Monday, July 14, 2014

A Warm Welcome to Marsha Hubler

Is there a story behind your book LOVE SONG FOR LOUELLEN?
Living in Snyder County, central PA, I’ve formed friendships with Mennonites, and I know some Amish as well. They’ve been my primary resources for writing THE LOVES OF SNYDER COUNTY SERIES. I wrote the series to share with readers the fact that Amish do not accept Christ as their only way of salvation. They are bound by tradition and the rules of the Ordnung, and many live in constant fear, wondering if they are “good enough” to get into heaven.

What started you on your writing journey?
I had three teachers in school, one in elementary, one in middle school, and one in college, who encouraged me with my writing. But I never started writing seriously for publication until I was in my 40s. Life had gotten in the way. I started with short stories and articles in magazines, eventually publishing 17 books over the last twenty years.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
 “Life” in general: just household chores like cooking, cleaning, laundry. Also, from mid-April to the end of June every year, I do homeschool consultation and evaluations in the state of PA.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
My number one favorite is The Holy Bible, written by the best Author in the universe. I also enjoy Christian growth nonfiction, devotionals, and Amish fiction once in a while. Right now I’m reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
The main character, Louellen Friesen, is a most complex, interesting character with whom many gals can identify. She constantly struggles with her need to be loved and her disloyalty to an indifferent husband which is in conflict with her moral upbringing. She also searches for peace with God, which she doesn’t find in her Amish beliefs.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Conservative Christian: Old hymns of the faith

If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist who would it be and why?
I have sketched and painted some over the years, though never on a professional level. I’d love to be able to paint like the late Thomas Kinkade. His artwork is the closest resemblance to what I believe Heaven must look like.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
When my hubby and I had foster kids, (The 12 kids are all grown up and gone now), we did some really crazy things with them. Once, with three teen girls, I “operated” on a big stuffed teddy bear. We dressed up in scrubs and masks, made make-shift operation room equipment out of kitchen utensils, used a ton of sheets on the dining room table, and sewed up a big rip in the bear’s coat. We put a wristband and gown on the bear and put him on the sofa in the “recovery room” until he “felt better.”  We laughed all the way through the entire operation. That fun time happened about twenty years ago, but the girls still remember it today as I do.

What is your strangest habit?
Anyone who likes slushies or freezies will understand this. I can’t drive by a Sheetz gas station or another mini-market that sells Pepsi or Coke slushies without buying one. I love the little rascals. Just a humorous side note: Once some writer friends followed me in their car to our annual Susquehanna Valley Writers Workshop here in the Susquehanna Valley because they weren’t sure of the way. I failed to tell them to turn left at a certain red light to take them to the hotel complex. About a quarter mile past the red light, I sped off to Sheetz with my friends following me all the way.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
Lots of things make me laugh, such as our really cute adopted mixed terrier, Mr. Bailey, who is such a clown. But I have one good friend, Kathy, who is hysterical with the things she says and does. And she doesn’t try to be, which makes it all the funnier. One of my stories in THE SNYDER COUNTY QUILTING BEE, “Sadie Bletchler’s Trip Out West” (  is based on a trip Kathy and I took for 10 days to national parks and other tourist attractions in our western states two years ago. So many times, Kathy had me rolling in the aisles with her antics.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.    
My life verse is: 1 Corinthians 15:10a: “But by the grace of God I am what I am.” When I think where I could be, in the depths of sin, if I’d made the wrong choices in life instead of choosing to follow Christ, I thank God that he’s spared me much pain. Everything I am and everything I’ve done, I owe to our wonderful Savior.

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

My next book will be out in late 2014. SNOW, PHANTOM STALLION OF THE POCONOS is a tween novel about Dallis Parker, a thirteen-year-old girl (not a Christian) who is bullied at school because she has a bum leg. Her lifelong dream is to have a horse of her own. Through a series of circumstances (orchestrated by God), Dallis adopts and trains a wild Mustang stallion with the help of her two closest friends, who are Christians. They witness to Dallis, and she accepts Christ as her Savior then learns to handle bullying in a godly way. 

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Twenty-five-year-old Amish Louellen Friesen finds herself falling in love with forty-year-old Dr. David McAndrew, a widower with two children, for whom she cleans house regularly in Mapletown, Snyder County, Pennsylvania. There’s only one problem. Louellen is already married to Eli Friesen.
Louellen has some love for Eli, but because of her church vows, sets out to be the best wife and mother she can be, especially when God blesses them with little ones. However, after three years, there are no children. Louellen is devastated, and Eli becomes bitter, feeling trapped in a marriage that has produced no offspring even though he knows that he has the medical problem, not his wife. Although he treats Louellen civil in public, at home he ignores her needs, and their wedded life is nothing but a disappointment to both.

What should Louellen do? Turn her back on her husband and her Amish Ordnung? Should she leave, become English, and marry Dr. McAndrew, a man who has promised her the moon? What causes Louellen and Eli to be shunned by their Amish Ordnung?

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A Little Extra Info:
LOVE SONG FOR LOUELLEN is the 3rd book in THE LOVES OF SNYDER COUNTY SERIES, but I recommend it to be read first. I also have another book, THE SNYDER COUNTY QUILTING BEE, a collection of 12 follow-up stories about the characters in the three book series.

About Marsha:
Marsha Hubler, author of the best-selling tween Keystone Stables Series, lives in central PA with her husband and two dogs. Her latest published works, THE LOVES OF SNYDER COUNTY SERIES and THE SNYDER COUNTY QUILTING BEE SERIES 2 SHORT STORIES,  Amish/Mennonite fiction by Helping Hands Press, was created out of Marsha’s friendship with many Plain Folk who live in Snyder County. She has 17 books in print and dozens of articles and short stories.

A frequent speaker at writers’ conferences, she has a passion to help beginning writers get their work primed for publication. Visit Marsha at her website, and her blog that features writers’ tips for all genres and Amish and Mennonite traditions:

To connect with Marsha:
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 Marsha Hubler is giving away a copy of Love Song for Louellen.  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.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


cjajsmommy said...

Marsha, thank you for saying right up front that the Amish do not believe Jesus is the only way of salvation. That is one of my biggest issues with Amish fiction which I pretty much have quit reading. Do you know that there are large groups of ex-Amish who have come to true faith in Jesus through the area? I know there is a group near Willow Hill and another group near Ephrata. Some folks in our church have been fellowshipping with them. Twice a year (it seems) they all get together and there are hundreds in attendance. Thank you for being honest about the spiritual condition of the Amish. I'd love to read your book. cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com
Deb Ragno

Patsy said...

Would love to read Marsha's book.

Diana Flowers said...

I would love to become acquainted with Marsha's books! Dr. postponed my surgery until the 22nd, so that gives me more time to get my post surgery TBR stack together! ;) Thx for the opportunity to win this!


Anonymous said...

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Emma said...

I am looking forward to reading LOVE SONG FOR LOUELLEN.Thank you for the opportunity to win.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com. I enjoy reading your books.

Anonymous said...

Not all Christians are believers In Jesus Christ either. But that doesn't make Christian, Amish, Black, Red or Yellow fiction any different in how we read them as believers. We need to be able to discern the morals and values that the authors are teaching in the fiction when it was written.
I would love to read Marsha's Book. Joyce Guard

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