Happy Wednesday! It’s my pleasure to welcome author Kelly Irvin to Inspired Prompt.
Good morning, Kelly. Can you describe yourself in 3 words?
Creative. Faithful. Introverted.
Perfect words to describe a writer. Next question…
Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?
This is a timely topic! I’m getting ready to write a proposal for a new Amish romance series for my publisher. The location is the oldest and most remote Amish community in Montana. It’s a difficult trip for me because of physical disabilities. I’d love to be able to spend a week in that region, seeing the mountains, visiting the nearby state park and lake, and interviewing some of the personnel involved in fighting the wildfires. It’s difficult to write a series if you’re not familiar with the setting. You get a lot from the Internet, but it’s not the same as seeing it with your own eyes. You absorb so many more details. It’s a remote location in far northwest Montana so I’m sure the travel will be expensive. Those are challenges writers have to consider when selecting locations for their series. It would be fun and beautiful, though!
Your description makes me want to pack my bags. 🙂 But first…
If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?
Eeks. This is hard! “Standing Outside the Fire,” performed by Garth Brooks.
Ah… a choice to play it safe or give it all you got. Kelly, thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us here at Inspired Prompt.
Readers, Kelly is offering a hard copy of her book (United States only) to one commenter.
Jennie Troyer knows it’s time to remarry. Can she overcome a painful secret and open her heart to love?
It’s been four years since Jennie’s husband died in a farming accident. Long enough that the elders in her Amish community think it’s time to marry again for the sake of her seven children. What they don’t know is that grief isn’t holding her back from a new relationship. Fear is. A terrible secret in her past keeps her from moving forward.
Mennonite book salesman Nathan Walker stops by Jennie’s farm whenever he’s in the area. Despite years of conversation and dinners together, she never seems to relax around him. He knows he should move on, but something about her keeps drawing him back.
Meanwhile, Leo Graber nurtures a decades-long love for Jennie, but guilt plagues him—guilt for letting Jennie marry someone else and guilt for his father’s death on a hunting trip many years ago. How could anyone love him again—and how could he ever take a chance to love in return?
In this second book in the Every Amish Season series, three hearts try to discern God’s plan for the future—and find peace beneath the summer sun.
Two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist Kelly Irvin is the author of the critically acclaimed Amish of Bee County, Bliss Creek Amish, and New Hope Amish series. Her newest release is Beneath the Summer Sun, the second novel in the four-book series Every Amish Season from Zondervan Publishing. Her work has also appeared in four Amish anthologies, An Amish Market, An Amish Summer, An Amish Christmas Love, and An Amish Christmas. Kelly is a retired newspaper reporter and public relations professional who lives with her husband in Texas. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two ornery cats.