This week it is a pleasure to introduce everyone to Laura Hilton. Laura is a multi-talented lady who balances her writing and a busy life with God’s grace.
Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.
Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. And the Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love. Surrendered Love releases April 2013, and the third book will release September 2013. A non Amish book The Appalachian Ballad Quilt will release November 2014 from Abingdon Press. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Laura is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.
Please tell the readers about your novel, “Surrendered
Love.” And where did you get the idea to write the
Janna Kauffman loves grocery shopping for the homebound in her Amish community. When Janna’s sister washes her hands of her rebellious daughter, Meghan, and sends her to live with her Amish relatives, Janna is spending less time shopping and more time explaining Meghan’s actions to police officer Hiram “Troy” Troyer. Formerly Amish Troy becomes a regular part of Janna and Meghan's lives as Meghan continues to act out due to her English mother’s rejection. Could God tame a headstrong teenager and help Janna and Troy find love in the midst of it all?
I got the idea from a reader who wanted to read the policeman’s story who appeared in my first book – Patchwork Dreams. I prayed about it – and this is the story God gave me.
Many main characters are a reflection of the author or somebody the author knows. Are there any tidbits that you've put into your characters which mimic people around you?
Not deliberately. If there are it is unconsciously and I can’t think who it might be.
How did you decide on the setting? Did you need to do research?
The setting is a real life Amish community in southern Missouri. I did research it, I have an
aunt-in-law that lives there and she also helps keep me up-to-date with current
Amish events. Two real life events are used in Surrendered Love.
How long did it take to write the book, including preliminary work?
Maybe six months
Many authors say the novel has a voice all its own. Did the plot change once your characters started forming the story?
I don’t plot. I pray over my stories that I’d write how God wants me to, but I like the surprises along the way.
What was the hardest part of this novel to write?
I had a lot of opposition spiritually while writing this story. My husband was accused of a crime he didn’t commit, lost his job, got kicked out of school, and then was found innocent of the charges. One son got into trouble, with the police coming out to investigate an alleged theft (he was innocent too, was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.) It was a very traumatic time. Very hard to stay in the zone – when the world is falling apart around you.
Laura, I’m glad everything worked out for your family. I can relate to the fact that the world will definitely steal away an author’s writing time.
I'm sure many readers are interested in learning more about you. Do you have a homepage where they can do so?
http://lauravhilton.blogspot.com/ or http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/
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