Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 31 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 3 grand prizes!
- The hunt BEGINS with Stop #1 at Lisa Bergren’s site.
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- There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 11/6)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books.
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And now…on to business! I have the pleasure of introducing Tricia Goyer, a warm, enthusiastic, and prolific author of multiple genres (fiction and non-fiction) who is always up to something interesting! I first met Tricia through her World War II novels, and then through her Amish fiction. We used to host a radio show back-to-back, so each Thursday afternoon I would sign in as Tricia was signing off. In this ‘Pinecraft Pie Shop’ series, Tricia teamed up with cookbook author Sherry Gore to write books set in the Amish-Mennonite community of Pinecraft, Florida. Below is Tricia’s “sneak peak” at the story that inspired the writing of this fun series.
Behind the Scenes of a Popular (Amish) Television Show
When you think of the words “Amish” and “television” they don’t seem to go together. I’ve watched a few interesting Amish television shows, but others seemed simply to be only filmed with drama. So much of television is all about the ratings and outlandish scenarios.
Still, I thought it would be fun to write about this very thing. How would an Amish young woman handle the pressure of the camera, being on set, and spending time with actors and actresses so different than her? I had to write about it to find out.
Thankfully, I had research to pull from. First, my co-author Sherry found herself on Amish: Out of Order? a National Geographic television show. For Sherry, meeting the producers and staff was a blessing to her, and she walked away with lifelong friends. (Here is information about the episode Sherry was on: http://patch.com/florida/sarasota/pinecraft-recap-on-amish-out-of-order
A few years ago, my husband John and I attended the taping for Dancing with the Stars. It was clear how much work happened behind-the-scenes. I had no idea so much work went into a one-hour prime time show. (Here’s the behind-the-scenes scoop: http://www.triciagoyer.com/dancing-with-the-stars/
But overall I got the most details from my friend Guy Lia who is currently the executive producer of Storehouse Media Group but who spent dozens of years working in the television industry. He was able to give me the ends and outs of what happens behind the scenes of the television industry. From staff, to food, to filming, Guy provided all the details. Thank you, Guy! (Here’s more about the Lia family: http://godcenteredmom.com/2013/07/11/honoring-him-in-hollywood-meet-the-lia-family/
What did I found most interesting? The FOOD! Depending on the shoot schedule Craft Services is brought it to provide breakfast, lunch, and sometimes dinner. These services are ordered and they must take into account the likes and dislikes of the stars.
In Sewn with Joy, the arranged craft services agreement falls through and Joy is able to round up the Amish women to cook the meals.
Guy told me that if that happened in real life everyone would have thought they died and went to heaven! Of course I think the Amish woman would be VERY disappointed by the portion sizes eaten by the actors and actresses. After all the stars have wardrobes to fit into!
Thanks so much for hosting me, Suzanne. Happy hunting, all!
Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of two, and wife to John. A USA Today bestselling author, Tricia has published over 55 books and has written more than 500 articles.
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