Here’s a little about my corner of the writing world.
Judith's Place, Book 2 in my Amish series is my latest release!
In my Dreams of Plain Daughters Series, I knew while writing Book One, I wanted to eventually write a story about the younger sister, Judith. I just released Judith's Place this past October. I hope readers enjoy learning more about Judith Hershberger and her desire for more education. She knows if she'd been born in an non-Amish family, she would have gone on to college. She dislikes that the Amish stop their schooling at an eighth grade education. When she decides to study in order to get her GED, her father is not happy. He worries Judith might decide to go to college and leave their Plain community. When she starts dating Jacob Weaver, Judith learns he wants to get his driver's license before he joins their Amish faith. They need to accomplish their goals before taking instructions to commit to their faith; otherwise, they will be shunned by their family and friends.
Here is a snippet from a recent review from Night Owl Reviews. It received 5 stars and Top Pick. "Ms. Craver penned a wonderful addition to the Dreams of Plain Daughters Series...The author held my attention from the very first page until the very last word. If you’re an Amish novel reader, this is one series you should definitely consider looking into."
How does it differ from other works in its genre?
I don't think Judith's Place differs too much from other Amish romances. Amish authors all use the differences between the Amish and non-Amish in making realistic conflicts between them. I inlclude a glossary of the Pennsylvania Dutch words I use in my books, and not all Amish authors do this. My voice makes the difference and my readers seem to like the way I write. A reader wrote me this, " I love your style and the personality you put into your characters. The way you get inside their heads and make them come alive."
Why do you write what you do?
I've found my niche and thoroughly enjoy writing Amish romances. My great-grandfather was a Mennonite minister. Then I realized recently how my father had some things in common with the Amish. His farming was a bit like the Amish. Let me explain. While farming his eighty some acres, he used his two work horses to haul manure for the fields. He also hitched them to the hay wagon during the summer while I stayed on the wagon to steer them to the next spot in the field. Then he pitched the hay onto the wagon. However, he used his tractor for planting, plowing, and cultivating. I can understand the Amish's love of horses because my dad loved his horses. He used the simple way of using horses for farming when he wanted, and used the more convenient tractor for other types of farm work.
I'm sure I'll write again romances that are not Amish like I have in the past, but they will be sweet or inspirational.
My husband and I recently visited Amish country in Berlin, Ohio. The direct exposure to this simple way of life helped me greatly in completing the manuscript for Judith's Place.
How does your writing process work?
I might hear of something happening in the news on TV or read it in the newspaper or these days online and I get an idea for a story. For example, my idea for my book, Never the Same, came from an actual airplane crash. A survivor said how it changed her life and she was going to reverse her tubal ligation reversal. I did a lot of research on causes of plane crashes and survivors' guilt so the details and emotions would be realistic. Then I researched the careers of store clothes buyers and advertising executives because of the backgrounds of my characters. Also I did a lot of research about the Amish faith before I started writing A Joyful Break. My next step in the writing process is brainstorming. I use very simple outlines of scenes I want in the chapters, but I'm flexible and my characters usually take over while writing.
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