I’m excited to welcome Amy Lillard to the blog today to share with us about her writing and celebrate the release of her novella, More Than Friendship. If you missed my review of this charming story, then you can click here to read it.
And, Amy Lillard is offering an ecopy of More Than Friendship to one of you! After you read Amy’s interview, please enter to win your own copy and you can get to know Clara, Thomas, and Obie and watch as Clara must decide what path to take.
Hi Amy! Thanks for sharing with us about your newest release, More Than Friendship.
Thank you for having me Brittany!
I know that More Than Friendship is set in Wells Landing, the setting for your Wells Landing Series. Does this novella stand on its own for readers who have not read the books from that series?
More Than Friendship is the first novella in The Quilting Circle which is a spinoff of my Wells Landing Series. The novella does stand on its own. But the experience is enriched if you read them in order. More Than Friendship falls between Lorie’s Heart and Just Plain Sadie.
Is it challenging to write a novella, where relationships must develop at a quicker pace than in full length novels? And, if so, how do you approach the hurdle of bringing characters together for a speedier happily-ever-after?
It is harder to write a novella because every word has to count, but I find if I set up my characters to have a past already I clear that hurdle and I can get to the story quicker.
Have your characters ever taken on a mind of their own and a story you were crafting began to go in a direction you didn’t see coming?
Yes. Case in point, James Riehl (from Courting Emily). James was not planned to be that important of a character. The book was never to be anything about his recovery- that just happened, not to mention the whole purple thing which came out of nowhere too.
Do you have a favorite place or time of day to write?
No. I am a full-time author. I work just like people who go to the office. Except I get to wear my pajamas and I don’t quit at 5 pm.
You have had quite a busy publishing schedule these last couple of years. More Than Friendship releases today! (Congratulations!) What is next for you? Do you have any other books releasing soon?
The next book in the Wells Landing series, Just Plain Sadie, releases March 29th. There are also 2 more Wells Landing books in the works and 2 more Quilting Circle novellas in the works. And rumor has it, there may be an Amish mystery series set in Pennsylvania releasing in 2017 (so be looking for that!). The details on all these and more are found on my website http://amywritesromance.com/coming-soon-2/.
Thanks for having me today Brittany! I hope everyone enjoys More Than Friendship.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Love is worth every challenge.
Woven deeply into the Amish community of Wells Landing, Oklahoma, a women’s quilting circle is a place to share everything from recipes to hopes and dreams, especially when love is in the air…
The youngest member of the quilting circle, Clara Rose Yutzy has her whole life ahead of her. And it’s just beginning, with plans for a wedding to her longtime beau, Thomas Lapp. Everything is falling into place, which is why Clara Rose resolutely ignores her newly warm feelings for her best friend, Obidiah Brennaman. There’s never been a hint of romance between them, and no reason to pay attention to such nonsense now…
Steady, sturdy Obie feels differently. He’s never thought too hard about his future, but the news that Clara Rose is about to be married is strangely unsettling. Convincing Clara Rose to take another look at their friendship may not be easy, but Obie is certain God intends for them to be together. He’ll do whatever he must to make Clara Rose see how much he loves her, and with the Lord’s help, before it’s too late…
Enter to win an ebook copy of More Than Friendship .
Giveaway begins on 2/23/16 and ends on 2/29/16. Winner will be announced and will receive an email on 3/1/16.
To enter: Answer this question – “Have you read any of Amy Lillard’s books? Do you have a favorite?” (And look for ways to earn bonus points, too).
Here’s my answer…I have read many of Amy’s books and quite a few are in the “favorite” category of mine. My very favorites? Saving Gideon, Gabriel’s Bride, and Caroline’s Secret. (I couldn’t choose just one!)
- Comment on this post with your answer to the above question for one entry.
- Share this giveaway (and let me know) for another entry.
- Follow (or already be a follower) of my blog for another entry.
- Visit Amy Lillard’s More Than Friendship Pinterest board and let us know what your favorite quilt that she has pinned on her board is. (She has some beautiful quilt tutorials on there). This will also earn you an extra entry. To visit her Pinterest board, click here.
Yes, I ‘DO’ read Amy’s books and no, I do not have a favorite. I don’t pick favorites of anything, that question is one of my pet peeves, lol.
Thank you for the chance to win Amy’s new book!
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That’s funny, Wendy. Every time I;m asked to chose a favorite I spent fifteen minutes mulling over the possibilities. 🙂 Thanks for reading!!
I read Amy’s books but I don’t know it’s hard to pick a favorite, but A Mamm for Christmas in The Amish Christmas Sleigh was so good!
Pinterest ~ I liked the Amish girl working on quilt, the quilt on the wall! I am a quilter and that is one I’d love to make someday.. I also follow your blog.
Thanks! I so want to write another story with Constance, Hope, and Lilly Ruth. 🙂
I have not read any of Amy Lillard’s books. I do enjoy Amish fiction. I will have to add this to my TBR pile.
I am a follower of your blog
Thanks for commenting, Heather. If your TBR pile is anything like mine…well, I hope you enjoy my books when you get there! 🙂
I have read several of Amy Lillard’s books. I cannot name just one favorite book–that’s to hard. A couple top ones are Courting Emily and Just Plain Sadie.
I signed up to follow your blog.
No time for pinterest–to busy reading and working. LOL
Courting Emily is one of my favorites too. James completely stole my heart! And as for PInterest…I don’t know how you live without it! Dinner at my house tonight is from a recipe I found there! Thanks for reading!!
I haven’t read any of Amy Lillard’s books yet but I will definitely be checking them out. I live in Arkansas, not too far from the Oklahoma border, and love finding new books that are set in those two states. I shared the giveaway to my Facebook page and I am a follower of your blog. My favorite quilt from the Pinterest page has to be the Giant Dahlia pattern. Absolutely gorgeous!
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Hi, Kim! *Amy waves from Tulsa* Thanks for visiting!
Amy is a new author to me, so I have never read her books, but would love to. I follow your blog. I visited her Pinterest board and the quilts are so lovely. How to pick one, I love the different colors of the scrappy quilt. Thank you and have a blessed and happy day.
Thanks, Lucy! I love those scrappy quilts too! Thanks for entering!
I have read several of Amy’s books and will read several more. I would love a chance to win this book.
Thanks for reading, Sharon!!
I have read Caroline’s Secret, Courting Emily. I have really enjoyed these two books so far. Thanks Amy for A CHANCE TO WIN.
Thanks, Kristina! Good luck! 🙂
Love all her books.
already a follower
Sticks and stones quilt
Thanks for reading, Kim! Good luck!
I have only read a few of Amy Lillard’s books so far. I absolutely loved Saving Gideon! Thank you for this opportunity to win More Than Friendship…blessing
Awh. Gideon was my very first Amish book! He’s so very special to me!! Thanks for reading!
1. Caroline’s Secret
2. Shared giveaway on my FB page
3. I’m a follower of your blog
4. I love, and have always loved the double wedding ring quilt. My best friend’s grandmother made me one years ago.
Thanks, Gail! Good luck!!
I HAVE READ Caroline’s Secret,Lorie’s Heart The Amish Sleigh and others, I have shared with others Courting Emily, I follow your blog. an I would love to own any of your books. But I am always happy for the ines that do win books when they enter but I will still find a way to get the book so I can read.
Sigh. Elam. He’s one of my favorite Amish heroes. Thanks for reading!
I have read Caroline’s Secret, Courting Emily and other books of Amy’s. I would love to win this.
For the past 4 years all I read are Amish books. Love them, can’t get enough of them.
Thanks for reading! Good luck!!
I love all her books and would love to win this one.Thanks for the chance.
Thanks, Jackie! Good luck!
No I have not read any of her books they look good though Thanks for the chance to win iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com
I am following your blog
I Shared on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/linda.buzardmoffitt/posts/1094047467292542
I Followed her pinterest board and Really like these quilts that I re-pinned
I actually have an Amish Quilt and LOVE it
I love the Four Patch Charm Quilt.
I have not read any of Amy’s books
I’ve not yet had the pleasure of reading any of her books – but this sounds like a really good read! Thanks for the giveaway chance! Have a Blessed Day!
Forgot to add, I have shared on facebook, I am a follower on her blog and the double wedding ring quilt – that will always be my favorite! My Grandmother quilted me one when I was married, and it has always had such a special place in my heart – specially since she passed right before Christmas.
They’re all my favorite. I love Amish fiction because it is so relaxing.
I have only read one Gabriel’s Bride and would like to read more of this author. This would be my favorite since I have read no others yet…
I really enjoy reading amish stories,thanks for sharing about this author and her books.
I am going to share this on FB…your giveaway soon over.
I have yet to read a book written by Amy. I would love to win a copy of this book. I am an avid fan of Amish Fiction books.
I just pinned a book onto my Anything Amish. I love quilts. I am also going to share this contest on my FB profile page.