Q with Tricia Goyer. Beyond Hope’s Valley is the third of a three-book series. Do you find it harder or easier to write a series? For me writing a series is easier. When I start a novel the hardest part of the book is the first ten chapters. I’m still trying to figure who the character is, what she wants and what’s stopping her. Chapter 1 is like a first date, and I’m just skimming the surface ....
I can’t tell you how worried I was when I sat down to write my Amish novels. I’d written many historical novels, but it’s different writing about contemporary people who are living a very unique lifestyle. Everyone has a concept of what it means to be Amish, but how true are our stereotypes? The more I met Amish friends and got to know their lifestyle and heart, I discovered stereotypes just scratch the surface.
My QR-key scarf pattern is featured on knitty.com starting this month. I am sharing this pattern with the hope lots of loved ones will get wrapped in something special. I also am running a giveaway on my website so you can win the black and white yarn you’ll need to start your own QR-key scarf. Add some stash yarn, and you are well on your way to wrapping someone you love with warmth.
Janet and I sat in the back of the barn with the grandmothers when the service began at 9 a.m. The service started with the congregation singing hymns very slowly in German. A male song leader began the first syllable of each line, and then the rest of the congregation joined in.
Simply Delicious. We can plan dinner into our schedule versus reacting to those hunger pains. We can place a yummy dish into the crock-pot before we leave for work. And we can start a garden containing herbs and a few vegetables—we can even start planning it now.