Last year, when our new member to Colonial American Christian Writers, Kelly Long, told me she was writing an Amish Colonial series, I was thrilled! I was the only one in the group writing about characters who had emigrated from that part of Europe. Plus with the interest in the Amish, I really hoped and prayed that when this book came out we’d also have an increased interest in colonial American books. I have had the pleasure of listening to five of Kelly’s eight books/novellas. She is an amazing author.
I am looking forward to reading Arms of Love (Publisher - Thomas Nelson, 2012) when it becomes available for purchase on April 3rd.
Kelly, what got you interested in the colonial time period?
It was truly because I felt there was a missing piece in our cultural perceptions of the Amish—their past. I wanted to look at their flight from Europe to their beginnings in Lancaster County, America. At the turn of the eighteenth century, there were only 500-1200 Amish in America.
What inspired your latest colonial work?
This latest work, Arms of Love, was inspired by a desire to explore Amish beginnings as well as to pay tribute to those who suffer from PTSD, a disorder which has ravaged two of my loved ones. And, I wanted the chance to do a Novel Bible Study…a four week study at the back of the book which uses the novel as a launching off point to discuss Biblical application in everyday lives.
Do you have a favorite colonial place you like to visit and why?
Two of my children were born in New Hampshire…I’d like to go back there for a bit for the memories.
Kelly, do you have a favorite colonial recipe you enjoy?
I can share an Amish recipe… Readers, you can find a Whoopie pie cookie recipe from Kelly this coming Saturday on CQ!
Get connected: Kelly Long can be found on Facebook (Fans of Kelly Long) or Twitter (KellyLongAmish) or blogging on Fridays at Amishhearts.com or Amishliving.com.
Giveaway: Kelly Long books can be purchased at CBD and other book sellers. Kelly will be giving away a signed copy of Arms of Love!