Hi, Kelly! So glad you stopped by. First question.
Which author would you never get tired of, and why?
Kelly: I’m a huge fan of mystery and suspense, but I like my stories to have very strong characters. If I don’t care about the characters, I don’t care about the mystery/plot. One of my favorite mystery writers is Earlene Fowler because her heroine, Benny Harper, is a strong woman who loves her man, but doesn’t let him boss her around. Fowler does a beautiful job in the early books of exploring how her heroine deals with being a widow in her twenties and how she finds new love in a surprising person totally different from her beloved high school sweetheart. The Benny Harper series examines some important issues along the way without being preachy. Earlene’s faith shines through quite frequently even though the series is published by a secular publishing house. And I love that each book has a quilt cover and the design is tied to the title and the story.
Sounds like a good author. A well-written book has conflict.
Who is your favorite fictional villain?
Kelly: It would have to be Professor Moriarity, Sherlock Holmes’ nemesis. He’s every bit as astute and intelligent as Sherlock, but he uses his smarts for evil. He has really grown beyond the role Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gave him through TV and movie versions of the stories. I love how the new Sherlock TV series has twisted the story around in a new light with Moriarity actually being a woman—Irene Adler with whom Sherlock is in love.
I watch that television series also. It certainly has its twists and turns. Now about you. 🙂
What project are you currently working on?
Kelly: I’m finishing up some major edits and rewrites for the last book in the Amish of Bee County series, The Saddle Maker’s Son, which will come out next year. I love this book because it has some twists and turns that are unusual in an Amish romance. Setting it in south Texas gave me the opportunity to explore an issue that is huge in this part of the country and at the same time, sprinkle in some Spanish words among the Pennsylvania deutsch. After I send that back to my editor, it’s time to start on a new series for which I’m just now signing a contract so I’ll keep all the lovely details in my hip pocket until it’s time to share the good news!
Congratulations! We look forward to hearing about your new series.
Leila Lantz is in danger of losing her heart to a Plain man until she discovers he’s not so Plain after all.
Leila has been drawn to Jesse Glick, the bishop’s son, since the first day she met him at his father’s store, and she knows he feels the same way about her. But she can’t understand why he seems to make overtures one day, then withdraw the next.
Jesse has a secret. He has been attending an Englisch church youth group, and he’s starting to believe he’s being called to be a minister, something Amish men cannot be unless they draw the lot. He’s considering leaving his Amish community to follow his calling. The only reason he has stayed is Leila. Will, Jesse’s cousin, has his own feelings for Leila, but he has stood back in deference to his cousin for many months. Until he can’t stand the thought of Leila being hurt.
Leila can choose Will and know that she will never have to leave her home or family. Or she can choose Jesse and the love her heart desires, knowing she’ll have to say goodbye to her entire community. The day comes when Jesse, Will, and Leila all have to make their choices, choices that will deeply affect their small, close-knit community of Plain families.
Kelly Irvin is the author of The Bishop’s Son, the second novel in the Amish of Bee County series from Zondervan/HarperCollins. It follows The Beekeeper’s Son, which received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, calling it “a delicately woven masterpiece.” She is also the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series, both from Harvest Housing Publishing. She has also penned two inspirational romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine.
The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter. She has worked in public relations for the City of San Antonio for twenty-one years. Kelly is married to photographer Tim Irvin. They have two young adult children, two grandchildren, two cats, and a tank full of fish. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors.