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Accidentally Amish cover-1My novel Accidentally Amish was partially inspired by a link in my own family history to some of the earliest Amish settlers. I only discovered this a few years ago.

In my story, Annie Friesen discovers her own link to history that intersects with someone she never expected to meet. And it’s a story I never expected to write, but I’m glad I did.

Isn’t it curious how the smallest things–little facts or experiences we nearly overlook–lead us to something we never expected to find? Or to create?

• What is the most inspiring fact you know from your family’s history?

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  1. Wendy Cameron on the January 18, 2013 remarked #

    Accidentally Amish – will there be a book 2 – continuation?

    • Olivia on the January 18, 2013 remarked #

      Yes, Wendy! Book 2, In Plain View, comes out in June, and Book 3, Taken for English, should release around the end of 2013.

  2. Elizabeth on the January 21, 2013 remarked #

    I read Accidently Amish. Pretty neat! I have Amish friends here in CO, IN, & OH.
    Mostly through Morgan horses!
    After my Mom died I was searching for God. When I visited my friends & talked about the Bible it got me thinking. My Grandpa had Amish friends when I lived w/them growing up back east. My friends have given me a few of their belief books and I have ‘devoured’ them. (I know a decon & a bishop) I have tried to convince my hubby to convert but I think he’d miss his motorcycle! I have no problem with the lifestyle as I already live a mostly non-petroleum & a totally non-gmo lifestyle. I can’t wait to read your next book!
    Thank you!

  3. Dan Todd on the January 30, 2013 remarked #

    Loved “Accidently Amish” – hate the fact that I have to wait until June to get Book 2, and also hate the fact that I have to wait until the end of 2013 to get book 3 !!1 🙂

    • Olivia on the January 30, 2013 remarked #

      Tee hee hee. I am only just now finishing the first draft of book 3. Thanks for letting me know you’re on board for the series!

  4. Larry McAdoo on the February 9, 2013 remarked #

    I saw “Accidentally Amish” on display where I work part-time at Lifeway Christian Store, Chesapeake, VA. I was intrigued by the “software” theme since my youngest son recently got a patent in Windows 8 and or house has a lengthy relationship w/computer technology. I liked the weaving of the early history of the Beilers in the development of the story. I think you captured the struggle that is present among the Amish faith with the rest of the world. I think that Anne’s steps to work toward the change that Elizabeth never took is a neat twist as she is moving toward doing what wasn’t done and it remains to be seen how life will play out if she makes the step to no longer be “Accidentally Amish.” Customers who have read the story gives it 2 thumbs up as do I. Larry McAdoo, Chaplain, USN(Ret). Native Kansan living in Virginia Beach, VA.

  5. Olivia on the February 9, 2013 remarked #

    Thanks, Larry. I love getting a report from the front lines of a bookstore that the book is being well received. Thanks for reading.

  6. Pamela on the February 27, 2013 remarked #

    I just finished Accidentally Amish. Loved it from start to (too quickly) finish!
    I live in Colorado and own a “bronze” jeep. uh-oh…Please tell me Rick’s was a 2 door and not my 4 door version. Or else I may have to stay away from Colorado Springs… 😉

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