Isn’t that where every idea starts? It’s certainly what keeps me writing.
When I first proposed writing Amish historical novels, the idea was three books. The Amish Turns of Time series would include three novels set in the 1910s exploring three different issues in Amish history. Wonderful Lonesome, Meek and Mild, and Brightest and Best came to be. The Amish Turns of Time series was complete. Ah. A sigh of satisfaction.
But I had more ideas. (That’s sort of an occupational hazard, actually.) And my publisher was interested in more Amish historicals. (An occupational joy!) “What if?” became “What’s next?”
I’m all silly giggly pleased to say that Amish Turns of Time was not finished after all. In fact, I’m not sure when it will be. It is happily open-ended at the moment.
Hope in the Land, which just released, is the fourth book under the Amish Turns of Time banner. Number five, Gladden the Heart, will be out summer 2017. What if Amish Turns of Time turns into a slew of stories? (Exactly how many is a slew? Anyone know?)
I’ve always wanted to write a Depression-era story. I just hadn’t expected it would be an Amish novel. But Hope in the Land fills both bills. Here’s the skinny on it:
When Henry Edison turns up in Lancaster County to survey farm women about their domestic contributions during the 1930s, the last thing Amish housewife Gloria Grabill has time for is the government agent’s unending questions. Gloria’s hands are already full with a farm to run alongside her husband, a houseful of children, and an English neighbor, Minerva Swain, who has been trying Gloria’s patience for forty years. Gloria’s oldest daughter, Polly, wants nothing more than the traditional path of an Amish farmer’s wife, but everything she does seems to push Thomas Coblentz further away. While the Great Depression shadows the country in gloom, can Amish and English neighbors in Lancaster County grasp the goodness that will sustain hope?
And now I’m reaching for a folder labeled “Future Amish Turns of Time Ideas,” because the sensation of “What if?” never goes away. What if for book six I write about … ?
Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to discover where faith and passions meet. She chases joy in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is. Her Amish fiction includes the Valley of Choice series and three previous books in the Amish Turns of Time series.
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