I think of Ruth Reid, not as an Amish fiction author, but as a very gifted author who just happens to write Amish fiction. As I said in my review of A Dream of Miracles (click title to see my thoughts), there’s nothing “typical” or “traditional” about Ruth’s writing. A Dream of Miracles ranks among the best books I’ve read, Amish or otherwise. There’s a different element to her stories, for they break the boundaries of Amish fiction wide open, capturing me from page one with its emotional pull and character depth.
I want to thank Christen Krumm at Litfuse Publicity for allowing me to offer this giveaway. To help you get to know a little more about Ruth and her newest book, here is part of her Litfuse interview:
About writing . . .
Q: What are your ideal writing conditions?
I write in silence most of the times. Although since my daughter found that studying for tests easier was at Panera Bread, I now take my computer and Sarah takes her books and note cards on evenings she needs to study. We order supper, sit at separate tables, and work. Surprisingly, we’ve both gotten a lot accomplished in the noisy environment.
Q: If you could write in a different genre, which would you choose?
I’d love to one day write medical suspense/thrillers.
Q: If you could have lunch with any literary character, who would it be and why?
Miss Clara from War Room. I found Miss Clara’s character to be very inspiring and spending any amount of time with her would be up lifting and positive.
Q: Favorite first line of a book:
“I promise my name—not my heart.” ~Josiah Plank, A Miracle of Hope.
Q: If you were trapped in a book, what fictional place would you like to explore?
Definitely the old west on a cattle drive, or as a pony express rider.
Q: What would the title of your biography be?
Ruth Reid: Child of God—Woman of Faith
Q: If you could live a day in one of your characters’ lives, who would you choose?
I would choose Joy Stolzfus from Her Christmas Pen Pal Explain: I’m not much of a baker so I think it’d be fun to spend a day in the Stolzfus bakery and learn how to make some of her delicious recipes.
About A Dream of Miracles . . .
Q: Tell us a bit about the story behind your latest novel. Where did you find inspiration?
Working in the healthcare field over twenty-five years, I’ve seen miracles, which have stunned the medical staff as well as situations that are often not what they seem. Sadly, sometimes things are handled wrong. Outcomes are not always miraculous.
In A Dream of Miracles, Mattie Diener is an Amish widow and mother of two young children. When her son becomes sick, she takes him to the local doctor, only the normal doctor is on vacation and the woman taking his place is a new physician, unfamiliar with the Amish, and quickly makes accusations that send Mattie’s life into a whirlwind.
Q: What trait do you love most about your main character?
I love Mattie’s trusting nature.
Q: When readers get to the last page, what do you hope they take away from the story?
My goal is that readers will feel the presence of God. His love, His grace, His mercy, and the miraculous ways He guides us in our daily lives.
Q: What are you working on next?
I’m currently working on Abiding Mercy (out 2017), the first book in the Amish Mercies series.
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