Welcome to Fliterary! We love making new friends.
Let’s sit together on the swings and you can introduce yourself:
Thanks so much for inviting me. I’m Marta Perry, and I’ve been writing forever, it seems to me, starting when I had three young children in the house and had to write in ten minute snatches of time. Now that they’re grown and have provided me with six beautiful grandchildren, I can write every day—except when those grandkids come to visit. Then my time is completely devoted to them! My husband and I lived in an 1860s era farmhouse on 25 acres of land in a rural Pennsylvania valley, and this time of the year we’re always busy trying to keep up with the garden and the flowers and the ripening strawberries!
You have a new book out, what’s it about?
Lydia’s Hope, the Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley, is the first of a two-book series from Berkley Books, and it releases June 4th. Lydia Beachy, an Amish wife and mother, is stunned to discover that she has two sisters she doesn’t remember—sisters from whom she was separated after a tragic accident killed their parents. One was adopted by an Amish couple from another community and the youngest was taken away by their English grandmother and raised English. Grieving the relationship they might have had, Lydia sets out to find her two lost sisters, despite the strain it puts on her marriage. Will her efforts bring them fresh trouble—or lead to a richer life for all of them?
The series concludes with Susanna’s Dream, coming out in February, 2014.
Where can we buy it?
Lydia’s Hope is available at http://www.christianbook.com; http://www.amazon.com; http://www.barnesandnoble.com, and in bookstores and Walmart, Target, and similar stores.
If we invited your main character to sit with us, how would she/he react?
As an Amish woman, Lydia would dislike being the certain of attention, but if any one of us felt ill at ease of needed something, her strong maternal instincts would kick in, and she would be the first one to offer help.
What would they say? What advice would they give?
Lydia would say that family and faith are the two most important things in her life. She’d advise us to cherish the small blessings of each day and never take them for granted.
If any one person from history could sit with us, who would it be and why?
I would love to talk with any of my favorite authors from my childhood, especially Louisa May Alcott, whose stories of her own family’s love and care for each other have always meant so much to me.
Why did you choose to be a Christian writer and what does it mean to you?
I feel strongly that God has guided my writing career every step of the way. Sometimes He has opened a door to something that would have seemed impossible to me—and sometimes He’s had to kick me through it! With each book, I strive to be obedient to the words He would have me say, believing that someone has already been prepared to hear them.
What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Read, read, read and write, write, write. There really aren’t any short cuts, and if writing is what you’re meant to do, then you have to surmount each discouragement and hold onto your dream.
Where can we find you on the web?
My website is http://www.martaperry.com; and you can find me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/martaperrybooks/
If you’d like to receive a signed bookmark and my brochure of Pennsylvania Dutch recipes, just write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address.
Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit!
Thank you for inviting me!