Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am so pleased to introduce you to author Laura Hilton. I very much enjoyed learning how much Laura relies on God in her writing and love the sound of the story of her latest release, The Snow Globe. I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Laura Hilton lives and writes in Arkansas, surrounded by her husband and five children. The author of inspirational novels about the Amish, she is also a book reviewer.
Tell us about your current release.
The Snow Globe Victor Petersheim has left the Amish and works on a river boat on the Mississippi River, spending three months on the river then having three months off. During his off-work months he returns home to his Amish community and helps out on his grandparents’ farm. When he returns home after his most recent absence, he discovers his grossmammi has developed health problems and they’ve hired Esther Beachy to be a “mother’s helper.” Victor is unsettled by this woman living in their home, but has to accept it. Esther loves listening to Victor’s grandmother’s stories and while puttering around in a store while the grossmammi’s in the hospital, she discovers a snow globe that depicts an area where the Petersheims used to live. She buys it as a gift for the grossmammi to cheer her up during her hospitalization. Victor is touched by Esther’s gift and her care for his grossmammi, and strives to be friendlier. Will Esther’s gentle heart draw him back to the community? Or will he return to the river once again?
If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Absolutely. Because God would have a reason for that one person to hear it.
What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? Read and pray.
What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? I always wanted to write.
How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? When I was wanting to be published, the only real choice was a publisher. When “self-publishing” started it was the ones who weren’t good enough to get a real publisher or agent and they just wanted to get stuff out there. I have read some very poorly written self published stuff, so I rarely read any now. However, the self-publishing is losing its bad reputation now.
Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? They develop as I write. I pray a lot and God has them in hand, but He reveals to me on a need-to-know basis.
Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book? My publisher has a maximum word count that I can’t go over. So that is my pre-determined stopping point.
Do you write your books for your own enjoyment or more for what you think people would want to read? Yes, I write for my own enjoyment more than what I think people want to read. I want to have fun on the writing journey
I assume when you start a book, you pretty much have the plot laid out? Ha. No. Not at all.
Do you ever change your mind later on in the book, and go in a different direction? Nope. Because I don’t have it all plotted out. To me that would take the fun out of writing.
Do you remember where you were or what you were doing when you started this story? I was at home, sitting in front of my computer, typing The Snow Globe, by Laura V. Hilton …. Kiss Viktor for me.
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