Coffee Time with Author Laura Hilton
I’ve invited Laura Hilton to stop by for a chat. She’s drinking iced coffee, and I’m having tea. Join us and learn more about Laura, her writing and her newest release.
Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.
Her publishing credits include Hot Chocolate and Shadows of the Past from Treble Heart Books; a devotional in a compilation from Zondervan; and the first book “Patchwork Dreams” in her Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House released in April 2011, the second book, “A Harvest of Hearts” in September 2011, and Promised to Another in April 2012. Laura has her business degree from Ozarka and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Laura is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.
Why do you write romance?
I write romance because I love to read romance; I love to hear stories about how people meet their spouses, etc.
I’m the same way. Give me the happily ever after! Describe your favorite romantic meal.
I don’t really have a favorite romantic meal. I’m more of a down-home, country-style cook, and food is food, not romance. I know others would disagree. So I’ll tell yo this, when my husband asked me out for our first date, he asked me to go with him for strawberry pie.
That’s so sweet! How did your hubby propose to you?
Well (blushing). My husband didn’t propose. I held him at gun-point and told him to marry me. He had no choice. Okay…it was a water gun. And I was teasing. But he accepted anyway, then held me to it.
That sounds so fun! You should include it in a novel someday. What romance theme runs through your latest novel?
Shanna is struggling to find her place where she belongs–Matthew is settled and sure. They form an instantaneous connection and romance flares from there…
What romance advice would you offer to readers?
Let God lead. Don’t settle for anything less than who God intends.
Fantastic advice, Laura. Thank you for having coffee time with us.
Matthew Yoder volunteered to be part of the swap of Amish men from his Old Order Pennsylvania Amish Community, to the Amish community in Seymour, Missouri. There is nothing for him in Pennsylvania, as the youngest of twelve children, and the lack of farmland around Lancaster County, he felt he could make a better future in another district. Shanna Stoltzfus has been raised Amish, and couldn’t wait for her rumspringa so she could pursue her education. She hated having to quit school in the 8th grade to stay home and learn everything that makes a home run smoothly. But now she has earned her GED and is taking college courses, but her family is begging her to come home; her little sisters miss her. And there’s something about newcomer, Matthew Yoder that draws her attention. But is it enough to give up her dreams of education and join the Amish church?
Your Turn: What’s your favorite romantic meal?