Sometimes people ask me to describe the mental process I go through in order to come up with the stories I write. I never know how to answer. Frankly, if someone could step inside my head, they would probably be as confused about the process as I am. However, one thing I can say that there is always an incident that causes the writer-synapses inside my brain to start flashing like a fire engine. When that happens, I know I have a story.
My latest Amish novel, HIDDEN MERCIES, which will come out April 9–opens with an Amish wedding scene in which the groom has not shown up and the bride is beside herself with humiliation and worry. That scene began to percolate as I sat through three hours of Amish preachers speaking in German during a real-life Amish wedding. Since I could not understand more than two words, I began to wonder if Amish brides ever get left at the altar, and if so, what would happen. The rest of those three hours just flew by.
My publisher thought it would be fun for readers to get a peak behind the scenes of HIDDEN MERCIES, and experience with me the real Amish wedding that I actually attended.
This e-short, which was published a couple days ago, should be interesting to anyone who would enjoy a glimpse of the work, thought, and planning that goes into celebrating a marriage among the Old Order Amish.