Author Spotlight: Barbara Cameron


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 the last Author Spotlight giveaway of Hopeful is Tracy Melhinch! Please email with your mailing address to claim your prize.



This week we are featuring Barbara Cameron! To enter to win a copy of her book, A Road Unknown (Abingdon Press), leave a comment on this post.

Cameron photo pkWhat is the smartest writing advice you ever got? 

Write your draft straight through—don’t stop to revise until it’s finished.

What was your biggest break?

I’ve been published for a long time, but feel I got my biggest break when Barbara Scott bought my first Amish series when she was senior acquisitions editor for Abingdon Press. I really love writing Amish fiction!

I’m inspired by…

The way God works in my life.

My great adventure has been…

Starting work as a newspaper reporter intern right out of high school.

The one thing I hope to discover is…

How to bring more balance into my life.

If I could go anywhere, it would be…

Scotland, land of my father’s ancestors.

If you have only…an hour…

If you mean it’s my last hour on earth, I would be letting my family know how much they mean to me.

Describe yourself in one word:


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

My laptop…after I gathered my pack of Chihuahuas.

What has been your most surreal, “pinch-me-I’m-dreaming” moment so far?

My first book sale and winning the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award—both in the same year.

What drives you to succeed?

Gratitude that I have been given the chance to do the work I love.

Best Surprise:

Grandchildren! I have four.

Best Saturday Afternoon Read:A Road Unknown pk

A good romance.

Best Way to Break a Sweat:

Cleaning the house between book deadlines…

Best Style Icon:

(decorating) Martha Stewart.

Best Time-Waster:

A drive along the ocean or the river.

Best Indulgence:

Chocolate turtle candy.

Best Advice:

Believe in yourself and work hard.


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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. Kathleen Berman says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading your books and look forward to reading your new release. Please enter me in your drawing.

  2. Britney Adams says:

    What a fun spotlight on Barbara Cameron! Thank you for sharing and for the opportunity to win a copy of A ROAD UNKNOWN!

  3. Karen Hall says:

    I would love to read your new book! I just can’t get enough of Amish stories. Fortunately my library keeps ordering, as I think I have read every Amish book they have on their shelves. 🙂

  4. terry petrino says:

    i would love to win one of your books thanks for the chance .

  5. Kathy Watts says:

    Good morning Suzanne and Barbara.

  6. Amy Bateman says:

    A new writer to add to my reading list. Thanks for introducing me. I’d love to win a copy of “A Road Unknown.”

  7. Brenda Melahn says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to meet Ms. Cameron via “A Road Unknown”.

  8. kim says:

    I would love to win this book, love your books!

  9. Linda Glenn says:

    Love your books and can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the opportunity for a chance to win the book.

  10. Jackie McNutt says:

    I really enjoyed the post about Barbara. She is one of my favorite authors.
    thank you for post and giveaway, looking forward to reading A Road Unknown.

  11. Haven’t read Barbara Cameron yet. Maybe I’ll win this book and it will be a good beginning!

  12. Rebecca says:

    Thank you so much for the interview with Barbara Cameron. It is really nice learning more about the authors I enjoy. I would love to win her new book, A Road Unknown. Thank you for the giveaway.

  13. linda a card says:

    cant wait to read I always put in but never win but still try when can I purache this book

  14. Peggy Hacker says:

    I have several Barbara Cameron books, have really enjoyed them. Would love to have the latest, A Road Unknown.

  15. Janice Clark says:

    I love reading Amish and Mennonite stories.. I live in a Mennonite community.I have learned so much from reading these books..

  16. Betty Powell says:

    Would love to win Barbara’s book!

  17. Melissa Weaver says:

    I haven’t read any of Barbara’s books. This is the first I have heard of her. But, the book sounds interesting so I need to start looking for them. Add to my ever growing at home Amish library. 🙂 Gotte bless!

  18. Cindy Ann Snider says:

    Please enter me into your drawing! Thanks!

  19. Melanie Backus says:

    Thank you for the interview with Barbara and the opportunity to win A Road Unknown.

  20. Connie Price says:

    Thank you for sharing this today!! I would love for a chance to win her new book!!

  21. mary ellen ashenfelder says:

    Enjoyed reading the interview. Would love to win this book. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

  22. Love to read new writer books

  23. Shirley M. Franklin says:

    Thank you, Suzanne, for sharing such interesting information about other authors, especially authors of Amish stories. I love reading about the Amish people and their lives. Please add my name for the drawing – I would love to receive this intriguing book, A Road Unknown.

  24. MS Barb says:

    Would love to read your books! I like that you shared that you are curious! So am I & sometimes it gets me into trouble!

  25. Emma says:

    A Road Unknown sounds wonderful. Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.Have a great week.I enjoy reading your books.

  26. cynthia fernstaedt says:

    Love the writing advice! Even with my children writing essays/papers in school, I always stress write first..revise later.

  27. June Shirey says:

    I read what the book is about. It sounds so exciting with real every day choices. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thank you for a chance to win it.

  28. Pam Nelson says:

    Love Barbara’s books!!

  29. Brenda Ayers says:

    I enjoy reading Amish stories. I would love to read your book and would love to win.

  30. sharon says:

    Thanks for this lovely interview and giveaway.

  31. Rachel Lepree says:

    I love Barbara’s books and would love to win this one!

  32. Cindi Altman says:

    I would love to be the recipient of this new book. It looks wonderful!!
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest.

  33. Please enter me into the drawing. I would love to give it a try.

  34. Pat Moore says:

    Barbara, I did the thing you said not to do. I would edit as I went. I made my first attempt at writing so boring I couldn’t finish it. I tried to emulate one of my favorite authors. It didn’t work for me. It works extremely well for her. Now I sit down write, then delete the book. I don’t normally let people see what I write.

  35. Jean Smith says:

    I would love to win your book, please enter me in your drawing, thanks.

  36. kathy milburn says:

    I enjoy reading your books..Please enter me in this contest..Thanks

  37. Linda Knott says:

    I’ve read several of Barbara Cameron’s books and would love to win and/or read this new one. It was good to read the interview with Barbara and learn a little about her.

  38. Donna B says:

    I’ve not read any of Barbara Cameron’s books yet but look forward to reading them soon! I love reading the interviews and meeting new authors!

  39. Linda McFarland says:

    Great post! Love getting to know authors better and love the opportunity to win one of their books. Thanks! Linda

  40. angela chesnut says:

    would like to win.

  41. Courtney says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win A Road Unknown. I really enjoy reading Amish fiction. I am looking forward to reading this book.

  42. Thank you to everyone who responded to Suzanne’s blog–it’s nice to hear from current readers and from new ones! .

  43. hope moyer says:

    i have never read one of Barbara Camerons books but i would love to start!

  44. Sharyl B. says:

    I would love to read one of your books. Thanks for sharing with us. My parents have a pack of Chihuahuas too. They always have 3 or 4 and take them camping with them.

  45. Jackie Tessnair says:

    I love reading your books.I would love to win and read this one.Great spotlight.Thanks

  46. Sally Davison says:

    Chocolate turtle candy, chocolate turtle ice cream, mmm, my favorites! I like reading the interviews, and the style Q & A. I’ve never read her books, but I’d like to try one out, since I love reading the Amish books. We’ve made some Amish friends and I love peppering them with my questions!

  47. Cora Roushey says:

    I enjoy reading Amish books and liked the last series I read from Barbara Cameron. I’d love to win this new one.

  48. Paula Osborne says:

    Hello Ladies, I have not read this author before and enjoyed learning about her with your questions today, Looking forward to finding her books and reading and would love to be in the drawing.

    thanks for sharing
    Paula O

  49. Lisa Stifler says:

    Thank you for this chance to win a copy of Barbara’s book. She is a new author to me and what a better way to get to know her as through her writings. It was nice getting to know you better through your interview. ~ Blessings ~

  50. Marsha Cole says:

    I loved the Quilts of Lancaster County series. I look forward to reading this new book.

  51. Thanks, Barbara, for taking some time for this Q&A–fun to get to know you better. Some of your answers made me laugh out loud. XO Suzanne

  52. Joan Hoffman says:

    I love Amish books . . . thank you very much for the chance to win a copy of “A Road Unknown”.

  53. Pam H says:

    Have read many of your books and Barbara Cameron’s. I look reading about the Amish. Would love to win the book give away!!!

  54. Tricia says:

    Thanks for the spotlight on Barbara.

  55. Angie Carroll says:

    I have not had the chance to read any of her books yet but I would be glad to!

  56. shelia hall says:

    Great interview Barbara! Love to win your book!

  57. Genny Wynn says:

    I have read all Barbara Cameron’s and Suzanne Woods Fisher’s Amish fiction and I am always waiting for the latest release! I would be blessed to win a copy! Thanks!

  58. Jeanie Dannheim says:

    Would love to read the first book in this new series – thank you for the contest! I am fascinated by the advice to write the first draft all the way through before making revisions – wow – that would be a challenge! Blessings to you and your family!

  59. I love to read your books thanks for writing

  60. Susan Fletcher says:

    What a beautiful cover for your new book, and I’m sure the inside is pure delight! Love your books!

  61. Linda Kish says:

    The cover is beautiful and the book sounds wonderful. I would love to win a copy of it.

  62. Linden says:

    I enjoy “meeting” these authors and I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance to do so.

  63. June Shirey says:

    I would love to win a copy of this well written book.

  64. Bonnie Gonzales says:

    I love the word believe, and you used it in your advice.I BELIEVE I will win your book till then I’ll work hard taking your advice.

  65. Donna says:

    I love your books and would love to win a copy of your newest one!

  66. Connie R. says:

    Would love to meet a new author to me!

  67. Judy B says:

    Oh my goodness…chocolate turtle candy is a favorite of mine too! I plan to have a piece tonight!

    Winning a copy of, A Road Unknown would be fantastic! I love Barbara’s books!

    Judy B

  68. Johnda Scott says:

    Love reading Barbara’s books. Would love to win this one.

  69. PATRICIA BOOTH says:

    I would love to read your books, hope to win. THX

  70. Teresa King says:

    Enjoyed reading the interview with Barbara & look forward to reading her books. I’ve not read her books yet & am looking forward to doing so. Thank you for doing the author spotlight & introducing new authors & interviews with those I’ve already had the privilege of reading their books.

  71. Juanita Cook says:

    I would love to win and read one of your books.

  72. Sunnie says:

    Would love to read Barbara’s latest book. Great author, great interview!

  73. Janice says:

    Love to read all the newest books! Thanks for having the contest!!

  74. Michelle says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win your book! I can’t wait to read it

  75. Ola Norman says:

    Sounds like a great new to me author!

  76. Marilyn Alvey says:

    I love reading about the Amish.

  77. Barbara, this post felt like a direct visit with you. The only thing not mentioned is how you pass forward your success by mentoring people like me. Thank you, and best wishes!

  78. michelle conti says:

    Thanks for a chance to win 🙂

  79. Connie Hendryx says:

    Great interview! Thanks! –Connie

  80. Sharma Darby says:

    I hope that I win. Sharma Darby

  81. Dawna Peters says:

    wow! It is so great getting to know Authors more. Barbara is one of my favorite authors. I like reading her books but never knew she had written amish books till now. I use to read her other books all the time. I will have to check out and see what all amish books she has written and read them too
    ! I am looking forward to her new amish book. It sounds like a very good book. Will have to share it with my mom and check to see if others knew she wrote Amish books so they can check it out also. Suzanne thanks for helping us to get to know authors. It is such a wonderful gesture.

  82. Janice says:

    I would love to win this book..Thank you……

  83. Patricia says:

    Love the books I have read…the 1st 2 of The Inn at Eagle Hill series…can’t wait for the 3rd…will now have to go in search of some of the other series I’ve seen mentioned by others on this page…Thanks for the introduction to Barbara Cameron…my Book Club at church is going to read one of her books as soon as we finish our current study….

  84. I would love to win this book. It sounds like a good read.