At the beginning of the year, I was brainstorming with a few friends about doing something different with my next series. I had some ideas and ran them by my inner circle (my sanity sanctuary, as I call them). While I know that some people will not like all of my books, I do know that if my circle likes the idea, it will most likely work.
In my upcoming three-book series, The Amish of Lititz, readers will meet Amanda Beiler, a young Amish woman with a big heart and just a hint of intrigue for adventure. She runs into some troubles while traveling back to to Lititz, Pennsylvania from a summer trip to Ohio. Her train has stopped in New York City and she has ventured into the Big Apple. A life changing event happens, an event that puts her in the eye of the media.
I’m excited to introduce this new series to everyone. It’s been almost a year in the making. As with anything that takes so long to create, you have an enormous amount of trepidation at what people will think and how they will react. Other authors compare it to birthing a child. I like that analogy.
As mothers, we want our children to be accepted and loved, to have successful careers and great happiness. We want everyone to think that our child is the most beautiful one in the world. After all, we made that child. It represents us and our efforts to instill manners and goodness, the ability to respect others and love God. Oh yes, it’s a scary moment…that moment when the rest of the world meets our child for the first time and, ultimately, begins judging it as they get to know more about it.
I’ll be looking for some book reviewers who would like ARC copies within the next few weeks. I’ll also be rolling out the book cover so stay tuned for that.
In the meantime, it’s time that I roll up my sleeves, keep working hard, and enjoy these final weeks before everyone meets Amanda Beiler from Lititz, Pennsylvania. At that point, I’ll be worried mess with sleepless nights as I hover over my new baby and wait for the response from my readers.