Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Laura V. Hilton {Writer Wednesday} + GIVEAWAY

Glad to have Laura V. Hilton back on the blog this week! Excited for her to be talking about her latest release,  A White Christmas in Webster County. I guess it's appropriate to point out there are now 12 weeks and 1 day until Christmas *eeeeeeeeee*!!!!! Can you tell I LOVE Christmas?? Woohoo!!! (Ok, I'm done - I promise). 

A little bit about Laura...

Laura Hilton lives and writes in Arkansas, surrounded by her husband and five children. The author of inspirational novels about the Amish, she is also a book reviewer.

How to connect with Laura...

Book review page:

Laura V. Hilton RE:Interview | Getting to know you...again 

You and Writing

Who is one of your favorite authors and why? 
...I have many favorites. Susan May Warren and Denise Hunter–I love their romances, story lines and the way they draw me in from the beginning. Suzanne Woods Fisher for the way she weaves an interesting active ingredient into Amish fiction. Dani Pettrey, Colleen Coble, Irene Hannon and Lynette Eason for their romantic suspense. Amanda Cabot and Ann Shorey for their historicals. I have many more favorites.
Share a writing-related milestone with us?
...I always said when I make it into the CBD catalog, I made it. Then it moved to when I see it at Walmart… I have won some awards and finaled in some awards. But I still haven’t seen any of my books at Walmart.

How do you balance your time between writing and other actives? Any helpful tips, tricks, or suggestions? 
... I keep the document open and write when I can. I have five children, homeschool, and am a pastor’s wife, so I have to write when God gives me a moment. I don’t write a lot of words a day. I consider it a success if I get 500 words a day. And for most authors, that isn’t many.

Your Writing

Tell us a little bit about the book. 

A White Christmas in Webster County
Wanting to relocate from Shipshewana to somewhere new, Mercy Lapp answered an ad in The Budget to work as a mother’s helper for Matthew and Shanna Yoder in Seymour, Missouri. Mercy relocated from Shipshewana to give herself space and time to heal after the death of her beau in a fishing trip on Lake Michigan. Abner Hilty fled Shipshewana to Montana to work on a ranch after he and his twin brother witnessed a murder. Now that the killer is safely behind bars, Abner decides to visit his brother Abram in Missouri where he’d settled with his bride of one month. Mercy is surprised to see Abner there, and equally surprised by how much he’d changed physically since she’d last seen him. Even though the two live in different districts they occasionally see each other in town and form a fledging friendship. As Christmas approaches, an unexpected heavy snow lets Abner and Mercy spend a lot of time together in wintertime fun. Abner hopes to interest Mercy in a more permanent relationship. But then Mercy has a potentially life changing discovery. Will she return to Shipshewana to answer the summons of the past? Or settle in a new place?
What was one trial you faced when writing it? One success?  
...When I was writing this book my oldest son went through some situations that adversely affected our family life. One success? God came through. In a big way.

Who is your favorite character and why?
...Abner. He is funny, serious, hurting and struggling—yet he is completely devoted to God.
What is one take-away from your book that you hope readers identify with?
...This is a hard question. What I take from the book is not necessarily one a reader might. But what I got from the book is “Be still, and know that I am God.”


In honor of the fall, what’s your favorite fall treat? 
...Apple cider. Homemade applesauce, warm in the crockpot. Pumpkin seeds.

When you were a child, what did you dream of growing up to be?
...Always, always, a mom and a writer.

Will you participate in National Novel Writing Month? If so, what’s your plan to keep your writing on track? 
...No. Not really. I will be writing… but I won’t try to reach a book in a month and I can’t follow their rules of just writing. I edit as I go and when I finish the book it is ready to go to the publisher. 
Loved having you back on the blog, Laura. First off, I think your list of favorite authors is fantastic! I also like how you mention your takeaway would be different from that of your readers. I love how the Lord uses our stories in not only the lives of readers, but in our hearts too! And yes to pumpkin seeds (and of course cider and applesauce too).

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