Peace Like a River

Peace Like a River cover flat

A couple of weeks ago I promised that as soon as I had the cover image for Peace Like a River, my first contribution to the Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries series, I would share it. And here it is! This is what’s called a “cover flat”—you see the front cover, the spine, and the back cover […]

The Midwest in the Girl

Fall leaves – Larry

I make no apology for the fact that I go to the library a lot. In fact, its half-mile proximity to my home was an appealing factor for choosing this house nineteen years ago. In addition to the satisfaction of visiting the home of thousands of books, it makes a nice gentle walk in fine […]

Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries

Olivia Newport Sugarcreek, OH

Today I hit a milestone. A couple of times a year, I have that moment where I hit the end of a first draft of a new book. And it’s a relief every time. Today I finished the first draft of my second contribution to the Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries Series being published by Guideposts Books. […]

Tiny House: Yes or No?

tiny house

I tell myself I am not, not, NOT  going to click that link that says, “You won’t believe how big this is inside.” Because going inside a tiny house will not increase its square footage. It seems like plain and simple logic to me. And then I click. Somebody explain that to me. Or perhaps […]


wedding rings

I double-booked myself. For an entire day. Actually I had a third option for the morning. Somehow I had enough presence of mind not to plan to be in three places at the same time while not seeing the contradiction of continuing to think I could be in two places. One was an all-day event […]

Living the Duplicate Life

pink sticky notes

Sometimes I work at the desk in my office with a separate keyboard so I’m not hunched over my laptop. But sometimes I like to work in the living room, where I have the desk my daughter left behind when she moved out, so I can enjoy the sunshiney view and the bird feeder outside […]

Hidden Falls Has a New Look

HF 1 The Disappearance cover

Some of you may remember the 13-part digital book Hidden Falls, which released about 18 months ago. Small-town warmth, mystery, secrets, characters to root for … I loved writing this downloadable story. I’m delighted that my publisher decided to repackage with terrific new covers and fewer downloads to get the whole story. So the gist […]

Don’t Take Work for Granted

Olivia Newport--The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow cover

Labor Day, traditionally the end of summer in the U.S., is more importantly remembered as a holiday that pays tribute to the labor movement of the late nineteenth century in celebration of workers’ social and economic contributions. Promoting workers’ rights was risky business in those days. After a series of states celebrated their own Labor Days, […]

Amish School–Why?

Amish School–Why?

Ever wonder why Amish children most often go to their own schools? I had the pleasure of answering this question–and explaining the backdrop to my latest Amish historical, Brightest and Best–over at Destination Amish. (And if you enjoy Amish stories but haven’t heard of Destination Amish, you’ll enjoy the entire site!) Click on through and […]

Something I Forgot to Tell You

Lancaster Farm

I may have forgotten to mention something. First, an exercise in logic. 1. Many fiction series are trilogies. 2. Amish Turns of Times was proposed as three books. 3. Book 3, Brightest and Best, recently released. So you might conclude: therefore, Amish Turns of Time is finished. In fact, I know some of you have […]