This week we welcome back Laura V Hilton to share with us about her book The Snow Globe. It’s great to have you here, Laura!
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?
How long did it take you to write? About three months. I had just finished a contemporary for the Quilts of Love series with Abingdon Press, and The Snow Globe was due to Whitaker House at the end of August.
Was there a particular scene that you especially enjoyed and why does this scene stick out to you? I love this whole book, but probably when Viktor talked Esther into the pond to go “swimming.”
If you could be any character in your book, which one would you be and why? Probably Esther, for the rush of falling in love—I’ve been there, happily married, but still there is nothing like that headiness.
In what time of year is your story set? Is there any particular reason you choose that season or holiday? (I’ll adjust the question to fit your answer.) The Snow Globe is set in the summer, for two reasons. 1. It was initially supposed to release in April and 2. We were in the midst of Independence Day celebrations when I wrote that scene . . .
Do you write in any other genre’s? I try. My favorite is Amish. I also play with contemporary romance, historical romance and romantic suspense. At this time, I’m only published with Amish and contemporary romance
What is your favorite genre to read? It’s not really so much a favorite genre, its authors in that genre. I have my favorite Amish authors, historical authors, suspense authors, women’s fiction, contemporary, etal.
How to you like to spend the holidays? I’m a quiet individual. I like to spend them at home, surrounded by my loved ones, playing games, talking, snacking, enjoying each other as a family. Neither Steve or I have any extended family, really, so it is just us and our kids. No one expects us to go spend Christmas or Thanksgiving with them. Which is sad. I used to love it when my family or Steve’s family gathered for holidays. But now, almost everyone is gone.
Please tell us one thing about yourself that may surprise your readers. My favorite color is white. Like snow. And yes. I love snow.
What is next for you? I am currently writing the third book in the Amish of Jamesport series, THE BIRDHOUSE which releases in November of 2015. After that I have a whole manuscript requested and then I need to start proposals for new books. J
Thanks for sharing with us, Laura!
Readers, something went crazy with this blog post, and it disappeared from my que, so I had to quickly throw it together this morning at five something my time. I apologize for my lack of interaction with Laura, but I hope you enjoyed the interview anyway. I’m really stumped as to what happened with my original post, but moving on…
Laura is giving away one copy of her book. If you would like to be entered to win please leave a comment for her. Since Thanksgiving is so close I’d personally love to hear what some of your traditions are. If you live in another country feel free to share a tradition you have–any holiday.
Rules: Open to USA mailing addresses only. Void where prohibited by law. Drawing ends Nov. 16. The winner will be notified on Nov. 17, 2014 and have until Nov. 23, 2014 to reply or forfeit the book.
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.