Author Spotlight: Kate Lloyd

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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 is MYRTLE THORN! Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com with your mailing address to claim your prize.

Welcome Kate Lloyd, author of Forever Amish (David C. Cook) to Author Spotlight! To enter to win a copy, leave a comment on this post.

Kate_LloydTell us a little about your new book . . .

Forever Amish, the third novel in the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy, unfolds in the same glorious area of Lancaster County, PA, as Leaving Lancaster and Pennsylvania Patchwork. Forever Amish can easily be a stand-alone, not reliant on the prequels. Some of my favorite characters continue along on the adventure, but my new characters are the last people one would expect to encounter. I can hardly wait for readers to meet them!

How can readers find you and your books?

At bookstores and online book retailers. Forever Amish is available through: Amazon.comChristianbook.comLifeway Christian StoresParable Christian Stores.

Anything new for you on the book horizon?

I am tinkering with a new series. Well, I’m beyond the tinkering stage and enjoying every moment!

What is the smartest writing advice you ever got?

I can’t remember if someone told me this or if I made it up: Make rewriting your friend. Rewriting can actually be a lot of fun if you look at it that way and it’s extremely important, unless you’re a genius who gets the story down correctly the first go-round.

Why do you write?

I absolutely love it! If I could figure a way to write a new book five days a week I would. Too many ideas; not enough time!

I’m inspired by…

Writers like Suzanne Woods Fisher!

My great adventure has been…

Driving clear across country twice (two round trips) to live with my grandmother on her 160-acre gentleman’s farm in CT.

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

In this scenario, I assume all humans are safe. After owning dogs and various furry critters most of my life at this moment I have no pets, so I’d grab my laptop, which I laughingly call my best friend.

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The day, in my thirties, a pastor explained to me that all I had to do was say, “Yes,” because the Lord had already invited me into fellowship with Him. After a lifetime of not even contemplating God’s existence, something inside me clicked.

What drives you to succeed?

I’m competitive in nature, but not at the risk of squashing other people. I love it when others succeed. So, I win both ways!

Best Indulgence:

Coffee laced with whole whipping cream and dark-chocolate.

If you could give your ten-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Quit caring what others think about you! Somewhere along the line, I’ve heeded that advice.


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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.

Comments

  1. Donna Bayar Repsher says:

    Thanks, Suzanne, for introducing me to yet another author I’ve not yet read. Would love to win a copy of this books. Thanks!

    • kate lloyd says:

      I’m grateful to Suzanne for inviting me to appear on her blog, Donna! Suzanne is one of my all time favorite authors. Good luck in the book giveaway!

  2. Amish fiction has made an impact on my life, slowing me down, making me more conscious of God’s many gifts. Thank you, all of you wonderful authors for your great stories!

    • kate lloyd says:

      I feel the same way, Martha! I’ve learned much from the Amish about humility and forgiveness, and Amish fiction transports me to a safer and more peaceful place. Thanks for entering the giveaway!

    • kate lloyd says:

      You are very kind, Martha! Thanks for your words of encouragement. Good luck in the book giveaway!

  3. Connie Saunders says:

    So glad to get to know Kate through this interview and hoping to win a copy of this new book. Thanks for the opportunity and blessings to you both!

  4. Ola Norman says:

    Great interview! Sounds like a book for me.

  5. Jody Rigle says:

    Thank you Suzanne for sharing your interview with Kate! I love reading both of your books and so look forward to new books coming out! Thank you and god bless

    • kate lloyd says:

      I’m answering for Suzanne because I also love her books. Can’t wait to read her newest! Thank you for entering the giveaway, Jody. Good luck!

  6. Jennifer C. says:

    Kate if we were out at a cafe our drinks in no way would get mixed up. I hope not anyway. I have a horrible gag reflex that declares coffee and dark chocolate are not my friends. It doesn’t like tomatoes and ginger either. 😉

    • kate lloyd says:

      If our drinks and candy doesn’t get mixed up, we could have a lovely friendship, Jennifer. You are not alone; many of my friends don’t like dark chocolate, although they do drink coffee. You’re a lucky person who will never have to give it up, which is no fun at all. (I get a terrible headache.) Thanks for entering the giveaway and good luck!

  7. Glenda says:

    Have read books by both of you ladies and enjoyed them immensely. Having grown up in a Mennonite community and very close to an Amish one, I always love reading these books. Have several more books from you all on my TBR list. 🙂

  8. Lisa Garrity says:

    Thanks for the giveaway, I love the part about coffee and the moment where it clicked that all you had to do was say “yes” to the Lord’s invitation. It’s so wonderful to know that God invites us each day to say yes to Him…coffee optional!

    • kate lloyd says:

      Thank you, Lisa! I will never forget that “light-bulb moment,” when I first understood that He’s already extended an invitation to all of us. Thanks for entering the giveaway. Good luck!

  9. Kristine Pavlik says:

    I love reading! I am already a fan of Kate Lloyd, and would love to win this book.

  10. Mallory Fry says:

    I’m a huge fan of Kate Lloyd’s, and I’d be honored to win her book! It’s so special for me to know that one of my favorite Amish Fiction writers lives somewhere close to me! Thank you so much for this giveaway & God bless! P.S. I shared this on Facebook!

    • kate lloyd says:

      Thanks for sharing this on Facebook, Mallory! You’re a sweetheart and I’m also delighted to know you live close by. God bless you and good luck in the giveaway!

  11. Tee says:

    I love these interviews! SO much fun to learn things about new (to me) authors!

    • kate lloyd says:

      I love reading Suzanne’s interviews too, Tee. Thanks for taking the time to read mine and to enter the giveaway. Good luck!

  12. Sparkle says:

    Great interview, I love meeting new authors to explore their thought on the Amish culture. Thanks for a chance to win this book.

    • kate lloyd says:

      Thanks for entering the giveaway, Sparkle! And thank you for your kind assessment of the interview. Good luck! PS: love your name!

  13. Linda McFarland says:

    The blog post was great…love Kate Lloyd…can’t wait to read her new book. Would love to win, thanks for the opportunity! Linda

  14. Peggy Bullock says:

    Thanks Suzanne, for sharing this. I will get these books, I haven’t yet read Kate Lloyd, but I know I will love them!

    • kate lloyd says:

      I hope you do read and enjoy my Amish novels, Peggy! Please let me know as I love hearing from readers. Best of luck in the giveaway!

  15. Kristina Kohler says:

    Would love to win one of your Books. Enjoyed your Blog.

    • kate lloyd says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the blog post, Kristina! thanks for taking the time to read it and thank you for entering the giveaway. Good luck!

  16. Kathie from CA says:

    Kate sounds like a fun person I would love to know. I have never read her books so I hope I win one.

    • kate lloyd says:

      If you have never read one of my books, then I especially hope you win a copy of Forever Amish, Kathie! Good luck in the giveaway!

  17. Suzie Locke says:

    Would be honored if I won. Love the blogs and getting a taste of a new author. many blessing’s.

  18. Mary Mishler says:

    Would love to win this book. Thanks for introducing Kate!

  19. Debra Stevens says:

    Any chance to win another book I’m all over it. Especially if it’s an author I’m new to 😀

    • kate lloyd says:

      You sound like an avid reader, Debra! I can’t even imagine my life without books. I hope you get a chance to read Forever Amish, maybe as the winner of this giveaway. Good luck!

  20. Deanna S says:

    Great interview, that coffee sounds delish! Would enjoy a new book to read.

    • kate lloyd says:

      I’d love to have you read Forever Amish, Deanna, perhaps over a cup of delicious coffee! I love coffee so much, but can’t drink it past lunchtime or it disturbs my sleep. Fortunately, reading in bed relaxes me and enhances my sleep. Ah, nothing like reading. Good luck in the giveaway!

  21. Joannah Cotta says:

    Suzanne and Kate enjoyed your blog together. I enjoy reading both of your books, you are both amazing authors.

    Kate I like your advice for yourself at age 10. I’ve been telling my 11 yr old daughter that for several years.

    Happy Monday <3

    • kate lloyd says:

      Thank you for writing, Joannah, and including me with Suzanne, whom I greatly admire. I bet your 11-year-old daughter is a sweetheart. I recall pointing out to one of my sons that a girlfriend, whom I’d known since grade school and was much more popular than I was, was actually not happier or cuter as an adult. Good luck in the giveaway!

      • Joannah Cotta says:

        Kate, I was never popular, rich, smartest or prettiest while growing up in school. I was very quiet because of it. I was always told to be who you are and not let the others intimidate me. It took years but I learned and I share that with all my children. I do see some of those rich, pretty, smart girls I grew up with, living in the shoes I did as a young girl.

  22. felecia says:

    Looks great. I would love to read this.

  23. I love Kate’s books ! no need to enter me, I have my copy here. I did a review recently on my site of it. Came to be supportive to you and to Kate ! I love to read and learn new things about my Sisters in the Lord ! The Lord is so Good !
    Be blessed today !
    Hugs
    Linda Marie Finn
    Faithful Acres Books

    • I guess you might enjoy my Chocolate Mint Coffee, laced with that whipped creme ! LOL Kate, your my kind of friend ! Have you tried Folgers Caramel Drizzle yet ? smile

    • kate lloyd says:

      I might enjoy a Chocolate Mint Coffee, laced with whipped creme, Linda! I haven’t tried Folgers Caramel Drizzle yet … I do like caramel. Many thanks for writing to encourage both Suzanne and me. You are a treasure, and you write excellent reviews!

  24. Tina says:

    Love the coffee indulgence. I am going to have to try that since I love coffee!!! It’s right up there with books. 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win one of Kate’s books.

    Blessings,

    Tina

  25. Charissa says:

    I have grown to LOVE amish fiction! It’s one of those things reader things you experience in life, when I picked up my first Amish fiction book and thought, “Why am I just discovering this now!?” Lol. Thank you so much for this giveaway and interview. It’s so great getting to know the authors behind the books. 😀

    • kate lloyd says:

      Thank you so much for reading my post and visiting Suzanne’s blog, Charissa! I’m glad you enjoyed the interview. Good luck in the book giveaway!

  26. Donna Ratliff says:

    Looking forward to these books and receiving what is in the author’s heart. Thank you for introducing her.

    • kate lloyd says:

      I’m grateful to Suzanne for introducing me, Donna! My books are written from my heart. I hope you get a chance to read Forever Amish, maybe as a prize in this giveaway. Good luck!

  27. mary ellen ashenfelder says:

    Wonderful interview. Love hearing/reading about my favorite authors — and, a chance to win one of their books is an added bonus.Thank you

  28. Sharma Darby says:

    I have read Leaving Lancaster by Kate and I have read some of your books. I would love to win. Sharma Darby

    • kate lloyd says:

      Sharma, I hope you get a chance to read Forever Amish! Thanks for visiting Suzanne’s blog and reading my post. I’m wishing you extra good luck in the book giveaway!

  29. valerie monschien laux says:

    would love to win this

    • kate lloyd says:

      I would love you to win a copy of Forever Amish too, Valerie! I appreciate your taking the time to enter the giveaway. Good luck!

  30. Shirley Rittenhouse says:

    I love, love, love Amish novels. I have read Pennsylvania Patchwork, but not the other two in the series. Am looking forward to reading them. And I love
    Suzanne’s books also. Sure would be pleasant to win the contest. And God bless Kate. So glad to know you are my sister in the Lord.

    • kate lloyd says:

      God bless you, Shirley! It is fun having so many sisters in the Lord on Facebook … everywhere! But I love all my readers and am grateful for each one. Thank you for your uplifting letter and good luck!

  31. Heather Fairman says:

    I’ve been wanting to read your latest book – hope I win!

    • kate lloyd says:

      I want you to read my latest book too, Heather! Wishing you good luck in the giveaway and many hours of delightful reading!

  32. Jan Hall says:

    I liked your advise to your ten year old self. I need to post it on my refrigerator now. I wish I had learned that early in life too. Never too late I guess.

    • kate lloyd says:

      Jan, I must admit I suffer from relapses every now and then. Years ago. I framed a photo of myself as a three-year-old and keep it on my bureau as a reminder. Sometimes, when I belittle myself or compare myself to more “successful” people I say, “You wouldn’t speak that way to a little girl, would you?” Because, inside still lives that sweet little child. Good luck in the giveaway!

  33. shelia hall says:

    Great interview! Love learning about new authors! Love to win the book!

  34. June Shirey says:

    I would love to win this book. I enjoy reading all Amish books. I’d love to add this to my collection.

    • kate lloyd says:

      I’d love you to read one of my Amish novels too, June. Maybe you’ll be the lucky winner of a copy of Forever Amish. Good luck!

  35. Andrea Brooks says:

    I would love to be entered to win this contest. I also enjoy reading the Amish author blogs. I love and truly enjoy reading Amish Fiction books and would love to(someday)visit a state with Amish people and see what they are like.

    • kate lloyd says:

      You are officially entered to win a copy of Forever Amish, Andrea! Thanks for entering the giveaway! Reading Amish fiction is the next best thing to visiting them!

  36. Joanie Bruce says:

    I would love to win a copy of your book, and I LOVE the interview.

    • kate lloyd says:

      Thanks so much, Joanie! I’m delighted you enjoyed the interview. Good luck in the book giveaway, a chance to win a copy of Forever Amish!

  37. Linda Kish says:

    Thanks for the great interview. I’d love to read this book.

  38. Wendy Bailey says:

    Oh WOW! A new author for me. yeah!

    • kate lloyd says:

      I’m excited to find a new reader, Wendy! Thanks for writing and entering the book giveaway. I hope you win a copy of Forever Amish!

  39. Michelle R. says:

    I love all of Kate’s books and am looking forward to reading her latest book!!!

  40. Pen Mettert says:

    Sounds like a good book. I’d love to read it. 🙂

  41. sharon miller says:

    Thanks for telling me on FB about this contest for FOREVER AMISH- I really enjoy Amish fiction. I liked reading about your salvation experience in your 30’s; hoping our 2 sons will return to Jesus (they’re in their 30’s). Thanks for the contest. sharon wileygreen1ATyahooDOTcom

    • kate lloyd says:

      Thanks for writing, Sharon! I’m living proof it’s never too late. I pray your two sons’ ears will open and hear the Lord’s invitation! Good luck in the giveaway. I hope you get a chance to read Forever Amish.

  42. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I’m eager to read this book.

    • kate lloyd says:

      I hope you do, Natalie! Maybe you’ll be the winner of a copy of Forever Amish. Thanks for entering the giveaway. Good luck!

  43. Hello Suzanne. Thanks so much for hosting Kate. Love the interview. I have Kate’s first two books already. Would love to have all of her books. Thanks!
    Maxie Anderson

  44. Jackie Tessnair says:

    I love your books Kate.Thanks for sharing.Great interview!I love the answer to your most surreal pinch me moment question.Thanks again.

    • kate lloyd says:

      Thanks so much, Jackie! That moment/revelation is one I shall never forget. I’d lived most of my life without even giving God a thought, so I can relate to people who are in the same boat. They really do not know what they are missing and I have empathy. Thank you for entering the book giveaway!

  45. Sandra Greathouse says:

    I can’t wait to read your latest book, and want to thank you also for sharing about Kate Lloyd’s new book. I’m a huge fan of Amish fiction, and I have all your books. Thank you for the entry for your contest…I’d love a chance to win your new book.

    • kate lloyd says:

      I can’t wait to read Suzanne’s new book either, Sandra! I need it next to my bed, and soon. Thanks for entering the book giveaway. I hope you get a chance to read Forever Amish!

  46. The bright smile on Kate Lloyd’s face just makes me want to read anything that she writes! She’s a new author to me and I would love to win her book. Thank you for this opportunity, Suzanne!

    • kate lloyd says:

      Thanks for writing and entering the book giveaway, Sharon! I’d love to win a copy of Forever Amish! What fun if you won. Good luck!

  47. Kate–Thanks so much for taking time for this interview. Loved your answers about writing! Make re-writing your friend…that is excellent advice. So glad we are on this journey together, Kate. Warmly, Suzanne

    • kate lloyd says:

      Me too, Suzanne! Thank you for inviting me and introducing me to many of your readers. I know why they love your writing as I do!

  48. valerie monschien laux says:

    i am grateful for all you wonderful writers who give us a chance to live with the amish in each book we read

  49. Sierra Faith says:

    This author looks really good!