Q: What Amish titles are you most excited about in 2015?
We have a new Amish series debuting on the Kensington list with the first book, Change of Heart, by Molly Jebber, coming in July 2015. It’s something different for us: an Amish historical romance. The series focuses on three best friends and the keepsake pocket quilts they make and use to send letters back and forth to each other.
We also have new books in our continuing Amish series by Jennifer Beckstrand, Charlotte Hubbard, Amy Lillard and Kelly Long.
Q: Are there any new trends that you’re seeing in Amish fiction?
As the genre becomes more crowded, we see readers looking for fresh approaches to the Amish romance, exploring new locales and Amish traditions.
Q: Why do you think Amish fiction continues to be such a popular genre?
I think our author Jennifer Beckstrand says it best on her website: Amish romances are stories of gentle love in a harsh world.
Q: What sort of feedback have you heard from readers about your Amish fiction titles?
Readers love the warmth, loyalty and faith of the Amish characters our authors have created, and the unique communities they write about.
Q: Give us the inside scoop – what is the most surprising Amish title you have releasing in 2015?
The Amish Man of Ice Mountain by Kelly Long, coming in May, 2015. A beloved author of Amish romance, Kelly has taken the courageous step of exploring surprising themes in her new Amish of Ice Mountain series—the physical side of marriage, sexual abuse and even faith healing—and her books are all the more powerful for it.
Q: Explain briefly the publishing process – how does an idea become a book on the shelves?
Charlotte Hubbard’s new Simple Gifts series, launching in June, 2016, grew out of a brainstorming session the two of us had by phone. Simple Gifts is a store selling handmade Amish gifts which first appears in Harvest of Blessings, coming in March, 2015. I suggested building a new series around the shop and its spirited female owner, and after I negotiated a new contract with Charlotte’s agent, she set to work fleshing out the story, introducing a new cast of characters to mingle with the familiar faces readers already know and love.
Here’s a Full List of Amish Fiction coming your way from Kensington in 2015!
Wells Landing Series by Amy Lillard:
The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill Series by Jennifer Beckstrand:
- Huckleberry Spring (February 2015)
- Huckleberry Harvest (June 2015)
- Huckleberry Hearts (December 2015)
Seasons of the Heart by Charlotte Hubbard:
- Harvest of Blessings (March 2015)
- The Christmas Cradle (October 2015)
Ice Mountain Series by Kelly Long:
- An Amish Man of Ice Mountain (May 2015)
- The Amish Heart of Ice Mountain (November 2015)
Amish Mysteries by Emma Miller:
- Plain Killing (January 2015)
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