Everyone’s Story welcomes back a favorite author to many including me, and great friend, Laura Hilton. Laura has guested on this blog several times and this week has graced me with an amazing and fun interview, which I hope you enjoy. Please check out Laura’s awesome BookGiveaway with lots of choices! We’re looking forward to chatting with you.
Laura is offering 1 randomly chosen commenter 1 copy of The Amish Wanderer or any other 1 of Laura’s novels, the winner’s choice between Kindle or print (though print is only to a US winner). The winner will be announced here on Friday, February 10th between 5-6 PM EST.
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Blurb for The Amish Wanderer:
Bethany Weiss has been fascinated by Silas Beiler since he spent a couple of years in Jamesport, Missouri, before he and his family moved to another Amish community. They hadn’t kept in touch, but she hasn’t forgotten the friendly young man who brought her lemonade and took her home once from a Singing years ago. When she finds a man sleeping in her family’s barn, like Jesus sleeping in the hay, she is stunned to recognize Silas. He’s left the Amish and is backpacking across the country. She talks him into staying, at least until after Christmas.
Silas’ family has never been happy living in one area for long, and their vagabond ways are wearing on him. He’s lived in Amish communities all over the nation, moving whenever his daed became disgruntled with the leaders, and he’s looking for some sense of stability. His intentions are to make it back to Pennsylvania and stay with his Englisch onkle and his family—and pursue an education. Will Bethany be the one to bring Silas in from the cold? Or will he continue on his way to his extended family and become Englisch?
Questions for Laura Hilton
You’ve established yourself as an author of Amish Christian based fiction. Where did your love of this genre originate?
My maternal family has Amish roots, so I came by it naturally. Like most readers I started reading it when I discovered Beverly Lewis’s books – though I did read some prior to hers that were young adult books, but I don’t remember who the author was.
What are the features in your novels that readers share with you that keeps them coming back to read more?
They are different than a lot of Amish novels out there as I try to write them grittier. Amish are real people, just like you and I, who struggle with the same temptations. They also like the Christian message and the sexual tension in my books.
Out of all the novels you’ve written, is there 1 that stands out the most in which you can relate to either premise wise or character wise?
A lot of my female characters have shyness and insecurity issues which is something that I can relate to. I am a very quiet person who feels uncomfortable in the spotlight, so as a child, some of the stronger females (bullies) picked on me because I was afraid to make a wave. It took a long time before I grew up enough to know I have value and no one has a right to tell me different (either in word or deed.)
Part of your online credits highlights that you’re a professional book reviewer for the Christian market. What kind of writing skill tips have you picked up through the years in reviewing other authors’ novels?
I have learned what works and what doesn’t and why. It also taught me skill levels by observing, like point of view, deep point of view, conflict, etc.
Do you have a trying-to-get-published story of yesteryear to share?
I think a lot of my trying-to-get-published woes are mostly related to being a new novelist who was still learning the rules and I submitted my babies long before they were ready. I really appreciate the editors who saw something promising in me and took the time to write three pages of why my story wasn’t ready. They were hard to read at the time, but I was able to learn from them.
As a now multi-published author are you finding the crafting of a novel is coming easier or harder?
It depends on the story. Some of them are really lighthearted and fun to write and the characters cooperate, and it just flows. And others are awful! The writing is so painful it takes a lot out of me, leaving me exhausted.
How are you managing the time spent between writing and promotion?
I market in the morning mostly, or whenever I have time, sometimes it’s early afternoon. I also have a street team who helps some.
What do you enjoy doing in your “free” time? Do you have any?
I really don’t have any. I love to read, so I read, but that is part of learning to write and book reviewing, so… I have five kids and a husband and I love spending time with them. I’m trying to be with one son as much as possible right now because he is fixing to leave the nest, going into the Coast Guard and it tears me up just thinking of it. I’m so proud of him, but I will so miss him.
If you didn’t have to think twice about succeeding, which genre would you like to explore in writing?
I don’t know that thinking twice about succeeding is an issue. I love contemporary and I love Amish and writing what I do is the best of both worlds. My two favorite genres rolled into one.
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Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with almost twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals or blog posts for Seriously Write and Putting on the New.
Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye and currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. Laura is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.
When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.
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