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 […]

Sleepy Stress Syndrome


For reasons that are not important to explain here, I’ve had a stressful couple of weeks. I’ve found myself thinking … well, not exactly straight a few times. You know the feeling. You have things on your mind and you don’t exactly think about what’s right in front of you. Maybe you go through motions. […]

Brightest and Best Released!

B&B Historical Twist

I used to do word search puzzles all the time. Lately not so much. But last week my husband gave me one he found in a book our daughter had given him: Rivers of Brazil. This reflects the fact that my father was from Brazil. (It’s my mother’s line that traces back to early Amish […]

Brightest and Best Is Almost Here

B&B Love or Duty?

Five days until release day for Brightest and Best! Here’s the skinny on what it’s about. The collapse of a schoolhouse puts pressure on Amish families and their long-held educational values. Ella Hilty anticipates marrying Gideon Wittmer and becoming a mother to his children. In a whirling clash of values, Ella seeks the solid ground […]

Lazy Days of Summer

bird group

I’ve been working on a new manuscript this summer that will release in the spring. I haven’t had a go-lie-on-the-beach kind of vacation, but I try to take time to appreciate the beauty of the moments around me. Here are a few I’ve enjoyed, some in my own yard, and some on nearby outings. Whether […]

Drawing Winner

Annie’s note

Congratulations to Linda Chudej, who won my first author copy of Brightest and Best. Linda, it’s on the way to you—while I’m still waiting for copies to keep. Release day is August 1. It won’t be long now!