Meet Our Contributors

An Amish quote says, “A smile is a curve that can straighten out a lot of things.” Consider these women as part of virtual friendship circle. We have a seat for you, too, as we gather together and chat about home, community, faith, and food.

Carey Bailey

Carey Bailey‘s husband describes her as a woman who loves to dance around the living room in her pj’s, loves Blue Bell Pralines and Cream ice cream, loves her kids, and loves Jesus! This fun-loving mother of two also has a passion for helping fellow women discover ways to create a powerful relationship with Christ. She is the author of Cravings, an innovative forty-day devotional for busy moms that allows them to draw closer to the Lord in the midst of busyness. And the bonus is that is comes with a zero-calorie cupcake.

Visit Carey’s blog, Cravings, and connect with her on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

Lisa Bogart

Lisa Bogart. Midwesterner turned Californian. Graphic designer turned author. Young wife turned married lady of 25 years. Stay-at-home-mom turned empty-nester. Lisa is a movie-loving, book-reading, sweater-knitting, cookie-baking, world-traveling woman. She won the Guideposts Writers Workshop in 2010. She works three days a week at Piedmont Yarn in Oakland, CA. Lisa loves nothing better than writing all morning, knitting all afternoon, and watching a movie with hubby in the evening.

You can find her online at her website, or connect with her on Facebook and Ravelry.

Marie Dittmer

Marie is a registered dietitian with a master of arts in physical education/cardiac rehab.  She’s a happily married, homeschooling mom of four who enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and writing about food, nutrition, and health issues.

Visit Marie’s blog, Healthy Ideas Place, and connect with her on Pinterest.

2012-09-04_1346797752Michelle Dawn

Michelle Dawn is a coffee-addicted, donut-loving gal who enjoys all things Amish. When she is not immersing herself in the latest Amish fiction read, you can find her and her awesome hubby with their equally wonderful kiddos eating their way through Ohio’s Amish country. She started Destination Amish with two goals in mind: to share her love of Amish country and spread the word about Amish fiction.

Visit Michelle’s website, Destination Amish, and connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

Leslie Gould

Leslie Gould is the award-winning author of fifteen novels, including the #1 bestseller and Christy Award winner The Amish Midwife, co-written with Mindy Starns Clark. Her latest release is Courting Cate, a retelling of the “Taming of the Shrew,” the first in The Courtships of Lancaster County series.

Leslie received her master of fine arts in creative writing from Portland State University in 2009 and has taught fiction as an adjunct professor at Multnomah University. She, her husband, Peter, and their four children live in Portland, Oregon.

Visit her at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Tricia Goyer

Tricia is the author of more than 30 books and has published more than 500 articles for national publications such as Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Woman, and HomeLife Magazine.

She won the Historical Novel of the Year award in both 2005 and 2006 from American Christian Fiction Writers, 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 Book Award in 2005. Tricia’s co-written novel, The Swiss Courier, was a nominee for the Christy Awards.

Visit Tricia’s blog, It’s Real Life, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Amy Lillard

Amy Lillard is an award winning author who loves reading romance novels from Amish to contemporary. These two genres meet in her debut novel, Saving Gideon. Born and bred in Mississippi, she now lives in Oklahoma with her husband and their son. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached at

Visit Amy’s blog, and connect with her via Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Amy Lively speaks and writes about how she felt knocking on her neighbors’ doors while her knees knocked, and shares about the friendships that now line the streets of her neighborhood. At the Neighborhood Café, she helps women share their faith naturally through tips, tools and teachings so they can love their neighbors (without being weird!). Amy writes for and is on staff at Life Church Ohio. She and her husband, David, live in central Ohio with their teenage daughter, Emma, a holy dog and an unsaintly cat.

Visit Amy’s website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

headshot oct 2011Teri Lynne

Teri Lynne is a word loving, idea slinging, encourager of rest, focus, and embracing life’s seasons.  Her priorities include good coffee, excellent books, and lingering conversations.  She is the author of Parenting from the Overflow and Prayers from the Pews: The Power of Praying for Your Church and the co-author of Self-Publish: Moving from Idea to Product.  Teri Lynne and her worship leading husband live with their growing-up-way-too-fast teenage daughter and their ever pitiful basset hound in North Alabama where she finds time to write in between the car line and rotating laundry.

Visit Teri’s blog, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.

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Stephanie Reed lives on the outskirts of Plain City, Ohio, site of a once-thriving Amish community. She gleans ideas for her novels from signs glimpsed along the byways of Ohio. Her previous books are Across the Wide River and The Light Across the River.

Visit Stephanie’s website, or connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She’s a full-time pharmacist who resides in Florida with her husband and three children.

Visit Ruth’s website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Lynette SowellLynette Sowell

Lynette Sowell is the award-winning author of more than 15 titles for Barbour Publishing, Harlequin, and Abingdon Press. When she’s not writing fiction, she chases down stories for her city newspaper and writes a weekly column, “My Front Porch.” Lynette was born in Massachusetts, raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but makes her home on the doorstep of the Texas hill country with her husband. Fond of all things coffee and chocolate, Lynette also loves to travel, read, try new recipes, dabble in crafts, and is always up for a Texas road trip.

Visit Lynette’s website, and connect with her on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

author picLaura Weymouth

Laura Weymouth is a Canadian Mennonite girl currently living in Western New York along with her husband, two daughters, and ten chickens. When she’s not chasing children or poultry you can find her at church, at the library or in the kitchen. Laura loves long books, hot cups of tea, anything made with yeast, snail mail, and simple living. She’s almost always working on a novel manuscript, and perhaps in future will let one of them see the light of day.

Visit Laura’s website, and connect with her on Facebook and Pinterest.

Elizabeth Byler Younts

Elizabeth Byler Younts used to be Amish, and even after her family left the Amish faith, she still grew up among the Amish community. Her parents worked really hard at keeping that relationship for their family. She is still very close with them and still speaks Pennsylvania Dutch regularly. She is the author of an Amish memoir titled Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl. Seasons is the story of her grandmother Lydia Lee Coblentz who grew up in an impoverished Amish family through the Great Depression. Seasons was released in August 2011 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller in three categories. Elizabeth is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. She is an Air Force Officer’s wife with two young daughters and makes her home wherever her family is stationed.

Visit Elizabeth’s website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.