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And now let's revisit novelist Laura Hilton, author of The Snow Globe (Whitaker Housee, November 2014).
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.
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.
Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.
-- I don’t like spicy foods. I prefer mild.
-- I hate peanut butter. Except in peanut butter cookies. They’re good.
-- My favorite color is white, like new-fallen snow, or a blank piece of typing paper.
Please tell us a bit more about the plot of 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 is it about Esther and Viktor that will make your readers care about them?
Viktor is really sensitive underneath all the toughness. Esther cares for others, puts their needs first.
If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?
A younger version of Tom Cruise (and taller) for Viktor
and I don’t know, maybe Anne Hathaway for Esther.
How much prep work do you usually do before you actually start writing your books?
Not much. I am not a plotter, I’m a seat of the pants writer. I know the character names, a good start, and a vague idea. . . and then pray a lot.
I would love to be able to write like that. I plan so much that sometimes I have to just stop and start writing my first few chapters just to keep from driving myself crazy. It's easier after that to go back and finish the outline.
What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?
The last book I read that I recommend is Christmas at Rose Hill Farm by Suzanne Woods Fisher. It was a really good Christmas novella.
What are you working on now?
The third book in the Amish of Jamesport Series, The Birdhouse.
Where else can readers find you online?
visit my blogs: lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com and lauravhilton.blogspot.com
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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?
What is your favorite holiday and why? Do you like to read books set around that holiday?
Thanks, Laura, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Laura has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 6. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Laura'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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