Please join me in welcoming guest author Laura V. Hilton to our blog today. Laura us going to tell us a little about how she started writing Christian Fiction.
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a writer. I was a reader from before I started school and it was my dream to someday write my own. I remember one time when I was about seven or eight writing a list of possible titles for my books, and my aunt found it. She asked my mom if it was books I wanted to read, and Mom said, “no, books Laura wants to write. She does that.”
I grew up reading my mom’s collection of Grace Livingstone Hill books, Christy, and a few other older Christian fiction books, but there wasn’t much out there. I discovered romance books as a teen and read them (though I had to smuggle them in once my dad discovered what was included!) and I wanted to write a book that I could devour I could taste it. Then one day I was listening to Christian radio and a speaker said something about how romance books are women’s porn. Oh. Oops. And about that time Janette Oke entered the scene. And the doors to Christian fiction were thrown wide open. I haven’t touched a secular romance since.
I was a Christian from a young age, but it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with breast cancer that I fully surrendered to God. I told Him that I was His and what I write is His. At that point the publisher houses doors opened. And my first book was sold on proposal. It wasn’t written. I prayed my way through it – and every book after that – because I don’t plot or plan out a book. I just write. And the way it comes together from beginning to end is all God.
I learned a lot since then, from reading my favorite authors to edits from the editor to critiques from critique partners. I like to think my writing grew as a result. My fifteenth book has released from Whitaker House. I have one with Barbour, one with Abingdon Press, and two with Celebrate Lit. I self-published four so far. I hope that God plans to use me for a long time to come, because there are a lot of stories still untold.
The Christmas Admirer
Benaiah Troyer has loved Susanna King for as long as he can remember, but other than a lone summer filled with romantic buggy rides, marrying her remains an elusive dream. When his parents died in an accident a year ago, he broke up with her—for her own good. After all, they left him as the sole caregiver for his three younger sisters and his grandparents. What woman wants to step into a ready-made family like his? Still, he leaves her monthly gifts from “A Secret Admirer,” hoping she’ll know that someone loves her, even though he isn’t free to step forward.
Susanna has never gotten over losing Benaiah, and hopes he’s her secret admirer, but now the clock is ticking. Susanna’s father is remarrying in January and his wife-to-be doesn’t want to leave her Amish community and family in Iowa. So when Susanna’s daed sells his glass-blowing business to his right-hand man, Benaiah, she’s left with three options: 1) Go with Daed to his new home with a new frau and step-kinner, 2) Flush out her mysterious secret admirer, or 3) Resign herself to life as an old maid. She doesn’t want to follow Daed where his new frau is leading him. And number three isn’t happening. Marrying Benaiah is her greatest desire—but he broke her heart, and now he treats her like a pesky younger sister. Can she make him see her as a woman, one who could stand by his side as he cares for his family?
As Christmas approaches, Susanna and her friends start making gingerbread houses for select members of the community. Susanna plans for hers to go to Benaiah’s family. But while her gingerbread may find a home—will her heart?
Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with almost twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write and Putting on the New.
Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.
When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas
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