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Now let's revisit with Marta Perry, author of Hannah’s Joy (Berkley Books, May 2012).
A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta Perry to write about the Plain People to add to the rich heritage of her home state.
She is the author of more than thirty-five inspirational romance novels and lives with her husband in a century-old farmhouse in a central Pennsylvania valley.
Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
--I come from a long line of women who were only happy when they were feeding people.
--I have a secret passion for Dr. Who.
--I once spent a cold November dawn in a tree stand so my son could go hunting.
--I secretly think no one has grandchildren as beautiful and talented as mine.
--I’ve traveled in fifteen different countries.
That's a dedicated mom--I don't know that I would brave the cold for something like hunting.
Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Hannah's Joy.
Army widow Hannah Conroy returns to Pleasant Valley to take refuge with her Old Order Mennonite aunt after her husband’s death. Hannah intends to stay only until she’s on her feet again.
But as she’s drawn into the life of the community and begins tutoring an Amish man, William Brand, to control his stuttering, she begins envisioning a life there.
When her dreams are challenged by her late husband’s father, who threatens to sue for custody of her young son, Hannah must choose between the freedom of the outside world and the home she’s found in Pleasant Valley, while William seeks the courage to speak for the woman he loves.
What is it about Hannah that will make your readers care about her?
Hannah is a loving mother, devoted to her son and still grieving the loss of her soldier husband. She faces the future with courage, seeking always to do her best for those who rely on her.
If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?
Since I’m not one to remember the names of actors, this is a tough question for me! Hannah is like a young Sally Field, combining vulnerability with courage.
And William’s solid strength and quiet manner makes him something like the character Noah Wylie played in the Gray’s Anatomy series.
If a novel were published today, based on your life, what would be an appropriate title?
Still Writing After All These Years! Although I guess that actually sounds more like a song title, doesn’t it?
Well, maybe the audiobook version could have music.
What is the last book you read that you would recommend?
Murder in the Garden, by Veronica Heley. Murder in the Garden is one of the Ellie Quicke mysteries, which I thoroughly enjoy, and this one is particularly engaging, as amateur sleuth and everywoman Ellie seeks the answers to a body found in the neighbor’s garden and in the process searches her own conscience as a neighbor.
What are you working on now?
I’m writing the eighth book in my Pleasant Valley Amish series, tentatively titled Lydia’s Hope, the Lost Sisters.
Where else can readers find you online?
The book is available at fine book stores and for purchase online through the following buttons:
Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?
What’s your all-time favorite book, and how has it enriched your life?
Thank you, Marta, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Marta has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 14. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Marta's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.
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