I am the author of “A Quilt For Jenna,” “The Road Home,” and “Jenny’s Choice.
I sent some questions to Patrick that my readers wanted answers to and he has sent us his answers.
1 What intrigued you to write about the Amish?
I actually wrote about the Amish because my editor, Nick Harrison from Harvest House, challenged me to send him a one-sheet (story description on one page). He said he liked Amish stories and quilting stories so I sent him the idea for A Quilt For Jenna and he liked it. One year later, after writing the book, I got a deal with Harvest House.
2 Have you ever visited an Amish family's home?
No but I have several friends that I have made on social networks that are former Amish people that have left the Amish because of grace issues in the church.
3 Where can we buy your print books?
Since they have been out for over a year, the best place is the online stores, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Book Store, etc.
4 What is your favorite thing about the Amish culture.
What attracts me and what I think really draws most people to the Amish way of life is the slow pace of life. I think most people in their hearts are tired of the demands of the technological age.
5 What are your research habits when starting a new book.
First of all, since most of my books are set in the past, I do a timeline of the expected action and important dates in the lives of characters. I also do a chapter outline and then I try to find out what was happening in the world during that time. In A Quilt for Jenna, I discovered the great snowstorm of 1950 in Ohio as I was researching quilting and quilting fairs in the area. It fit right in with my story idea so I built the book around it.
6 Do you have any Amish friends that live in Apple Creek Ohio?
No, but I do have friends that are from there. Once I met a man at a writer’s conference. I noticed his nametag listed him as being from Ohio. I mentioned that I had written some books centered around a town there and he asked me what town. Well, when I said Apple Creek, he laughed and told me he was from there. Coincidence? I’m not so sure.
7 What is your favorite character that you have ever created in one of your books?
Jenny Hershberger, Jerusha and Reuben’s adopted daughter. I came to love her courage and spirit, and because she is also a writer, I felt that we had a lot in common.
8 What is your favorite book that you written?
I love the whole Apple Creek Dream series, but I think my favorite is Jenny’s Choice – mostly because the character of Jonathan goes through a lot of the same things I experienced in my own life.
9 What is your favorite book that you have read?
Oh my! I’ve read so many, but I must say that the most memorable starting from my childhood were Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame, Betty Zane by Zane Grey, and The Lord of The Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkein.
10 Who is your favorite Author?
11 What is your favorite Bible verse?
Philippians 4:6&7 - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
12 Where is your favorite place to write?
When I lived in California, I loved sitting in front of our fireplace. Now I write in my office in Idaho.
13 How do you choose a theme to write about?
I get ideas while I’m working or reading and I write them down on a scrap of paper or a notepad. I have dozens of story ideas in a folder on my computer that I’ve transferred there from my little pile of notes..
14 What is your favorite Amish tradition?
The Wedding ceremony I described in A Quilt For Jenna
15 What is your favorite Amish food?
That has to be Whoopie Pie.
The books in" The Apple Creek Dreams Series"
I have read " A Quilt For Jenna" and I will say it is a "Wunderbar gut" . The other two books in this series are on My To Be Read List.