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Amish Fiction Book Authors and Their Books
The face-paced world often looks on the Amish life with wonder and admiration. Secretly, it too longs for a life of simplicity and familiarity where everyone is family and there is no competition. A place where love is all around and a person can actually enjoy the fruit of their own hands. Where parents and grandparents pass down their skills and knowledge with pride; providing a secure living for future generations.
Yes, it would be nice to escape, wouldn't it? To release yourself temporarily from the choking entanglement of everything that you "must have" to make the life you now know and love. Yes, I'm talking to you! So, grab a cup of tea and I'll introduce you to some people who can take you to the place you're wanting to go; exploring the life and goodness of simplicity - if only for a little while. As you follow their footsteps and see their struggles and triumphs unfold, you may be surprised to find out how much they are just like you.
Did You Know? ? ?
Did you know that around twenty-five percent of the inspirational fiction market consists of romantic novels that have stories based with Amish/Mennonite settings?
Being born near the heart of Amish country, Lancaster, PA, and raised in Neffsville, PA, Beverly Lewis had a front row seat when it came to her writing genre. She was an eyewitness to much of the humble yet fascinating ways of the Amish community. However, she had another factor that eventually nudged her to choose this path of writing. A story of reality involving Lewis' own grandmother, Ada Buchwalter, who was shunned from the old order Mennonite community, had become and remains her inspiration.
At a very early age, she had a natural aptitude for the arts of music and writing. By the age of nine she already had a collection of short stories and poetry. Besides being a successful writer, she is also an accomplished musician, playing impressive pieces such as Mozart at the piano.
Lewis now resides in Colorado and enjoys hiking in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, David, when her schedule is less demanding. They presently have three children and three grandchildren.
Having written over 70 books, Beverly Lewis has a lengthy bibliography and there are two movies based on her novels to date. Saving Sarah Cain is based on her novel, The Redemption of Sarah Cain. The movie was first shown on Lifetime in 2007. The DVD was released on January 15, 2008.There is also a movie just being released based on her best-selling novel, The Shunning, by the Hallmark Channel. For a complete list of her works of children's books and adult fiction, you may visit her website, (see below) or check out her info on WIKIPEDIA.
Check out this Beverly Lewis fan page on Facebook.
Wanda E. Brunstetter
Wanda E. Brunstetter has held a passion for writing ever since she was a child. Her second grade teacher noticed the talent that she possessed after she wrote a poem about a moth. Her teacher then encouraged her potential and a seed was planted that would eventually blossom into a successful career.
As a teen, Brunstetter began writing skits for her youth group at the church she attended. The teens would then enjoy performing these skits in front of an audience during special occasions.
Around 1980, she began to realize that her desire was truly to be an author and she began taking steps toward that goal. She took a course in writing for children and teenagers. Soon, she was submitting poems, articles, stories and devotionals to various Christian media sources. Her writings were accepted and obtained publication.
Besides her writing talent, Brunstetter is also a professional ventriloquist. She is a member of the North American Association of Ventriloquists. She has published five books of puppet/ventriloquist scripts. These particular books may be obtained by contacting her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brunstetter is also the wife of a Nazarene minister and they are involved with an organization representing various Christian ministries.
She and her husband, Richard, both have a family heritage that can be traced to the Anabaptist movement, which both the Mennonites and Amish belong. Richard, himself grew up in a Mennonite church in Pennsylvania.
She has a favorite verse found in Proverbs 17:22. "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. She lives by this verse and enjoys many hobbies and surrounds herself with the love of family.
She and Richard have two grown children and six grandchildren.
You can find her complete list of books by going to her official website (see link below).
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Wanda E. Brunstetter on Amazon
Long before she was an author, Cindy Woodsmall, friend to the Amish and the Mennonite since her youth, had stories plotted before her that would later contribute to her writing genre. Her young Mennonite friend, Luann, led her first-hand through the ways and life of the Plain people. The girls would have sleepovers at each others homes all the while being very careful to follow the "rules" of Luann's family. The girls remained friends through their teen years until Cindy's family moved away and they lost contact. Then, while in her forties, she became close friends with another woman near her age that was Old Order Amish. Miriam and her family opened their hearts and home to Cindy. Although the women live miles apart, they still get together to co-write and enjoy their friendship.
Before Cindy began writing, she taught her children through their homeschool. As the children grew older, she began looking more seriously at her writing interests and contemplated as to whether she should pursue them. Then, with determination and her husband's support, she went after her dream - successfully.
Her very first novel, which was released in 2006, became a best seller of the Christian Book Association. The following year, she became an ECPA Christian Book Award finalist. Her book, When the Morning Comes, also became a Christian Book Association best seller as well a hit the New York Times best sellers list.
Cindy and her husband live in Georgia and have three sons and a daughter-in-law.
Book List (Most recent listed first)
- The Harvest of Grace Sept - 2011
- The Bridge of Peace Sept - 2010
- The Sound of Sleigh Bells Oct - 2009
- The Hope of Refuge Aug - 2009
- When the Soul Mends Sept - 2008
- When the Morning Comes Sept - 2007
- When the Heart Cries Sept - 2006
Cindy Woodsmall Talks About What Led Her to Become a Writer
Shelley Shepard Gray
Shelley Shepard Gray, veteran elementary school teacher, changed the course of her career after teaching in Texas, Arizona and Colorado. After her job transferred her to Ohio, Shelley's husband encouraged her to pursue her hypnotic interest in writing to a greater level.
Up to this point, Shelley had kept her talent buried, at times literally, as she had typed her first book in their unfinished basement. Shelley had notebooks of stories that she had made up but also harbored a sense of insecurity. Because of this she had felt intimidated and afraid that someone would eventually confront her with the news that she wasn't a 'real' writer. However, with her husband's encouragement and a determination she didn't know that she possessed, she persevered and sold her third manuscript.
Now Shelley sits in her own lovely, pink office and has tasted the sweetness of success. She loves spending her days as any busy wife and mom does. However, dreaming up new worlds and people to which and whom real life souls can escape and relate is also her passion.
Shelley now resides in Ohio with her husband and has two teenagers and two dogs.
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Shelley Shepard Gray on Amazon
Suzanne Woods Fisher
Suzanne Woods Fisher is one of those people who has 'writing in her blood.' After her graduation from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, she became a freelance writer for various magazines.
Suzanne has a personal connection to the Plain People since her own grandfather was raised Plain. Because of this fact and that her first published novel won three literary awards, Joyce Hart, a literary agent, took an interest in Suzanne and her work. Now, Suzanne's Amish romance novels tug at the heartstrings of avid readers everywhere. She has now published multiple best sellers and has contracts holding future promise.
Besides being an author, Suzanne also hosts a weekly radio program, "Amish Wisdom." The program features those who have connections to Simple Living.
Suzanne and her husband reside in California. She has four children, a son-in-law, and a grandchild.
Suzanne Woods Fisher on Amazon
Mary Ellis has lived near the Amish her entire life. Growing up her parents would take her to the Amish markets where they would browse their fine produce and skillful workmanship. She loved their peaceful ways and strong community.
Now, Mary and her husband live near the country's largest Amish community in Ohio and often take weekend trips to interact with the Amish people and purchase their goods.
Besides visiting the Amish and writing books, Mary enjoys several hobbies including gardening, bicyling and snorkeling.
Click here to keep up on Mary Ellis on Facebook.
For Linda Byler, the Amish life is the only life she's ever known. Linda spent her growing up years Amish and still remains active in the Amish church today.
Linda has loved to read and write probably since the time she was first able and exercises that ability not only as a book author, but also as a columnist for the Amish newspaper.
Linda and her husband, live in central Pennsylvania as well as her children and grandchildren to whom she has passed down the Amish heritage.
Amy Clipston is a North Carolina resident. She lives with her husband, Joe; her two sons, Zac and Matt and also, her mother, Lola. She is a major cat lover and owns three cats of her own, Molly, Ashlee and Jet.
Amy has been a "writer" since her childhood and would enjoy making up and sharing stories since elementary school with her close friend.
Author, Jerry Eicher, has a soft spot for the Mennonite and Amish community. As a child, he spent eight years in Honduras where his grandfather was a co-founder of an Amish outreach ministry.
Eicher has preached in numerous churches and has conducted several Bible studies. He was a teacher in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. He currently runs a construction business.
Eicher's first publication was in grade school after his essay won a writing contest. Now, since writing multiple fiction books, he's a successful author that enjoys capturing the lives and culture of the Amish community.
Jerry Eicher and his wife, Tina live in Farmville, Virginia with their four children.
Find Jerry Eicher's books on his site or visit Jerry Eicher on the web!
Ann H. Gabhart
Ann H. Gabhart lives on a Kentucky farm very near the place she was born. She is the wife of Darrell Gabhart, bass singer for the Patriot Quartet. The couple have three children and nine grandchildren.
Ann can trace her writing interests back to her youth. She began writing when she was only ten years old and has been writing ever since. At first, she enjoyed writing of her own personal experiences, youth stories and poetry. Much of her writings were published in Christian periodicals. She has now published a wide range of adult fiction and inspirational novels.
More Amish Fiction Authors ~ Established and Blossoming ~ Their Webpages and More
Although I've not included biographies on the following authors, their books will be worth your time to check out! Click on their page links to get better acquainted with them and their writings!