Never in my wildest dreams

Amish GroomThere was a time when I would look at the plethora (I don’t use that word very often and it’s always exciting when I do) of Amish fiction out there and I’d shake my head and wonder how in the world does SO much of it sell in the Christian marketplace. There are hundreds of Amish titles out there. Hundreds. Many of my good friends in the inspirational fiction market write Amish fiction and — hooray for them — have outsold me exponentially.

There is high demand for stories with Amish characters living out  life — with all its joys and sorrows, triumphs and trials —  in an Amish setting.  I never thought I would pen one, so when my agent, Chip MacGregor, came to me with an idea to collaborate with my good friend and fellow writer, Mindy Starns Clark (who is also agented by Chip)  on a series called Men of Lancaster County, my first response was, “Who? Me?” My genre is a blend of historical and contemporary. And at the time, I didn’t know anything about Amish culture beyond the movie, Witness.

But as I was in between contracts and hoping to make the move into the general marketplace with my solo work, I decided to see what Mindy (and Harvest House Publishers, who gave me my start by publishing my first book in 2004) had in mind. The more I heard about the vision for Men of Lancaster County, the more I thought to myself, “I think I might enjoy this. I might even do okay at it.” Mindy’s a great writer, she and her husband John and come up with a great idea, and when it comes right down to it, I love Story. Story is about People in a Place working out a Problem. If I can write about a diarist during the Salem Witch trials or a Civil War spy in 1862 or a young dressmaker to a future queen of England, I can write about Amish men finding their way in a tiny cosmos called Lancaster County.

So there you have it! Behold, the first in the series is out this week. The Amish Groom is the story of a young man who was born of an Amish mother and a non-Amish father. He is a man with a choice to make, a life-defining choice. I absolutely love the trailer that Harvest House put together for it.

Sounds pretty good, right? You know what? I am really happy with the end result. It’s the perfect blend of my and Mindy’s storytelling skills. If you already love Amish fiction, I’ve no doubt you will be deeply satisfied. If you’ve never read it and have been wondering if you might want to try it, well, I suggest you try this one.

You can comment below (just say hi or tell us what you love about Amish fiction or what you wonder about Amish culture or…) and maybe win one (I am giving away five copies by random drawing this time next week) or hop over to your favorite book retailer and pick one up. If you happen to win one of these signed copies, you can give away the one you bought, and since it always feels good to give books to people, it’s a win-win. I need to hear from you by noon Pacific April 11. Comment away!

Author: Susan

This post has 25 Comments

  1. LindyLouMac on April 4, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I am not aware of that much Amish fiction in the UK, but the little I have read I have found interesting, so am entering your give away. 🙂

  2. Jaquelyn S on April 4, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    I really enjoy Amish fiction. I think it’s because they are so different from how we know the world today, and they are still around. They inspire us to live as God calls us to, even if it’s a little different from the way they live. Thanks!

  3. Joelle S. on April 4, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I like to think of myself in an Amish setting because I would like to experience living without electricity and modern conveniences and I also like to be domestic. I think that is probably one of my favorite things about reading Amish fiction.

  4. beckie on April 4, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I always wondered if Amish teens felt a little embarrassed when wearing Amish attire when out and about. Used to have a German Baptist friend who would change her clothes when she was at the mall.

  5. Sharon Timmer on April 4, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Sounds like this would be a fun Amish book to read. I haven’t read much except Tricia Goyers series so I would love to read this!

  6. Melody Harris on April 4, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Since I love all your writings, Sue, I am anxious to read “The Amish Groom” as I know you will lend great depth of character and make your readers feel “in the moment” as we read the story.

  7. Judy B on April 4, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    The story line for The Amish Groom and the excellent trailer caused me to tear up. I have no idea why other than the fact that the Amish girlfriend may end up having to say good-bye to him and that breaks my heart.
    I have always loved Amish fiction…Beverly Lewis started it all for me. I enjoy the simpleness of how Amish live their lives. How they rally around each other in their families and community. Their commitment to God is a good trait to have. As a follower of Christ I know first hand how important it is to be committed to Jesus. The daily close walks are a must in today’s world.
    I am really looking forward to reading this book.
    Thanks Susan for co-authoring with Mindy. Her Amish fiction books are great. I have read them all.
    Blessings!
    Judy B

  8. Susan on April 4, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I love hearing all your comments! Keep ’em coming…

  9. debbie@morales22.com on April 4, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    put my name in the hat!

  10. Jan on April 4, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Love both of the authors…this book must be a winner! I’ve not read an Amish themed novel before.

  11. PAT DAVIS on April 4, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    LOVE YOUR BOOKS. IF I WIN ONE I WILL DONATE TO OUR LIBRARY AS IDIDN’T SEE IT ON ORDER YET. THX .PAT IN OK.

  12. Clair on April 4, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I am on the waiting list for this book at the library, but I wouldn’t mind winning a copy. My book club and I have read some of Mindy’s other books and enjoyed them.

  13. Linda Ortiz on April 5, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Looks like a great book to read, I cannot wait!!! Would love to win 😀

  14. Pam K. on April 5, 2014 at 3:10 am

    I don’t read very much Amish fiction, but the few I’ve read, I’ve enjoyed. The authors I’ve read are Beverly Lewis, Mary Ellis, and Leslie Gould. I’ve read several of your books and also Mindy’s so I’m curious to read a book by both of you. Thanks for the chance to win The Amish Groom.

  15. Judy Cooper on April 5, 2014 at 7:40 am

    I have read Amish fiction for years. Fascinated by their way of life and commitment to their beliefs.

  16. Kristi Thomason on April 5, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I wanted to read the book even before watching the trailer, but it did its job — I want to know what he decides and how he gets there!

  17. karenk on April 5, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    I enjoy reading Amish fiction…Looking forward to reading yours, Susan 🙂

  18. Sherrie on April 5, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I would love to win this book! I haven’t read an Amish novel yet!

  19. Barb on April 5, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I’ve read a lot of Amish stories. LOVED them all

  20. Britney Adams on April 6, 2014 at 2:09 am

    I have not doubt that you and Mindy have written a wonderful story! I love the trailer and look forward to reading this book! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win a copy of THE AMISH GROOM.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

  21. bn100 on April 6, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Don’t know much about it

  22. Becky Calvin on April 6, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Your book sounds like it will be an enjoyable book to read. I am happy you decided to step out of your comfort zone and try something different. Looking forward to reading The Amish Groom.

  23. Lisa Eichelberger on April 7, 2014 at 3:17 am

    I would love to win this book! I don’t usually gravitate toward Amish fiction, but I love a good story in any setting. You’re one of my favorite authors, and I’ve enjoys several of Mindy’s mysteries, so I think any story you pen together is sure to be a winner!

    followsjc[at]yahoo[dot]com

  24. Susan on April 14, 2014 at 12:49 am

    Thanks to http://www.random.org, the lucky winners are:
    Joelle S.
    Karen K
    Lindy Lou Mac
    Linda Ortiz
    Becky Calvin
    CONGRATS!
    If you didn’t win, sign up for my newsletter if you haven’t already. I love giving books away by drawing with the newsletter, too!

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