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To Garden or Not to Garden? | Beth Wiseman

Readers often ask if I pull from real-life experiences when I am writing my books. I absolutely do, the same way my personality creeps into my character’s thoughts and actions. I’m adopted, so I’ve included that in storylines. Someone close to me had a kidney transplant, and that made its way into a book. I […]

What I’ve Learned About Family from Researching the Amish

I’ve written numerous novels about the Amish. I first became interested after meeting a couple in Montana. My daughter introduce me to them! They grew up Amish and lost two daughters in a horse-and-buggy and semi accident. As I learned more about their lives, I found great stories for novels. And as I learned more […]

How an Amish Novel is Born: The Truth Behind the Fiction

Think all novels are purely fiction? Think again. Every great novel starts with a bit of fact. My first Amish novel, Beside Still Waters, started with more than that. A few years ago I was asked if I’d ever consider writing an Amish novel. The truth is, I hadn’t. But as I pondered it, I […]

The Taming of Me

I’ve never been a girlie girl. And I never intended to write romance. In fact, back when I was in my early 20s and people would ask what I wanted to do when I grew up I’d answer, “Write novels.” “Romances!?” was the usual snide response. Insulted, I’d explain, “No. Literary fiction.” The people quizzing […]


Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ who you serve. Colossians 3:23-24 I memorized the above verse thirty-five years ago when I was on work crew at Malibu, a […]

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