Thursday, January 9, 2014

Fabulous Friday Feature-Wanda Brunstetter

Today I welcome 
author Wanda Brunstetter
a sweet and friendly lady. 

Enter to win Wanda's 2013 release,
The Tattered Quilt

Scroll to the end of the post to see how to enter.

I had seen Wanda's name on many books and was compelled to meet her. I contacted her right away and asked if she would be willing to join us here on Let's Talk. I asked Wanda to tell us how God led her on her writing journey. Here is what she said:

A Christian Life that Strives to Honor God

From the time I was a young girl I wanted to be an author. 

With little or no encouragement from home, I was surprised when one of my grade school teachers said I had talent and that I should think about becoming an author. Soon after that I began writing poems.

Throughout my teen years I wrote skits, which our youth group performed at various church functions. 

About ten years after I was married, I had the opportunity to take my first writing course. I knew after I graduated from the class that I wanted to write novels, but I began with short stories, articles, poems, and puppet plays, and had several hundred published with various publishers before attempting to write a novel. 

In 1997 I wrote and sold my first novel, "A Merry Heart," to Barbour Publishing's Heartsong Presents book club. A few years later, when Barbour opened their trade fiction line, they agreed to published my novel, "The Storekeeper's Daughter." I have been with Barbour Publishing ever since.

My fascination with the Amish culture developed when I met my husband, Richard. He grew up in a Mennonite church, and raised in a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting my new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused me to yearn for the simpler life. 

In our travels, Richard and I became close friends with many Amish people across America. My desire to explore their culture increased when I discovered my great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith. Two of my novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life.

My primary attraction to the Amish is to their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever I visit Amish friends, I find myself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern “Englishers.” Time and time again, I lose my heart in the Amish life, and I hope readers will, too.

Many of my readers have said they've been blessed or touched because of my inspirational stories and scriptures scattered throughout my books. I write to bless others because God has blessed me. It's through and because of Him that I'm able to write what I do, and I give Him all the glory.

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Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of over 60 books with more than 7 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times Publisher’s Weekly CBA ECPA CBD. 

Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine USA Today. Wanda’s books have been translated into four foreign languages. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

Wanda and Richard have two grown children, six grandchildren and a new great-grandson, Ezekiel. Wanda enjoys photography, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and visiting her Amish friends, whom she has come to know and love so well. She also enjoys every chance she gets to spend time with her family.

Besides writing, Wanda is a professional puppeteer and a ventriloquist. She often entertains children and adults with one of several ventriloquist figures. One of Wanda’s favorite figures is a little boy puppet dressed in Amish clothes, which she often uses when she visits Amish or English schools.

Please visit her website at
Author Website:
Children's Books website: 
Facebook: Wanda E. Brunstetter

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Amish widow-turned-newlywed Emma Yoder Miller begins another class in quilting with a new patchwork group of students, all with tattered pieces of their lives that need mending. Selma the busybody; Terry the rugged roofer; Blaine whose only there because he lost a bet; Anna whose mother signed her up; Carmen whose hiding secret motives for taking the class; and Cheryl who has a broken heart that needs just as much mending as the tattered quilt she brings. Under the Father s guiding hands, can He take what is ragged and shabby and turn it into beauty for His glory?

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Amanda Pearson, a Quaker woman suffering from a broken engagement, leaves her home in New York and travels West to minister to the Nez Perce Indians. Along the way, she encounters many problems, yet she never gives up. Like a true woman of courage, Amanda trusts God to see her through, even when she fights illness, abandonment, misunderstandings, and an unexpected event. Set in 1837, this historical novel has many twists and turns that will take readers from the rugged Rocky Mountains to Oregon Territory and the home of the Spalding Mission, where the Nez Perce Indians were first introduced to Christianity.

To enter the contest for an autographed copy of 
Wanda's book: "The Tattered Quilt":
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Thank you, Wanda, for Joining us This Weekend!

Have you read Amish stories before? 
If so, what do you like about these stories? 
If not, what do you expect to find in an Amish book? 


Connie Porter Saunders said...

I have read Amish stories before and I enjoy them but since I have Amish friends, I sometimes question some of the story lines. I have always found Wanda to be accurate in her portrayals.

I really enjoyed this interview!

Anonymous said...

I love to read Amish fiction books! This one looks really interesting to me. Donna d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hey Connie!
Yes, I think we can be assured that someone so committed to the Amish community like Wanda would give wonderfully presented story lines. So glad you stopped by today.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Donna!
I agree. Amish fiction are great reads and this one in particular. So glad you were able to stop by and visit with Wanda today.

bonton said...

Such an enjoyable, and informative interview, Mary! Loved learning more about Wanda's writing journey, her purpose, and her books!

I love Amish stories, and enjoy visiting the Amish communities - I've seen several, and have enjoyed eating a meal in an Amish home. I am impressed by the simplicity of Amish life, and their devotion to family, and faith. I love viewing the beautiful farm land and handmade furniture, and sampling their baked goods, and home cooking!

Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of "The Tattered Quilt"!


Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Bonnie,
Nice to see you!
Between you and Wanda, I am also seeing how welcoming the Amish people are to others. Diving into one of Wanda's stories is sure to give many an opportunity to experience a visit with the Amish.

Anonymous said...

I love reading Amish fiction and I would love to read Wandas book. Thanks for the great interview.
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hey Merry!
Haven't seen you in a while. So glad you are back. Hope you had a great Christmas and New Year.
Blessings on you. :)