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 last week’s Author Spotlight with Jamy Whitaker is Betty Powell! Please email my assistant Christen with your mailing address. (ckrumm@litfusegroup.com)

This week please welcome Mary Ann Kinsinger in the spotlight! To win one of five (5!) copies of her book Life with Lily (Revell), leave a comment on this post!

Life with LilyShare a little bit about yourself. Married with kids? Empty nester? Do you work full-time and write when you can squeeze it in?

Happily married stay at home mother to four children ages 8 months to 12 years. I try to squeeze in some writing time everyday.

And share something about your writing. What’s your genre(s), your areas of interest…

I am currently writing a children’s series about the life of a little Amish girl based on my own childhood of growing up in an Old Order Amish home.

After you started writing seriously–how long was it before you were published?

From the time I started writing there was almost a year and a half to the release date of my first book.

Aside from a cup of good, strong coffee, what helps you get all of your “brain cylinders” firing so you can write well? Do you have any favorite places and routines when you write? How many hours a day do you spend writing?

I never did learn to like coffee so you won’t find me sipping any trying to get a jump start to my day. Instead I try to take a few moments to un-clutter my mind by reading a Psalm or two before sitting down to begin writing.

The time spent each day writing varies a lot since there are four children in the house. The baby seems to have an aversion to seeing Mom at the computer so I do most of my writing while he is taking a nap. And even then it can be challenging. I have learned not to be surprised at all the things the children will find that are so important they can’t wait to tell or ask Mom. There is never a dull moment in our house.

What has been the biggest help to you in the journey to publication? Writers’ conferences? Writing groups? Your mom as your first draft reader?

My biggest help to becoming published was my blog and becoming friends with my co-author Suzanne. She opened a lot of doors to the publishing world for me.

What do you least like about being a writer? Most like?

The thing I like the least about being a writer is the amount of time it takes away from my family.

What I am liking the most is the people I have gotten to know and meet.

Pretend I’m a customer at a bookstore looking for a good book. Give me a one or two sentence promo to convince me to buy your book.

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be an Amish child I think you will love “Life with Lily” where between its covers you will be transported to a different culture and enjoy life through the eyes of a young Amish girl.

What’s on the book horizon for you?

I’m excited to have readers be able to follow Lily as she gets older in the three books that will be following “Life with Lily”

Book two, “A New Home for Lily” is releasing soon and we’re celebrating with a giveaway! Two winners will win an ereader as well as “Life with Lily” and “A New Home for Lily”. You can enter here.

Last question, how can readers find you and your books?

You can find me at A Joyful Chaos and on my Facebook. My books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD, and where ever books are sold.

Thank you for sharing your writing life with my bleaders! (blog + readers = bleaders)

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