Interview with Amish Author, Wanda Brunstetter, and BOOK GIVEAWAY of her latest novel: The Struggle"




I'm thrilled to present Wanda Brunstetter.  Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of over 60 books with more than 6 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.


Wanda’s fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda’s desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.


Wanda has graciously offered to give away one signed copy of her latest novel, The Struggle which will be released next week on July 17th. 


In order to be entered to win a copy of her book, you must be a follower of this blog, post a comment and share a link to this interview on all your social network sites (Facebook, Twitter, your blog, Goodreads, etc.). Those who bring along a friend to join my blog will have their names entered twice.


Wanda - thank you so much for visiting my blog!

        Tells us first how you came to faith in Jesus.
I accepted the Lord when I was a young girl, attending Sunday school. Then later, during my teen years, I re-dedicated my life to Christ and have been serving Him in some capacity ever since.

Where did you get the idea for your latest book?
The idea for “The Struggle” and the two novels that came before it in     my Kentucky Brothers series came to me when I visited some of our Amish friends and learned that their daughter and her family were moving to another state. I saw the pain on their faces as they talked about how hard it was going to be for them to be apart.


What do you want readers to take away from your writing and this book in particular?
        I hope my readers will see the importance of forgiveness, and also realize that no matter how far one lives away from their family, they can still be close and united in love.


        What is your favorite Bible verse?
        Proverbs 17:22 – “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”

       What are your hobbies other than writing?
I enjoy gardening, photography, knitting, stamping, and ventriloquism, using some of my puppets dressed in Amish clothes.

How does your faith play into your writing?
My faith in God plays heavily into my writing. Before I begin writing any novel, I always ask God to direct my words. It’s my hope that through each of my novels someone’s faith might be strengthened, or they may be helped in some way if they’re going through a difficult time.

        Favorite childhood book?
“Nancy and Plum” by Betty McDonald.
 
        Where do you get most of your ideas for your books?
My storylines come to me from many sources – things that have happened in my own life or that of a relative or friend – things I’ve read or heard about and wondered “what if?” – ideas and characters that just pop into my head.

       Out of everything you have written, do you have a favorite and why?
It would probably be The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club, because I was able to create so many unique characters.



When Timothy Fisher, his wife Hannah, and their daughter Mindy leave Pennsylvania to begin a new life in Kentucky, Hannah finds it hard to adjust. Will Christian County ever feel like home? Nothing Timothy does seems to please Hannah. Has the move from Lancaster spelled the beginning of the end? When a tragedy occurs, an inconsolable Hannah blames her husband for their loss. Timothy can barely rise beneath the weight of guilt, his wife’s hostility, and stress of his job. What dramatic second chance will God provide to heal their grief?





36 comments:

  1. I can not wait to read this! I love Wanda!

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  2. I love reading Amish books lately. The more I read of them, the more I want to read. Thanks for the opportunity of this book.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    azladijo(at)aol(dot)COM

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  3. Thank you for the Interview, Wanda you are my favorite Amish Author, I love your books, please enter me in your Giveaway.
    Many Blessings

    I'm a follower

    ingrids62448(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. Thanks for the interview. Enjoy reading Wanda's books. Would love to win The Struggle. Have shared on Facebook and on my blog....gfpacificbee.blogspot.com
    I'm as follower
    gfpacificbee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. In just shared the link on Goodreads
    gfpacificbee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. I pinned this link for the interview with Wanda Brunstetter to Pinterest.
    gfpacificbee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. I love Wanda's books.This interview is great.Thanks for sharing with us.I shared on facebook.

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  8. blessings for a great writer. posting on Facebook and Goodreads.

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  9. I have been a fan of Wanda's since her first Amish book hit the bookstores. I have met her twice in person. She is the sweetest lady and her husband is so much fun. I would love to win a copy of the Struggle.

    I am a follower of this blog.
    I have posted a link of FB. https://www.facebook.com/#!/judy.s.burgi

    Blessings!
    Judy
    judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. I have been a fan for a while now. I would just love to own a autographed copy of Wanda's new book. Wanda you have such a great gift and I hope you keep up the good work that you do.

    God bless you.
    Lori Heinss
    llori35_98@yahoo.com

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  11. I am an avid follower of Wanda's books. I have read them all and look forward to reading "The Struggle"
    I am following this blog and I am sharing on Facebook also.
    thank you and
    God Bless <3
    Jody Rigle
    jodyr444@comcast.net

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  12. I would love to read your books. I love reading about Amish. This book sounds really good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  13. I loved reading your interview and you are my favorite author. I have almost every series of books that you have written, but this one is missing from my collection. Please enter me in the drawing for the book.
    Pam Lenharr
    plenhar@yahoo.com

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  14. Yes I enjoyed the interview with Wanda Brunstetter.....Wanda Brunsteter was one of the very first Amish authors that I read books by....I have read all of Wanda's books...and I am soo excited about reading #3 'The Struggle'...in The Kentucky Brothers series...I have shared on facebook and twitter and I am a follower too.....babyruthmac16@yahoo.com

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  15. I enjoyed reading the interview with Wanda Brunstetter. I love reading her books.
    Would like to win the book The Struggle.
    carolynj63@att.net

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  16. Great interview.
    I love Wanda's books, thank you for a chance to win a signed copy of the Struggle.

    I follow this blog and I shared this contest on facebook.
    Blessings, Tina

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  17. love Wanda's books I'm follower by email thanks
    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  18. I love your books Wanda!
    Once I am into reading one
    of your stories, I hate to
    set the book down.
    I am drawn to the stories
    you write of their lifestyles
    and the everlasting faith!
    Cheryl B

    Baranski1987@gmail.com

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  19. I have read many of Wanda's books and enjoy them very much. I would love to win this one.

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  20. I would love to win this contest thank you having it
    klobucher3897@gmail.com

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  21. I have been a big fan of Wanda's for a long time. In fact, the very first Amish Fiction book that I read was written by her. I have been an avid fan of this genre ever since!!!
    I would love to win a copy of her new release.
    Blessings,
    Kristin J keithkrisjager(at)aol(dot)com

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  22. Great interview. I love reading Wanda's books and look forward to reading The Struggle. Thanks for the chance to win this book.
    Karen Gervais
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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  23. I follow your blog.

    I shared on Facebook and tweeted.
    https://twitter.com/MsRubyKat/status/223472337511645184
    Karen Gervais
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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  24. Always love to have one of Wanda's books.
    Enter me, please.

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  25. I love Wanda's books. And, would like very much to meet her some day. She seems like a very special lady. Would also love to see her with her puppets. She was my second Amish author to read, after I found Bevery Lewis. I really am hoping to win this book. I am a follower of yours Marlayne, and am sharing this on Facebook. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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  26. I'd like to read and review the book.

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  27. Hi, I love to read stories by Wanda of the amish and will join your blog and share on facebook today. thanks for the wonderful interview and for sharing this book.
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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  28. I love Wanda's books! Thanks for sharing the interview! I began following your blog and found it to be very interesting! I would love to be entered for the drawing! Thank you!

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  29. The winner of Wanda's book "The Struggle" is Mrsb06. Please email me privately at thevictorbook@sbcglobal.net so I can send your contact information to Wanda.

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  30. I'm exited to read this book , I love all the rest in the series & the other books about this family from the past .

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  31. I need to hear from Mrsb06 before 9pm tonight or I will have to pick another winner.

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  33. I am so interested in reading about the Amish lately. The more I read about them, the more books I want to read.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

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  34. Since I didn't hear from the first pick, I had to pick another winner. Debbie Waters, you are now the winner of Wanda's book; please check your inbox!

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