Author Spotlight: Kelly Irvin

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 winners from last week’s Author Spotlight with Camy Tang is Kathy Jacob and the winner from the Author Spotlight Encore with Sarah Sundin is Margaret Jewell! Please email with your mailing address!

This week we are featuring Kelly Irvin!  To win a copy of her new book, Love Still Stands (Harvest House Publisher, 2013) leave a comment on this post.

KellyFinal1Tell us a little about your new book.

Love Still Stands is the first installment in the New Hope Amish series, which follows a group of families as they relocate from Kansas to Missouri to start a new district. Here’s the cover copy:

It’s coming on winter, and a group of dedicated families is leaving Bliss Creek to establish a new community in Missouri. Among them is Bethel Graber, a beautiful young woman with a passion for teaching. But after being injured in a terrible accident, overseeing a classroom is out of the question . . . and romance seems a long-lost dream. Especially romance with Elijah Christner, the handsome young farmer whose very presence seems to set her heart racing.

Bethel begins physical therapy, determined to make a fresh start. But that won’t be easy in the town of New Hope, where the locals seem anything but eager to welcome their new Amish neighbors. Amid growing intimidation from the community, will Bethel find the strength to face her many challenges? And can she find the faith to believe that God still has a plan for her life?

How can readers find you and your books?

My website is and they can also follow my author page on Facebook (Kelly Irvin Author) and on Twitter (@Kelly_S_Irvin) My novels are available everywhere books are sold.

Anything new for you on the book horizon?

There are two more books in the New Hope series. The second book, Love Redeemed, will debut in February 2014, followed by A Plain Love Song six months later. I’ve also recently committed to Zondervan to do a three-book Amish series set in Texas.

Why do you write?

A number of reasons. It gives me great joy. It’s like breathing. It allows me to use my spiritual gift of writing to shine a light in a broken world. The bottom line is I can’t not write.

If you could wish one thing for your future, what would that be?

Professionally, my wish is that I have the opportunity to continue writing and being published for as long as I live. Personally, I hope to be around long enough to get to know my grandchildren and they get to know me.

Best author moment?

It’s hard to pick one. Holding my first book in my hands. Seeing my book on a bookstore shelf. The times that readers have told me what an impact my stories have had on them. The emails I receive them. Every time I sit down at the keyboard to write, it’s a wonderful author moment.

Worst author moment?

Early in my fiction writing career, I went to a conference and pitched an idea to an acquisitions editor at a major publishing house. He agreed to look at it. A few months later, I received a rejection letter from him. It said that his publishing house only published extraordinary writing and mine did not rise to that level. I’m sure if he had read those words aloud before he dispatched the letter, he might have reconsidered how he phrased his rejection of my work. I shed more than a few tears over that letter, but I can also say I was spurred on by it. I chose to consider it a challenge and to continue to hone my craft. Now, with five published novels under my belt, and six more under contract, I can say with honesty that I don’t believe my writing is extraordinary, nor do I think most writing being published today is extraordinary. I strive to get better with each word I write and to do the very best I can. I believe most authors do. Our commitment is to tell a good story, to edify, and to entertain.

If you weren’t able to write, what would you do?

The next best thing is to read. It’s hard to imagine not being able to write, but imagine never getting to read another wonderful story. That would be a sad day.

Describe your ideal circumstances to write?

Having been a journalist for several years, I can write almost anywhere. I prefer silence, but can write with any number of people talking around me, the radio on, the TV blaring. Once I’m on a roll, I really don’t hear anything. I have a full time job so I have to squeeze my writing in at odd, often short, time periods. I sit down at the computer and go because I don’t have time to mess around. It would be nice, someday, to know I have all morning, every morning, to write my story. Or even all day if inspiration takes over. That would be ideal.

Right this moment, what does your office look like?

Yikes. Okay, I have to admit it doesn’t look good. I’m a packrat when it comes to newspaper articles and magazines and books I need for research. I tend to accumulate stuff for story ideas that I might write later. I have a stack of Budget newspapers next to the chair waiting to be read. A collage my daughter made is on the floor waiting to be hung. Boxes of books sit next to it. A huge stack of folders takes up a big chunk of the desk. All the bookshelves are filled with books and then some. It’s messy, but it looks like the office of someone who really works at writing. It’s also the first thing people see when they walk into the house, which doesn’t make hubby all that happy. But he tolerates it!

How would you describe your writing style to a reader?

I’ve heard it described as “literary,” by some people, but mostly readers tell me they like my writing because the people in my stories have real problems. They can relate to the challenges my characters have. My Amish romances tend to be a little grittier or less sweet than some of the more traditional Amish fiction. I guess they are a reflection of my life experience in that whenever things seem to be going well that’s when I know the other shoe is about to drop!

If you could write any book—on any topic—and be guaranteed a publishing contract, what topic would it be?

I have a story idea that I long to write that involves the day President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s funeral was held in my hometown of Abilene, Kansas. That would have been in 1969, the Vietnam era. This huge event with worldwide media exposure occurred in a tiny town of about eight-thousand people. It was momentous for the town (and me. I was in junior high at the time). I want to write a love story between a hometown girl and a Vietnam veteran suffering from PTSD who returns to the town in the middle of all this hoopla. I guess the genre would be historical romance. Unfortunately, publishing houses aren’t doing historical novels set in the Vietnam era yet.

Love Still StandsEver had a bad review? How did you handle it?

Oh, yes! Only one, but it was devastating. Publishers Weekly did not like my second romantic suspense novel. The reviewer said No Child of Mine was full of “unhappy Christians,” and the only likeable characters were the children. No one likes a bad review, but I’ve learned to remind myself that it is one person’s opinion. I tried to move on to my next project and not look back, as hard as that can be. I think it’s okay to privately have a good cry if that helps or chocolates are always good. Mostly, I just keep writing.

What’s one thing you learned about the publishing industry in the last five years? Last year? Last six months?

The publishing industry is like the weather. If you don’t like it, wait a minute and it’ll change. At writing conferences you’ll frequently hear about what’s selling one year and the next year something else will be the hot new seller. And every year it gets more competitive as publishing houses reduce their lines, discontinue fiction lines, or are bought and absorbed by other publishing houses. What that means is we all have to work harder at our crafts and write even more stellar stories. And pray. A lot.

How do you solve a grammar dilemma?

One of my former critique partners, Susan Lohrer, is a fabulous freelance editor. Whenever I have a question she’s my go-to person. Lie/lay, she’s the woman to ask.

Are you an introvert? Extrovert? In between?

Definitely an introvert. Although my job in public relations requires me to do public speaking, do media interviews, and interact with the public, I’m most happy at home with my books and my laptop. A social butterfly, I am not.

Do you enjoy public speaking as an author? Why or why not?

I do. Despite my answer to the previous question. I love talking about writing, especially to other people who love to write and people who love to read. I love talking about writing. I love talking books.

Can a person make a living as a writer?

It’s hard to make a living writing fiction. I know there are people who do, but it’s a precarious proposition for most of us will never get the huge advances. Even if you do sell a book, you can’t count on the next contract and you certainly can’t count on royalties. Some writers are able to supplement by freelance writing, doing editing, and writing coaching. For me, I hope the time comes when I can retire from public relations and focus completely on writing. But for now, my day job pays the bills and my book income helps with the extras. It’s a harried existence, but one that I feel so blessed to have been allowed to have.

What are you working on now? Newest release?

While the New Hope Amish series releases over the next year and a half, starting with Love Still Stands this month, I’m already working on the new series for Zondervan. Which means I’m learning all about bee keeping!

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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. Linda Finn says:

    Hi Kelly
    You are a new author to me. I’m so glad Suzzane shared you with us. Can’t wait to read and review your work. Sounds like the Lord has blessed you with talent. Would love to win your book
    Linda Finn
    Faithful Acres Books

  2. Angie Carroll says:

    I like the concept of this book, it sounds really good! I would be excited to read it!

  3. Melanie Backus says:

    Love Stands Still sounds like a wonderful book, Kelly. I love your answer that if you couldn’t write books then you would be a reader. Reading is wonderful and I am so glad that you are able to write. Thank you! And Suzanne, thank you for the great interview.

    • Kelly Irvin says:

      Melanie, I’ve always been a reader since I was little bitty and went to the public library. Books let you travel the world, even if you live in a little town in Kansas!

  4. Susan H. says:

    Thanks for telling us about this author. I love Amish fiction.

  5. Kathleen Berman says:

    I always enjoy learning about an author that is new to me. Keep writing and I’ll keep an eye out for your books!

  6. Andrea Woodard says:

    can’t wait to read your new book. Love all the books of yours that I have read so far.
    would love to win any or all of your books.

  7. Thank you for the introduction to Kelly Irvin. I enjoy a book series and the New Hope Amish series sounds wonderful! I love the reasons Kelly gave for writing. My favorite: “It allows me to use my spiritual gift of writing to shine a light in a broken world.” Thank you, Kelly, for sharing your talents!

  8. Cindi Altman says:

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Love Stands Still.

  9. Rhonda Darbro says:

    I would live to win a copy of Kelly Irvin’s book. She is a new author to me and I am exited to read some of her work.

  10. Victoria Zumbrum says:

    I would love to read this book. It sounds really good. Thanks for t he giveaway.

  11. amyc says:

    Such a lovely interview with, Kelly. Thank you!

  12. Kathryn Mackey says:

    This looks likes a nice book to read

  13. Debra Smith says:

    Hi, I would love to win this book. Thanks for entering me and have a nice day.

  14. angela chesnut says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book.

  15. Debbie Sadorf says:

    I would love to win this book!

  16. Jan Neely says:

    Thank you for introducing Kelly Irvin; I am excited to read her book. Your recommendation is all I need to know.

  17. Sherry Sosine says:

    I have never read any of your books, but your new book sounds great. I can’t wait to read it. I have subscribed to your newsletter so that I can hear more from you in the future!

  18. Stacy Herron says:

    I am so excited to hear about a new author who writes books about the Amish. I enjoy reading them so much. I would love to read your book!

  19. Rosemary Foley says:

    Thanks for a great interview !!! Looking forward to getting to know Kelly !!! Thanks for the chance to win a great prize !!!!! Rosemary

  20. Sharon says:

    Yeah, more books from another author! So many books, not enough time!

  21. Rebecca Booth says:

    I am a reader who loves to read and review books, especially books like yours Kelly! Thanks Suzanne for introducing Kelly to me!

  22. Lynda says:

    Would love to read these books. Love how it opens up your mind.

  23. Kelly, I love your books, thank you for doing this interview! I’m really looking forward to this new one.


  24. Sandy I says:

    I love to read the Amish inspired books and would love to win a copy of this one.

  25. Bonnie Traher says:

    Just the cover and the teaser story makes me want to read the book. Would be awesome to win.

  26. Lisa says:

    This book sounds very interesting and I would be thrilled to win a copy but knowing me I will end up buying the Kindle version and reading away to my heart’s content.

  27. Megan Parsons says:

    I love Amish books and would love to add this one to my huge collection!

  28. Sonja says:

    Great spotlight. It has an interesting title and I would imagine the story-line to go with it! I enjoy reading different authors, and seeing how their perspectives are. All are so different that it makes for no shortage of good reads. Thanks Suzanne for the insights!

  29. pat cowans says:

    would love to read your work!

  30. I love Kelly’s books, and am so glad that there are more books on the horizon!

  31. I love Amish books, so am looking forward to reading this one, especially since it takes place in Missouri.

  32. Joann Stewart says:

    I haven’t read this authors work before, but the book sounds delightful. Would love to win a copy. Will have to check out some of her work. Always looking for new authors to read.

  33. Great artical, can’t wait to read one of your books.

  34. Barbara Michels says:

    Would love to read this book also, as Ive enjoyed reading your other ones.Please enter me into this contest along with the others.

  35. Linda D. McFarland says:

    Loved getting to know Kelly better. Great post! Would love to win her book…thanks for the opportunity. Linda

  36. Carmee Ross says:

    Thank you for this interview, I would love to win a copy of this book!

  37. Tammy E says:

    Sounds like a good book, would love to win a copy. Thanks !!

  38. Paula Osborne says:

    thanks for sharing info on this new author to me…I love reading amish stories so would read and review for her if I had this book.

  39. Sherry JOrdan says:

    Would love to win a copy of this book. I love reading about the Amish because they are inspiring and not trashy. Love Christian books!!!!!!!!!

  40. Donna Ford says:

    I can’t wait to read your book, Kelly! I love Amish fiction and finding new authors while I wait for the authors I already read to catch up with me, since I have their books read before they can publish a new one. My dream is to some day write my own book and you show that it can be done. Thanks for sharing your talent!

  41. Sharyl B. says:

    Thanks for sharing with us Kelly. I would love to win one of your books.

  42. Emma says:

    Love Still Stands sounds wonderful. Great interview. Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  43. Rachel Lepree says:

    Would love to read this book!

  44. Brenda Wheeler says:

    Your new series sounds wonderful Thank You for sharing Suzanne. Please enter my name for the drawing please Thank You Have a great day & week ahead

  45. Melissa Weaver says:

    I would really love to have this book. I’m very much addicted to Amish stories and would give anything to live among the Amish. It is my greatest desire to live close to an Amish community again, like we did back in Michigan. Such a simplistic, hard working group of people they are. I am very much in love with the Amish.

  46. Martha J. Sturm says:

    Kelly, I enjoy reading Amish fiction that is a little grittier. It’s a little hard to swallow when the worst thing in their life is a little romantic trouble.

    • Kelly Irvin says:

      Martha, thanks for the feedback. My stories do tend to be a little grittier because my life has been that way and I suspect most of us have had our share of challenges so we can relate to characters who have those same challenges. I certainly do like some romance mixed in too!

  47. Judy Corbin says:

    I love reading Amish books. Have read many, and from Kelly Irvin’s preface in the book, I am certainly going to have to read this series. I hope I can win the first one to get started. Sounds so good!

  48. Sparkle says:

    I’m new to your writing, but I’m hooked on anything true Amish. I love learning things about their lifestyle. Thank you for a chance to win this book.

  49. Barbara McAlpin says:

    I am so excited to know your new book will be out soon. I keep checking the Christian book store to see if any new books of yours are in. I keep a list of upcoming books to be released on my phone so I know what is coming and yours are always on it.
    Thanks for sharing them with us.

  50. Denise S. says:

    Thank you for sharing about Kelly. I am most interested in reading her books, esp. when she writes that one about Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower. Isn’t it amazing we get many positive comments/feed backs, etc., but is the one that is not so good is the one we remember the most. Thanks for the giveaway.

  51. Shirley Blanchard says:

    i want to read this book cause i love Amish stories
    Shirley B

  52. Maria Kulscar says:

    Kelly, this books sounds like a wonderful read. I would love to win it!

  53. Kelly–I enjoyed reading your interview! I could relate to so many comments–getting a bad review from PW (ugh) to a rejection letter that smarts. Someday we’ll have to meet and have a long lunch together…I know we’d have a lot to talk about. Thanks for taking the time out of your writing schedule to share your life and thoughts with my awesome readers. Looking forward to reading your next book! Warmly, Suzanne PS And someday…I look forward to reading your Vietnam book.

    • Kelly Irvin says:

      Thanks for having me, Suzanne. It’s an honor to be on your blog. I’d love to have lunch too. I would be at ACFW this year except that my daughter’s due date is Sept. 15. I can’t believe I’m going to be a grandma! A granddaughter. It’s so exciting. (I will write that Vietnam book one day. We authors have many more options than we used to have!)

  54. Keren Herrera says:

    Kelly you are a new author to me. I am always excited to read work from new authors especially ones that authors that I have read books from recommend. I am excited to be able to win your book and get to know the stories you have written to share with us. Blessings to you. And good luck to everyone.

  55. Julie says:

    It’s nice to meet a new author. I love Amish fiction. This book sounds really interesting.

  56. Linda Ortiz says:

    Looking forward to reading your book! Sounds like a great story!

  57. Alisa says:

    I loved Kelly Irvin’s interview and I would love to win her book. I love reading Amish books.

  58. Melissa Alvarado says:

    I would love to read one of Kelly’s books! Thank you for introducing me to them Suzanne 🙂

  59. Pat Moore says:

    Kelly, I started reading your books a little over a year ago. Suzanne recommended one on one of her blogs and I love your books. Haven’t been disappointed at all. Would love to win your new book. If anyone hasn’t read your books, then they need to hurry and find out what they have been missing. Have a blessed Labor Day.

  60. I’m not familiar with Kelly, but I love Amish fiction. Winning this book would be a great way to read her. If not, library, here I come!

  61. Vicki Yeary says:

    Hey Kelly, I loved your Bliss Creek Amish series and since I live in Missouri, I’ll be anxious for this series!!

    • Kelly Irvin says:

      I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the Bliss Creek Amish. It was a joy to write. My husband and I spent eight days in Missouri on a research trip for the New Hope series, visiting Jamesport, Stockton State Park, and Branson. We had a fabulous time despite triple digit temperatures. The great Show Me State!

    • Kelly Irvin says:

      Thanks, Rita. I won’t give up on the Vietnam era book. The simple passage of time makes it more possible!

  62. Karen Clinton says:

    Hoping to win this new book!

  63. terri clark says:

    Very nice interview, I would love to win.

  64. Rita Clements says:


    I so enjoyed getting to know more about you! With the ups and downs that you have endured, I especially like the stand strong mind set that you have! It is easier to just quit when we get a negative response. Kudos to you for keeping up the great work and sticking to it.

    I am looking forward to reading your books. I am especially hoping for your want to write a Vietnam Era novel comes true!! I look forward to reading that story!

    Keep up the great work!

  65. Judy B says:

    Great interview! I am looking forward to reading Love Still Stands as well as Love Redeemed, and A Plain Love Song. Congrats Kelly on your commitment to Zondervan for a 3 book Amish series set in Texas. This is great news to Amish fiction readers!

    Blessings and thanks for this giveaway!
    Judy B

  66. Karen says:

    I have enjoyed all of your books to date and would love to be entered to win Love Stands Still.

  67. Kelly Irvin says:

    Thanks, Judy. You’re so sweet. I’m having a great time writing about the Bee County Amish here in Texas. Very different from the northern settings.

  68. Robyn L says:

    this book seems to be right up my alley; hoping to win it. thanks for bringing our attention to a new writer.

  69. Sue Gibson says:

    So glad to have another Amish author to follow. I thinkI have read every Amish fiction book available and waiting for new ones to come out all the time!

  70. Susan Fletcher says:

    I love getting to know new authors. Hope to win!

  71. Parricia Moskop says:

    I like to read the lives of Amish families. Thank you for choosing me to receive this offer.

  72. mary ellen ashenfelder says:

    Awesome interview. love reading about the Amish. Loved Kelly’s Bliss Creek Series. Would love to win this book. Thank you.

  73. Kim F says:

    Love your books, Kelly – this new series sounds great – beekeeping, huh! Keep on writing 🙂

  74. Katie J. says:

    I love reading Amish fiction stories. Thanks for the giveaway.

  75. Connie R. says:

    Would love to read a book from an unfamiliar author. Sounds interesting! Thanks for the giveaway!

  76. Cynthia Fisher Adams says:

    Hello, Kelly! The story of Bethel seems very interesting and I can’t wait to read it and the rest in this series, as well as the new series involving bee keeping. Thank you for offering this book in a contest.

  77. Colleen says:

    Hi, Kelly! I just finished the last book in your “Bliss Creek” series and enjoyed it very much. Would love to read more of your books. God bless you!

  78. Louise Laba says:

    Hi Kelly,
    I love hearing about new authors and would love to read your new book “Love Still Stands”. Thank you for the opportunity. Best wishes.

  79. Janie Davis says:

    Thanks Suzanne, for featuring Kelly Irvin. I’ve really enjoyed her writing and am looking forward to reading the New Hope Amish series.
    The interview was interesting.
    Blessings to you both as you continue sharing your writing gifts with us.

  80. Our God is Extraordinary and to the person needing the word He will reveal through author writings directly to them is extra-ordinary~ I would love to win Kelly’s new novel. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  81. Susan Johnson says:

    Thank you for sharing about this author and her books. I will have to look for them.

  82. Jackie Tessnair says:

    Thanks for sharing Kelly.I would be thrilled to win this book.Thanks for the chance.

  83. Barb says:

    I too, enjoy reading books about the Amish. I would like to read your books.

  84. Wendy Clark says:

    Would love to read this!

  85. Doreen S. says:

    I enjoy reading these types of stories. This one looks good.

  86. Jan Hall says:

    I really enjoyed the interview. I’m curious as to what you day job is. I like reading books about the Amish and like that your characters have real problems. I hope I win your book.

    • Kelly Irvin says:

      Jan, I work as a public relations manager for the local Parks and Recreation Department. It’s a very rewarding job because it’s wonderful to help people get acquainted with parks, hiking and biking trails, all the great outdoor spots in San Antonio. So healthy and great for families.

  87. Pam Withrow says:

    I love to read about the Amish. Thank you for introducing me to this author.

  88. Barb G says: I read a previous books of yours Kelley. They were fantastic. You are one of a kind author. I give you 5 stars, anytime. I would love to win your latest. I am having a full shoulder replacement, and your book would be just the prescription for a speedy recovery.

  89. I’m always looking at new authors about the Amish. Would love to read Kelly Irvin’s book. But… if for some reason I don’t win it. Thank you Suzanne for introducing her. She’ll be on my book wish list.

  90. Kathy Burdette says:

    Looking forward to more interviews with the different authors. I’d love to win her book!

  91. Marilyn Williams says:

    You are a new author to me and always nice to add new authors to my list. Amish stories are my favorite. Would love to win your book.

  92. Ida Shirley Davis says:

    Love your books.Awesome interview. would love to win your new book thanks email. houswife(at)gmail(dot)com ida davis

  93. Michelle Rhoden says:

    I discovered the Bliss Creek series back in 2012. First time I had read your books Kelly, I and loved them! Can’t wait to read this new book. Amish books are very interesting and helps me relax from the fast pace life I live.

  94. Nat Holmgren says:

    Would love to snuggle back & rest & read this! Thanks for the interview & such interesting tidbits! God Bless!

  95. Marion Rivas says:

    Love to win this book, thanks!

  96. Joelle S. says:

    Thanks for this fun interview. I look forward to reading your book!

  97. Loved this interview! I’m a former journalist who writes fiction, and there were so many helpful tips packed into this. Thanks!

  98. LeAnn Mooneyham says:

    I have read a couple of Kelly’s books. Love the cover, it pulls you in. The interview was an awesome way of learning more about Kelly. Thanks Suzanne. Love being introduce to new author’s I don”t know much about. Would love to have a chance to win her new book.

  99. I love Amish fiction and am always happy to try a new author.

  100. Cheryl Baranski says:

    Kelly I love your books!
    Loved the interview!
    Would love to win!
    I am a book junkie!
    Thanks for doing the interview Suzanne!

  101. Gina Runge says:

    Would love to win this book!

  102. Johnda Scott says:

    Kelly, would love to win your new book.

  103. Ola Norman says:

    Great interview. I’ll be looking for this book.

  104. diane papke says:

    good luck with your new book. i would like a chance to win one. thank you

  105. Shaun Renee Paulsen says:

    I would love to win this book by a new author.

  106. Tammy Courts says:

    Enjoyed the interview! It answers alot of questions we would like to ask an author if we got to meet them in person. Thanks for the chance to win Kelly’s new book!

  107. Kathy Faberge says:

    Thanks for introducing us to this book! Sounds good.

  108. Rae jean Dancey says:

    Love reading Amish books and I grew up in a little town outside of Topeka,Kansas. Nice to have a new author to read!!!

  109. Jennifer D Logan says:

    This is a great way to get new readers. This is the first I’ve heared of your books and I thank Suzanne Woods Fisher for sharing. I will have to go to chapters indigo and look for your books and tell friend of the new auther I’ve found. I love to read amish stories and many of my friend do to. I would like to put my name down for a chance to win a book. Take care Jenny.

  110. MS Barb Dawson says:

    I live in rural OH, so often see Amish buggies & enjoy reading stories about their life style.
    NOW…about that book you want to write re: Eisenhower’s funeral/Vietnam Era–you called it a “historical” novel…ouch. That word, “historical” sounds so old! I graduated from high school in 1969, and I am NOT “historical!” sigh. I might get a little “hysterical” about being called, “historical!”

  111. Hi Suzanne,I would just like to say hello to a wonderful author. I would truly like to win your new book and I have several of your books .I just had back surgery about 3 weeks back and a friend came to rehab to see me and brought me one of your books ,The Letters and I can’t wait to read it . who ever wins ,I know they will be blessed .I love your books.Blessings to you as well.

  112. Donna D says:

    Kelly Irvin is another new-to-me author. But I expect she won’t be for long. I liked the premise of the story (& I like Amish stories anyway) – a heroine who must go thru physical therapy and a town that isn’t welcoming – and how it all comes together.
    It would be nice to win the book, but I will be adding all her books to my TBR list.
    Thank you for the interview.

  113. If I don’t win this book I will be buying it.

  114. shelia hall says:

    Kelly, your book sound like it would be so good! Would love to win it!

  115. Dali Castillo says:

    Suzanne, I really enjoy your Author Spotlights! Kelly, I had no idea you had been a journalist! I am looking forward to your new book and new series!

  116. Carolyn Snider says:

    Hi Kelly! I’m looking forward to reading your new book because I love Amish fiction. I have a lot of neuropathy pain at night from diabetes and so I read when I cannot sleep – sometimes all night long. Your book will be a welcome addition to my nightly reads!

  117. Mary E says:

    You are a new author to me, Kelly. I will have to look for your books. The first book, Love Still Stands, in your New Hope Amish Series, sounds very intriguing. I would love to be the winner! God bless you as you continue to write. And I pray that you will be blessed to be able to write full time. Researching the bee keeping for your new series sounds fascinating as well. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest. Keep up the good work!

  118. Barbara Thompson says:

    Kelly, I love your books. I’ve been able to checkout a couple of your books from the library to read. I’m now disabled because of a medical error, so I have to watch my budget. Please enter my name in the giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to participate.

  119. sharon miller says:

    I liked your interview, Kelly. I haven’t read any of your books yet but hope to win and read this one. I like your idea of a book surrounding the death and burial of President Eisenhower in your hometown. I think you should do it! sharon, ca wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  120. Donna Brookmyer says:

    In my opinon, there can never be too many Amish fiction books to read! I love them all!!! Kelly is a new author to me and I would love to win and read this series.

  121. Merry says:

    I love reading Amish fiction and would love to read this book. I smiled when I read that Kelly is an introvert like me!

  122. Lisa Stifler says:

    Hi Kelly, it was nice getting to know you. I am new to reading Amish fiction and you are a new author to me. Your book sounds like something I would enjoy reading. Thank you for a chance to win a free copy. May God continue to bless you in your writing. I have signed up for your news letter and look forward to hearing about future writings.

  123. Linda Dietz says:

    “So many books, so little time!” However, this sounds like one I will make time for!

  124. Judith Cooper says:

    I love Amish fiction and I know I will enjoy Kelly’s new one. She is a new author to me but I am looking forward to enjoying this new series. Please enter my name. Thank you.

  125. Barbara Lima says:

    I would love to read this book!

  126. Julie Kocher says:

    i Kelly
    You are a new author to me. I’m so glad Suzane shared you with us. Can’t wait to read and review your work. Sounds like the Lord has blessed you with talent. Would love to win your book

  127. Molly Loggins says:

    Love Still Stands sounds REALLY good! I look forward to reading it!

  128. I have started to get her latest book several times but was not sure about it. Since learning about her on your post I am going to order it today and gain another friend via books. thanks for spotlighting her.

  129. Kathy Schulz says:

    I love finding new authors – Thank you!

  130. Debra Flanagan says:

    I love reading Amish fiction and have quite a large library of them. Always like to get to know a new writer. I would love to read your book. Thanks Suzanne for ingtroducing her to us.

  131. Jackie McNutt says:

    I am looking forward to reading Kelly’s books. Her love of God & a strong desire to share His grace shines through this interview. I read all amish fiction I can, usually can’t put it down!! Can’t wait for these to come out. You will have a devoted fan.

  132. Bonnie says:

    Hi, Kelly!

    Loved your interview & learning more about you & your books. Hope you don’t have to come in contact with those bees – while learning about them!

    Love the storyline for this book – I love anything Amish, & can only imagine the courage it must take for them to establish new communities in new towns. I love stories about characters with “real” problems.

    Unfortunately, I can identify with the “packrat” thing. Too many wonderful things to collect – resulting in too little space!

    I admire authors for many reasons, one being the courage, inspiration, & determination, to continue writing – amid rejection. Thank you for continuing to use your gift of writing, to bless us – the readers.

  133. Barbara Keding says:

    I’m always delighted to read new authors writings!!! Would love to win it 🙂

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  135. Kristie D. says:

    The book sounds great! It’s also interesting to me that the Vietnam era is not historical. I would think it would be. My boss considers the movie “The Princess Bride” a classic because it was made in 1987. Oh my!!! That makes me feel super old. Sigh. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.