Amish

Question from a Dear Reader

One of my friends on Facebook asked me which was my first book that was published. That’s an easy one to answer: Fields of Corn. As many of my readers may know, when I was in my 20s, I lived on an Amish farm. I rented a small apartment over a mule shed. For many years, I would commute back and forth…first from college to the farm and later from work to the farm. Eventually, life got in the way and I took a small break…and lost my apartment.  While I’m happy to be sharing a house with Katie S., an elderly Amish woman, I sure do miss that apartment. 

Much of the book, Fields of Corn, is based upon that experience. The people, the conversations, the settings, and the situations. Of course, there comes a point in the book where reality separated from fiction (otherwise, I wouldn’t be writing to my readers on a computer, using the Internet!). However, from that book, many other characters began to develop. 

As I’ve mentioned in previous postings, almost all of my characters are based upon real Amish people. Whitey from Hills of Wheat is a real Amish gentleman, complete with a long white beard and twinkling eyes. He told me a “dirty” Amish joke: Why is it a bad idea for Amish to kiss in a buggy? (answer: Because horses carry tails/tales). Of all the jokes I’ve ever been told, that’s the only one I seem to remember…and that was over 25 years ago! 

What I like about my characters is that they are, indeed, reflective of the people that I have met over the past 25 years. Not all Amish people are the same. They are not “cookie cutter” people. I’ve met not very nice people and I’ve met the most wonderful people in the world. I’ve met cranky people, funny people, lively people, and shy people. In other words, they are people. But there is such an element of romance about this culture that I’m still drawn to it…as we all are, I believe. 

And, on that note…I shall go pack for my journey today.  🙂 

 

0 thoughts on “Question from a Dear Reader

  1. How many Amish books have you written? I’am going to start your books. Your preview above made them sound interesting.

    1. I don’t know how it happened, but here I am reading about your life in the Amish community and about your Amish books. They sound so interesting that I’m sure I’ll enjoy reading them. I also would like to know how many Amish books have you written. I know of 3 (The Amish of Lancaster Series). What I don’t know is how and where do I purchase your books. I usually buy my books from a christian book site, but you aren’t one of their authors. I’ll be patiently waiting to hear back from you. Enjoy your day….

  2. I am so happy that I was able to get your very first book and the others that have followed it. It’s so much easier than try to catch up after a lot of books have been published. Your books are so interesting and you feel like you are right there with them. You also feel their joy, love,heartaches and pain.Your books are so well written you can’t put them down. Thank you for your wonderful books Sarah, keep them coming.

  3. I loved your post regarding the background of your books. Very interesting. It must have been wonderful having first-hand experience living with the Amish.
    Nancee

  4. I so desire to be a part of this group ~ I haven’t read any of Sarah’s books yet, but have inquired about them as to where I can purchase the Amish of Lancaster Series. Now I must wait until I receive word back from my comment. I look forward to reading the comments you all share. Gee

    1. Gloria you can purchase the books on Amazon.com. You can get the book or the kindle version if you have a kindle.

  5. Hi everyone,
    So glad you are enjoying my stories. Gloria, my books can be purchased online at Amazon.com or BN.com as eBooks or paperbacks. You can also ask your local stores to order them for you. They should be able to do that. Let me know if you have any issues or if I could contact them for you and ship some books to them from my publisher. Would be willing to do that.

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