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Hi Marta and welcome to My Book Addiction and More. What a pleasure and honor to have you visit with us and our readers today!!
· MBA&M: Please tell our readers a few tidbits about Marta Perry?
o I started dreaming about being a writer when I was only eight, but it took quite a few years before I began trying to make that dream a reality. I wrote over three hundred short stories and articles before I sold the first book. Now, as a grandmother, I’m able to live the life I dreamed about so long ago! I’ve had over fifty books published, and there are over six million copies of my books in print.
· MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind writing “Suzanna’s Dreams”?
o My husband and I live in the Susquehanna River valley in Pennsylvania, and I’ve long thought that someday I needed to write a book set around the floods that have devastated our area too many times. Susanna’s Dream became the book that told that story, as if fit so well with my series about three Amish sisters separated by a terrible accident as children who are brought together by another devastating event as a flood sweeps through their lives.
· MBA&M: What made you chose Pleasant Valley as your setting for this story/series?
o Pleasant Valley is my imaginary area in central Pennsylvania, based on the place where I live. I am comfortable writing about the central Pennsylvania Plain People because they’re so familiar to me. Creating my own community made it possible to invent characters and places to suit my story, but anyone who is familiar with the area will recognize some real landmarks!
· MBA&M: What do you feel is the appeal of the Plain People, their heritage, customs, etc?
o I think because modern life is so busy, so hectic, and so over-connected, readers find a pleasant escape in a life which seems slower paced, with more time for what is really important. I believe, as well, that we have an instinctive admiration for those who live what their faith dictates, regardless of how out-of-step they may be with the surrounding culture.
· MBA&M: Which character was the most challenging for you to write and why?
o I believe the character of Seth was in some ways the most difficult, because Seth is caught between the Amish world and the English one. I wanted his decisions about his life to be challenging and genuine, and I struggled with what those decisions should be.
· MBA&M: If you where a character in a novel, who would be, where would you hail from and which author would write you story, excluding yourself of course?
o I’ve always secretly wanted to be Mary Poppins! Do you think I could be?
· MBA&M: In the Movies: What is your favorite movie, your favorite actor and/or actress, and your favorite series?
o That’s a hard one, because my favorite movie is always whatever I’ve seen recently. I’ve been hitting all the kids’ movies with the grandchildren, and my current favorite is Frozen. What a great story for both adults and children, with not one but two terrific heroines!
· MBA&M: What is your next project after writing this trilogy?
o I’m currently embarked on several different projects. A new Amish series for Berkley Books, Keepers of the Promise, will start in October with The Forgiven. I’m also working on a new Amish romantic suspense series for HQN Books.
· MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find “Suzanna’s Dreams” and where to connect with you?
o You’ll find Susanna’s Dream at most bookstores and online at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Christianbook.com. You can find me online at http://www.martaperry.com or on Facebook at Marta Perry Books. And if readers write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’ll be happy to respond with a bookmark and a copy of my brochure of Pennsylvania Dutch recipes.
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Miniseries: The Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley, Book Two
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
As young girls, three Amish sisters were separated and told nothing about each other. When the long-held secret of their parentage came to light many years later, two of the grown women reconnected. Now they reach out to the third…
Susanna Bitler’s life is in complete turmoil. Still reeling from the death of her mother, she is further disheartened when her business partner hints that she is going to quit the gift shop they run together in a town near Pleasant Valley. But the biggest revelation is yet to come.
Grateful for their own hard-won relationship, Lydia Beachy and Chloe Wentworth are eager to reveal themselves to Susanna as her long-lost sisters. But their news utterly distresses Susanna, who is heartbroken to learn that the woman she’s been mourning was not actually her mother. Despite Lydia and Chloe’s best efforts to make amends, Susanna resolves to keep them at arm’s length. It may take a force of nature to sweep away her fears. Will that storm demolish all that the three women most value…or unite them in bonds of deep and abiding affection?
About Marta Perry….
A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta Perry to write about the Plain People who add to the rich heritage of her home state. She is the author of more than fifty inspirational romance novels, including the Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley: Lydia’s Hope; and the Pleasant Valley series: Naomi’s Christmas, Hannah’s Joy, Katie’s Way, Sarah’s Gift, Anna’s Return, Rachel’s Garden, and Leah’s Choice. She lives with her husband in a century-old farmhouse.
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