Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Warm Welcome to Marsha Hubler

It's so wonderful to have Marsha with us. She's an established author in children's books and adults. Please read on to find out a little about her.

Is there a story behind THE LOVES OF SNYDER COUNTY SERIES is based on the Amish and Mennonite folk who live in Snyder County, Pennsylvania. Although all the characters are fictitious, many of their physical features and gentle mannerisms of my characters are based on my “Plain” friends I have here in our beautiful Susquehanna Valley.

What started you on your writing journey?
As a child, I was encouraged by my third grade teacher, an eighth grade teacher, and a Children’s Literature professor in college. It wasn’t until over 20 years after college that I sat down and started some serious writing for publication. My first published work (other than letters to the editor in the local newspaper and a few poems here and there) was an article about one of our foster daughters. A Christian magazine, JOYFUL WOMAN, paid me $40 for the article, “Bus Kid,” and I felt like I had won the lottery.

What distracts you from writing the easiest? 
Life: cooking meals, housework, shopping

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I enjoy personal interest nonfiction and, of course, Amish fiction. I’m presently reading THE CAREGIVER by Shelley Shepard Gray. I just finished reading a terrific nonfiction testimony, OUTRAGEOUS GRACE, by Grace Fabian, who tells her story of forgiveness after her husband was murdered in Papua New Guinea by one of the men in the tribe to whom they ministered.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why? 
In BACHELOR’S CHOICE, my one Mennonite gal, tomboy Nanette Peachey, interested me most because she breeds and raises Tennessee Walking Horses. I, as a horse lover and horse owner (some years back now), identify most with Nanette. She’d rather be in the barn mucking stalls and in the yard playing softball than cooking or attending the quilting bee with the other “ladies.”

If you were a style of music, what style would you be? 
I would be a hymn of praise to the Lord Jesus Christ, thanking him for my salvation, similar to the famous hymn, “Amazing Grace.”

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
That’s a tough question. I’ve done so many “quirky” things in my crazy life, I don’t know where to begin.
What is your strangest habit?
One of my “strangest” habits would not be labeled “strange” by any other writer. But to the rest of the non-writing world, this would be “strange.” An average of once a week I try to get together with two other writer friends and go to a small local cafĂ© in the morning to have breakfast together. We all have our laptops with us, which we open and work on our projects until noon when the lunch crowd starts coming in; then we leave. If you would see my two writer friends and me sitting at the table, we aren’t talking. We’re “thinking” and writing. The average bear would think that’s really “strange.”

What is your favorite season of the year? 
Spring. I love the re-birth of the grass, flowers, and trees after a long cold winter.

What is a favorite memory from your childhood? 
Most of my favorite memories revolve around horses, even though I didn’t have one until I was married and had a place of my own. One of my favorite childhood memories is when my mother and my aunt would take my cousin Dave and me to a riding academy once in a while and allow us to ride ponies in a corral for an hour. I always asked to ride the same pony and still remember the pony’s name: Sugar. (I recently found a picture of me on that pony.)

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them? 
I’ve never been a procrastinator. I’m of the choleric/sanguine personality. If I don’t get something done when it should be done, it’s because I’m swamped. Then I make a list of priorities and get busy.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends? If you’re talking about eating at restaurants, I love Chinese. At home, we eat a lot of salads and chicken casseroles.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
All sixteen of my books have Christian content or a Christian theme. I deal with forgiveness, Christ-like love, patience and forbearance through trials, etc. with a positive resolution for the reader to glean from.
Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)  
My life’s verse is First Corinthians 15:10: “By the grace of God I am what I am.” When I think back in my life and what it would have been like had Christ not saved me at a young age, I think I would be in dire straights now living in a life of sin or I would be dead. His grace has been marvelous.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

My next book, LOVE SONG FOR LOUELLEN, is volume three in THE LOVES OF SNYDER COUNTY. It will be released in September as an e-book.

Twenty-five-year-old Amish woman Louellen Friesen finds herself falling in love with an “English” doctor, David McAndrew, for whom she cleans every Saturday. But there’s one big problem. She’s married to an Amish man, Eli, who provides for all of Louellen’s needs but shows her no love or affection. Their relationship is also strained because after three years, God has not given them any children. Louellen thinks she is the reason, but Eli has the sterile problem, a secret he has not shared with anyone because of his pride. Unknown to each other, both Louellen and Eli question their Ordnung’s rules, which forbid owning vehicles, having electricity, and enjoying some simple pleasures in life. They both desire to know God on a personal level and begin searching the scriptures for the truth.
To keep in touch with Marsha, go here:
Writers’ Tips Blog:

Horse Facts for Kids Blog:

Facebook Book Page: 

Amazon Author Page: 

Publisher’s Blog Talk Radio Interview: Radio Interview


Susquehanna Valley Writers Workshop Blog: 


About Marsha:
Marsha has had a background conducive to effective writing. She has a master’s degree in education from Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA, and has been an educator for over forty years. She had co-founded two private schools, Kreamer Christian Academy, Kreamer, PA, and the Bethesda Prep School, Milton, PA, and had served as teacher/administrator in each. She is presently a PA certified homeschool consultant, working out of her office in her Middleburg home, where she lives with her husband and two dogs.

Marsha has owned horses for over 20 years, therefore knows her horse facts in and out. She also lives in central PA, “Dutch” country, highly populated by the Amish and Mennonite, who have been a valuable first-hand resource for Marsha’s latest project, THE LOVES OF SNYDER COUNTY, a series about the Amish and Mennonite folk in the beautiful Susquehanna Valley in central PA.

Marsha is excited that her eight-book “Keystone Stables Series” juvenile fiction published by Zonderkidz has become a best seller. She also is quite proud of her last two stand-alone books, RICKIE RIDES TO THE RESCUE and THE SECRET OF WOLF CANYON. She has 13 books in print with her Amish/Mennonite fiction series for ladies joining her publishing credentials with an e-book release of BACHELOR’S CHOICE online any day now.

To buy her book, go to:
Barnes and Noble

Marsha is giving away an e-copy of Bachelor ChoiceThe giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.  To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address.You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!

Caroline Brown


ann said...

Thanks for the chance to win your book.
I love horses and country books. I also live in the Susquehanna Valley and enjoy visiting the Amish Country. This sounds like its going to be a good read for me

Anonymous said...

I have many Amish and Mennonite friends so this would be a great book for me to read but the part that caught my heart is where they are in their marriage with him showing her no affection and her having feelings for someone else. That hits rather close to home and I sure want to know how that works out! Thanks for the giveaway. ~Elizabeth N.

Nancee said...

I have seen other reviews and have heard wonderful things about Marsha's books. Thank you for offering this giveaway! I love Amish/Mennonite fiction.

Anonymous said...

Good book it seems. Please enter me for a chance to win. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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