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
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 naïve, 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Oh, just the word sounds brutal to an unpublished writer such as myself.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.
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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.