Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Why Patrick Craig writes Amish Novels: Part 2

Today I'm delighted to welcome Patrick Craig back to Novel PASTimes. He is a lifelong writer and musician who left a successful songwriting and performance career in the music industry to follow Christ in 1984. He spent the next 26 years as a worship leader, seminar speaker, and pastor in churches, and at retreats, seminars and conferences all across the western United States. He now concentrates on writing and publishing fiction and non-fiction books. Patrick and his wife Judy make their home in rural Idaho and are the parents of two adult children and have five grandchildren.

Today Patrick is back to about his novels. He has a new one coming out in June and so we wanted to catch up with him and learn more about what he's doing. 

Welcome back to Novel PASTimes, Patrick! Thanks for joining us and sharing a bit about your writing world. 

What surprised you most as you wrote your books?  

The most surprising thing for me was the fact that my characters seemed to spring fully formed out of my imagination—It seemed that I had always known them and that I was simply telling their stories from my memories of their lives. 

You’ve talked about your series of Amish fiction. What drew you to write those stories?  

I never knew that Amish fiction was the largest selling Christian genre until I started writing it.  I wondered for a long time what drew people to the Amish way of life.  I came to the conclusion that most people love the Amish stories because in them they find release from the frantic pace of our modern world.  The simple agrarian lifestyle strikes a resonant chord in most reader’s hearts.

What is your favorite historical time period to write about? Why?  

I would like to write more historical fiction and in fact, the next two books in The Paradise Chronicles series are The Amish Princess set in 1770 and The Mennonite Queen set in 1535.  I also have a story, Love Keep Me, set during the War of The Roses in the 1400s in England.  I was always a history buff and love doing the research for Historical Romance.

What’s next for you? 

The next book in The Paradise Chronicles series is The Amish Princess.  Here’s a short blurb: Opahtuhwe, White Deer, is the beautiful daughter of the most powerful Chief of the Delaware tribe, a true Indian Princess.  Her life changes when the murderous renegade Ehèntawisèk brings Jonathan and Joshua Hershberger, Amish twin brothers, to the Delaware village White Deer is drawn to Jonathan but his hatred of the Indians causes him to push her away.  Joshua's gentle heart and steadfast refusal to abandon his Amish faith lead White Deer to a life-changing decision.  In the end, White Deer must choose between the ways of her people and her new-found faith.  And complicating it all is her undying love for the man who can only hate her.

Do you participate in author book signings or events? Where can readers find you?  

I will be doing some book signings for The Amish Heiress, mostly in Idaho and Oregon. That information will be on my Facebook page, so please invite your readers to find me and “Friend” me.  You can always find my books on Amazon. 

I am also on Facebook and have a website.

What are you currently reading?  

I’m currently reading Knights of the Range by Zane Grey.

Which of your books would you love to see turned into a movie?

I think A Quilt For Jenna or The Amish Heiress would make terrific movies.

Thanks for joining us, Patrick. He's giving away a copy of Jenny’s Choice or the Amish Heiress (which releases June 15).  All you need to do is leave a comment and enter that in the rafflecopter below. Thanks!

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Britney Adams said...

Thank you for sharing this great interview and giveaway! I love reading Amish fiction and enjoy the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle.

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loretta said...

I have liked your other books so I'm sure I will like this one, as well.