Traditions Change

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I love traditions. I remember growing up that, every Christmas, we would travel to my grandparents in Pennsylvania. It was our tradition. Then we began rotating among the women (my mom, Aunt Lorraine, and Aunt Evie). It was a new tradition. After my grandmother passed away, the family didn’t get together anymore. No tradition. Families […]

Ohio Amish Country

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How do I explain my feelings about visiting Ohio? It’s different. The Amish in Holmes County, Ohio are different. Not in a good or bad way. Just…different. Fans of books about the Amish might be surprised to learn that there are different types of Amish: Swartzentruber, Dan, Old Order, New Order, Nebraska, etc. Some of […]

Why I Love Writing

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Writing novels is something that I have always loved to do. Creating characters and putting them into different situations and settings, breathing life into them so that they begin to tell me what they want to do…it just doesn’t get any better than that for me. There are days that I write for hours…ten or […]

Extending Mercy

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So I’m out here in Los Angeles, following in the footsteps of Alejandro and Amanda from my Plain Fame series which is being re-launched on September 29th by Waterfall Press (an imprint of Brilliance Audio). It’s an awful lot of fun to visit the places that I described in the books…and to find new places […]


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I have a confession to make. I’m struggling these days with something that is core to our Christian beliefs: forgiveness. When I see other people who profess to being “Christian” who do not practice what they preach, who nod their head to the priest or preacher on Sunday but leave the church with an unclean […]