As part of the Litfuse Blog tour for A Letter From Lancaster County, I’m honored to welcome Kate Lloyd to the blog today!
Kate Lloyd is a bestselling novelist whose books include “A Portrait of Marguerite” and the Legacy of Lancaster trilogy. A native of Baltimore, she enjoys spending time with friends and family in rural Pennsylvania and is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. She now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband.
Her new series begins with A LETTER FROM LANCASTER COUNTY which released July 1, 2017.
Two Sisters Get a Second Chance at Life and Love
Her mother’s untimely death, a struggling marriage, a strained relationship with her sister, Rose, and regrets over what might have been haunt her. Despite being a wife and mother, she feels she has little to show for her life.
Still single, she longs for a husband and children. But Angela has all that and still isn’t happy. Rose wants to be closer to her older sister, but she and Angela couldn’t be more different. Both strong women, will their sibling rivalry ever end?
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When a letter arrives from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Angela and Rose decide to visit Aunt Silvia, their mother’s Mennonite sister, in the heart of Amish country. This vacation could provide the opportunity both sisters need to sort out their issues. And yet instead of finding a new way of connecting with each other, Angela and Rose discover surprising family secrets that add to their strife and threaten Rose’s romance with a new beau.
Through it all, the two sisters must find the faith necessary to face their personal problems and allow God to restore hope and healing to their hearts and relationship as only He can.
Hi Kate! Welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Kate: I eat an organic orange almost every day for a healthy dose of vitamin C.
Carrie: A good idea!
Kate: I’d rather opt for spring or fall, given the chance. I love the first spring cherry blooms and and daffodils, and then the vibrant colors of turning leaves in autumn.
Carrie: yes! me too!
Kate: I’m a dog lover, but I’m a cat magnet. A friend who owns a very shy cat told me I have good cat etiquette.
Carrie: ‘good cat etiquette’ – i love it! (My dog does not have good cat etiquette lol)
Kate: Coffee is a must! First thing in the morning I brew Italian roast and tame it with whole whipping cream. Yummy.
Carrie: That whole whipping cream sounds like a very yummy addition!
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Kate: Writing fiction is my Super Power and passion, not that I don’t adore reading. Couldn’t live without reading!
Carrie: I think people who write good fiction also have to love reading good fiction, even though (understandably) writing wins out. I’m sure there are notable exceptions to this observation, but probably not very many.
When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?
Kate: When I enter a bookstore, I head straight to contemporary fiction. Oh, goodie!
Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Kate: My favorite writing space and routine: First thing in the morning, I head to the living room couch, mug of coffee in hand, and bring out my journal/notebook. Nothing fancy, just paper with lines and a mechanical pencil. I start off with the date, if I can remember what day it is, and write about whatever’s on my mind, randomly, not fretting about neatness, good handwriting or spelling. I find journaling is the perfect way to get my troubles and questions off my mind so I can write. I figure journaling is like an athlete jogging and stretching before an event. I’m all set to write and work.
Throughout the day I move around and even carry my laptop out side, depending on the weather. When out walking, I take a small recorder and use it when ideas pop into my head. My mind is always writing. Never a dull moment! My stories and characters are looping around in the back of my head day and night. Sometimes I joke that my characters are my best friends.
Carrie: I can relate a little bit – when I read, characters very often become dear friends. And the journaling is a great idea!!! I need to try that…
What do you look for in a good book?
Kate: Reading a well-written book is a joy and like taking a course on writing. I often go back and reread the book, this time underlining or marking areas that are of interest. I always make a note of when the book starts to interest me. If I don’t get hooked in during the first 50 pages, a bad sign. Sometimes I get hooked in on the first page. Love that and make a note of it! If I don’t get hooked into the plot or characters by page 90, not so good.
I read both Christian and general market books, although some general market makes me wince. I can ignore a few vulgar words—not that they ever enhance the story—but I put the book down if the Lord’s name is used in vain or if they are raunchy. Sometimes I’ll toss it in the garbage so no one else will read it.
Carrie: I’m twitching a little at the thought of throwing a book away, but you’re right – sometimes that’s the only place for trash.
Tell us a little about your new book!
Kate: My newest book, A Letter from Lancaster County, contemporary women’s fiction, is very dear to me, as are the characters, especially sisters Rose and Angela. Well, their mutual love interest, Glenn Yoder, and Aunt Silvia are too. I can’t wait for you to meet them yourself.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me, Kate! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Kate: What is next on my agenda? An Amish fiction called Starting from Scratch, Harvest House, set to release March 1, 2018.
Carrie: Love that title!
What about you? How long do you give a book before you decide whether you love it or hate it?
Will their sibling rivalry get in the way of these two sisters’ chances at life and love? Find out in Kate Lloyd’s new book, A Letter from Lancaster County. When a letter arrives from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Angela and Rose decide to visit their mother’s Mennonite sister in the heart of Amish country. Angela and Rose discover surprising family secrets that add to their strife and threaten Rose’s romance with a new beau. Through it all, the two sisters must find the faith necessary to face their personal problems and allow God to restore hope and healing to their hearts and relationship as only He can.
Celebrate the release of Kate’s new book by entering to win her Two Sisters, Two Winners Giveaway!
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A copy of A Letter from Lancaster County
- A Kindle Fire
Another grand prize winner will receive:
- A copy of A Letter from Lancaster County
- A queen-size Amish quilt
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on July 27. The winner will be announced July 28 on the Litfuse blog.