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What was your favorite book as a child?
I would have to choose The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I read it at least fourteen times when I was a preteen and teenager, and my copy of the book nearly fell apart. Susie Hinton’s books always touched my heart, and I still remember being completely engrossed in Ponyboy Curtis’s emotions while reading that story.
What book did you read that first made you want to be an author?
Again, I would choose The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. That book started my creativity flowing and I began to create my own stories in my head after being completely emerged in Ponyboy Curtis’s world.
What was the last book you read, just for fun?
Since I work full-time, write several books per year, and have two boys in school, I rarely have time to read. I fit in books for pleasure when I can via Audible. I download books to my phone and I listen when I’m commuting to and from work or when I’m doing data entry type work at the office. Sometimes I also listen to books while I’m doing chores around the house, such as putting away laundry. I only listen to audio books for fun between my own book projects since I find reading for pleasure distracting when I’m writing my own books.
Young adult is my favorite genre, and the last book I listened to for pleasure was Interference by Kay Honeyman. I found the book by accident while browsing Audible, and it was fantastic! I enjoyed the story and I loved the characters. The story was complex and so much fun. I was even surprised by the ending. It was very well written, and I highly recommend it!
What books are currently on your nightstand?
A dear friend, who is a librarian, recommended Dee Henderson’s O’Malley series, and I plan to download the books when I have a break between upcoming book projects. I’m excited to check out the books since she has spoken so highly of them. I’ve already added them to my Wish List on Audible.
What upcoming release are you most looking forward to?
I’m really excited about Kathleen Fuller’s Words from the Heart, the third in her new An Amish Letters series, which will be out in February. Kathy’s new series is fantastic, and I’m enjoying each book! I can’t wait to read the next installment. The cover is beautiful, and I’m counting the days until I can get a copy for my mom and also download it through Audible for myself.
I’m also excited about Room on the Porch Swing, the second in my new Amish Homestead series. It will release in May. The first book in the series, A Place at Our Table, centers around Jamie Riehl, the oldest son in the family. The second book will tell Laura Riehl’s story. I can’t wait for readers to find out more about my Riehl family. The story is very close to my heart, and I hope readers enjoy it as well.
More about A Place at Our Table:
Kayla Dienner has suffered her fair share of heartache, which is why she vows to protect her heart at all costs . . . until she meets Jamie Riehl.
Along with his volunteer work at the local fire department, running his Amish farm keeps Jamie Riehl busy. He barely has time to eat at the family table, never mind find someone to date. But when he meets Kayla Dienner, he is smitten.
Kayla tries hard to deny her attraction to Jamie. After all, she’s spent the last year discouraging her younger brother, Nathan, from becoming a firefighter. The death of their older brother in a fire a year ago is fresh in her mind—she can’t bear the idea of putting her heart on the line every time the sirens blare.
Then tragedy strikes, and Jamie wants to extinguish any flame between him and Kayla. Can Kayla set aside her own fears to save the love she was determined to deny?
The first book in the Amish Homestead series, A Place at Our Table invites us to a quiet community in Lancaster County where love burns brightly no matter the cost.
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