Thanks for being here with us. Will you tell us a little about yourself and how long you have been writing books?
Thank you for having me here, Brittany. I am the J. in J.E.B. Spredemann. The acronymous name J.E.B. Spredemann was created about a year and a half ago and stands for Jennifer (myself), Emily (my daughter), and Brandi (my daughter). Since three names are a little much to fit on the cover of a book, we thought J.E.B. was suitable and somewhat incognito. 😉
We began penning works of literature a little over a year and a half ago. Joanna’s Struggle (Book 1 of the Amish Girls Series) was the first book we co-authored.
How did you decide to focus on writing Amish fiction? Is this a genre you enjoy reading?
Yes, I enjoy reading Amish fiction immensely. Our writing journey began when Brandi asked me why they didn’t have more (Amish) books for girls her age. I replied, “Why don’t we write some?” Since then, we’ve put our hands to the plow and haven’t looked back. Also, my husband and I both have German ancestry. My husband currently speaks fluent German and has a Mennonite background.
I appreciated the fact that the gospel message was clearly presented several times in the story. Do all of your books present the gospel to readers?
I think the Gospel is essential and it is the reason I write. I aim to have the Gospel in all my books. In one form or another, it is presented in each book. If a person only reads one of my books, I want them to know that, no matter who they are or what they’ve done, God loves them and He made a way for them to get to Heaven. John 3:16-18, Romans 10:9-13
You have a series aimed at the Young Adult market. Do you have any upcoming Young Adult books you are working on or have been currently released?
The Amish Girls Series for teens is an eight book series. The first four books have already been released and number five should be coming out in August 2013. October, December, and February are the scheduled release dates for books six, seven, and eight. Books six and seven are currently in the editing process, and book eight is being penned at present.
Will you tell us a little about the next book in the Amish Secrets series and when we can expect it to be available?
The next book in the Amish Secrets series is about Joseph Bender, a young man who has been shunned in his ultra-strict Amish community and now lives on the streets. He believes leaving the Amish life behind is best…until he meets kindhearted Anna Smucker. Will his past secrets destroy his future too? A Secret Encounter (Amish Secrets – Book 2) is due to be released December 2013 at participating online retailers.
You can learn more about the books that Jennifer and her daughters write at: http://amishbooks.wix.com/jebspredemann.
See below for my review of An Unforgivable Secret.
There is a secret weighing heavily on Hannah Glick’s conscience. This secret defines her life and the guilt she feels affects the way she sees everything. At the beginning of the book we meet three main characters: Hannah, Christian and Samuel. These three friends have grown up together. Hannah and Christian eventually fall in love and begin courting. Samuel also loves Hannah, however, he has a girl far away that he has been courting through letters.
Behavior decisions that Christian makes directly affect Hannah and the subsequent choices she makes. Everything follows from this. We also know that Samuel has made some bad choices as well. There are some significant time jumps in the book as the author is telling a story that spans many years. We see what is happening to these three characters over the years and begin getting glimpses of what might have occurred years earlier that has so affected Hannah.
The author did a good job at really surprising me in a few key moments of the story. I enjoyed reading about these characters. I felt their despair and their triumphs and I was impressed with the way the author wove in the message of salvation throughout the story. (4 stars)
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.