Many of you know that I am writing Amish-themed fiction now. It just seemed like a logical way to channel some of what I've learned about the Amish through the years. And, besides, everyone else is doing it!:) I consider myself a writer first. I'm just a writer who happens to have a lot of experience with the Amish. Of course, Beverly Lewis is the "grande dame" of Amish-themed fiction. She sort of invented the genre, and now bunches and bunches of writers (including yours truly) are jumping on the bandwagon. I'll be honest, I've never read more than excerpts of Lewis's work. My wife has read one of her books. It's just not my favorite genre to read (oh, but I am reading a gripping Stephen King novel now:), but I am enjoying the writing. Especially once I decided to get into the game myself I didn't want to bias my writing in any way by reading the work of others. I didn't want to be influenced or be accused of parroting the existing formulas out there. I wanted a clean slate and to begin my own style and interpretation of Amish life projected into fiction. My first work was Rebecca at the Beach, an 88 page novella which you can buy for 99 cents on your Kindle or Nook, You can also buy it at Amazon as a hard copy book. But my first full-length Amish-themed fiction will be out later this year. I doubt it'll fit into the same mold as a Beverly Lewis or a Wanda Brunstetter (I am a guy writer, after all:), but I'm hoping you all will enjoy it just the same!
In the meantime, a Colorado publication (where Lewis lives) ran a nice interview with her where she talks about the genre she invented. Click here to read it. Do you like her work? Do you dislike it? Which is your favorite Beverly Lewis novel?