Congratulations to Karen who won Kat Heckenbach’s book.
This week we get write to the point with Laura Hilton.
Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.
Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. Healing Love will begin the Amish of Webster County series in September 2012. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Laura is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.
Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing ever since I can remember. My husband and I will be celebrating our in December, and we have five children – two boys and three girls. We live in Arkansas, near the Missouri border.
How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?
I was saved when I about nine years old. It was a communion Sunday, and I remember asking my mom what some of the words the pastor said meant, and I didn’t take communion that Sunday, I went up during the invitation and talked to the pastor. And he explained salvation and helped me pray.
Tell us about your latest book. What do want your readers to take away after the last page?
Who knew Cupid had four paws? Amish midwife Kristine Lapp’s dog, Chinook, develops a slew of unfamiliar ailments that sends Kristi to Shane Zimmerman, their veterinarian neighbor. Shane’s grandparents were Amish, but his dad left years ago in favor of education and marriage to an Englisch woman. After Shane’s wife died in childbirth, Shane returns to Amish country to live and serve, but he’s determined not to return to the faith of his father. Prejudiced against the herbal and natural remedies that Kristi uses in her practice, the vet is determined to avoid what his eccentric neighbor cooks up. Can God use a loyal pet to mix a little old medicine with new and bring two neighbors past their differences so they can find a love with a positive prognosis?
I’ll leave the take away between God and the reader. I know what I took away, but God may have different plans for others.
How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?
I blog on http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com every day, with reviews, press releases, and interviews promoting other authors. http://laurav.hilton.blogspot.com is sporadic, its news related to me, my family, verses, sometimes promoting others, and Bible verses. Right now it is a verse a day with lovely illustrations to go with it. http://booksbylaura.blogspot.com is my book news.
Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?
I have so many favorites, it’s hard to choose one. The best books I read recently would be Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon, Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble, Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney and The Reunion by Dan Walsh. I’m currently reading With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin. So far it’s great.
Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?
There are so many incidents like that in my life. Some we’re still trying to figure out the “God intended it for good part.” But one that stands in my mind is when I was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. I went through chemo and radiation and really found a passion for encouraging other cancer patients going through treatment with me. I tried to be as upbeat as possible and pointed so many toward God at that time.
Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?
My life and ministry verse is Jeremiah 29:11. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.”
Where can we find you on the web?
Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?
I’m offering a giveaway of Healing Love, the first book in The Amish of Webster County series.
Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us today Laura.
Readers, as Laura mentioned she is giving away a paperback copy of her book to one commentator. Leave a comment for Laura by October 2 at 5:00 PM to be entered in the drawing.