Happy Monday, Reader Friends!
Thanks for stopping by to chat with Liz Tolsma as she talks about her release, An Amish Widow’s New Love. Have you had an opportunity to read it or her other works? If not, grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and chat with Liz!
About the Book
The Blurb: “He’s her first love…
Will he be her last?
Naomi Miller can’t believe Elam Yoder’s back in their community after all the pain he caused! Still, the young Amish widow must reunite with her disgraced first love to raise money for her infant son’s surgery. Elam’s remorse seems sincere, as does his commitment to helping Naomi and her baby. Elam’s looking for forgiveness—and a new life with Naomi and her bobbeli by his side.”
Toni: Welcome to Soulfully Romantic! When I read the blurb for The Amish Widow’s New Love, I got that feeling your book is going to stir the heart. How were you effected while writing this?
Liz: I truly do pray that it stirs hearts. The story reminded me of how far we, as mothers, would go to do the best for our children, even when that means putting our own differences aside.
Toni: Amen. The Amish genre is really popular. What made you want to write in this genre and will you ever change genres?
Liz: We don’t live too far from an Amish community in Wisconsin. In fact, Wisconsin boasts the fourth largest Amish population in the country. I’ve enjoyed interacting with the people and watching them in their everyday lives. Amish is only one genre I write in, and I can see myself writing other Amish books while continuing to spread my wings in other genres.
Toni: It’s neat to see an author who writes in more than one genre. 🙂 Can you tell us about “the call” moment you had with Love Inspired?
Liz: Love Inspired had this particular proposal for about three years. They were running a contest, looking for new Amish authors. I approached my agent and asked if it would be okay for me to enter this proposal into the contest, or if I should submit a different one. She went back to the editor, who looked at my original submission, and offered me a contract. Even after all the books I’ve written, it’s still a thrill to get “the call.”
Toni: Awesome! Naomi Miller is a widow. What is the verse that is seeing her through her widowhood?
Liz: Psalm 68:5: “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.”
Toni: Great verse. Would you choose country life vs city life?
Liz: Country life!
Toni: I’d have to agree. Horse and buggy vs car?
Liz: I’d need my car. Horse and buggy would get old after a while.
Toni: It could, especially when it’s cold outside. Homemade meals or takeout?
Liz: We eat homemade meals almost every night.
Toni: Same here. Book or movies?
Toni: But of course! Last but not least, what’s next for you on your writing journey?
Liz: In October, the second book in my WWII series, The Music of Hope, is scheduled to be released. When the Heart Sings is set in Poland and deals with the many Polish Christians who were sent to labor camps. And I’m busy writing the third book in the series, which is set in Hungary. Keep watching for further announcements!
Toni: Readers, do you have any questions for Liz?
About the Author
Liz Tolsma is the author of an Amish novel, several WWII novels, and prairie romance novellas. She is a popular speaker and an editor. She has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband and their two daughters. Her son proudly serves as a U.S. Marine. They adopted all of their children internationally, and one has special needs. When not busy putting words to paper, she enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping with her family.