Welcome back, Laura Hilton! Your titles are always some of my more popular giveaways. Why write Amish?
Why not? I love everything about the Amish. I love their “simpler”, quieter lifestyle, the peace they exude and it is fun creating contemporary stories about them. Also, my family (maternal) came from the Amish, so I am kind of discovering my roots.
Have you visited Amish country?
I live in Amish country. There is a small district within miles of my home and I interact with them regularly. I also go up to the communities in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana on a regular basis. It is interesting seeing the differences.
What’s the best part of the creative process for you?
The discovery. I don’t plot, and so I discover a story just like a reader does. I mean, I’m not total “seat of the pants” I do have some general idea, at least a paragraph of the story, but getting from point A to point B is a voyage of discovery.
If you could write any other genre, what would it be and why?
Contemporary romance. I enjoy all genres but I feel out of my element with some. I don’t think I could write a suspense unless I plotted it all out in advance, and some take a lot of research, more than driving into the Amish community and asking questions.
Of all the characters you’ve written now for your books, which one did you find the most of yourself hidden within the pages?
I’m not any of the characters I wrote. I am quiet and shy, like Becky, in Patchwork Dreams, but I’m also a teacher like Annie (I homeschool), in Promised to Another, strong willed like Shanna, in A Harvest of Hearts, and interested in herbal medicine and midwifery like Kristi in Healing Love. I had most of my children at home with a midwife.
Thanks for being with us again. Great to have you!
Thanks for having me!
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