Amy Clipston Interview & GIVEAWAY!



How did you choose the genre that you write in?

I was always fascinated with the Amish when I was a child. I remember visiting Lancaster County when I was younger, and my father, who was a German immigrant, told me the Amish speak the same dialect of German as my relatives. I was drawn to their simplicity and faith. Due to my German heritage, I feel a loose connection to the culture. I was inspired by other Amish authors to try to write my own Amish stories.


Do you do an outline or do you just write?

I’m very organized. I start out with a synopsis, and after my editor approves it, I write a very detailed outline, going chapter by chapter, scene by scene. I use this as my road map when I’m writing. The story grows and changes, but I know where I’m headed. This helps prevent the dreaded writer’s block.

Who has been your favorite character to write and why?


In my Amish Heirloom series, my favorite character is Christopher Hochstetler, the hero from The Cherished Quilt, book three, which releases Nov. 29, 2016. Some books are easier to write than others, and this book pretty much wrote itself. The words flowed from my fingertips as soon as I figured out who the hero would be. Christopher came to life in my mind when I happened upon a photo of an actor (Griffin Freeman), who became my mental model for him.

I enjoyed writing his story because he has a very emotional backstory. He’s been through a very traumatic, life-changing event, and he needs a friend to help him. When he comes to Bird-in-Hand, he finds solace in his specialist friendship with Emily Fisher, the youngest of the Fisher sisters.


How long does it usually take to write a book? 


The first draft usually takes approximately one month. Then I spend approximately two weeks polishing the draft before I ask my mom and a friend to read it for me. After fixing any typos my mother and friend find, I go through the book once more before I submit it to my editor.



Have you ever woken up at night having to write something down for a book that you are working on? 


Yes, I have! I keep a notebook on my nightstand and I have had to turn on the light and write ideas down as they occur to me. I feel bad when I wake up my husband, but if I don’t write it down, I will forget it. I’ve heard Taylor Swift does this when she’s working on songs too, so I’m in good company.

A big thank you Amy Clipston for allowing me the opportunity to interview you. I know your writer time is very precious. I brings me great pleasure to share about you with everyone that follows my blog. Keep up your wonderful writing.


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I have been very blessed to have read all of Amy’s books that she has written. Amy has a wonderful way of writing a story that draws you into the story. Be sure to check out Amy’s book for yourself. 



Amy is giving away a copy of The Courtship Basket. Be sure to enter the rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win a copy of this fabulous book. You must live in the U.S. Winner will have 48 hours to contact me to claim their prize. Be sure a comment with your name and email address in the comments below. 


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21 responses to “Amy Clipston Interview & GIVEAWAY!

  1. I have never read an Amish book, but am interested in their culture so this book sounds like a good one to start with. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

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  2. I like to read Amish fiction because I am drawn to learn more about their simple lifestyle. jeanna_massman(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  3. I like to learn about their lifestyle.

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  4. This book looks wonderful. I would share it with my 84 year old aunt. She loves Amish fiction.
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  5. I like reading Amish fiction because I like learning about how the Amish live, especially how they deal with modern society.

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  6. I enjoy reading Amish fiction because in spite of their very different way of living, they still have to deal with lots of the same problems as we do. I like to read how they deal with their problems yet stay true to their lifestyles, for the most part.

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  7. I enjoy any Amish book because it is refreshing and calming. The characters are usually kind to one and another.Thanks for the giveaway.


  8. The simplicity of life, the community feel, hard work and dedication to family & their strong faith! I think we could learn some important lessons from them 🙂
    Thank you for a chance to win one of Amy’s books!
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  9. Amish fiction interests me because the lifestyle is so different. Sometimes I think about homesteading (like, maybe for 30 seconds) and I get to live vicariously through the book characters.


  10. I only started reading Amish fiction about 18 months ago and I really like when the story revolves around the relationships between the Amish and Englishers.


  11. Enjoy Amy’s books so much and think she is a delight 🙂
    Thank you for this opportunity.


  12. Reblogged this on cherylbbookblog and commented:

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  13. Congrats Trixi you have won!


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