I am excited that Kelly Irvin, author, is returning today to answer some tough questions for us.
Kelly is giving away a print copy of “The Saddle Maker’s Son”. Simply leave a comment and your email address to be entered into a drawing.
And now, for the tough questions…
What do you think about when you’re alone in the car?
This used to be the only time I ever had alone. I valued it for that reason. I worked as a public relations professional for more than twenty years (I retired three months ago). That meant driving to downtown San Antonio from the suburbs and back every day. That meant horrible rush hour traffic that caused me to spend an hour driving sixteen miles each way. But I turned on KLOVE radio and enjoyed the positive, encouraging music each day while I daydreamed about my stories. I sometimes wrote notes to myself while sitting at traffic lights or occasionally wrote on my hand when I didn’t have any paper. I used the time to pray, to listen to audio books, to think about thorny parental issues. One of the hardest things about working full-time and being a parent and trying to be a writer is not having time to think. Daydreaming is part of the job description when you’re a writer. Your imagination needs time to run wild. That’s why I often have epiphanies in the shower. That and the sound of running water.
What is your favorite part of writing? What is your least favorite part of writing?
The answer to these two questions is the same. Writing! Sorry, but it’s true. I love to write, but somedays, it doesn’t flow the way it should and then it becomes a sit in the chair and make it happen. The idea that you wait to be in the mood or the muse to strike just isn’t so. Not if you want to meet your deadlines. And you do if you are a professional who would like to continue to receive contracts from publishing houses.
Tell us about your next book and when is it being published. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
My next story is On a Spring Breeze, the first book in a new four-book series from Zondervan/HarperCollins Christian. This is the story of a young Amish woman who has to find her way back to faith and love after a horrific tragedy. Each book in the series deals with a woman in a different generation and season in her life. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to write love stories for older women! I write Amish romances because the Amish have a way of life that really strips back the unnecessary and helps us look at how we live our lives and why. What’s important to us? Are there things that have taken God’s place at the center of our lives? How do we get back to one true God? It’s not as simple and sweet as it may seem. It’s hard and a lot of work to live the way they do. Makes for good stories!
Kelly Irvin is the author of The Saddle Maker’s Son, the third novel in the Amish of Bee County series from Zondervan/HarperCollins. It follows The Beekeeper’s Son, which received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, calling it “a delicately woven masterpiece.” She is also the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series, both from Harvest Housing. She has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine.
A former newspaper reporter and public relations professional, Kelly is married to photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to read books by her favorite authors.
A Peek at “The Saddle Maker’s Son”
Rebekah Lantz feels betrayed and abandoned. Tobias Byler is bound by regret. Can two young runaways from a world away teach them the healing power of a true family?
Rebekah isn’t like her sister Leila, but no one seems to believe that. Ever since Leila made a decision that has haunted her family and their small Amish community, Rebekah has been held to a higher standard under her mother’s watchful eye. Boys avoid her. She simply longs for the chance to be a wife and mother like the other girls.
Tobias Byler only wants to escape feelings for a woman he knows he should never have allowed to get close to him. Moving with his family to isolated Bee County, Texas, seemed the best way to leave his mistakes behind. But even a move across the country can’t stop the past from accompanying his every thought.
A surprise encounter with two half-starved runaway children forces both Rebekah and Tobias to turn their focus on others far more desperate.
In doing so, they discover the key to forgetting the past may open the door to the love and the future they both seek.