Author Laura Hilton
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. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love. Surrendered Love and Awakened Love. A nonAmish book The Appalachian Ballad Quilt will release November 2014 from Abingdon Press. She is contracted for another three book Amish series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport, releasing in April 2014, September 2014, and April 2015. 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.
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
My Bible, a notebook and a supply of pens.
What is one book everyone should read?
The Bible. Definitely. It has everything. History, Drama, Romance, nonfiction, and more.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Chocolate Ripple or Rocky Road.
Skittles or M&Ms?
M&Ms, and they don’t have to be plain. The favorite in this house is peanut M&Ms.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Yes, I’m currently writing the second book in the Amish of Jamesport series. The first one will release in April 2014. The one I’m writing will be in September 2014. I have a book, Swept Away, scheduled to release in November 2014.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I always wanted to write! When I was little I wanted to read “older” books in the school library, but my teacher discouraged me reading “above my peers” so I was stuck in the “baby section at school. But Mom allowed me to read her entire Grace Livingstone Hill collection and I dreamed of writing books like that someday. Not Grace’s books – but the stories God gave me.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
When someone emailed me and told me that my book was exactly what they needed to hear and that God used it to minister to them in a place they were in at that time. Also, when a former critic read one of my books – he is male – and he bought copies to hand out to missionaries (because everyone needed to hear the message).
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Read, read, read, and write, write, write. Develop rhino skin because you’ll need it when you join a critique group or send it to agents or editors. Or – you’ll need it for critical readers.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Somewhere by one of the Great Lakes
What is your favorite Quote?
If God’s given you a passion for it, He’s given you permission for it.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A wife, a mom, and a writer. God granted me all three.
What do you do in your free time?
I have five children, I’m a pastor’s wife, I homeschool, I review books and write my own. Define free time. Probably, sleep. 🙂
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.
He’s hiding from a cold-blooded killer; her Amish identity has been stripped away. Both must find a way to balance their hearts, their jobs, and their faith.