Once you were established as “Amish” what made you choose to start exploring suspense, mystery and even murder as threads in your stories, given that most Amish Fiction is light-hearted romance.
Again, I didn’t actually make that choice. Harper Collins Christian Fiction (then Zondervan) contacted me. Their exact words were something like “We like your writing, but we don’t need another Amish romance writer. Would you consider writing Amish cozy mysteries?” My answer to that was a resounding “Sure!”
You used to be a teacher. What inspired you to move on to full-time writing?
Teaching is a very difficult profession, as anyone who has been a teacher knows. Although I adored the students and the learning environment, I was very frustrated by administrative demands (what teacher isn’t?). In the end I decided that writing full time would be a better path for both me and my family.
We’re featuring your new book, Anna’s Healing. Tell us a bit about it.
I love this story! Don’t all writers say that? But seriously … I wanted to pursue the cornerstones of our faith, and so we began with miracles. Does God still intervene in the lives of His people? That was the seed which became Anna’s Healing.
You’re a romance fiction author mainly, but I know you have other interests. If you could write novels in different genres, what would they be and why?
I have a Christian dystopian series coming out next year that I’m very excited about. Honestly, as a writer I fall in love with characters—so I’m happy to put those characters in whatever genre the publisher wants.
What do you think the most important thing a Christian writer needs to be aware of or get across as they write?
I was in a Jeff Gerke class at ACFW, and he said what I’ve thought for years, “Don’t bore your readers.” That’s our number one job, to engage the reader. If you were telling your story, and the person across from you began to yawn, you’d change the story or skip to the exciting part. Writing should never ever bore the reader.