Contest Winner!

If you’ve been reading my blog the last few weeks, you know I’ve been a little distracted. I forgot to mention the winner of the contest for For the Love of Dogs. (I haven’t figured out how to make that sentence work! Starting a title in a preposition just isn’t smart.)

Anyway…the winner is Dorie T. from Carlisle, Pennsylvania!

The book is selling rather briskly, if I do say so myself, and it’s fun to hear readers’ comments about it. In fact, if you’ve read it, please put in a customer review on Amazon! (Assuming you liked it, natch.) It only takes a second and it is a huge, huge help for authors.

I’m starting work on Novel #3 set in a series based on an Amish community in Stoney Ridge, Pennsylvania. I’m trying to get about 2500 to 5000 words written a day…doesn’t mean those words won’t be slashed and edited and chain-sawed, but that’s my goal. So far, so good. I’m up to about 19,000 words. (Most novels are around 75,000+ words, by the way.) And I love this story line, too. Haven’t come up with a title yet, but I have my characters in place. It’s based on a rose farm, where a funny, quirky Amish grandmother makes old fashioned rose petal jam and cooks up a bundle, including a mystery or two.

Have you ever had rose petal jam? I was in Oregon recently and went to a street fair with my daughters. A vendor was offering samples of rose petal jam, saying that if angels eat, this would be their food of choice.

Wow…she was not kidding! Sweet but not too sweet, with a delicious, gently perfumed taste.

So I’ve been studying about roses and learning all kinds of odd and unusual bits of info.

For example, did you know that Coca Cola makes a great pesticide?! Maybe it’s just me, but that is a little bit of a scary thought. What is it doing to your innards?

My friend Nyna says that Dawn dishwashing detergent works well, too.

So if you know anything about roses, or even have a favorite variety, send me an e-mail: or leave a comment. And if I can incorporate it into the book, I promise to add your name in the acknowledgements. I am nothing if not a grateful author!

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Mary Lou White says:

    I also just learned that Listerine is a good mosquito repellant/killer. Would this suggest that mosquitos are germs, too?? 🙂

  2. Suzanne says:

    Mary Lou! How fun to hear from you! I didn’t know you checked in on my blog! Thanks for the Listerine tip, too. I think I’ll use that in a book! ~Suzanne