Interview with Mary Ellis & GIVEAWAY

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Mary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish community of Geauga County, where her parents often took her to farmer’s markets and woodworking fairs. She loved their peaceful, agrarian lifestyle, their respect for the land, and their strong sense of Christian community. She met her husband in college and they married six days after graduation. She, her husband, dog and cat now live in Medina County, close to the largest population of Amish in the country—a four-county area in central Ohio. They often take weekend trips to purchase produce, research for her best-selling books, and enjoy a simpler way of life. Mary enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming. Before retiring to write full-time, Mary taught Middle School in Sheffield Lake, Ohio and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate for twenty years a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits. – See more at: http://www.fictionfinder.com/author_interview/read/interview_with_mary_ellis#sthash.8UloesBt.dpuf

Mary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish community of Geauga County, where her parents often took her to farmer’s markets and woodworking fairs. She loved their peaceful, agrarian lifestyle, their respect for the land, and their strong sense of Christian community.

She met her husband in college and they married six days after graduation. She, her husband, dog and cat now live in Medina County, close to the largest population of Amish in the country—a four-county area in central Ohio. They often take weekend trips to purchase produce, research for her best-selling books, and enjoy a simpler way of life.

Mary enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming. Before retiring to write full-time, Mary taught Middle School in Sheffield Lake, Ohio and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate for twenty years a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits.

Mary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish community of Geauga County, where her parents often took her to farmer’s markets and woodworking fairs. She loved their peaceful, agrarian lifestyle, their respect for the land, and their strong sense of Christian community. She met her husband in college and they married six days after graduation. She, her husband, dog and cat now live in Medina County, close to the largest population of Amish in the country—a four-county area in central Ohio. They often take weekend trips to purchase produce, research for her best-selling books, and enjoy a simpler way of life. Mary enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming. Before retiring to write full-time, Mary taught Middle School in Sheffield Lake, Ohio and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate for twenty years a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits. – See more at: http://www.fictionfinder.com/author_interview/read/interview_with_mary_ellis#sthash.8UloesBt.dpuf
Mary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish community of Geauga County, where her parents often took her to farmer’s markets and woodworking fairs. She loved their peaceful, agrarian lifestyle, their respect for the land, and their strong sense of Christian community. She met her husband in college and they married six days after graduation. She, her husband, dog and cat now live in Medina County, close to the largest population of Amish in the country—a four-county area in central Ohio. They often take weekend trips to purchase produce, research for her best-selling books, and enjoy a simpler way of life. Mary enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming. Before retiring to write full-time, Mary taught Middle School in Sheffield Lake, Ohio and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate for twenty years a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits. – See more at: http://www.fictionfinder.com/author_interview/read/interview_with_mary_ellis#sthash.8UloesBt.dpuf

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Interview with Mary Ellis  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna:  Welcome to The Engrafted Word, Mary! Congratulations on your recent release, The Lady and the Officer. I can’t wait to read it!

What’s been one of your favorite things about writing this series set during the Civil War?

Mary:  My current book is set in Richmond, Virginia, with opening chapters set in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. I absolutely love taking research trips, especially to beautiful places such as these. My February release takes place in Wilmington, North Carolina, one of my favorite cities in the country. So much to see and do–all in the name of an accurate story.

Savanna: Speaking of Gettysburg, what is one of your favorite things to see there and why?

Mary:  Since I’m fascinated with Civil War history, I love to go the National Park Service Battlefield. They have licensed guides who will drive your car for you, in addition to guided walking and horseback tours. They narrate the 3-day progression of the battle, while you sit back and watch the scenery. I love to stay at the Farnsworth House Inn. It was used during the filming of the movie Gettysburg, and it was actually a hospital during the battle.

Interview with Mary Ellis  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna:  On your website you mention living close to the largest population of Amish in the country. What do you enjoy most when you visit their community?

Mary:  I enjoy staying at my favorite bed and breakfast, eating food prepared by Amish and Mennonite hands, and visiting old friends who were instrumental while researching a dozen Amish romances. One of my research contacts concocts the recipes that appear in the back of my books, including A Plain Man.

Savanna:  Describe your favorite place to write. What’s your ideal setting for inspiration?

Mary:  My favorite place to write is my screened gazebo on my deck. I’m usually joined by my cat and dog for company. However, my ideal setting for inspiration is at the beach. I was lucky enough to write an entire novella, Always in my Heart, while vacationing for a month at the beach.

Interview with Mary Ellis  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna: That sounds like a perfect setting to me! 😉

What would you say is the easiest part about being a writer and what is the hardest part?

Mary:  The easiest part is coming up with ideas for stories. They pop into my head on a regular basis! The hardest part is time management. So many writing related tasks compete with actually writing the story.

Savanna: I hear ya! 😉 There really is an art to balancing it all. Thank you so much for sharing with us today, Mary! Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?

Mary:  I am putting the finishing touches on a stand-alone romance, also set during the Civil War, called The Last Heiress. This is a book set in Wilmington, North Carolina about blockade-running and the English cotton mills. The Last Heiress will release in February, 2015.

Savanna:  Sounds good! I’ll be waiting for it! 😉

Readers, be sure to visit Mary’s website and connect with her on Facebook too.

There are downloads, sign-ups, and freebies—valuable resources that I hope stir your passion for God and His Word. So take your time. Look around. Visit often. – See more at: http://www.mesuandrews.com/#sthash.h5gue3da.dpuf

GIVEAWAY!!

Mary has graciously offered one copy of A PLAIN MAN to one lucky winner!

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53 comments on “Interview with Mary Ellis & GIVEAWAY
  1. Deanna S says:

    Great interview I really enjoy reading Historical fiction & Amish stories 🙂
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  2. Deanna S says:

    I have -Subscribed to The Engrafted Word 🙂
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  3. Deanna S says:

    I Like The Engrafted Word on Facebook 😉
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    Thanks for the book give a way!

  4. Kathryn Voss says:

    THanks for the interview and giveaway!

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    Thanks for a great giveaway and I am happy to find your blog. Thank you Mary Ellis for donating a copy!

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  6. I enjoyed reading your post. I would love to go to Gettysburg one day as I am a history buff myself. Thank you for the chance to win. griperang at embarqmail dot com

  7. Kathryn Voss says:

    Gettysburg is the one battlefield I most want to visit. I LOVE that time period, so reading this book is definitely on my to do list!

    I subscribe and like on facebook.

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    I am Subscribe to The Engrafted Word,

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    Shared this Giveaway on facebook.
    I am looking forward to reading A PLAIN MAN.Great interview.

  9. anne says:

    Thanks for this lovely giveaway. I subscribe to the EnGrafted Word. A wonderful interview.

  10. Jennifer Essad says:

    I’m from Ohio too, I love the beautiful rolling hills and the four seasons, thanks for sharing your love or writing with us and the chance to win your novel

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Jennifer! Thanks for visiting and sharing!I’ve only driven through Ohio once, but it is beautiful! I remember the green rolling hills very well. 😉 You’ll receive 4 entries too.

  11. Jennifer Essad says:

    I -Subscribe to The Engrafted Word

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  12. Kelly Youngblood says:

    What a sweet interview. I would love to have a screened in gazebo to sit on and read or write! One day, I hope! 🙂 Thank you for a chance to win “A Plain Man”.
    Blessings!
    Kelly Y.
    kelly [at] dkcountryarts [dot] com

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Me too, Kelly! Doesn’t that sound like the perfect setting? 😉 Thanks for joining us and good luck in the giveaway. You’ll receive 4 entries too.

  13. Kelly Youngblood says:

    I subscribe to The Engrafted Word.

    I like The Engrafted Word on facebook.

    I pinned the giveaway and also shared it on facebook.

    Blessings! 🙂

  14. Sierra Faith says:

    I liked Engrafted Word on FB and I am a subscriber 🙂

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  15. Jean Smith says:

    I haven’t read this one yet, so it would be great to win it, thanks.

  16. Nancy says:

    Thank you. I love your books. Nancy urbangel@yahoo.com.

  17. Anne Rightler says:

    I ‘liked’ & ‘shared’ couldn’t figure out where to subscribe. Thank you for sharing the interview
    Anne
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    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Anne! Thanks for visiting. You can subscribe to my blog on the right menu where it says “Get Email Updates”. Just enter your email and click subscribe. If you have any other questions, just let me know. You’ll receive 3 entries in the giveaway. Good luck!

  18. Lorraine A says:

    Would love to win A Plain Man…thank you for the opportunity.
    I liked Engrafted Word on FB

  19. Karen G says:

    Lovely interview. I love reading Mary Ellis’ books. Would love read A Plain Man. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
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  20. Karen G says:

    I tweeted. https://twitter.com/MsRubyKat/status/502600862263697409
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  21. Karen G says:

    I subscribed via email.
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  22. Karen G says:

    I Liked The Engrafted Word on Facebook
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  23. valerie monschien laux says:

    would love to win

  24. Susan Floyd Fletcher says:

    Liked on facebook. I’ve never heard of this blog, so glad I found it. Wonderful author. I don’t have this book, so I’d love to win it.
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  25. Teresa Wade Sheroke says:

    Subscribed to Engrafted Word. Would love to win a signed copy! Shared and liked Engrafted Word.

  26. Martha Peace says:

    I sure would Love To Win this Book,Thanks

  27. Jackie McNutt says:

    Savanna, I love Mary Ellis books. A plain Man looks wonderful.
    Mary’s favorite writing space on the screened porch sounds like a great place to write.
    I have read book 1 in her Civil War stories and I am about to start on book 2. I am greatly enjoying that series along with all her Amish books I have read.
    I follow The engrafted Word subs
    I liked on F B And shared
    mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

  28. Ellie W says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love books set in the Amish community.

  29. Bonnie Roof says:

    Hi, Savanna!!

    Loved the interview with Mary Ellis – my thanks to you and Mary!! I already have “The Plain Man” and am sharing this post on FB.

    I’m thinking how wonderful it must be to spend a month at the beach to write – sounds like a very productive setting for Mary as she wrote an entire book while there. I’m hoping to have the opportunity to see Wilmington, N.C. before year end – one of my best friends lives near there and her sister lived right at Wilmington.

    I’m looking forward to Mary’s next release “The Heiress” and since I love touring Amish communities and dining in their establishments – as well as staying at B&B’s – would love to know the name of Mary’s favorite one!!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Bonnie! Thanks for stopping in and sharing the interview. 😉 I hope you have fun visiting your friends in NC. I love that area!
      Good luck in the giveaway! You’ll receive an extra entry in the drawing.

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