Thursday, April 12, 2012

An Interview with Laura V. Hilton

With her newest book, Promised to Another, set to release in April, author Laura V. Hilton shares some thoughts and an excerpt with our readers.

from Promised to Another

Chapter One

“May I take you home from Singing?”
Annie Beiler’s breath hitched and her gaze shot from the dusty tips of her powder blue tennis shoes to the drop-dead gorgeous man standing not three feet in front of her. Unfortunately, his tentative smile wasn’t aimed in her direction.
Nein, Joshua Esh’s hazel eyes were locked on Rachel Lapp. Though Annie had to admit Rachel was cute with her strawberry blond hair and the green dress that perfectly matched her green eyes.
He was what her Englisch friends called a player, for sure. Everyone talked about how he never took the same girl home from Singing twice. But maybe that meant he would eventually make his way to Annie.
Rachel’s face lit up. “Danki, Joshua. I’d love a ride.”
Annie scowled. And when he did get around to asking her, she’d reject him. Seems someone should have the willpower to. Even though Rachel had talked about him and his ways earlier that evening, it appeared that she had only been suffering from jealousy since Joshua hadn’t asked her first.
Okay, to be honest, Annie did feel a bit envious too. Make that more than a bit. Not mainly because of Joshua, although he played a huge part of it. But partially because none of the men swapped from Pennsylvania had ever offered to give her a ride. Not a single one.
She didn’t think she was that unfortunate looking.
Annie brushed past Joshua and Rachel and left the barn. Maybe she shouldn’t have gone outside, because she did need a way home unless she planned to ride with another couple. But she didn’t think she could stand there alone by the barn doors, hopeful, when all the buwe she noticed didn’t seem to know she was alive.
Like Joshua Esh.
Especially Joshua Esh.
Annie kicked at a rock and winced when it didn’t budge.
“Annie? Is that you?” A male voice came from the darkness in front of her.
She jumped. She recognized that voice. Just hadn’t expected to hear it. Not in a month of Singings. She frowned. “Luke?”
“Jah.” He moved enough to come into the circle of light from the lanterns hanging around the barn.
Annie planted her fists on her hips. She wouldn’t make the mistake of falling for Luke Schwartz twice. Not that she’d fallen for him the first time. It was just—he’d asked. And a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Right? Okay, he wasn’t what she wanted, wouldn’t make her top ten list of dreamy Amish men, but he was better than nothing. She pulled in a deep breath, steeling herself. “What are you doing here?”
“Ach, that’s a wonderful way to welcome me. I’m home.”
She stilled, hope building, despite her internal warnings. “For how long?” She didn’t want to spend her life alone. Didn’t want to rely on the kindness of other couples for rides. Didn’t want to be the only girl left unattached, unaccepted, unwanted.
But then again, she didn’t want to settle for just anyone either.
Luke didn’t quite meet her eyes. “You wound me.”
Ach. Not for gut, then. The pencil fell from behind her ear and she stooped to pick it up, careful not to glance at him as she rose.
“Never without that ever present pencil, I see.”
She winced, hating that he mocked her. Okay, she probably shouldn’t take a pencil to Singing, but what if she wanted to write something down? The name of a book she’d like to read, or something she wanted to mention to the scholars. Maybe even the initials of her number one dream guy. One who stood somewhere nearby, but didn’t pay any attention to her. One who didn’t know she was alive. She didn’t dare glance away from Luke. “Sarcasm doesn’t suit you.”
He sighed. “May I give you a ride home? Looks like things are breaking up.”
“I’m sorry, but I already have a ride. Maybe another time?”
Luke laughed. “Right. I heard how popular you are. Having to beat the buwe off with a stick, ain’t so?”
Annie stiffened. “So, you couldn’t pay rent on that run down trailer and ran home to your parents, jah?”
Someone moved up beside her, and she glanced that way. Whoever it was didn’t register. What she did notice was that everyone had gathered around her and Luke, watching their exchange.
She was in enough trouble, only allowed to continue teaching on probation. All she needed was for one of these eavesdroppers to go home and tell their folks. She’d be out of a job so fast a racing horse and buggy wouldn’t be able to keep pace. She searched for something to say, something to diffuse the situation.
Luke’s glance slid from her to whoever offered wordless support. He sneered, then backed up a space. “Well, since you have a ride, I’ll just see you later then. Good to see ya, Annie.”
She forced a smile. “Glad you’re back, Luke.” 
He turned and disappeared into the darkness.
Book Three in the Amish of Seymour series


1. What started you on your writing journey?

I always loved to write.  I was writing when I was in third grade (but I'm not saying anything was publishable).

2. Your Amish of Seymour series sold on the strength of the proposal. Tell us about that.

My agent told me that for this series, where I was, I didn't need to write the whole book unless it was requested. I just wrote three chapters and a synopsis for the first book and two-sentence pitches for books two and three. The series sold on the proposal. I was so surprised, but happy.  But I didn't have anything more written, so then I needed to write the remaining manuscripts by deadline.  It was a great experience. I loved actually getting to complete the story and see what happened, and to discover the stories of the other two books.

3. Which character in Promised to Another most interested you while you were writing? Why?

Joshua, because he has secrets.

4. What distracts you from writing the easiest?

My children fighting. Stress. Or finances. Distraction is the hardest thing about writing.

5. What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I enjoy reading contemporary romance, Amish fiction, and romantic suspense.

6. What is your strangest habit?

I have to check email in the morning and usually don’t mess with it the rest of the day.

7. What spiritual themes you like to write about?

Forgiveness and second chances. My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."

8. It’s the day before the church potluck. What meal/dish will you take?

I like to bake cakes for potlucks. My son is going to take a pretzel salad to the one Sunday. I don’t have the recipe.

9. Sounds tasty! Tell us about your next book.

The book comes out in summer 2012. I don’t have the official title yet, but the blurb is:

Dog Daze
Who knew Cupid had four paws? Amish midwife Kristine Lapp’s dog, Chinook, develops a slew of unfamiliar ailments that sends Kristi to Shane Zimmerman, their veterinarian neighbor. Shane was raised Amish, but left years ago in favor of education and marriage to an Englisch woman. After his wife died in childbirth, Shane returns to Amish country to live and serve, but he’s determined not to return to the faith of his childhood. Prejudiced against the herbal and natural remedies that Kristi uses in her practice, the vet is determined to avoid what his eccentric neighbor cooks up. Can God use a loyal pet to mix a little old medicine with new and bring two neighbors past their differences so they can find a love with a positive prognosis?

Thank you for a great interview, Laura!

Readers, post a comment for a chance to win your own copy of Promised to Another. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. Note: Contest is open only to readers with U.S. addresses.

Remember, you can find Laura online at her blog,, or on Facebook as Author Laura V. Hilton. Her Twitter handle is Laura_V_Hilton.

Click to buy Promised to Another in paperback or Kindle ebook.


Anonymous said...

This sounds like a very interesting book and I'd love to own it. So I will try to win it here. Loved the interview. Maxie ( )

cjajsmommy said...

I've already read the three books in the Amish of Seymour series and thoroughly enjoyed each of them. I encourage all of you to read these books if you get the chance. You will be delighted! (No need to enter me in the giveaway.)

Diana Flowers said...

I enjoyed the interview so much, and am very happy for the success of Laura's books! I haven't been blessed to be able to read one yet, but please do enter me and thank you for the opportunity.


Charity said...

I hadn't heard abut another book from Laura but so glad there is anohter one! This one sounds really interesting. Please enter me in this giveaway! Thanks!


Marianne said...

Not sure where i've been...probably too busy reading to find out about Laura's novels. They sound great, though. Thank you for the opportunity to win, and for the super interview. i usually check my email first thing in the morning, and last thing at night, and not in between.

mitzi underscore wanham at gmail dot com

Emma said...

Great interview. Promised to Another sounds like a great book. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Nancee said...

Wonderful new story! Thank you for offering this giveaway!

Wendy Newcomb said...

I would love to have this book, I could then take it off of my wish list and put it on my to-read list.


ann said...

I love reading Amish books . I enjoy reading your interview also. Please enter me to win this book. Thanks
amhengst at verizon dot net

apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

Oooh - you're killin' me! SO ready to read your Amish fiction!
Thanks for the opportunity!
Susan Ferrell

Bryan said...

Great interview and thanks for the chance to win a book!

Bryan said...

Great interview and thanks for the chance to win a book!

Carol Q. said...

i love amish fiction, please enter me in your contest, thank you,
Carol Evirs Quinn

Lane Hill House said...

"I loved actually getting to complete the story and see what happened, and to discover the stories of the other two books."

I love that the characters take off on their own; at least they take you with them!! Adventures!
So... You're not going to tell us who was standing next to Annie to take her home? Her rescuer!

Sign me up for a chance to find out!

LadyDi said...

Would love to win this book!!!

Dianna Bupp

MsRubyKat said...

Would love to win Laura's newest book. Thank you for the opportunity.

Karen Gervais

Rhonda McDermitt said...

I hope I win! I love your books!

Marilynn Walton said...

Would love to read this book and then pass it along to my friends.

Marilynn Walton

Rhonda's Doings said...

would love to win....Rhonda

Jo said...

I enjoy reading Amish fiction and this sounds like such a good book. Please enter me in the giveaway.


Anonymous said...

I love your books. I save my change to get my Amish books or request them for gifts. Maybe me will be lucky. Keep up good work an God Bless You!!!!

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win/read this book. It sounds terrific.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Susan Page Davis said...

Great interview, Laura and Amy!

Teela said...

enjoyed the interview and would like to win your book.

Anonymous said...

I loved this interview Amy. I would love to win Laura's book. Maxie ( )

HomePlace Gatherings said...

Living in Amish country now and love reading about them.

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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