Amish Wisdom Spotlight: ‘Courting Emily’

The significance of the color purple in Amy Clipston's new book "Courting Emily" on

Welcome to Amish Wisdom Spotlight! Stop by my blog each Monday to see what’s been happening at This week, Amy Lillard shares about her new release, Courting Emily.

Sometimes the story behind the story can let a little too much out, but I have to tell you about the significance of the color purple in my latest Amish romance, Courting Emily.

First, let me say I pride myself on being a planner. I may be able to get an editor on board with a project with just a page or two, but when it comes down to writing, I like a detailed synopsis. I like to know where the story is going.

There are times though when situations and ideas come out of the story. I believe they call this organic writing. Well, the purple portion of Courting Emily was part of my organic writing experience.The significance of the color purple in Amy Lillard's new book "Courting Emily" on

Here’s a little backstory. Elam Riehl works too hard at being the patriarch of his family. His father, James, was kicked in the head by a milk cow the year before and since then has been very childlike and ill.  With Emily’s help, James starts to come around and become a more productive and vital part of his family once again. In the process, James becomes obsessed with all things purple, including Emily’s dresses.

Confession: I love purple. My high school colors included purple. I have been known to wear purple eyeliner, purple track suits, and purple sneakers on a regular basis. So I guess it was only natural that when James needed a fixation to help him through it was purple.

But I never saw it coming.

When I realized that purple had become so important to the story, I emailed my editor and asked if we could make the cover model’s dress purple. He explained they had already been working on the cover but he would ask. Imagine my delight when I saw the cover and Emily’s dark purple dress. The beautiful cover even has purple writing!

Head over to Amish Wisdom to enter to win a copy of Courting Emily!

P.S. The winner of the last Author Spotlight is Judy Tulloch! Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com to claim your prize

Amy Lillard on www.amishwisdom.comAmy Lillard is an award-winning writer who loves reading romance novels. Born in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. She has always been intrigued with the Amish’s gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. Her latest book in the Clover Ridge seriesGabriel’s Bride, released in February. Her latest book, Courting Emilyreleases January 6th. You can pre-order it here.

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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. angela chesnut says:

    would love to win.

  2. Love the color purple we have 3 lilac bushes in our yard with purple blooms. Purple is very in with people today. Courting Emily sounds like a must read.

  3. Jennifer Ingman says:

    I have an affinity for owls and anything in the colors teal and lime green. Thank you, Amy, for filling us in on the backstory of the color purple in your book.

  4. This book looks really good.

  5. Samantha says:

    The books sounds really great!
    I was wondering is the giveaway on Amish Wisdom open to Canada?

    • Elizabeth Ford says:

      Hi, Samantha,

      The giveaway on Amish Wisdom is open to U.S. addresses only. Thank you for checking!

  6. Claudia Thompson says:

    In my teen years, I loved purple and have not thought about it so much. At Christmas, I discovered my 9-year old granddaughter also loves purple. Her mother, my daughter, also loved purple. I remember having a cake made for her birthday that had purple sweet peas icing on it when my daughter was in elementary school.