Laura V. Hilton is a pastor’s wife and the homeschooling mom of five children. A professional book reviewer for the Christian market—with more than 1000 reviews posted online—Laura made her fiction debut a few years ago with Treble Heart Books.
In 2011, Whitaker House released Laura’s Patchwork Dreams and A Harvest of Hearts. Her third book in the series, Promised to Another, released earlier this month.
Laura and her family reside in Arkansas.
Creativity is often innate. When did you first know you wanted to write?
I’ve always wanted to write. Even when I was about eight years old, I wrote stories.
How does your faith play into your work?
My faith is a very important part of who I am and it plays into every area of my life. It’s natural for my faith to be in my writings.
Let’s talk about your new book, Promised to Another, third in your Amish of Seymour series (Whitaker House, March 2012). Please tell us about it.
Promised to Another, Amish of Seymour, Book Three
Annie Beiler is an Amish school teacher. She was in love with an Amish man, Luke Stultz, but Luke left the Amish community during his rumspringa, but not without begging Annie to go with him. Now Luke is back, trying to win back Annie’s love.
Joshua Esh may be Amish, but he has been bitten by the travel bug. He sees the opportunity to relocate from Pennsylvania to Missouri as a way to satisfy his longing to see another place yet remain with people of his faith. Josh quickly notices the beautiful Annie, but Annie is slow to respond. With Luke in the picture, and Josh’s admission that he willingly left his district, will either man be steady and dependable enough to win the gift of Annie’s heart?
Can you tell us about a recent “detour” in your life—or in one of your character’s lives—that taught you something?
My son somehow managed to cut his leg open very badly when he was putting his knife into his pocket. I still can’t figure out HOW he did it; it was a closed knife that he claims popped open. But, it was a very bad cut. I was facing a tight deadline but I was the only one available who could drop everything to take him to the hospital. He had to get twenty stitches, and his muscle stitched up; it was bad. But I learned that no matter what I have planned, life does happen.
A few fun questions…
When the words aren’t flowing—or when you want to celebrate if they are—what is your favorite comfort food and why?
Chocolate. My favorite is a Hershey’s Symphony with toffee candy bar. Both a comfort food and a celebrate-I-reached-my-wordcount food!
This website features musicians as well as writers. Do you have musical, as well as literary, talent?
Musical, not so much. I do sing specials in front of church, but only because they’re desperate, I think. My one son plays piano very well, and I have another son that wants to be a musician and has a phenomenal voice.
If you were a song, what kind of song would you be?
I’d be a love song. Probably something from the ’70s or ’80s.
Are you a major or a minor chord?
I wouldn’t have a clue.
In the story that is your life, are you the strong, female lead; the girl next door; the mysterious woman behind dark glasses; the super heroine; or the little girl trying to walk in high heels?
I probably am most likely the little girl trying to walk in high heels.
I’m a dog lover. Please tell us about your pets, if any, or your favorite pet as a child.
We have a Siberian Husky named Nanook who thinks he’s a child. He’s scared of thunderstorms, hates rain, and thinks I’m the safest person in the house when he’s scared. He literally tries to crawl in my lap.
Thanks, Laura! It’s nice to have you as a guest at DivineDetour.
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For more information about Laura, visit her blog at http://lauravhilton.blogspot.com/.
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