Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and three of their children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor. Laura also has two adult children.
Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love followed by her first Christmas novel, A White Christmas in Webster County, as well as a three book Amish series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe, The Postcard in April 2015, and The Bird House in September 2015. Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer.
Tell us about your newest book.
The Snow Globe
Victor Petersheim has left the Amish and works on a river boat on the Mississippi River, spending three months on the river then having three months off. During his off-work months he returns home to his Amish community and helps out on his grandparents’ farm. When he returns home after his most recent absence, he discovers his grossmammi has developed health problems and they’ve hired Esther Beachy to be a “mother’s helper.” Victor is unsettled by this woman living in their home, but has to accept it. Esther loves listening to Victor’s grandmother’s stories and while puttering around in a store while the grossmammi’s in the hospital, she discovers a snow globe that depicts an area where the Petersheims used to live. She buys it as a gift for the grossmammi to cheer her up during her hospitalization. Victor is touched by Esther’s gift and her care for his grossmammi, and strives to be friendlier. Will Esther’s gentle heart draw him back to the community? Or will he return to the river once again?
What inspired you to write this book?
I was going through treatments for breast cancer and one of the other ladies worked on the Mississippi River as a cook. I asked her a bunch of questions about it and thought what would be like if an Amish man ran away to work on the River?
What was your favorite part to write?
I loved this whole story. I couldn’t wait to get into it. Viktor and Esther were just special – and their love story so… palatable.
What was the hardest part to write?
Her beau, Henry.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I researched more about working on the Mississippi River and about Jamesport, Missouri.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I love writing stories and being able to express myself in this way. I love that God chose me to do it.
What’s the hardest thing about being an author?
What’s one piece of advice you have for aspiring writers?
Write. Read. Learn.
If you were writing about your life what would the title be?
Ha. I wouldn’t write about my life. No one would want to read it. I’m an ordinary person, with the same insecurities as the rest of the world. I’m nobody special. Maybe that’s what I’d call it. “I’m Nobody. Who are you?” Oh wait. That’s already been done.
Anything you would like add?
Thanks for having me on your blog.
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Thanks so much for visiting us today, Laura. It’s always great to hear what you are working on. God bless 🙂