~ About the Book ~Published: January 14th, 2014
Word Count: 137,000
Genre: Science Fiction
Content Warning: Minor Violence/Gore
Recommended Age: 13+
~ Synopsis ~
~ Excerpt ~Jebediah had a secret.
It was a weight, really. Something the songs of church service couldn’t lighten. Even daily prayers and scripture reading were no help. It was always present. Always hidden.
“It is Gelassenheit,” his father had said. “Surrendering yourself for others.”
So Jeb bore the weight. It was God’s will. Like Abraham tying Isaac to the altar. We hold the knife with the faith that God will stop us from using it.
With a groan, Jebediah pushed his way out of bed. Beside him, Sarah sighed and rolled his direction. Even with the passage of decades, she still appeared as beautiful to him as when they married. A day twenty years ago now. Her in a simple white dress and kapp. He in his best black suit. Family and friends, similarly attired. A simpler time. A happier time. An early spring.
Before the secret had passed to him.
“Is it morning so soon?” she whispered.
Jeb smiled. “Ya, it is.”
She made to get out of bed, but Jeb frowned and held out a hand. “Stay in,” he said. “At forty, you’ve earned a few more minutes.”
She put the back of her hand over her mouth and yawned. “So much to do today. The Troyers need breakfast. And Eli will need help with that baby. And the garden.”
~ About the Author ~
How did you start your writing career?I’ve been trying to write my whole life, with little scraps of story ideas trailing behind me like autumn leaves. I didn’t focus on writing until ’99, though. That’s when I happened to sit beside an older gentleman on a plane who was a published writer. When I mentioned I always wanted to write, he said “Well start early, you might get published before you die.” Shortly after that I bought myself a computer and started to write. My first book, a memoir of sorts, was published in 2003.
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
Tell us about your current release.Amish Vampires in Space is a science fiction tale, filled with a good dose of suspense, some realistic Amish (and futurist non-Amish) culture, a little humor, and a dash of romance. Think Witness meets Pandorum. Or maybe Dracula meets Beverly’s Lewis’s The Shunning.The story is about a number of things, but primarily it explores the conflict between self-defense and the defense of loved ones versus adherence to tradition. That’s the idea that drew me to the story: What happens when you put a group of agrarian pacifists in a ship with a very real threat from which they cannot escape?My hope is for the next release to be a sequel. Though Amish Vampires in Space has a definite ending (no cliffhangers) there are some characters and situations I’d like to explore more. I’m far enough along now—80,000+ words—that it is starting to seem like a real book. Not sure how it will all work out yet, but I’m excited about it.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?The hardest part of writing AViS was keeping the characters in line. They kept begging to run the show. Getting them to service the plot was the difficult, but I think it worked out okay.
What do you think makes a good story?It has to be about something. It has to have some overarching theme that ties it all together. It doesn’t have to be blatant, or even that profound, but the story has to have meaning.The best stories also have resonance. They have that one scene or that special character that will stick with the reader long after he or she has closed the book. Resonance is a plus, but theme is a must.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?I don’t have a cellphone. That one is probably extra surprising because I used to work in the software industry and I’m still a bit of a gadget guy. But a cellphone...I don’t like the interruption aspect of it. I like to have time where I know I can just think. Call me reclusive. JDo you come from a large or small family? Is it a blessing or a curse? For instance…..I have two siblings. Not sure if that qualifies as a large or small family, but it feels right to me. (I have three children, as well.)Growing up, my family dynamic was a little unusual in that my younger brother was/is thirteen years younger than me. (My sister is just three years my junior.) I was in high school when he was a baby. So it was almost like he had two mothers and two fathers.I thought that was a blessing, though. The only time I ever had the high school cheerleaders mob me was when I was holding my baby brother. J
What songs are most played on your Ipod?I don’t have an iPod either (egads!) but lately I’ve been listening to Daughtry and Weird Al. Go figure.
Quick Picks:Favorite color:OrangeFavorite season:Autumn...until the leaves start to fall.
Chocolate or Gummy Bears?Chocolate
Which game do you prefer Trivial Pursuit or Monopoly?Trivial Pursuit. No one will play me in Monopoly anymore. I guess I win too much.
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