What was your favorite book as a child?
The first book I remember my mother reading to me was Hitty: Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field. Hitty was a doll who belonged to a little Quaker girl during the whaling days. The irony is not lost on me that my next series will be set in Quaker Nantucket in the early 1800s. I’ve gone full circle!
What book did you read that first made you want to be an author?
In high school, I read a lot of Luci Shaw and Madeleine L’Engle—two women who happened to be good friends. There was something about their writing that spoke to me, deep down. At that point, I’m not sure I felt like I could be an author, but I felt like I loved language and writing.
What was the last book you read, just for fun?
Anne Lamott’s Stitches. She is such an original.
What upcoming release are you most looking forward to?
I’m right in the middle of writing an historical fiction, set in 1737, about the first Amish who crossed the Atlantic to reach Pennsylvania. If this story comes together in the way I envision it, then I will be thrilled. I’m starting to think and talk in pirate lingo. . . .
About Suzanne Woods Fisher
Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Inn at Eagle Hill series, Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including “Amish Peace.” She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children’s series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your mobile device! Download the free app!
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About The Calling
Twenty-year-old Bethany Schrock is restless. Her love life has derailed, her faith hangs by a thread, and she is spending the incredibly hot summer days wading through a lifetime’s accumulation of junk at the home of five ancient Amish sisters. About the only thing that holds her interest is the spirited and dangerously handsome Jimmy Fisher–and he seems bent on irritating her to no end.
When the sly old sisters and a guest at the Inn get Bethany involved in running the local soup kitchen and starting a community garden, she suddenly finds herself wondering, Shootfire! How did that happen? Despite her newfound purposefulness, a gnawing emptiness about a childhood mystery continues to plague her. Encouraged by Jimmy Fisher, she will seek out the answers she craves–and uncover a shocking secret that will break her heart, heal it, and point her to love.
Suzanne is giving away a copy of The Calling to one lucky reader! Enter using the widget below. Only those in the contiguous U.S. are eligible to win.