Thursday, June 29, 2017

Homeschooling Mom and Author Laura V. Hilton

Today's homeschooling/mom/author is probably one many of you already know - Amish author Laura V. Hilton. Laura 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.Welcome, Laura!

How long have you been homeschooling?   

Wow. Years and years. I started when my oldest son (now 26) was five years old and I am still homeschooling my youngest two (currently 15 and 12.)  I have five children.

How long have you been writing?   

Forever. I started when I was in third grade.  Had  a couple poems published in sixth grade, a few more in highschool, and a teacher predicted I would grow up to be a journalist.  She initially thought writer, but said, it is too hard to break into print, so probably you won’t do that.  J  I wish I could remember her name…. I’d tell her I made it.

What gave you the writing bug?  

Oh, wow, I don’t know. Probably the reading bug. I was born knowing how to read and writing was just as much of a calling from a young age.  Oh to be someone who wrote those wonderful books!

Do you remember the first story you wrote?  

Third grade. It was called Jenny’s Garden.  Handwritten, turned in for a grade and never given back, but then the teacher probably didn’t read it. It was a thick bundle of papers.

What type of books do your write?  

Romance.  So far I am in published in contemporary, historical, and Amish (mainly Amish)

How do you find time to write?  

I write when it’s quiet. When school is done. 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?  

Quiet time!!!  I don’t mind general noise, but one of my children is very hard to write about as he is loud and yells for no reason sometimes and it completely jars me out of story.

Do your kids help with your creative process or give you ideas?  

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One daughter does. She also reads over my shoulder and is my first editor.

What is the single most significant thing you can tell us about your writing career?  

I love my job!!!  

Can you tell us about a character in your current work in progress?   

This is a contemporary and it’s about a girl returning home after burning every bridge behind her. How do you even start to make amends? 


The Kissing Bridge by Laura V. Hilton

Escaping the past isn’t as easy as it should be…

Anna thought her bad decisions would fade into nothing after she vanished for a few months. Her motives would be clear, her mistakes erased, and she’d be able to rewrite her future the way she wanted. It didn’t work out the way she’d planned. Instead, she discovered her actions have consequences and they had to be paid.

Reuben loved Anna for as long as he could remember, but before he could get serious about courting her, his brother, Mark, won her away. But now she’s back and she beginning to pay the steep price for her mistakes. Reuben tries to help her as much as he can, and the decisions he makes will cost them both everything.

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