I hope you and your family had a blessed Christmas celebrating Jesus and what He came into this world for - to die on a cross for you and me so that we could one day have eternal life if we choose to follow Him.
Perhaps you have a few days off until you return to work and are looking for something to read over the holiday season. Today I'd like to introduce you to Rachel L. Miller. Hello, Rachel. How did you develop a love of story?
I have had it for as long as I remember so I really don't know how to answer that. I started reading at four years old and never stopped. Books were my escape, my love, my lifeline.
Books and story have been a big part of my life for many years. What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
Psalm 1-3: Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
I really love the message. It tells us right there in black and white what we can expect from our relationship with God.
That's a good one. How does your faith and spirituality work in with your writing?
I work to incorporate the principles God intended for marriage and love in every story. I write Amish fiction and I do try to weave their religious ideals into the story along with threads of my own.
That's wonderful. Can you tell us about your new book?
Will Leah Fisher find love because of a buggy accident?
Could love soften her heart so that she is able to see her answered prayers in Naomi Yoder or will she drive a wedge between her father and the only woman he has shown interest in since Elisabeth Fisher's death?
Leah Fisher lost her mother ten years ago. She is rapidly approaching womanhood and the lack is becoming more difficult every day.
Will she be able to recognize love when it's right in front of her?
Could love be the key to Leah opening her heart, making room for the woman her father intends to marry... or will she stubbornly cling to the memory of her own mother?
Will Leah be able to let go of her own ideas and realize that God truly does know best for her or will she allow love to slip through her fingers, destroying Samuel Fisher and Naomi Yoder's happiness at the same time?
Sounds like a lot of unknowns. :) What do you plan to work on next?
I am working on the next book in my series and the first book in a companion series. I am also sketching out some ideas for inspirational women's fiction that is also a bit edgy.
So you write more than Amish fiction. What is one thing you hope readers will take away from your story?
How important it is to make God a part of your romance from start to finish. HE knows what is best for you.
Amen. How much time do you spend researching before you write?
I actually researched my first novel after I had written the first draft. I researched for months while I was rewriting.
I think that's the first time I heard that as a response. :) Apart from writing, what is your favorite creative outlet?
Design work, especially book covers.
That's wonderful. Thanks for being here today.