A Q&A with Amy Clipston about ‘A Mother’s Secret’

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Amy Clipston’s new book, A Mother’s Secret, debuted in June. To celebrate with Amy, enter to win a copy of the book and also a Kindle Fire! Enter to win here!

 

What is A Mother’s Secret about?

My new book, A Mother’s Secret, is the second in my Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series. In this book, Carolyn Lapp dreams of marrying for love. Carolyn Lapp longs to have a traditional Amish family. But she lives on her brother’s farm with her parents and her 15-year old son, Benjamin. When Benjamin causes trouble at a local horse auction, horse breeder Joshua Glick decides that he must be taught a lesson. Carolyn and Joshua are unmistakably drawn to each other, but Joshua mistakenly assumes that Benjamin is Carolyn’s nephew. Carolyn fears that if he discovers the truth, her past will destroy their budding romance. After years of shame and loneliness, Carolyn suddenly has two men vying for her attention. But which of them will give her the family—and the unconditional love—she’s longed for?

I think readers will enjoy seeing Joshua Glick in this book since he was a minor character in book 1, A Hopeful Heart. Readers will also have the opportunity to find out what happened to Hannah, the main character in the first book.

Where did you find your inspiration for writing A Mother’s Secret?

The Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series was inspired during the Amish Country Holiday Book Tour in November 2011. Alicia Mey, Senior Marketing Director at Zondervan, suggested I create a series about Amish women who work in an upscale hotel. She was intrigued with the idea of the Amish and “English” (non-Amish) clashing in such a unique environment. A Mother’s Secret was inspired while I was writing the first book in the series, A Hopeful Heart. I felt Joshua Glick needed his own story. This book is dedicated to my amazing editor and dear friend, Becky Philpott.

What inspired you to write Amish fiction?

While my ancestors weren’t Amish, my father was a German immigrant, who came to the United States along with his parents and siblings in 1929. He once told me the Amish speak a dialect that is similar his German relatives. That connection resonated with me, and after visiting Lancaster County as a child, I felt that loose connection strengthen. I love the culture and the people.

How do you research your Amish books?

I have a dear Amish friend who helps me with my novels. She reads my manuscripts before they are published, and she also answers my questions.

Why do you think Amish fiction continues to be popular?

Our modern world is full of distractions. Each day our time is ruled by cellular phones and email messages. Most of us rush off to work in the morning and find ourselves trapped in traffic jams. When we get home at night, we again hurry through the motions of the daily routine before going to bed. Many of us are not able to spend much time with our families due to the demands of our careers.
I believe most of us secretly crave the romanticized view we have of the Amish life since their lives are focused on their families and faith. They chose to live simply and without the conveniences that have taken over our modern lives. The Amish have more time to spend with their families, and their lives revolve around their children, not stressful jobs. The Amish novels are an escape from our crazy lives, and the stories transport us to a simpler way of life. By reading about the Amish, we feel a closer connection to God and we refocus our lives toward what really matters.

When will the next book in the series debut?

Dream of Home, which is the third book in the series, will debut in December 2014.

Where can readers find you online?

Readers can find me on my website at AmyClipston.com, as well as on Facebook and on Twitter: @AmyClipston.

Where can readers purchase A Mother’s Secret?

You can find A Mother’s Secret anywhere that books are sold. I also have links to book websites on my website.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers?

I am an advocate for organ and blood donation since I donated a kidney on June 14, 2011, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through my donation, my husband, Joe, received a second kidney transplant. My husband and matched another couple and swapped kidneys with them. My memoir, A Gift of Love, details our journey with Joe’s kidney disease and his two kidney transplants. You can find my memoir here.

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Amy Clipston is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery novels. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and currently works for the City of Charlotte, North Carolina. Amy lives with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats.


Comments

  1. I was thinking on some of your very thoughts today Amy, while I was praying for mothers who are so busy running around doing stuff and it is true that we all need to refocus on Home,Husband, Children and The Future of those children and what they think is normal life. I want my children to see and know that I am here at home, being a keeper at home. I want them to know the security and peace of my being here always for them and never fearing I won’t come back if I leave and go someplace else. I was reading Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. About how much knowledge do we truly need and How much of what we do is really for the Lord when we are running to and fro and are not at home being true Keepers (at) Home ? It is far better to live that life and know that peace, even when not Amish !

    thank you for sharing today…
    Linda Finn
    Faithful Acres Books
    http://www.faithfulacres.net
    faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

  2. Valerie Crook says:

    I’d love to win a copy of A Mother’s Heart, and a Kindle Fire, but the link to the giveaway seems to be broken. I have both A Mother’s Heart and A Hopeful Heart on my birthday wish list! It’s always good to see a local woman in the literary field. I live in Monroe, NC and work in downtown Charlotte, as well.

    Valerie

  3. Valerie Crook says:

    LOL I meant A Mother’s Secret. I guess I have hearts on the brain!

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