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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.