The Coffee Corner: A Chat with Laura Hilton

Join me in welcoming Laura Hilton to the Coffee Corner. Grab a cup. Pull up a seat and stay a while. We’re talking about writing and her new book, Awakened Love. Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of her book (see details.)

Congratulations! Giveaway Winner: Rachelle Warfield


Thanks for coming today, Laura. Can you tell us about your new book?

An Amish romance, the title is Awakened Love. It’s book three in the Amish of Webster County series.
Katie Detweiler grew up Amish, never knowing she was adopted as an infant. Now an adult, her new job as cook at an Amish bed and breakfast doesn’t bring about the euphoria she hoped for. Just as she’s getting her menu perfected, the Englisch family and severely ill sister she never knew existed enter her life and strain her Amish relationships. Plus, Katie suddenly has two different men vying for her attention—one Amish, one Englisch—and she wonders if one of them could be the man of her dreams. But when her Englisch sister’s health worsens, Katie must find a way to balance her heart, her job, and her faith while risking her own life for the sister she never knew.

That sounds like an awesome story. I love it. If you could pick anything about it, what would be your favorite part and why?

Katie is so innocent and na├»ve, she takes everything at face value. So when she is faced with hearing words she never hears in her Amish life, she has no choice but to ask. It’s funny when she asks an Englisch man for meanings of words. Also, Abram going to talk to the bishop –after only knowing Katie a few days –is funny.

Words. They do trip us up, don’t they? Speaking of words, how long have you been writing, Laura?

I’ve been writing since I can remember. I loved reading, I loved writing. Professionally, I’ve been writing since 2010.

Congratulations on your new book, by the way. For those who may be curious, what’s your biggest challenge as an author? 

Marketing! I can promote other authors all day long, but it is sooo hard to promote me or my books. I don’t know why. But that is definitely the biggest challenge.

Oh, just the word sounds brutal to an unpublished writer such as myself. I have a lot to learn. So, do you mind if I pick that brain of yours? Do you have any advice for the new writer? 

When I was learning the craft as a beginner one of my then critique partners – Vickie McDonough, before she was published! – told me that someone told her (I think it was Kathleen Y’Barbo, but it might have been Margaret Daley) to keep a button by your computer. And it stands for “Put your butt in the chair and write.” You aren’t going to learn unless you do. And also, read, read. read. Depending on your learning style, read writing books, other novels, anything!

Like Awakened Love. Any chance we can get a taste of it right now?


“Are you ready for some baseball?” someone yelled.
Abram turned and took a couple steps before he glanced back. “Do you play baseball?”
If only she could say jah, she loved baseball. But that would be a lie.
“I’ve never played before,” she admitted.
That wasn’t exactly true either. In school, the more sports-savvy buwe would coach her, “Nein, don’t run yet, Katie, that’s a foul.” Or “Out!” Or even the rare “Run!” She’d only heard that once. But maybe baseball skills were something that improved with age. They couldn’t get much worse, for sure.
What could possibly go wrong?
 “Baseball isn’t hard. I’ll coach you.” Abram smiled. “You’ll do fine.”
“I taught my little brothers. Come on. You’re on my team.” His grin widened and he jogged off to where they were getting ready to divide into teams. He leaned close to Micah and said something. After a moment, Katie followed. After all, everyone else was going over to play.
“Abram’s on my team, and he says he wants Katie,” Micah said.
Abram motioned with his head to come join him.
Wow, she wouldn’t be the last one picked?
 “I want to see how you do. Let’s try a practice swing.” Abram handed her a bat. She swung it.
“Nein, you’re holding it wrong. Let me show you.” Abram stepped behind her.
She adjusted her hands a little. Silence. That must be right or he would’ve said something. His breath stirred her loose strands of hair, tickling the back of her neck. She swung the bat again and—crack—connected with something.
A moan came from behind her.
“Ach,” someone said. “That’s bad.”

Wow, what a teaser. I’m definitely going to have to read this book. I’m so glad you stopped by the Coffee Corner today. Before you leave, I have one more question. Do you have anything for us on the horizon?

I’m currently writing the first book in the Amish of Jamesport series, releasing in April 2014.   Tentatively titled “The Snow Globe.” I don’t know what the final title will be yet.  But I will tell you that the tension will keep pages turning. And that it’s not your average Amish romance.

Now that sounds interesting indeed. And I love snow globes! Thanks for coming, and the chance to win a free book.


The winner receives a free copy of Awakened Love
Leave a comment about the interview with your email address. 
In a week, I'll draw for the lucky winner.

About the Author:
Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. 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, and Promised to Another. And the Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love. Surrendered Love releases April 2013, and the third book will release September 2013. A nonAmish book The Appalachian Ballad Quilt will release November 2014 from Abingdon Press. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Laura is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.

Lead photo credit: HalasiZsolt via photopin cc


  1. I love your books, Laura! You're a fantastic author! Enjoyed the great interview. Amish fiction is my favorite and also to many other readers. I'm glad you were advised about the button, because we need more great books from you. Please enter my name in the giveaway! Thank you!
    Barbara Thompson

  2. I never enjoyed Amish romance until I read Laura's work. She's a gifted and creative writer.

  3. Thanks, Barbara and Penny! It was great advice about the button, Barbara! My button lives here by my computer. :)


  4. I love Laura's books.I can't wait to read this one,it sounds very interesting.Well I was reading this post I was thinking of how the ending will be...can't wait.I hope I win..

  5. All enjoy all the Amish books I have read. Looking for a new book to

  6. i would really like to win this book then i would have the whole series. enjoyed your interview. thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

    1. Please leave your email address so if you win, we can contact you. :)

  7. I'd love to win, thanks for the opportunity! My email is elise(underscore)jehan(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thanks!

  8. I'm a great fan of Amish books. The first author was Karen Kingsbury. I would love to have a chance to read and review this book. It would be an honour. I loved reading the exert, and the interview. Thank you

  9. Hi Renee, the coffee taste great and hits the spot...I am a reader and fan of this author, love to read amish stories and would be thrilled to be in your drawing for this book
    Thanks Laura for sharing your comments today with Renee, we readers always like to hear from authors that we like to read.

    Paula O(

  10. Thank you for stopping by the Corner, Paula. I hope you come back again. :) In Christ, Renee

  11. The most surprising comment Laura made was that she can market anyone else's books, but has a hard time with her own. Laura is such a great writer. Love everything of her's that I've read. Great interview!

  12. I have enjoyed your other books and would love to read this one.
    Rhonda Nash-Hall
    rhonda_nash_hall AT comcast DOT net

  13. I'm reading Healing Love right now and loving it. I had to take a break from Amish books for a while (having become acquainted with former Amish) but I must say I am enjoying Healing Love. Would love to win Awakened Love. djragno [at] hotmail [dot] com

  14. i love books about the Amish, and would love to win this one
    Shirley B

  15. This is a fantastic book! I know whoever wins it will love it. Renee - I love the beach too. Just got back from my annual vacation there. Thanks for hosting Laura.

  16. Your book sounds super delicious! I would love to get my hands on it. I am having a complete shoulder replacement, and the book is just the medicine I need to help me relax while recuperating. Barbara Gauthier.

  17. Thanks for all the comments! And good luck to everyone! I would love to hear your ex-Amish friends story, Deb. I know my family story, but not all are bad...

  18. Great interview. I'm reading Surrendered Love right now. Would love to win and read Awakened Love.
    Karen G.

  19. Wonderful interview -- enjoyed reading it. I would love to win a copy of this book -- sounds like good read. Please accept my entry. thank you !!

  20. My favorite to get info about books is email.

  21. I like the story idea in the book. Adopted, raised as Amish but finding out she has an English family and ill sister. I can't wait to read the rest of the story. Please pick me!!! FishingJan at aol dotcom

  22. would love to win this! It looks like a really good book! Pick me--Rachelle

  23. I love reading Laura's books. I would love to win Awakened Love. Thank you for the opportunity.


  24. This book sounds sooooo good i would love to win it, thanks for the chance, great interview also
    Shirley B

  25. Thank you, everyone. I would say Laura helped launch The Coffee Corner in style! The winner of Awakened Love is Rachelle Warfield! Congratulations. :)


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