Thursday, January 28, 2016

Fabulous Feature: Emma Miller-Growing Up On the Farm

Today we welcome author:
Emma Miller

FIVE commenters will win a special release of
Emma's Book:
Courting Ruth
combined with Debbi Giusti"s book:
The Agent's Secret Past

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Mary here. I'm so happy Emma is here today. What a joy it is to welcome this down-home gal who loves family, growing food from the earth, caring for animals, and loves books  Yes. You simply must read her response to my question, how has God led you on your writing journey. It'll warm your heart. Here is what she said: 

God Led Me Here-Kicking and Screaming

"How has God led you on your writing journey?"

When I turned on my computer and read that question from Mary Vee in my email, I laughed aloud. I laughed because I'd been considering just that subject this morning. A funny coincidence? Maybe, but I don't think so. 

I write in my office, a converted bedroom of an old farmhouse in the country. If I look out my windows, as I do often when I'm at my desk, I see fields and trees and sometimes a glorious sunrise. Two night ago, it snowed. It snowed and snowed. The wind blew and the drifts piled around our barn and house. It snowed so much that the roads are closed and the only sounds I hear from outside my windows are the sighing of tree boughs. It's peaceful here, gazing out at the snow. It's a good day to think about the question.

"The only place to start," my grandfather said, "is at the beginning."

I was born into a family of storytellers. They had farmed the land in Maryland and Delaware, since long before this was a nation, with a strong faith in God and a powerful sense of family.

Life for me revolved around our home and community: grace before meals shared around a long table, chores, laughter, helping our neighbors, and church every Sunday. We had no computers, no television, and no telephone. But we had books and stories, always the stories.

My mother read Bible stories to me; my father read Zane Grey and Tarzan.  But my grandfather was an oral storyteller, he told tales of his grandfather, of Indians, and pirates, of storms and fast horses, brave children and foolish ones. And the stories fascinated me.

For many years, I was an only child. I roamed the fields and woods, climbed trees, fished in the ponds, and read favorite books in the hayloft. I didn't have other children to play with, but I could swing through the trees with Tarzan, hide from a monstrous snake like Mowgli, be swallowed alive by a whale, and cross the wilderness in a covered wagon. I haunted the school and town libraries with their floor to ceiling stacks of books. I read. I read with a passion, and I told anyone who would listen that someday I would write a book. I would come to the library and see a book on the shelf with my name on it.

"If you want to be a writer, you have to work at it," my grandfather said. "God helps those who help themselves."

"But what do I write about?" I asked. "I've never been to a jungle or have seen a whale."
"I guess that's part of it," he answered with a smile. "Deciding what you want to tell."

Write what you know best. That couldn't be the answer, could it? I knew how to drive a horse and wagon, how to milk a cow, how to make butter. Who would want to read about those things? I knew how it felt to sit between my mother and father in church and see the sunlight shining through the stained glass windows, and I knew how I loved Sunday dinners at my grandmother's table with all the family gathered around and my grandfather telling stories. I knew about the joy of rain when the crops needed it, and I knew our good Amish neighbors with their Deitsch talk and different style of dressing.

And here I am today, working on another Amish Christian romance. I'm right where I want to be. And I have no doubt that God led me here, kicking and screaming, wandering off the path at times, but finally doing just what I always wanted, telling stories. I'm here, sharing tales of the people I know best, because He intended that path for me all the time.  



Emma Miller is the author of eleven Amish romances and three Amish mysteries and is currently under contract for several more. She lives quietly with her husband and extended family in her old farmhouse in rural Kent County, Delaware amid fertile fields and lush woodlands where the sound of Amish buggy wheels and the horses' hooves on the road are familiar sounds.  Fortunate enough to be born into a family of strong faith, she grew up on a dairy farm surrounded by loving parents, siblings, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  

Her childhood might have been similar to one in much earlier times, as the ring of telephones and the harsh glow of electric lights didn't mar the peace of her home.  Storytelling has always been a family tradition, and early on, Emma learned the joys of reading.  She was educated in local schools and once taught in an Amish schoolhouse much like the one in Seven Poplars.  Family is the center of her life and her kitchen is always full of laughter.  

Emma loves to connect with readers. You can find her at her:


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Anne Rightler said...

Kicking and screaming! Seems to fit me sometimes too. So good to hear I am not alone. Thank you for sharing.
Anne at rightler. Com

Mary Vee Writer said...

Good morning, Anne. I think it's the inner little kid in us that so desperately wants to play in the mud when God has something so much better for us. Yeah. I've been there practically on a daily basis. You definitely are not alone :)
Good chatting with you this early morn. Coffee is on. I'm sure Emma has already cared for the animals. Would you like to put the bacon on?

Kim Hampton said...

I love your response, Emma! God always get us exactly where we are meant to be, even if he has to drag us kicking and screaming like a toddler! As a fellow country girl, I can relate to your life growing up. I spent as much time as possible with my nose buried in a book too.

Kim Hampton said...

Forgot to leave my e-mail! imaclogger23 at yahoo dot com

Morgan said...

I've never read an Amish fiction novel before, although I did get one for my birthday that I haven't gotten around to reading yet, but I think I would enjoy the genre! I like that you're writing what you know about. I bet your books have a very authentic feel! I'd love to add them to my reading list. Thanks for the interview! Mdp94 (at) bellsouth (dot) net.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Good morning Kim!
Soap box moment: I think about all the times kids and adults don't play outside. Technology is good, but sometimes the distraction from good ol' outside play robs a lot from life. Stories like Emma's are so important, compelling readers to see more than technology.

Thanks for chatting with Emma and me today, Kim!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Good morning, Morgan! So nice to see you.
I must agree that stories that are written from life experience have a special ingredient of reality to them that do make them "authentic."
I've read some Amish stories and was amazingly surprised. They were exciting and good reads. Emma's new book is sure to be a delight.

Unknown said...

I am so hooked on Amish stories. I am always disappointed when what appears to be a good Christian story is not, with the Amish books I never have that issue.

kim hansen said...

Sounds like a good read. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Mary for the lovely interview with Emma. I love that Emma had the opportunity to teach in an Amish school. Amish fiction is my favorite genre to read and I would love to read this book and also how wonderful that we can read Debbi's story as well. This would be a great book for winter reading. I am with Emma with looking at all the snow out our window as we just had a blizzard last week end. Good time for reading! Blessings always!
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

Mary Vee Writer said...

I can see your point, Laurie. I think we all understand an Amish story is going to be clean and wholesome but still have the struggles we face. I think that is why these books have stood the test of time. There is always someone who wants to read a good, clean story, and an Amish book is designed to meet that need.

I'm so glad you stopped by today, Laurie. Emma and I really enjoyed chatting with you.

Mary Vee Writer said...

I agree, completely, about Emma's new release. Also, the give away, being two stories in one book, looks fantastic.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Sometimes the best way to stay warm is to snuggle under a nice blanket and read a book. Of course some cocoa would also help ;)

Unknown said...

You wonder why we don't surrender sooner, don't you, Anne? You are so welcome. Have a blessed day!

Unknown said...

I love Amish romances because they're so sweet. Don't get me wrong, my characters and the characters in other Amish romances struggle with all sorts of issues, but I always finish a book smiling.

Unknown said...

I think that while Amish books demonstrate good Christian morals, (and show that none of us are perfect) Amish books are also fun. And we all need a little fun in our lives, don't we?

Unknown said...

Thanks, Kim. Have a blessed day.

Unknown said...

I love getting snowed in, Maryann. It's as if life slows down for a couple days. I bake, I write and I enjoy being with my family.

Unknown said...

I don't know why we resist. Sigh. Human nature, I suppose. Have a blessed day, Kim.

Bonnie Roof said...

I so enjoyed your post, Emma - thank you!! The simple things of life and the everyday occurrences are some of the best things/times, the more an author pours of him/herself into their writing - the more enjoyable and inspiring, I feel. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!


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Unknown said...

The simple things in life really are the best, aren't they, Bonnie? I feel as if sometimes I just need to stop and take a breath and enjoy them. Have a lovely Saturday.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Good morning, Bonnie!
I do love the simple times. No TV, No radio. Just looking at the sky, walking in the woods. Hubby and I found an open trail yesterday. The air was sweet and brisk. I agree that these real experiences are the best ones to draw on to bring life to stories. Sometimes we can't experience certain aspects of life. I've never grown up on a farm. This makes me appreciate and want to read Emily's stories. Have you lived on a farm or spent time on a farm?

Trixi said...

Short on time but I enjoyed the post as always, Mary!
Emma, I've read some your Hannah's Daughter's series and enjoyed them very much! Would love to win a copy of "Courting Ruth", I missed this one somehow :-) Thanks for the interview & chance to win!

teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

Unknown said...

Another good interview always enjoy them. Them giveaway is a nice bonus. redeemed1ruatcomcastdotnet. Thank you

Unknown said...

So glad you enjoyed some of the books in the Hannah's Daughters series, Trixi. Ruth's book was my first and it's just been rereleased with Debby's book. I haven't read Debby's yet. There just don't seem to be enough hours in the day.

Unknown said...

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, Ann. Have a blessed day.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Trixi!
Thanks for joining Emma and the rest of us here. We were waiting for you. :) What a joy to to hear you've enjoyed some of Hannah's Daughter's series. These are the comments that really encourage an author. Thanks so much, Trixie!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi, Ann. Welcome. I hope you had a good Sunday and enjoyed church. When I think about setting time aside for church and cooking meals at home, and eating around the table while family talks....this is the kind of stuff we read in the Amish stories. Don't yah just love it? Sure intrigues us to read them, eh? Thanks so much for chatting with Emma and me today .:)

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Hi Mary and Emma, I am a little late responding but I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed this post. I had a beloved teacher who told me the same thing. Emma. "Write what you know". Good advice whether you are writing a book or penning a letter of encouragement.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hey, is never too late to share here. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts :)

Unknown said...

I really think it's true, Connie. At least for me. And that's such a good point-- about letters. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, Ann!