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Friday, 13 November 2015

Writer Laura Hilton On Reading

Laura, welcome to Writers on Reading! Your many Amish series include: Amish Of Jamesport, Amish of Webster County, and Amish of Seymour as well as your Swept Away: Quilts of Love Series. Do you find yourself drawn to the this tone of book when reading as well? I’d love to know if you find one theme more repeatedly snags your attention as a read? Is there something special you seek when selecting your next reading adventure?
I read pretty much anything—I’m a true avid reader!  I love romance, and contemporary usually ranks higher than historical, but I will read both historical and contemporary and have favorite authors in both of  these genres –and many others, too. A book usually has to have a strong romantic thread for me to be pulled into it—but that said I do read women’s fiction with the weak or non-existent thread, too.  Amish fiction is a sub-genre that fits into contemporary romance, or historical romance, or romantic suspense, or women’s fiction, depending on the story-line and setting. I prefer the ones that are classified as contemporary romance.—usually. There are some exceptions there, too. J

What was the most out-of-character book you’ve recently read, and what led to your choice?

The most out-of-character book I’ve read recently I just finished today!  It was written
by a critique partner and I loved her story when I read it chapter by chapter and I wanted to see how it changed during editing by the publisher!  It is heavy on the football (I know little to nothing about it) and light on the romance, but it was very good! I’d recommend it to anyone. It’s Candee Fick’s debut, Catch of a Lifetime.

How fun. Sounds like the question caught you at the perfect time! Congratulations to, Candee. Laura, having published so many books do you find time to read during the months you spend writing or with deadlines ahead is it either/or for you? If so, what did you read while working on your last book? If not, what did you read when you finished this one?

Yes, I have time to read while writing.  I can’t not read.  I am reading critique partner’s stories, books that people have asked me to endorse, and books for review. I’m not reading so much for fun anymore, but every now and then a book crosses my desk that I have looked forward to reading.  I have cut down on my reading a lot though as I get busier. I’ve started doing more interviews, guest posts, and book spotlights on my blog than I had, since my publisher wants my blog to be active and I’ve less time.

What was the last book you absolutely couldn't put down? Why?

The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher, it was awesome. Amish with a hint of romance, relatable characters, a plot that held my attention all the way through, a touch of suspense, and … well, it had it all. I loved it.

Wow! Great book. Did a book recently make you laugh/cry/sigh/shiver?

An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Rutchi made me cry and sigh, both. Very sweet, poignant and touching. The one that most recently made me laugh was Do You Believe in Santa?  Its not CBA, but it was very sweet, clean, and funny—and buried under all the Santa stuff, you could relate it to Jesus.  Shiver. . . with fear, maybe?  Um
Finding Mercy by Charles Landon Jr.  There was definitely moments of high terror…tension…suspense.

Sounds like great recommends. (Folks, I will be interviewing Cynthia Rutchi on Dec 4.) Laura, were you the kind of kid/teen who loved reading? Which novel do you first remember reading?

Oh, my, yes. I read cereal boxes if there was nothing else to read! I don’t remember the first novel I read, Mom and Dad were both bookworms and had a library full of books.  I probably cut my teeth on Mom’s collection of Grace Livingstone Hill books (which probably contributed to my love of romance.)

Aha! I still have my collection!  When did you know you wanted to write? Did any or multiple books influence this desire?

I always wanted to write. Always.  But I can’t tell you what books caused this desire. I figured it was God’s call.

With a cozy winter upon us, what is on your to-read list? And what is your ideal winter reading experience?

Next on my to-read-list is Every Girl Gets Confused by Janice Thompson. My ideal reading experience. A fire crackling in the wood stove. Hot chocolate beside me. Snow drifting past the window…  We have a dog, but he’s a Siberian husky and is too big for a lap. He generally sleeps on my feet and keeps them warm!

Sounds like an ideal reading experience! Thanks so much for visiting and letting us get to know you better as a reader, Laura! Folks, you can continue to connect with Laura—and find out more about her many, many, many romance books!—at the links below her bio.

Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools. Laura is
also a breast cancer survivor.

Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love followed by her first Christmas novel, A White Christmas in Webster County, as well as the Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe, The Postcard,  and The Birdhouse. Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love series. Laura is contracted for another three book Amish series set in the Jamesport area, with the first book, The Amish Firefighter, planned for April 2016.

She has indie published a Christmas novella, Christmas Mittens.

Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer.

twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

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Twenty–year–old Greta Miller's daed has been injured in a farming accident during the summer. The supportive Amish community tries to help out, but Greta and her sister must work outside the home to make ends meet, and so Greta rents a booth at the farmers' market. Because Greta is still in her rumspringa and free to explore the world, her family selects her to sell her homemade jams, jellies, and preserves to Englischers.

Josh Yoder wants to court Greta, but years ago, he made the mistake of rejecting her during a seemingly innocent game; which resulted in him leaving the Amish. Three years later, he's back, but Greta wants nothing to do with him. Josh struggles to fit in and rebuild relationships he destroyed. Knowing Greta's family needs help, he steps in, hoping to win her back.

When Greta admires one of his birdhouses, he gives it to her, hoping that it will open the door to more. But as their friendship begins to grow, a series of unfortunate events pull Greta away from the Amish, leaving her rejected by those she loves. Will Greta get beyond her family's distrust and return home? Will she prove her innocence? Or will she remain outside her Amish community?