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Blog Hop!


Edna Cravitz, friend and fellow writer, invited me to participate in a fiction writers’ blog hop. She sent a lively little list of questions to answer about the book I’m writing, an Amish romance that’s awaiting both a title and an ending…hey, one step at a time!

Here goes:

What is the name of your character?
– Saloma Herschberger. Can you tell that she’s probably not Irish? Or a rock star?

When and where is the story set?
– An Amish community in the present time.

What should we know about her?
– Saloma Herschberger loves her Amish faith and her Amish family and her Amish way of life and…Jake Yoder, who used to be Amish until his father left the community, taking 15-year-old Jake with him and letting Jake enjoy the marvels and freedom of being “English.” Can you feel her pain?

What is the main conflict? What messes up her life?
– Jake has the power to either mess up or light up her life. After seven years he has returned to the Amish community. Saloma’s happiness hinges on his big decision: to be or not to be Amish.

What is the personal goal of the character?
– Saloma wants to marry Jake, but only if he foregoes his English lifestyle — the trusty black pick-up truck, the murderous video games, the pretty girls dressed in hip-hugging jeans and flouncy sleeveless shirts.

Is there a working title for this novel?
– Ugh. You’re killing me. You found my Achilles tendon. I’m terrible at titles. That will be the epitaph on my grave, “She was terrible at titles.” But I’ll come up with one for Saloma and Jake, I promise.

When can we expect the book to be published?
– I’ll let you know….

Thanks for the invite, Edna! Watch for Edna Cravitz’s upcoming book about 14-year-old Margaret Mary McRooney, a Lithuanian-American growing up with family and boy troubles in the 1960s coal regions of Pennsylvania. Check out Edna’s Blog Hop and blog site at:

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