Thursday, November 20, 2014

Laura Hilton Interview


Hi, Laura! Give us a couple sentences describing what you write.   
I write contemporary romance with spiritual truths centered around the Amish.

How would you label the overall mood of your stories? 
I have been called sweet, eye-opening, witty, poignant, passionate,  and heart-warming by reviewers.

What is the name of your latest book?  
The Snow Globe

Using any celebrity, past or present, who would you cast as your main characters?   
No clue. I don’t have a TV nor watch movies.

What is the theme of your story and how did you come to it?   
The theme is the snow globe, and how life sometimes is shaken up but it comes out more beautiful as a result.

A sneak peek into what you're working on right now?  
I just finished The Postcard (coming in late spring 2015) and I’m working on The Birdhouse (coming in the fall of 2015)

Describe your writing space.   
The middle of the living room. Surrounded by family, toys, homeschool books, writing books, reading books, and other family clutter.

Do you work a "day job?" Is there a secret/technique you’ve found that helps with balancing the writing and working life?  
My day job is writing, homeschooling, parenting and homemaker.

Do you blog? If so, leave us the address.  
 http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/

Now the fun stuff... :)

On a dream research trip, where would you go? What would you ask to see/experience first?   
It depends on what I was writing. And what the setting is. Currently, I’m writing about Jamesport, Missouri, Amish so I would go there and interact with the people who live there, visit what I was allowed to as an outsider, and hopefully, talk with the Amish.

When you read, do you prefer paperback, e-book, or audio? Why?  
 I prefer paperback. The battery doesn’t go dead. And I get enough computer time writing my own stories without staring at a screen to read. But I do own a kindle and use it.

Author bio. 

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 (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love. A nonAmish book Swept Away will release November 2014 from Abingdon Press. She is contracted for another three book Amish series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport series, begins in November 2014 with The Snow Globe, The Postcard in June 2015, and The Bird House in September 2015, and A White Christmas in Webster County (Amish) releasing in September 2014. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.




Book blurb.

Victor Petersheim has left the Amish and works on a river boat on the Mississippi River, spending three months on the river then having three months off. During his off-work months he returns home to his Amish community and helps out on his grandparents’ farm. When he returns home after his most recent absence, he discovers his grossmammi has developed health problems and they’ve hired Esther Beachy to be a “mother’s helper.” Victor is unsettled by this woman living in their home, but has to accept it. Esther loves listening to Victor’s grandmother’s stories and while puttering around in a store while the grossmammi’s in the hospital, she discovers a snow globe that depicts an area where the Petersheims used to live. She buys it as a gift for the grossmammi to cheer her up during her hospitalization. Victor is touched by Esther’s gift and her care for his grossmammi, and strives to be friendlier. Will Esther’s gentle heart draw him back to the community? Or will he return to the river once again?  

Twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

You can purchase my books here:
Amazon   
CBD   
 



2 comments:

Courtney Phillips said...

As a person who used to shy away from Amish books, I'm happy to say I enjoy them now. :)
Love how you use the snow globe as a symbol. That's so unique.

Thanks for the interview, Natalie!

Natalie Monk said...

I know, Courtney! Isn't that cover beautiful??
Thanks for commenting!! :)