Writing about the Amish in Sin City by Jo Ann Brown
Most authors will admit that their careers don’t go as they planned when they first embarked upon them.
At the time, I planned to continue to write these long, intricate historical romance novels. Contemporaries? Nope, not for me. I was a historical romance writer through and through.
Maybe I should have mentioned that to the market, because by the early 90's, I was writing Regency romances in the 100,000 words range. Then Kate called and asked if I wanted to write for Precious Gems historicals. Oh, and the word count was 72,000 words. I gulped loudly, but agreed because I wanted to work with her again. I had a great time creating books for her, Amy Garvey, and Hilary Sares. Together, we did ten books for the line.
Since then, I’ve written lots of different kinds of books, but I never intended to write Amish books. I moved out to the Las Vegas area in part because I wanted to write western romances again. However, an editor I’d worked with on a ghostwriting project as well as two movie novelizations changed all that. She asked if I was interested in writing an Amish book for her.
Okay, I’m not about to disconnect the electricity in my house. How could I run my computer??? But writing about families who lived on small farms and worked together in a small community rang true for me. I grew up on a small family farm in the 60s, and the experiences my characters faced came, in large part, from events that had happened to me or friends and neighbors during those years. I’d found “my” world.
Write what you know is a cliche, but in my case it’s true.