Author Spotlight: Nancy Mehl

Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from last week’s Author Spotlight with Lisa Wingate is Shirley Blanchard! Please email my assistant Christen with your mailing address. (

This week please welcome Nancy Mehl back in the spotlight! To win a copy her new book Unbreakable (Bethany House Publishing), leave a comment on this post!

Nancy is also giving away a Kindle Fire and hosting a Facebook Party on March 5th. Click the below for details.

What is the smartest writing advice you ever got?

Work to perfect your craft and never decide there isn’t anything more to learn. No writer knows it all. I hope that every book I write will be better than the last one.

What was your biggest break?

Selling a cozy mystery to Barbour Books. That sale kicked off my writing career.

I’m inspired by…

Writers who don’t give up. This business has its ups and downs. Being able to ride out the rough times is the difference between those who have long term careers and those who get discouraged and walk away.

My great adventure has been…

My greatest adventure has come from being a mother. Watching my son grow into a wonderful young man, marry his soul mate, and become a father, has been the best adventure of my life!

The one thing I hope to discover is…

What God has planned for me. I don’t believe I’ve reached the summit of my journey. My goal is to become everything He created me to be.

If I could go anywhere, it would be…

To Missouri so I can be near my kids and my grandson. Thankfully, that’s in the works! We should be there sometime this year.

If you have only…an hour…

I would tell everyone I love how important they are to me. And I would tell my unsaved friends about Jesus.

Describe yourself in one word.


If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save?

My dog! Hopefully, my husband has already run outside! LOL!

What drives you to succeed?

Believing that God has a good plan for my life. I want to see it come to pass.

Best Surprise

Finding out my daughter-in-law was pregnant!

Best Saturday Afternoon Read

Something written by Tosca Lee or Ted Dekker.

Best Way to Break a Sweat

Walking in our favorite park.

Best Time-Waster


Best Indulgence

Television! LOL!

Best Advice

Don’t give up. God has a good plan for your life. Just trust Him and believe.

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. Loretta says:

    Nancy, hope you can make your dreams come true to be near your grandson. I believe that as long as we live we can be ever moving towards “our plan”, the one that God has for us.

  2. Susan Fryman says:

    I loved this book. I learned about this author just a few months ago and am so blessed to have Nancy Mehl as an author I read and follow. I’m even picking up her previous books to read. So glad the word is getting out about Nancy and wish her the very best in future. As always a great blog and I enjoyed the interview on Amish Wisdom on Thursday. Always look forward to this on Thursdays. Blessings, Susan Fryman

  3. Jean Smith says:

    Unbreakable sounds like a great book. Would love to win it.

  4. Mary-Louise Johnson says:

    I agree that the best adventure in life is God’s gift of motherhood and all that goes along with it. Now, however, that our children are grown and raising their own families, I am pleased to have time to read. 🙂

  5. Lanore Lewis says:

    Would love to as a new author to my collection of Amish books.

  6. Jan C. says:

    Nice to “meet” you Nancy! Your life sounds happy and fulfilling. Enjoy that little grandson. Mine is 2 & 1/2 and a delight too. Hope “Unbreakable” tops the charts 😀

  7. Shaun Renee Paulsen says:

    I would love to win this book as I have never read any of her books.

  8. Brenda Wheeler says:

    Nice to meet you your book sounds like a wonderful one please enter my name for the book Thank you

  9. Trish Jorgenson says:

    I am really looking forward to reading this book.

  10. Michelle Prince Morgan says:

    I would love to win a copy of this GREAT book.

  11. Erin says:

    A Mennonite mystery sounds right up my alley. May have to share this with my friend Eunice if it’s not too traumatic

  12. Cheryl Callan says:

    Would love to win this book.. Sounds interesting..

  13. mary ellen ashenfelder says:

    I have Unescapeable and would love to have this book by Nancy also. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

  14. mary lou says:

    Just finished inescapable and would love to win this one to keep on with the series. I just adore the covers on these 2 books. Good author, we have many mennonites and amish living near here at drakesville and bloomfield Iowa.

  15. Juanita Cook says:

    I would feel so honor to win this book. The cover is just beautiful.

  16. Pam W. says:

    I would love to read this book. I have read a lot of Amish fiction, but not much about the mennonites.

  17. Pat Moore says:

    Nancy, I haven’t read your book but it does sound interesting. Will be going to my favorite indy bookstore (The Bookshelf) and have them orderit for me. They are primaril a used bookstore but they order new books for their regular customers Each month I give them a list of the books I want to read. They alread have a long list of my favorite authors to order by name & not by title. That way I won’t miss one of their books. I’venever known Suzanne to recommend an author that I didn’t enjoy their books. Would love to win. God bless you in your writing, your goals & enjoying your family.

  18. Sue Hess says:

    Would love to read this book. Enjoyed reading this spotlight.

  19. Tammy Courts says:

    Her dog!! Love your books!!

  20. Nancy says:

    I love your books, Nancy Mehl. Can’t wait to read this one. Hope I win it 🙂

  21. Katie Johnson says:

    Unbreakable looks like a great book. I would love to win!

  22. Marsha Pray says:

    Can’t wait to read this book!!

  23. Elba says:

    I would love to win this book, it sounds exciting, and full of love, hope, and faith.

    • Nancy Mehl says:

      That’s exactly what I try to fill my books with, Elba. I want to leave my readers with more than just a good story. I want God to speak to them through my words. I pray over every book, hoping He’ll do just that.

  24. LeslieAnn says:

    Love mysteries and Amish books and both in one is even better! Would love to win this book and finding new authors!!! 🙂

  25. Nancy says:

    Would love to win this book. Thanks, Suzanne, for introducing us to new authors!!

  26. Jasmine A. says:

    Great interview! I have been wanting to read this book/series since I first hear about it. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Jasmine A.

  27. Anita McIlveen says:

    Sounds like a really good book. Would love to win it!

  28. Ruth Swartz says:

    I would just love to win your book I havnt read one of your yet,but I sure it a very good book,thank

  29. Sandi Ansell says:

    I really enjoy meeting new authors…and I think I would like you very much. God bless and thanks!

  30. Theresa Crawford says:

    Would love to win this book. I was introduced to your books through my local Library. I have read all your other books.

    • Nancy Mehl says:

      I love libraries. My daughter-in-law is a librarian! Some people wonder if authors get upset when readers check out books at a library instead of buying their book. I don’t know a single author who feels that way. We all love libraries. Besides, if you’re like me, AFTER I fall in love with a book I checked out from the library, I end up buying it so I can add it to my own personal collection!

  31. Would love to win Unbreakable.
    Thanks for the chance.
    Carolyn Jefferson

  32. emily boivin says:

    i am new to amish fiction and i love it so much, i would love to win your book so very, very much. so i can add it to my growing list of amish books i have read and enjoyed. i have a lot of catching up to do.

  33. Annette says:

    I would love to win! I’ve been wanting to read this. I’ve never read anything from Nancy Miehl, and I’m looking forward to doing so.

  34. karenk says:

    thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel 🙂

  35. Laura Pol says:

    Loved the interview! It is so wonderful to know that God has a plan for our lives!

  36. Bonnie says:

    Would love to read a book from a new author for me. Can’t get enough from spiritual reading.

  37. KayM says:

    I enjoyed the fun interview! I think God has so much planned for each of us to do. Isn’t it grand that He does have a plan? Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of Unbreakable.

  38. Mary Preston says:

    One day I hope to move closer to all my family too. I’m hoping your husband gets himself out in the event of a fire. I did laugh.


  39. Margie says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. This sounds fascinating.

  40. bonnie roof says:

    I enjoy reading about the Mennonites – thanks for the opportunity to win a novel about them!

  41. Kristie D. says:

    I think Nancy’s books have just the right amount of suspense. Love them! I liked your answer about what drives you to succeed. I know that God has a plan for me and I can’t wait to get to heaven and have that “Aha” moment. I’m sure it’s a doozy. As far as TV being a time waster, I understand. There is one thing that puzzles me. We have cable and have about a bazillion channels yet sometimes there is not anything good on. Sigh! Have a great day! Kristie from Ohio. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.