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.
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. These days Lisa works part time at Etui Fiber Arts in Larchmont, NY. Lisa loves nothing better than writing all morning, knitting all afternoon, and watching a movie with hubby in the evening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amy Lively is a speaker and the author of How to Love Your Neighbor Without Being Weird (May, Bethany House). She provides tips and tools for Christ’s #2 command drawing from her own experience knocking on her neighbors’ doors and leading a women’s neighborhood Bible study called The Neighborhood Cafe. She is passionate about helping people identify their unique ministry gifts and use them in their community. Amy lives in Lancaster, Ohio with her husband, their daughter, a holy dog and an unsaintly cat. Learn more at www.howtoloveyourneighbor.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stephanie celebrated her 20th year as a published novelist in 2014. She home schooled her four now-grown children, and when the kids were old enough to learn from a home-based business, the family had a regular spot selling home-grown produce and baked goods at the local farmer’s market and founded an inspirational gift company. Raised in southern Illinois, Stephanie remembers gathering wild fruits and greens with her mother and savoring blackberry cobbler on her grandfather’s farm. The stories behind antique quilts played an important role in her first novel. Now a grandmother, Stephanie enjoys learning women’s history (she earned her master’s degree in 2012), quilting, family time, and riding her motorcycle named Kitty. Her novels have appeared on numerous best-seller lists. Two novels were Christy Award finalists. In 2012, The Shadow on the Quilt was named best inspirational romance by Romantic Times Book Reviews.
Brianna’s life passion is telling stories in any and every format whether it’s on the stage, through music, or through written words. She graduated from Taylor University with a professional writing degree in 2014 and is now the social media assistant for Litfuse Publicity Group. Brianna is also a freelance blogger and a worship design intern at Ginghamsburg Church where she revels in using the arts to craft meaningful God experiences during worship services each week. When Brianna isn’t at church or tapping away on her laptop, you can find her roaming the streets of the charming small town where she’s stationed, Instagraming fabulous antique finds, dabbling in acting workshops, crafting to a marathon of Gilmore Girls, or buried in a book.
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.