Laura Hilton Speaks Up!

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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BookGiveaway:

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.

** For Giveaways: it’s not necessary to insert your private email information within comments.

 

 

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.

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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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Author’s Bio:

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.

Places to connect with Laura:

Website

Blog

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest

Goodreads

Amazon

Laura and I look forward to your comments.

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Thank you!!

 

23 comments to Laura Hilton Speaks Up!

  • Janet Estridge

    I enjoyed reading Laura’s interview. We stay in touch via Facebook. I also enjoy the daily Bible verses that she sends to me via email.

    • elaineadmin

      Janet, thanks for visiting on this brrrrrr evening. Well, at least here in the NE it’s quite wintry cold. I’m glad you enjoyed Laura’s interview. I think she did a great job with her responses.

  • Marilyn

    I enjoyed the interview with Laura. I’ve read her books and they are astonishing ones to read. The Amish Wanderer is sensational. God bless you both with a great week.

    • elaineadmin

      I was kind of thinking you’d stop by, Marilyn 😊 So happy you did! I’m looking forward to reading Laura’s newest release. I’m presently reading The Amish Firefighter and am enjoying it!

  • I always love it when Laura visits! And I totally know about submitting too early. 🙂 The Amish Wanderer sounds great.

    • elaineadmin

      I hear you, Pat! This thing they call the writing adventure/journey is one major perpetual lesson for me: writing skill wise and life lesson wise. I’m thankful He wants to invest His time in me to show me.

      Thankful for your and Laura’s friendship… and so many who visit Everyone’s Story 💗

  • Elaine Shorb

    I enjoyed Laura’s visit. I live Laura’s books!

    • elaineadmin

      Hi, Elaine. Great name 😉 (sorry, I couldn’t resist!). You’re also in the drawing for Laura’s Giveaway.

      Hope to see you again.

  • Maryann

    Thank you for the lovely interview with Laura. Amish fiction is my favorite genre to read and ts refreshing that her stories are a little out of the box so to speak. Keep up your wonderful writing Laura, we readers enjoy your books! I would love to read your new book.

    • elaineadmin

      Maryann, thanks for visiting today. I’m happy you enjoyed Laura’s interview. As a writer, I’m also intrigued by what has captured your attention about a good novel (“out of the box”).

      Hope to see you again!

  • Andrea Woodard

    I enjoy reading Laura’s books, I keep up with her on facebook.
    Amish Fiction is my most favorite types of books to read. I have just about given up on reading anything else.

  • Andrea Stephens

    Nice to see Laura again. I haven’t read much Amish recently, I’d like to give this book a try.

  • Laura Hilton

    Thank you so much everyone for stopping! Really appreciate the kind words! Hope you enjoy The Amish Wanderer and I can’t wait til you read the next story releasing about Benaiah and Susanna.

  • Kelly Tyree

    I have been waiting for this book to come out and I am so excited. I absolutely loved Amish Firefighter.

    • elaineadmin

      Hi, Kelly! So glad you could visit today. I’m presently reading The Amish Firefighter and an enjoying it as well.

      Hope to see you again.

  • Carla Moore

    Thanks for the review. Amish have temptations just like us that why they are I’ve never the choice at a certain age to wander an if they return really welcomed back in as if they never left. No questions asked. Not like that for me in the world I left at 17 and had nowhere to return to.

    • elaineadmin

      Carla, welcome to Everyone’s Story. I hope things have turned out smoother and more pleasant for you these past few years. It’s not easy having little or no places or people to turn back to… and I speak from experience. So thankful God is on our side.

  • Laura Hilton

    Thanks for stopping by! Carla, I’m praying for you. Kelly, thank you so much for your kind words.

  • elaineadmin

    What a fun and touching week it’s been here on Everyone’s Story. Thanks to my lovely guest, the amazing Laura Hilton, for making it that way 💗 Laura, I hope this week blesses you with many more adoring readers! And, I sure hope you’ll guest again on Everyone’s Story.

    Thanks for the BookGiveaway of any 1 of your novels. And the winner is…

    Kelly!! Congratulations, Kelly. Both Laura and I will contact you via direct email. Enjoy!

    Blessings to all.

  • Kelly Tyree

    Thank you Elaine and Laura, I am so excited. I also love learning about all of the great authors you feature on your blog. Thank you.

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