Is there a story behind this book?
I introduced a character in my first Christian inspirational novel, A Widow’s Hope, and I always wanted to return to her. Now twelve years have passed and Phoebe is all grown up. I wanted to tell her story as an adult beginning a new career and embarking on romance.
What started you on your writing journey?
As most writers will answer, I had all these stories in my head fighting to get out. I even dream in high-drama, high-conflict stories. If I hear a snippet of conversation in the grocery store line, I start imagining a full-blown story. About 10 years ago, I decided to write down these stories in my head. And another writer was born….
What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Life, plain and simple. My beloved husband expects me to have a social life with him. How does that happen for a writer? Do you mean actually shut down the computer and make polite conversation with friends, or ride our bikes through our beloved National Recreation Area or gasp….go on vacation without WiFi??? There is always more to do and always the next book itching to get down on paper.
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I love my heroine, Phoebe. She has formed a relationship with her (step) mother that is better-than-blood. As an adopted daughter, I loved visiting the theme of what makes a mother—blood ties or the bonds of devotion and sacrifice?
If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Rip-roaring Gospel music, sung loudly and slightly out-of-key! (that’s what I do every Sunday in church. Funny, nobody has ever asked me to join the choir…)
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I went on a white-water rafting trip with my husband and friends on the New River in West Virginia. The river “guide” suggested we jump off this rock down into the rapids below, a drop of about 30 feet. So I did it. Yes, I had a life jacket on, but I wasn’t a strong enough swimmer to get out of the current. I ended up about a mile downstream from everyone and had a long, poison-ivy infested hike back to my loved ones!
What is your strangest habit? I talk to myself, but among other writers that’s probably not strange in the least.
What is your favorite season of the year?
Goodness, what an easy question. Summer, for sure. I’m the world’s biggest freeze-baby. I hate being cold. Give me hot, sticky, and sweaty over cold and clammy any day. (of course, I do appreciate somewhere in between too…)
What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
I loved it when my dad took me fishing. My mom packed a picnic hamper and Dad and I stood on the bank of a reservoir and cast our bamboo poles over the water. I would catch tons of (small) bluegills and poor Dad usually caught nothing! But he loved that I enjoyed fishing with him.
Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
I guess that would be cleaning house. I don’t mind dusting, picking up, recycling, and dealing with clutter. But scrubbing the shower or kitchen floor or washing windows?? My husband has taken over many cleaning duties. However, I must pay him from my royalty checks from time-to-time. So very worth it!
What's your favorite meal with family and friends? (and feel free to share a recipe with us!)
I cook a big pot of homemade soup every Sunday afternoon. My husband and I love soup and I’ve gotten quite creative—lobster bisque (fake lobster meat, however...) shrimp gumbo, both Cajun and Creole style, clam chowder, plus the soups of my heritage, Hungarian—chicken noodle, beef vegetable, cream of cauliflower, split pea with bacon, twelve-bean with ham, and many more! I have a pot of chicken vegetable soup cooking while I write this, to be served with brown rice for me and egg noodles for Ken.
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I keep coming back to the theme of obedience. Christ asked for obedience to His word…that is so simple but so hard to do….for me and for my Amish fictional characters. Talking-the-talk is easy, but following in my Savior’s steps is a very different story.
Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
I love Colossians 3:13 “You must allowances for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” As a person whose feelings are easily hurt, this passage brings me back to reality and helps me not to judge.
My next book, An Amish Family Reunion, is about to be released from Harvest House. I’m so excited about it since I revisit my characters from the Miller Family series, plus add a brand new romance. But don’t worry…readers who haven’t found my earlier books will still be able to understand and enjoy the story.
Mary Ellis is giving away a copy of An Amish Family Reunion. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
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Until next time. . . Sharon A Lavy