MBA&M IS PROUD TO WELCOME OLIVIA NEWPORT TODAY!
Book Two in the Valley of Choice Series by Olivia Newport
Olivia, welcome to My Book Addiction and More.
MBA&M: Please tell our readers who may not know you a few tidbits about Olivia Newport.
My happy place is my hammock hanging on my patio, and summer is almost here! It’s a great place to enjoy the richness of my life and dream about the stories I’d like to write.
MBA&M: What made you decide to write about the Amish community?
A serendipitous set of events led me to investigate my own ancestry, and I discovered that one of my mother’s family lines traced back to some of the earliest Amish settlers to arrive in Pennsylvania. Suddenly my curiosity level rose considerably. A cast of characters sprang up in my mind that let me write about my new understanding of the core values that form the Amish community.
MBA&M: If the reader has not read Book One in the “Valley of Choice” series, do you recommend they read Accidentally Amish first, or can In Plain View be read as a stand alone?
As I wrote In Plain View, I kept in mind new readers. The setting and cast of characters spans both books, but I was careful to fill in enough of the background that new readers would not feel lost. A reader who likes to be immersed in a series might enjoy reading Accidentally Amish first, but each book can stand alone as well.
MBA&M: In In Plain View, Annie Freisen struggles with her newfound faith, her life in the Amish community, suspicion, and many other things. Do you feel this is true to so many of our lives today, with the internet, faster cars, the social networking and suspicion all around us?
Life is complicated. From the outside, we might look in at the Amish and think they live the simple life and imagine that it might be nice to get away from all the things you named. Annie’s struggles tell us that life everywhere is complicated. Emotions, relationships, unexpected events—these are common to the human experience. How will we respond to these challenges? That is the question that helps us understand what we value.
MBA&M: If you where to recommend one book you have read in the past, which book, the author, and why?
I’ve read so many great books over the years! The one that comes to mind at this moment, as I think about the “Valley of Choice” series, is The Summer of the Great-Grandmother, by Madeleine L’Engle. It is non-fiction. As she remembers her final summer with her own mother, the author touches on generational themes and relationships that help us all reflect on where we come from.
MBA&M: Three words to describe In Plain View?
Explosive, tender, wrenching.
MBA&M: How many books will be in this series, and what is next, if you can tell our readers?
This series will wrap up with Taken for English, which is due out in February 2014. We’ll find out what Annie and Rufus decide about their future, and whether Ruth and Elijah can find their way forward.
MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to connect with you and where to purchase In Plain View.
I have an author page on Facebook, I’m on Twitter at @olivianewport, and I’m on Goodreads. I also blog at www.olivianewport.com. In Plain View will be available in many traditional bookstores, including Christian chain stores, as well as at your favorite online retailer (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Booksamillion, Christianbooks.com). Barbour Publishing is releasing the book, so of course you can get it at www.barbourbooks.com.
Olivia, do you have anything else to add?
I love hearing from readers, either through my social media or at firstname.lastname@example.org. As you step into my stories, I hope you will sense God stepping into the story of your life.
Thank you,Olivia for taking a few moments of your time to visit with us and our readers today!
A BIT ABOUT THE AUTHOR:*From the back cover*
Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and two twenty-something children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies,where daylilies grow as tall as she is.
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc. (June 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616267135
- ISBN-13: 978-1616267131