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Author: Elizabeth Byler Younts
Publisher: EBY Books
Lydia Lee Was the oldest child of an improvised Amish family, having little but love, to see them through. She had ten younger brothers and sisters, and her father often moved them around, hoping for a new job, a better future. Liddie became used to going without food to feed her younger brothers and sisters.
Liddie grew up during the Great Depression, then World War II. The story is quite sad in places, but interesting to read about how the Amish lived during that time when most everyone had it rough.
The last few chapters of the book were enough to raise the book from a 4 star to a 5. I absolutely adored the story of Liddie’s romance with Freeman Coblentz; it was so romantic.
Technically, this isn’t a memoir, as a memoir is written by the author about the author, but it isn’t as dull as some biographies. I’m going to have my daughter read it as a biography for a school report, but I’m labeling this a memoir though it technically doesn’t fit in there either. Ms. Younts calls it creative nonfiction. $10.00. 173 pages.
Why do you write the kind of books you do?
Seasons is actually a little off the beaten path for me. I prefer to write fiction but this book is creative nonfiction. I chose to write this story and others I hope will be published someday also because I want the reader to experience truth in fiction and God’s amazing blessings in broken hearts.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Well, I have to pick 3 days! The day I married my husband – my best friend – my true love. And the days my 2 daughters, Felicity & Mercy, were born.
How has being published changed your life?
I think that publication, whether self or traditional, it builds your confidence. Knowing that I started and finished a project to TOTAL completion is an amazing feeling.
I agree, it does do that. What are you reading right now?
I just finished an ARC from award-winning author (and close friend) Allison Pittman…the 2nd in her SisterWife Series. I loved the book!
I can't wait to read Allison's book. What is your current work in progress?
I’m in the beginning stages of a book I call Crimson Rock. It’s a contemporary women’s novel. I am not sure I am able to talk much more about it than that. But I can say I’m very excited about this story!
What would be your dream vacation?
Well, I’m huge Ann Bolyen fan so I’d love to go to London & see everything about her…then my husband & I would LOVE to go to Hay on the Wye. It’s a small town (less than 2000 residents on the boarder of England and Wales. Imagine this: 30 major bookshops in one teeny town! ;-) A writer and book lover’s haven.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
The character seems to come first & then somehow it seems she picks the setting.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Okay…excluding friends & family…I’d choose either Nicholas Sparks and Lynn Austin…for obvious reasons. ;-)
What three things about you would surprise readers?
Oh, fun..I love these types of questions…
Okay, these are in no particular order:
1-I cry at the Shamu Show at SeaWorld.
2-My 2nd daughter, Mercy, was born at home. My husband “caught” her. My midwife was about 5 minutes away from our house. ;-) Completely unforgetable and wonderful.
3-In my early 20s I acted in a small role in an indy film that won 3rd place at a small film festival. It was a blast!
My fourth child was born at home and my husband caught her too. He says she's his baby. :) I completely understand. What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Photography, DIYing, sewing, and crocheting.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it.
Getting through the middle!!! I allow myself to just write whatever I can to get through the areas I can’t seem to get right and then just go back and fix it later.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Take learning your craft seriously. Be part of a critique group and attend as many good workshops & conferences as you can.
Tell us about the book.
As the oldest child in an impoverished Amish family, Lydia Lee knows little more of life beyond hard work, sacrifice and extreme hunger. Yet, even as a young girl she strives to be content with all God has provided.
Against the backdrop of the Great Depression, Lydia’s childhood unfolds as her family struggles to survive, finding strength from their Amish faith. But, when tragedy strikes, that very faith is tested beyond what any child should have to endure. When all hope seems lost, Lydia is reminded that all things have seasons.
The spring of her life has been spent planting prayers in the soil of sadness and heartache. Will she see a summer of true love? Will there be a harvest of happiness?
What do you want readers to take away from the book?
I hope that everyone learns a little more about the Amish from Liddy’s experiences and learn that in all things there is contentment in the Lord. I truly hope that my readers will feel the hope that Liddy does by the end of the book.
Is there anything interesting about this book that you want us to know?
Even though this is creative non-fiction it reads more like a novel…YET it is so close to REAL LIFE and my grandma’s voice I feel like she’s talking to me throughout the entire book.
What one question would you like us to ask your readers?
What Amish book you’ve read would you like to see as a movie? (If you haven’t read an Amish book yet…just pick another book.)
Tell us about the giveaway you’re offering.
I’m giving away one copy of Seasons. I will sign it to the lucky winner. Please let me know who to sign it to as well.
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Monday, September 5, 2011
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