New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter introduces The Blessing (Shiloh Run Press), book two in her Amish Cooking Class series. Despite stressful events in their own lives, Lyle and Heidi Troyer open their Ohio home once again so Heidi can instruct six new students in the art of Amish cooking. As the classes progress, friendships form, a romance blossoms, and healing is found in unexpected ways—even for Heidi’s own hurting heart. As an added bonus for readers, exclusive recipes from Heidi’s cooking class are included in the book. In this interview, Wanda answers our questions about her writing, her love for Amish culture, and some exciting plans for the fall!

You’ve studied and written about the Amish for a long time. What are a few things that you admire about their way of life?

One thing I have observed is their strong faith in God. The Amish I know personally strive to live a Christian example and point others to God by their actions. Another thing I’ve observed is their connection and devotion to family. The Amish do many things together as a family, and the bond they have with each other is tight.

What do your Amish friends think of the popularity of Amish fiction? Do they read it?

Some of my Amish friends are surprised by the popularity of the fiction novels being written about their culture. Some may be indifferent and might even see it as a bit humorous. The Amish and other Plain sects are simply living their lives the way their ancestors have dome for hundreds of years, and they don’t see anything special about it.

Many Amish I know personally, or have met along the way, have said they read my books and appreciate the accuracy I portray. Some Amish have even held book signings in their homes so their friends and relatives could meet me and get a book autographed.

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About The Author

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written more than 100 books, with more than 11 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards. Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs. When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.