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Guest post by Beth Shriver plus giveaway!

Amish Overload by Beth Shriver

When my agent suggested I write an Amish story a few years ago I wondered how to start. I have always admired their determination to live a life that is from the past, somewhere between the prairie days and a modern day farm, but there is nothing modern about them. And there are a lot of different groups with different names that mean different things. There’s the Old Order, the New Order, the Progressive Amish and the Beachy Amish, Beachy Mennonite Amish, and Amish Mennonite, Swartentruber Amish, and there’s even more. Whew! Are you confused yet? I was. I still had no idea how much research there would be for this story. That’s when I discovered how many other people were searching for information about them too. I don’t know when it happened or how, but people are crazy over Amish. The conversion rate is up and tourism is at an all time high. There are Amish documentaries, movies and even a reality shows. You can buy a Whoopie Pie at Starbucks and Shoofly Pie at your local Corner Bakery. So great, there’s a ton of info out there to do research for my books. But once I got started there was so much, I had to start piecing together what I needed for each story. There is always research when writing a fiction book, no matter what you’re writing about but I’d never had access like this. It’s turned out to be just as much work sorting through the information than trying to dig up info on a less demanding subject. There’s another problem. The Amish don’t want to be the center of attention, and you can’t take their picture, so there are not many ways to get a first account from the very people I’m writing about. Fortunately, I’ve found an Amish group an hour away so I have some Amish to observe first-hand in case there is something I’ve written that may be questionable or doesn’t depict them in the correct light. I recently attended an Amish wedding which was very different than any I’ve been to or read about, so the informative was important to know before writing a similar scene in one of my stories. So when people ask me, “How are you going to write all of those books about the Amish?” My reply is, “How am I going to fit all of this information into these books?”   rumspringa   Thanks for sharing Beth! Readers would you like to win a copy of Beth’s new book, Rumspringa’s Hope? She is graciously giving one lucky reader the chance to win a copy! To enter leave a comment below. If you would like an Extra chance share this link on Facebook or Twitter. Remember to leave another comment if you did. **Contest starts today Wednesday, June 11th and ends on Wednesday, June 18th.**   bethBeth Shriver is the author of over a dozen books, including Annie’s Truth, Healing Grace, and Grace Given. She received a degree in social work from the University of Nebraska and was a caseworker before starting a family. She followed her passion and now writes full-time. You can find Beth on Twitter and Facebook www.bethshriverwriter.com

52 thoughts on “Guest post by Beth Shriver plus giveaway!

  1. I totally understand why the amish way of life is so appealing. The “English” world is a horrible place. I am one of those who would give it all up to have what they have. Unfortunately I don’t live close enough to a community to visit and make some friends. I read a lot and would love to read your new book.

  2. While I respect the Amish beliefs we must not idolize them. I do love reading about the Amish. I live near Shipshewana, Indiana and love going to the flea markets, Blue Gate Restaurant, etc. We all need to remember that we don’t have to be part of this world. We have to live in it true but God gives us choices.

    I would love to win a copy of, Rumspringa’s Hope.

    Blessings!
    Judy B

  3. Thanks for sharing! As a reader I never realized the amount of research that goes into writing a book. I have never read any of Beth’s books and would love a chance to win a copy of Rumspringa’s Hope. I find it very interesting that the Amish allow their teens to experience the outside world since they try so hard to be separate from the world. ~ Blessings ~

  4. I loved the info above. I like learning new things about the Amish and it is also nice to know you keep your books as close to their lives as possible. Thanks for all your hard work before you even begin writing. It is what makes your books so good.

  5. I loved the info above. I like learning new things about the Amish and it is also nice to know you keep your books as close to their lives as possible. Thanks for all your hard work before you even begin writing. It is what makes your books so good. I shared your give away .

  6. I am looking forward to reading Rumspringa’s Hope.Thank you for the opportunity to win.I enjoy reading your books.Have a wonderful week.

  7. Interesting article and I love Amish fiction, thank you for the chance to win this book.

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  8. Love Amish books!!! Wish more of the world would practice more of the plain life! Would love to win your book.

  9. I love Amish fiction and I love the way the Amish live. Could I give up everything and live like them? I don’t know. But I enjoy escaping into their world every evening, after I tuck my children into bed; through the creavtive writing of these very talented authors. I would love the chance to win Beth’s book and thank you for this opportunity. God Bless.

  10. Hi I was so excited to see this give away! I would sooo much love to win and read this book! I really enjoy reading books about the Amish. It’s been really hot here so I mostly stay in and read! This book would be a lovely addition to my collection. Thank you for the opertunity to enter! Hope it’s me! May The Lord bless you always! Lissa

  11. Wow you are correct. There is so much to know and share. So very important to get everything to their way. Thanks for writing about our favorite The Amish.

  12. Thanks for the chance to win this books. I have read many of Beth’s books and totally enjoyed all of the. Just bought Sarah P’s the one based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I know I will love it too. God bless all reading this

  13. I would love to win this book! To be honest I haven’t read any of your books yet. I love reading the Amish books. Thank You for the opportunity to win.

  14. Would love to win a copy of this to read and add to my collection thanks so for another Amish story love reading them

  15. Sure would love to Read this Book.. then Share it with several of my book loving Friends.. We have Amish living on my Road.. Very Nice Folks and Hard Working…

  16. Hi Beth. Loved this post. I love big parts of the Amish life, but not all of it. I could benefit by decluttering of my house. But what I like is their quite way of life, love of family togetherness and community. It reminds me a lot of how life was when I was growing up. How simply we lived and lots of time spent with family. Some of my favorite memories are of time spent around our dinner table. I would love to be a winner. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  17. Thanks for stopping by Beth and thanks to everyone who entered to win Beth’s new book. The winner is Lissa Holder….congratulations!

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