Welcome to the blog, Mary. I’m so happy to have you here today. Congratulations on your upcoming release, Among the Innocent.
Which character in this story was your favorite to write and why?
I’d say Leah Miller, hands down. Leah is a survivor even though she doesn’t always see it that way. At sixteen, her entire Amish family was murdered in front of her. Leah left the Amish faith because it was too hard to remain there and not remember what happened. She was adopted by the former chief of police and followed in his footsteps by joining the force.
Leah is strong, broken, and caring. Strong because she overcame losing her entire family and yet it didn’t destroy her. Broken, because the past will forever be imprinted on her heart. Even though she is an excellent police officer, Leah still struggles to make personal connections because of her past. She is caring because the love she has for her adopted mother will withstand the secrets Marge is keeping from her.
Sounds like an inspiring heroine. Can’t wait to meet her.
What first inspired you to write Amish Suspense?
I loved the idea of taking the simple Amish ways and throwing danger, suspense, and a really bad guy into the mix. I believe it helps enhance the good versus evil aspect of Christian Suspense even more.
When I wrote my first Amish Suspense, I set it in a remote Amish community in Montana and it just seemed to work. Now, most of my stories feature small Amish communities set in the mountains.
And your latest cover perfectly embodies all of it. Love it!
What is one of your most unforgettable moments from your writing career to date?
It was when I sold my first book to Love Inspired Suspense in 2012. It was an amazing journey. When the call came in, I was nervous and over the moon with happiness. I’d finally accomplished my dream of becoming a published author. Still today, with each new book, I have that feeling.
What was the last book you read and what will you remember most about it?
Lights Out by Natalie Walters. It is the first book in her SNAP Agency Series. I loved the danger and suspense as well as the romance wrapped around the SNAP team’s desperate search to find a man who might be a possible spy working in the US. It’s an amazing book.
What’s something your readers would be surprised to know about you?
I’d have to say if readers could see my workspace, they’d probably be very disappointed. Though I have an office where I can work, I prefer writing from my favorite chair in the living room. I can take breaks and watch the wildlife that occasionally pass through the backyard from my French doors. On pretty days, I take my work outside even though it is easy to get caught up in what’s happening around me and forget about what I’m supposed to be doing on my laptop.
Sounds equally beneficial and inspiring to me. 🙂
We’re so glad you could join us today, Mary. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?
I do have the first of four new books through Love Inspired Suspense coming out in March, and I will be sharing more news on that in the future. I’m currently working on another proposal for Revell, (fingers crossed). And I am also part of a couple of book collections with other authors. The first is entitled the Philanthropist series and will feature a new book each week starting in November. Then, in April of 2023, I am working with 9 other authors on a collection of suspense stories that are set in small towns.
That’s awesome! Lots of exciting things on the horizon. Congratulations!
Mary has graciously offered to give away a copy of “Among the Innocent”. Enter below and it could be YOU! 😉
Thanks for entering! US winner will receive a print copy – International winner will receive an ebook copy. Giveaway ends June 30, 2022 . The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!
Hi Mary Alfords book sounds like a Great read and I love the book cover! Thank you for sharing about this great sounding book.
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