a few years ago, but then her face shifted and she broke into a big smile. She loved it! She didn’t end up being interested in it—but she loved it. That was enough to encourage me to pursue the idea.
A little background before I go on. When I was getting my MFA I took a Shakespeare class from Tony Wolk, a legend at Portland State University (and also an author). An ongoing assignment in the class was to retell Shakespeare’s plays as short stories. I loved it! So when I started writing Amish fiction I had one of those ah-hah moments and thought, “Why not?”
That led to me pitching the idea just to see the reaction, then the drafting of a proposal, encouragement from my agent, and finally a contract with Bethany House. Within no time, Amish/Shakespeare characters began crowding my thoughts! Read who made it to center stage first in my next post.