Friday, June 8, 2018

Lael Harrelson's Tremors of Doubt Book is Fantastic!

If you haven't yet read Lael Harrelson's Tremors of Doubt novel, you're in for a treat. It's a wonderful story filled with great characters and situations.

Learn more about Lael and the reasons she wrote this story at Amish Fiction Authors website. Her book is unique, well-written, and chock full of details about the conservative Mennonite's she knows well. I highly recommend it!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Season of Waiting

Spring is here! I spent most of the winter working on revisions and edits for my boomer novel, The Whole World and All, which is due to be out this year! (2018).

And now comes the season of waiting.

Before I had a publishing contract, I envisioned my book being published as something that happens quickly. Edits. Revisions. And then, voila! The book.

But, in most cases, there's a flurry of work sent back and forth between writer and editors, and then comes the time when the last initial edits are sent.

That last set of edits signifies the season of waiting. The initial changes have been made, and now it's time for the publisher's editors to take the manuscript in hand and do the final edits and revisions.

For the writer, this season of waiting can seem yeeeears long. But I've learned that this is an important time for me to regroup, work on another project, or delve into ideas for marketing my new "baby", once it's ready for the world to see.

Life is like that, too. Everything good has a time of being built. Being molded. Being perfected. When we rush through these processes, or skip them altogether, we later find mistakes are made, which leads to regret for not having the patience to simply wait until the final product is fully refined.

So, yes, my manuscript is being honed and polished. Edits and revisions are working their magic on my words. And I wait, with great anticipation, but also with the knowledge that patience is rewarded by the final production of a good book.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 24, 2017

It's almost ready! This market will help support the apartment building which will house former Amish who need a place to stay and to stay and work in the fragile days right after they make a decision to leave their Amish communities.

 Here's information from the Facebook page:

"Beyond Measure Market is located in Savannah OH, and part of Mission to Amish People, a ministry that reaches out to Amish and former Amish people.

The bulk food store is being built to help pay for New Beginnings apartment housing, also going up on the same property. To learn more about the Mission to Amish People, Beyond Measure Market and New Beginnings Homestead, go to"

It's been a long time coming, and I'm excited to know the wait is nearly over!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Publishing Contract for "The Whole World and All"

I'm happy to announce I've signed a publishing contract with Breath of Fresh Air Press for my boomer/coming-of age novel The Whole World and All.

I'm very excited about this manuscript being published! The novel is set in the mid-1960's amidst the turmoil and change of that decade, and this change affects the main character, Annie Thomas, too. She's moved into a new city, a new school, and neighborhood. New teacher, classmates, and friends. New everything! Is she ready?

This novel is funny and frank, as Annie steers a course through early adolescence and the awakening of her mind and spirit to the world around her. Suddenly, she discovers there are scarier things in this life than monsters and frightening fairy tales. The Viet Nam war sears a place in Annie's heart and troubles her thoughts, even as she sleeps. Moving into a suburb for the first time brings its own challenges, and a bully who threatens with more than jeers sets her mind on finding a way to subdue his nasty nature.

I'll update as the publishing process progresses, so watch this space!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

FREE Recipe to say Merry Christmas!

A favorite recipe of mine is Kasekuchen (German Cheesecake.) In Germany, it is often served at breakfast with strawberries and coffee. Enjoy the recipe, and Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Speaking Event: Catholic Women's Club of Richland County

I'm looking forward to speaking about Mission to Amish People Ministries with Rene Budd on October 12. We'll be with the Catholic Women's Club of Richland County, Ohio. I'll be sharing about MAP as a volunteer and telling a little about my book, The Miting, which is a novel based on the experiences of many former Amish I know. All royalties the book earns is sent to MAP Ministry.

Rene will be sharing about MAP's new venture of building housing and about the plan to open a bulk food market to aid the former Amish in jobs as they transition to the English world. She'll also share about the ministries MAP provides.

Speaking events are opportunities to learn, as well as share, and we are glad to be experiencing that opportunity with the Catholic Women's Club of Richland County.

Friday, December 11, 2015


We're nearing the end of 2015, and in keeping with the tradition of beginning again as a new year approaches, I've renovated my blog. It's needed a fresh face for a while, but I've put off getting down to the nitty-gritty to make the changes. However, accidentally deleting my old design pushed me to start over. I guess goof-ups like that can be the impetus for change. I still have some tweaking to do, but for now, I like the new look!

Speaking of changes, there will be some for me as an author in the new year. Some changes are not yet gelled, but watch this space for news concerning book 2 of the Amish series, as well as news concerning a new manuscript which may be making its way into book form in 2016 also.

Onward toward 2016!

Blessings to you,


Friday, March 20, 2015

It's the perfect Spring side dish: Amish Potato Salad. Find the Yoder family recipe on AmishWisdom