Inspirational fiction! Next up is always history.
Favorite place to write:
Since our daughter got married a couple years ago, I’m blessed with my own office. Surrounded by my favorite books, tea mugs, and pictures, I’m in heaven.
Go-to writing snack or drink:
I make a pot of Earl Grey tea every morning in the winter. Once I get into my story, the pot is empty before I know it.
What does your writing nook look like?
Something you must do or have to write:
Sleep. If I don’t get enough sleep at night, I have a hard time writing in the morning!
Favorite (doesn’t that word just make you cringe?) writer resource:
Seekerville, a blog for writers. When I was first starting out, the Seekerville ladies cheered me on, taught me many lessons about writing, and offered friendship and a helping hand. I am now a Seeker myself, and love being part of this community for aspiring and experienced authors, as well as readers!
What book is currently on your nightstand?
The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper
Hard copy, e-reader, audio book:
Hard copy, when I can. E-reader if I’m traveling.
What was the inspiration behind The Sound of Distant Thunder?
I like my books to take place during times of change and upheaval, and the Civil War is one of the greatest times of change in our nation’s history. At the same time, the Amish church was also going through a time of great change. I started researching that time period with an Amish story in mind, and the further I went into my research books, the more ideas I got.
Favorite part of writing The Sound of Distant Thunder:
The research. I love history and the Civil War era.
Hardest part of writing The Sound of Distant Thunder:
Getting the characters to behave. Jonas and Katie didn’t give me too much trouble, but Levi was very insistent on more time, more lines, and even his own point-of-view scenes. I thought he was going to be a minor character, but he had other ideas!
If The Sound of Distant Thunder was turned into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?
I’d love to see Bradley Cooper as Jonas. For Katie, I think Carrie Underwood.
What is next?
The sequel to The Sound of Distant Thunder is coming out next fall. The title will be The Roll of the Drums. Also coming next fall will be an Amish Christmas novella in a collection from Bethany House.
After that, I’ll be working on the third story in “The Amish of Weaver’s Creek” series.
What else would you like readers to know?
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About the Story:
Katie Stuckey and Jonas Weaver are both romantics. Seventeen-year-old Katie is starry-eyed, in love with the idea of being in love, and does not want to wait to marry Jonas until she is eighteen, despite her parents’ insistence. So much can happen in a year. Twenty-year-old Jonas is taken in by the romance of soldiering, especially in defense of anti-slavery, even though he knows war is at odds with the teachings of the church. When his married brother’s name comes up in the draft list, he volunteers to take his brother’s place. But can the commitment Katie and Jonas have made to each other survive the separation?
From the talented pen of Jan Drexler comes this brand new Amish series set against the backdrop of the Civil War. She puts her characters to the test as they struggle to reconcile their convictions and desires while the national conflict threatens to undermine and engulf their community.