Two very different worlds collide, and Miriam and Mark begin to question if love can bring them—and their two worlds—together in Barbara Cameron’s new book, Seeds of Hope. Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since she was a teenager, but she knows they can never have a relationship: Mark is a big-city attorney and an Englischer. Even though Mark always loved visiting his grandfather’s farm as a boy, he’s convinced the Amish life is not for him. But when he suddenly finds himself out of a job and without direction, Mark heads back to the farm just in time to help with the harvest. Could life in this simple world be right for Mark after all? Has Miriam finally found her happily ever after?
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Which character in your new book, Seeds of Hope , did you most enjoy writing?
I enjoy writing in both the heroine’s and the hero’s point of view in each book, but I particularly liked writing in Miriam’s point of view.
How did you come up with the title for the book?
I start the book with John, an Amish man writing to Mark, his Englisch grandson, asking him to come to his farm. John hopes his grandson will want to take over the farm . . . and see that Amish maedel Miriam is the woman for him. So John is sort of planting seeds of hope.
What’s your go-to writing snack and/or beverage?
I either want cookies and hot tea or popcorn and Diet Coke.
Was there a book or author you read growing up that instilled in you the desire to be a published author yourself?
I wore out three copies of Jane Eyre in my teens. I loved her independent spirit. I also took my babysitting money and walked miles to the shopping center to buy the latest Nancy Drew books. Both Jane Eyre and Nancy Drew inspired me to become a writer. I wanted to write books other women would enjoy and be inspired by.
What kind of environment do you typically write in? Do you listen to music or prefer the quiet?
I have a home office in a Florida room – it’s an addition to the small two-bedroom home I live in. There are lots of windows so I can look out at the trees in the back yard. I can also catch a small glimpse of the lake that’s in the distance. Most of the time I like music playing – I like Enya and classical music.
What are you working on next?
Buried Secrets, second in the Harvest of Hope series.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I used to sew clothes for my family and myself but I don’t have time for that any more.
Was there any special research that went into Seeds of Hope?
I do a lot of research for my Amish books which includes on-site visits.
Tell us about yourself. What does Barbara Cameron do when she’s not writing?
I love going to movies with my youngest grandson (the sillier the movie the better) and playing with my three Chihuahuas (Abby, Lucy, and Zoe). I will use any excuse to go out to lunch or dinner with a friend.
Without giving too much away, is there a scene in Seeds of Hope that you particularly enjoyed writing?
I love to write happy endings . . . getting Englischer Mark and Amish maedel Miriam wasn’t easy but I hope readers will enjoy that scene!