Mary Ellis’ latest Amish series titled New Beginnings (Harvest House) follows
the story of three sisters who seek to rebuild their lives after their parents
are killed in a house fire. We asked Mary about the third installment in her
series which released in September.
Can you tell us about Rachel, your main character in A Little
Bit of Charm?
Rachel is a young woman who is "testing the waters"
before committing to the Amish faith (called rumschpringe). She loves her
family's culture and heritage, enjoys her new job as a tour guide on a horse
farm, but falls in love with her English boss. Obviously she has some major
choices to make since the Amish don't work outside the home after marriage and
must marry within their faith. Rachel stands at a crossroads. Although she
won't be shunned because she hasn't officially joined the church, nothing in
her life will remain the same. Despite what you might see on reality TV, most
Amish youths are happy with their current lives.
Why do you enjoy writing Amish novels?
Mainly because I'm a "Little House on the Prairie"
kind of woman. Although I'm forced to use the internet, Facebook, and my
smart-phone to survive in this business, I'm really very un-techy. I still
write the first drafts of my novels longhand.
Researching and then crafting stories set in the various Amish
communities allows me to step into their simpler worlds at least for a short
while. But I must be honest: I wouldn't want to give up my coffeemaker, DVR, or
What's on the horizon for you? More in your New Beginnings
Right now I'm working on a three-book historical romance series
set during the Civil War. Book one--The Quaker and the Rebel releases on
January 1st and involves an Underground Railroad conductor who falls
in love with her adversary. My next full-length Amish fiction will be A Plain
Man coming in April of 2014. It is a sequel to Sarah's Christmas Miracle.
Regarding book four in the New Beginnings series? Only time will tell.