An Interview With Author Sarah Price

Sarah Price author picHi, Sarah. Welcome back to Destination Amish! Tell readers all about your new book, Newbury Acres. I understand it’s a satirical parody of Amish romance novels. (Such fun!) Can you elaborate?

Satirical parody sounds so serious, doesn’t it???

But it’s not. Really.

Newbury Acres is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, a classic romance from the early 1800s. While Jane Austen’s book is set in English, Newbury Acres is set in an Amish community located in Indiana. And let me tell you…I had a lot of fun writing this book. The characters are so true to life. Real. I like real characters because life is not perfect…for us or for the Amish. We are all flawed so it’s always interesting to create characters that really vibrate authenticity.

Anyway, the protagonist, Catherine Miller, is a young Amish woman. She loves to read Amish romances (as many Amish women do in real life). When she vacations in Banthe and starts meeting different young people, she begins to analyze them almost as if she were living one of her romances. It makes for some interesting situations.

Readers who love Amish romances will really enjoy this book because, on a deeper level, it’s an Amish romance about Amish romance. And if getting too deep isn’t your game, you’ll still enjoy the book because it’s a fun, light romance—with a few twists and turns—and I bet you’ll want more of Newbury Acres, which is coming your way in the form of a weekly series!

Describe your main character, Catherine, in five words. Only five!

Naïve. Sheltered. Romantic. Accepting. Forgiving.

What’s a typical writing day look like for you?

There is no such thing as a typical writing day. Ha ha. In the ideal world, I wake up, make coffee, wake up the parrots and feed them, do my daily live stream video, freshen up my coffee, answer emails, and then write.

But that’s not how it happens.

This is more like my day:

Wake up. Realize I overslept. Hurry to make coffee. Realize the parrots escaped and are making a mess by flinging bird seed everywhere. Hear Cat scream from the barn because a spider was in her horse grooming kit. Go kill said spider (or free him in the grass if Cat isn’t looking). Do morning coffee live stream (late). Save a chicken from being eaten by Cat’s dog, Peek-a-boo. Refill bird feeders outside my window (squirrel depleted them overnight). Finally sit down to write and Coco Chanel (my cockatoo) pounces on me, landing on my laptop and deletes whatever I was working on.

I could go on, but I think you get the point.

My house and life is chaos. With horses, dogs, cats, rats, parrots, and a chinchilla, there is no such thing as typical. 😀

These next questions are for fun!

Favorite Amish community to visit?

It used to be Leola, Pennsylvania—just because I’ve been involved there for so many years and know so many people. But I really fell in love with a small unnamed community outside of Shipshewana, Indiana. I prefer the communities where there are no tourists, where Amish people are just that…people. I’ve been to communities in Colorado, New York, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Tennessee, Florida, and Belize. I really liked all of the places, but Indiana stole my heart because of the people.

Fry Pie or Whoopie Pie?

Neither. Unless it’s red velvet…then maybe a whoopie pie. Frankly, I prefer Shoo-fly Pie with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. YUM!

Homemade Rootbeer or Meadow Tea?

Duh. Meadow Tea!!!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Meadow Tea. I try to make it so that it tastes just like my Amish friends’ tea. I’m getting there.

Buggy or scooter?

Buggy. Totally. In fact, now that it’s spring, I need to dust off my Amish buggy and take it for a stroll. I think I’m going to bring it down to Florida next year. This is the perfect place for driving it around town.

Kindle or paperback?

I go through mood swings on this one. For a while, I’ll be all gung ho over Kindle (I prefer the Paperwhite…holds a fantastic charge!). I can take it everywhere and it’s very convenient. But then I go through a paperback period…which I’m in right now. The problem is that I MUST read before I go to bed and Marc, the hub, grumbles about the light. He’s throwing me off my game…

The other thing that I really like is that Kindles do not waste paper. So I try to buy a lot of my books second hand and, unless they are AWFUL, I donate them back. I’ll keep some of them that I really like (such as Jodi Picoult and Phillippa Gregory who are my favorite non-Amish authors!). If I really really hate the book, I have a R.I.P. party and get rid of it. I’ve done that once this year while I’ve been in Florida (shudder). The book was bad. Really bad.

Thanks so much for visiting us! How can readers connect with you?

Facebook is my primary cyber residence. As well as Instagram @sarahpriceauthor. My blog is at http://www.sarahpriceauthor.com/journal and I encourage my readers to subscribe to my email list. <3

Secret Sister Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

Secret Sister : An Amish Christmas Tale – Worth the Read

Christmas is a time for reflection, for family, and for some, a renewal of faith. When I received Sarah Price’s latest novel, Secret Sister : An Amish Christmas Tale, I was ready to snuggle down with a good book and focus on the upcoming holy holidays. Secret Sister fit the bill perfectly.

Secret Sister tells the story of Grace Beiler. Grace is facing her first Christmas as a widow, as her loving husband of almost 50 years has left his earthly home. Grace is struggling…but then she starts receiving gifts and notes from a special someone. Each thing she receives correlates to something significant from her past. Who could this secret sister be? Perhaps her first Christmas alone won’t be so lonely after all?

I was given Secret Sister in exchange for my honest review. I found this to be a very satisfying read. Sarah Price did an excellent job of connecting Grace’s past with her present. At first, I thought I might not be interested in a story about a woman in her late 60s. I was wrong. Price wrote Secret Sister in such a way that the storyline moved fluidly from one era to the next. I was thoroughly hypnotized to the last page. Don’t miss out on Secret Sister this Christmas season.

Secret Sister is on SALE for a LIMITED time! Click on the picture to get your copy!


Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!

An Interview with Sarah Price, Author of An Empty Cup

An Interview with Sarah Price, Author of An Empty CupHi, Sarah. I am excited to interview you today! Tell readers all about your new book, An Empty Cup.

Thank you for having me! As always, I love visiting with your readers and followers. There is, after all, only one destination for most of us and that is “Destination Amish.”

An Empty Cup is my latest title released by Waterfall Press. Similar to An Amish Buggy Ride, my first book published with Waterfall Press, An Empty Cup presents a realistic look at a member of the Amish community, Rosanna. While readers who love learning about Amish culture and religion might buy the book simply because Rosanna is Amish, they will love the book because Rosanna is also human…just like us.

There seems to be a misconception that Amish live perfect, idyllic lives. I can assure everyone that they experience the same range of problems that non-Amish people do: hope, loss, love, heartbreak, dreams, disappointment, happiness, depression, etc. They are, after all, people.

Besides telling a story that, I hope, will touch the heart of many readers’, I had a secondary goal with this book.
As some of your readers might know, I have been writing and publishing books in the Amish genre for many years. Since I first published Fields of Corn in 2009, there has been an influx of authors and books in this genre. Some of the authors are wonderful writers who use great respect when writing about the Amish. Unfortunately, others do not. As a result of the latter, there seems to be a negative opinion of the genre (and the authors).

My response to these opinions is a heavy focus on creating strong storylines with deep character development that break free of the typical boy-meet-girl romances. By focusing on literary quality as well as romance, I want readers to see that a genre as a whole should not be discredited just because of the bad apples in the bunch.

How did you come up with the title, An Empty Cup?

While attending a writers’ meeting in Grand Harbor, Michigan with the Waterfall Press team, I shared my idea about An Empty Cup. One of the team members mentioned to be that her grandmother had an expression: An empty cup cannot give. I looked at her and said, “Kristin! You just gave me the perfect title for my book!”

True story.

An Empty CupIs this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Every book that I write has elements of reality in it. Often I take something that really happens and I play the “What if…?” game. What if an Amish girl met an international Cuban superstar? What if an English woman fell in love with an Amish man? What if one Amish girl was bullied by another? What if an Amish woman felt so overwhelmed by the demands of life that she fell into a black space depression?

But the people in the books are not real people. I might pick up traits of a person and exaggerate them, develop them in a way that is good for the story. More often than not, my characters take on a life of their own and develop their own personalities.

I do find it interesting when people identify themselves as one of my characters. Who they identify with says an awful lot about the person. I’ve had a lot of women email me privately to thank me for writing An Empty Cup, telling me that “I am Rosanna.” If you are a wife and/or mother, I think it’s safe to say that you have pieces of Rosanna in you, too. The message with this book is that you are not alone.

However, sometimes people unhappily identify with a character. One time, I was asked to remove a chapter in a book because a family member was offended by one of the characters. If a person identifies with a character that does mean, rotten things, I suppose that says something about that person’s behavior, doesn’t it?

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Let’s see…since the day I first read a book?

Seriously, around the age of eight, I think. I remember in second grade, I had a horrible teacher. She was so mean. I loved to write. Apparently I wrote all the time and developed the bad habit of starting stories but not finishing them.

Actually, I don’t think that they were bad habits but the teacher sure did.

One day, we were taking a test and had to write a two paragraph essay. The teacher, however, thought I submitted a story and gave me a bad grade, writing “Don’t you ever finish anything?” across the top.

She wasn’t very supportive…

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

I can get them from anywhere…the strangest places!

Walking across the streets of Manhattan during morning rush hour, irritated because I had to teach an early morning college class while Pitbull was performing less than two miles away… BAM! The birth of the Plain Fame Trilogy (soon to be a “series” with two more books being introduced)!

Hearing an Amish friend talk about a young man who drinks too much because he’s working with Englischers. BOOM! The beginning of An Amish Buggy Ride.

Working with a young Amish man who won’t join the faith but still lives at home. Enter A Valley of Hope.

Having a young Amish woman cry on my shoulder from sheer exhaustion. Well, you can imagine that was the beginning of An Empty Cup.

I take these ideas and have a dialogue with God about them. I never ever write anything that would disrespect my friendship with the Amish. These simple moments that I have experienced grow into much greater stories. I just use them as triggers to let my creative neurons explode and morph into something much larger.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I think I’m always writing, even if it’s just in my head. I mostly a home-body and like to hang out in my own house. But I have started taking dance lessons and try to go once a day for practice. It’s very therapeutic and gets me moving around. I’ve even incorporated some of what I learned into a new book. I dance at Fred Astaire Morristown and they are just the most fabulous people. I’m so fortunate that they found me and can put up with my inability to get “left” and “right” half of the time!!!!

Do you have a favorite scene or quote from your book?

I do. But I’m reluctant to share it since it’s toward the end of the book. Let’s just say that it is when other people begin to give more of themselves to her.

What’s next for you?

I’m working on sequels to the Plain Fame Trilogy (now called the Plain Fame Series) and I have another book in mind called A Broken Vessel which is about the impact of a dysfunctional family, particularly with a very nasty sibling rivalry due to poor self-esteem. Poor self-esteem and jealousy within a family can tear it apart. Yes, things like this DO happen in the Amish, just as much as it does in our world.

Thanks so much for the interview, Sarah! Readers, do you want to read An Empty Cup? Sure you do! Click HERE to get a copy of a truly wonderful book. 🙂

The Preiss family emigrated from Europe in 1705, settling in Pennsylvania as the area’s first wave of Mennonite families. Sarah Price has always respected and honored her ancestors through exploration and research about her family history and their religion. At nineteen, she befriended an Amish family and lived on their farm throughout the years.

As a masterful storyteller, Sarah Price prides herself on presenting an authentic Amish experience for her readers. Many of her stories are based on actual people she has met and her own experiences living among the Amish over the years. Sarah now resides in Morris County, New Jersey with her family.

While she started out as an Indie author, she signed on with Realms, an imprint of Charisma House and Waterfall Press, an imprint of Brilliance Publishing. Her first book, First Impressions: An Amish Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was released in May 2014.

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