Have you ever had one of those rare friends who is so stinking awesome that when you take her places and introduce her you’re excited because you know how much everybody is going to LOVE her? Well, if so, then you’ll understand how I feel today! Ya’ll–this is my very dear friend–and critique partner–Amy Grochowski! Come on–isn’t she adorable?
And–cue the happy dancing–this is a HUGE day for her because her fabulous Amish romance Forever Home is officially released! This is Amy’s very-first-ever book, and trust me–you’re not going to want to miss this one! It’s already won the Georgia Romance Writer’s coveted Maggie award–and was also an ACFW Genesis Semi-Finalist. This girl believes in starting out with a bang!
I had some questions for Amy about this wonderful story—and I’m also giving away some digital copies! Read on to find out more!
Amy, I loved this book so much–it really stands out! What makes Forever Home unique within the Amish romance genre?
Now that’s an interesting question because I didn’t try to write outside the Amish genre. I simply found my voice from my own personal experience of years living in a Mennonite/Amish community, added a significant amount of research, and poured the story out of my soul. If readers find my story unique and enjoy my perspective, I’ll take that as a huge compliment!
There was definitely an authentic feel to this book! In fact, you have a very personal connection to a young character in Forever Home. Can you tell us a little about that?
My youngest son has ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder. The little girl in Forever Home came to life in my imagination with the same challenges as my son faced in early childhood.
I wouldn’t say this story shines a bright light on what it means to have autism, but I pray it allows for some understanding. Spoiler Alert: This character will continue to appear in the rest of the series, so readers can watch her grow up surviving with autism throughout the different phases of her life. I like to believe that readers will cheer her on to the end.
I’m sure they will! Speaking of characters who grow up in a series–I’m a huge Anne of Green Gables fan! I love the fact that you’ve set this story on Prince Edward Island. Can you tell us how you chose this setting?
Let me tell you, this setting chose me! In June of 2016 I had the tiniest idea to write an Amish story set in Canada. Now, I’m talking the barest inkling of when a story idea begins to take form. I typed “Amish in Canada” into a Google search button. BAM! First Ontario Amish move to Prince Edward Island, March 2016. The headline pops up with a photo of a newlywed couple driving down an island road in a horse and buggy. The article was like dumping Miracle-Gro in the soil of a romance story-teller’s mind. Anyone who’s experienced God-moments knows that was one.
Seriously, how could I resist? The land of L.M. Montgomery was calling for a new story to be told. I couldn’t believe I’d been given such a great chance from the place where my entire book-loving adolescence had been spent in day-dreams.
I bet this book inspires some daydreams of its own!
Come on–doesn’t Forever Home sound awesome? I’m so excited about it that I’m doing something I’ve never done before–I’m offering digital copies to TEN lucky readers! This is a newsletter subscriber exclusive giveaway–but no worries! If you’re not currently a subscriber, you can sign up here. To be entered into the random drawing, just leave a comment on this post. And–here’s a bonus–if YOU have a question for Amy, she’ll gladly answer it! Fire away!! (Winners will be announced here on Friday morning June 12, at 10:00 EDT–so be sure to check back!!) Note: Amazon says that the digital books are limited to U.S. readers–so unfortunately, this giveaway is limited to U.S. subscribers!
In the meantime, if you’re impatient like me, you can buy the book right this red-hot minute on Amazon!
(Oh–and the way the website is set up, I have to approve each comment, so don’t worry if yours doesn’t show up right away! I’ll see it, and I promise I”ll get it up as quick as I can!)