Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Warm Welcome to Arkansas Author Laura Hilton


Hi Laura, Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft. We are so glad to have you here. 

Can you tell us a bit about your family, and what it is like where you live?
     I have five children, two are homeschool graduates and one is doing extremely well in college. Three are still homeschooled. We live in rural Arkansas, surrounded by cattle ranches and small farms. We have to drive a half an hour to the nearest Walmart—and my husband works an hour away.

Is there a story behind Awakened Love?
Not really. I needed a third book idea for the proposal I was writing and this came to me. Some kids really struggle with being adopted even when they know it all their life. I remember my mom’s friend sharing that her adopted children screamed “You’re not my real mom, you can’t tell me what to do.” And I wondered what it would be like to grow up adopted and Amish and not know…

What is the last thing you wrote?  
I’m writing The Postcard which is coming out next year. 

Who is the most annoying character you ever created?  
Patsy, an Amish girl who is a bully. She showed up in this book and in A White Christmas in Webster County.

Does music help you write? 
Not usually. I am usually sidetracked by the music and start singing with it. Exception is when I absolutely must write and the one child I have who seems to find my writing time “evil” is around then I try to drown him out.

How do you find the time to write?  
With five children I have to make time. I squeeze it in anytime I can. If I wait until I find time, I’ll never have time.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it? My next book is A White Christmas in Webster County and it releases in September 2014.  The blurb is:

Wanting to relocate from Shipshewana to somewhere new, Mercy Lapp answered an ad in The Budget to work as a mother’s helper for Matthew and Shanna Yoder in Seymour, Missouri. Mercy relocated from Shipshewana to give herself space and time to heal after the death of her beau in a fishing trip on Lake Michigan. Abner Hilty fled Shipshewana to Montana to work on a ranch after he and his twin brother witnessed a murder. Now that the killer is safely behind bars, Abner decides to visit his brother Abram in Missouri where he’d settled with his bride of one month. Mercy is surprised to see Abner there, and equally surprised by how much he’d changed physically since she’d last seen him. Even though the two live in different districts they form a fledging friendship. As Christmas approaches, an unexpected heavy snow lets Abner and Mercy spend a lot of time together in wintertime fun. Abner hopes to interest Mercy in a more permanent relationship. But then Mercy’s past discovers her…

Thank you so much, Laura for joining us today.

Laura Hilton is giving away a copy of Awakened Love. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post)


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24 comments:

Patsy said...

Would love to read Laura's book!
plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

PriviesAndPrims said...

I live in Lancaster County and enjoy Amish fiction.

Doreen
priviesandprims [at] yahoo [dot] com

Diana Flowers said...

Thank you for the interview and the chance to win Awakened Love. With 5 kids I have to admire anyone who can write books or even read them for that matter! lol I am gathering up my TBR stack for post surgery, so praying I can add this one to it! Really looking forward to the Christmas one in September, too! Amish and Christmas are a delightful combo!

dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I would love a chance at your book. I have a large family also & am homeschooling the last 3 ( 5 went thru Public School). You got to snatch every moment! Hang in there!

mandn(at)wisper(dash)wireless(dot)com

Cindi A said...

Sounds like a very interesting storyline.
Thanks for the chance to enter the drawing for a copy of Awakened Love.

cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

Linda Finn said...

I just can't wait to read lauras books and see her style.
Linda
faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love Amish stories, to realize they are as human as we are. I may have some Amish blood, mom thought so. I look forward to the chance to read your book.
Thank You,
Joyce Guard
guardje13@hotmail.com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the interview with Laura, Sharon. I have two of her books and would love to win this one. Laura, you sound like a very busy lady. Where you lives sounds like a nice place to live. I believe in homeschooling also. There is so much bad stuff goes on in schools that I wouldn't want my to have to see and here. And, they get more Bible teaching too. I have a granddaughter who has 5 children who home schools. And he mother went to a Christian school at our church when we lived in WY. She loved it. Just wish the Christian schools were cheaper to go to. Too many can't afford to send their children. A man from church paid for my daughter and many others. Thanks for a chance to win your book. Maxie
> mac262(at)me(dot)com <

cjajsmommy said...

Thank you for this book giveaway. I'm looking forward to reading Awakened Love.
Deb R.
cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book..I enjoy reading Amish fiction.
rita.navarre@yahoo.com

sm said...

Our oldest child is adopted and has never asked anything about his birth mom. Anything he knows we've just told him. He did go visit the hospital where we told him he was born. sharon wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

lollipops said...

Thanks everyone for entering! I hope you'll enjoy Katie's story. She'll be a secondary character in my Christmas novel releasing in September. A White Christmas in Webster County.

lollipops said...

Good luck everyone!

Juanita Cook said...

Would love to win and read this book. It sounds so good.
seraphinangel7(a)aol(dotcom

bigreadersite said...

Book looks really good.
Thereadmaster@me.com

Jackie Tessnair said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book,also for the review.jackie_tessnair@yahoo.com

Lane Hill House said...

We live not far from the real Seymour and I love to see the windmills and watch for a horse and buggy and the families. Would like to read this story, Awakened Love. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

Mary Lou said...

I have read 4 or 5 of Laura's books and would so love to win this one! thanks for the contest! Hoping!!
flowersmarylou85(at)gmail(dot)com

Mary Lou said...

I enjoyed the interview and have read about 4 or 5 of Laura's books and have loved each of them . I thank you for this contest and would so love to win.
Mary Lou K
flowersmarylou85(at)gmail(dot)com

lollipops said...

Thanks for entering, Juanita. Good luck.

Kathleen, I remember you live near the real Seymour. Good luck!

Thanks for entering, Mary Lou. Hope you win. Glad you loved my other books.

Thanks for entering, Jackie! Hope you win.

Thanks for leaving a comment, thereadmaster. Good luck!

Jackie McNutt said...

Great interview! Book looks very inspiring!
Thank you
mcnuttjem0(at)gmail.(dot)com

Sonja said...

Such a good sounding book. I would love to read it. Sonja dot Nishimoto at gmail dot com

sm said...

Our oldest son is adopted by us and I'd love to read your book about adoption. sharon wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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