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TRICIA GOYER SHORT BIO:Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty books including From Dust and Ashes, My Life UnScripted, and the children's book, 10 Minutes to Showtime. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in the mountains of Montana.



With all the Amish books out there what made you want to write a story about the Amish community? What was the draw for you?


A few years ago I was asked if I'd ever consider writing an Amish novel. The truth is, I hadn't. But the first seed of an idea was planted and my mind started to feed and water it. That's how novels usually start. Later that day, I remembered that my daughter had a friend, Saretta, whose parents were raised Amish. They moved from an Amish community in Indiana to Montana , and that is how we met. I also remember my daughter telling me Ora Jay and Irene lost two daughters in a buggy accident.


Hmmm, I thought. I'd love to hear their story. Maybe someday, if I see them again, I'll ask. The next day, my daughter Leslie and I went out for some mom and daughter time. We went to a bookstore to browse and get coffee. As we looked over the bargain rack guessed who walked in Saretta. We hadn't seen her for six months at least and there she was.


“Saretta,” I told her, “I think I'm supposed to talk to your parents—hear their story.” Less than a week later Ora Jay and Irene sat in my living room. They told me about being Amish, about losing their daughters, about their move. They also talked about their faith. They shared what the meant to be Amish. They shared how their faith had grown after moving to Montana . They shared many ways God had changed their lives and their hearts. I listened amazed.


Their story added more water—the Living Water—and sunshine to the seed of a novel planted in my hearts. After talking to Ora Jay and Irene, I met many other Amish women from the West Kootenai Community. I was honored as they shared their lives with me.



What intrigues you most about the Amish community?



To read the rest of this fun, heartfelt interview with Tricia Goyer and find out what question she wished someone would have asked her in all the interviews she'd done! Click this link


Also click the link of you want to enter the drawing for FIVE copies of BESIDE STILL WATERS!! ALL Entries need to be on Finding Hope Through Fiction's blog.Only comments made there  will be entered into the drawing!

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