Please join me in welcoming Suzanne Woods Fisher to the blog today to chat about the conclusion to her Deacon’s Family series! I don’t read a ton of Amish fiction because I’m pretty picky about that genre but Suzanne is definitely one of my go-to Amish fiction authors! Her characters are flawed and layered and the stories will have you alternating between laughing out loud & choking back tears. I highly recommend her books if you haven’t read one yet.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including Mending Fences and Stitches in Time, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, among other novels. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.
TWO STEPS FORWARD
SERIES: Deacon’s Family #3
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance / Amish
RELEASE DATE: February 4, 2020
Back and broke in Stoney Ridge, Jimmy Fisher has coasted as long as he could through life on charm, good looks, and deep-set dimples. They always worked just fine for him–until they didn’t. His smile has no effect on the violet-eyed beauty he met at the Bent N’ Dent, the one with that stunning horse. She’s offered him a job, but nothing else.
The last thing Sylvie Schrock King needs around Rising Star Farm is a grown boy working for her, especially her neighbor Edith’s son. The woman holds a serious grudge against Sylvie and her son, and hiring Jimmy Fisher will only fan the flames of Edith’s rancor. But Sylvie is desperate for help on the farm, and Jimmy understands horses like no one else.
While Jimmy’s lazy smile and teasing ways steal Sylvie’s heart, Edith is working on a way to claim her land. Has Sylvie made another terrible mistake? Or is it too late to outfox the fox? More importantly . . . just who is the fox?
Writing with both wit and warmth, Fisher delivers a supremely satisfying conclusion to the popular Deacon’s Family series.
Hi Suzanne! Welcome back to the blog!
Q: Two Steps Forward is the final book in The Deacon’s Family series (wail!) Can you provide a brief description of this new book?
Suzanne: This story brings back one of my most favorite characters, Jimmy Fisher. So far, he’s been a Peter Pan type. Smitten by Sylvie, Jimmy gets caught in the crossfire between her and his domineering mother, Edith Fisher Lapp, and finds himself at a fork in the road. One road leads to manhood, the other . . . not so much.
Carrie: I can’t wait to catch up with Jimmy & see which road he takes!
Q: What is the connecting factor for all three books in the series?
Suzanne: Luke Schrock, reluctant deacon of Stoney Ridge, is a major character in all three stories. Now there’s a guy who has made strides in maturity. In this story, you see Luke’s potential realized.
Carrie: I’ve loved following Luke’s journey since I first met him in The Bishop’s Family series & I know I’m going to love seeing him come into his own.
Q: The setting for this series (and many of your other contemporary Amish series) is Stoney Ridge, Pennsylvania. Although this is a fictional town, did you base the setting upon an actual town?
Suzanne: Stoney Ridge is based on the kinds of small towns you’d find in Lancaster County, especially those that rim the wide, open valley.
Carrie: Such a beautiful stretch of country 🙂
Q: How did you develop your love for writing Amish novels?
Suzanne: From meeting Old Order Amish people whom I’ve grown to love and admire and count as friends. I have a family connection with the German Baptist (a cousin to the Amish), and have always admired their expression of sincere faith. In the last twelve years, I’ve met some remarkable Amish people, including a bishop who is an extraordinary man. Those are the ones I hope to represent well in my books.
Carrie: You do such a good job with that!
Q: In addition to writing Amish fiction, you also host a popular blog called Amish Wisdom. How did you become so knowledgeable about the Amish way of life?
Suzanne: My first book contracted with Revell was the nonfiction Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World. That wonderful book became my foundation for writing credible fiction about the Amish. In researching it, I interviewed scholars, knocked on Amish farmhouses, traveled through country roads (got lost a lot), and read, read, read. I still do all that and more. After all, there’s more stories to be told.
Carrie: “there’s more stories to be told” – some of the best six words to a reader 🙂
Q: You also wrote a contemporary romance novel in 2018 entitled On a Summer Tide. The book is part of the new Three Sisters Island series. Do you anticipate that you will continue writing in both genres?
Suzanne: I do plan to write in both genres, as well as additional genres. Historical, for example. It’s refreshing to me as a writer to explore different points of view, and I’ve noticed that it’s become a wonderful way to connect with new readers. We all have our favorite genres to read.
Carrie: True! Looking forward to new books from you, no matter the genre!
Q: Do you prefer one genre over the other?
Suzanne: To be candid, I think there’s a lot of the same “me” in all the different genres I write. A dependency on community, family, and faith as the hub of the wheel.
Carrie: i love that!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Two Steps Forward?
Suzanne: This is a story about inclusion. Everyone has a place at the table.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Suzanne: Next in the queue is an historical based on a true story of a woman who changed America—truly made a difference—in the most unexpected way.
Carrie: ooo – I’m intrigued! Can’t wait 🙂
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What about you? What interests you most about Two Steps Forward and/or my Q&A with the author?
I really like reading Amish fiction and learning about the Amish way of life.
Love her books
I enjoy reading about the interpersonal relationships of people–both Amish & English! Even though the Bible tells us to love others, some people are more difficult to love than others!
I have enjoyed reading about Luke’s journey from rehab to Amish husband to reluctant deacon. I am looking forward to reading more.
I love this author and her books. Inclusion.
I love this series and all her stories.
I love reading Amish fiction and Suzanne’s characters are well developed and the story lines are great.
This sounds like a Great read, I love the cover also. Thank you for sharing about this book and the author Q and A , I enjoyed reading them.
I enjoy books about inclusion, and I enjoyed the interview.
Can’t wait to read! Thank you for sharing your contest with us!
Why is Edith trying to get Silvie’s land is just one of the reasons I’d like to read this book. Great author also.
Captivating and wonderful story. Great author.
This story sounds very interesting . I love how this series has brought some of what Englishers go through.
I love reading all of Suzanne’s books I cannot wait to read Two Steps Forward I also enjoyed the interview Thanks for the opportunity to win
What interests me the most about two steps forward? That’s a tough question. I love the book cover and everything about the book blurb. From reading the Book blurb, what interests me the most about Two Step Forward is that Sylvie has hired this guy named Jimmie but she asks herself, did she make a mistake and just who is the fox? This book sounds like a fantastic read and I like how mysterious and intriguing the book sounds. There is so much to like. I would love to win this book in print version, read it and review it. I love these types of books.
I really enjoyed the interview. To learn more about an author you really like is like a dream come true.
I have more than 1 question for the author. My questions are below.
What made you write Inspirational Contemporary Romance/Amish books?
What made you choose this particular plot?
Did you choose the cover or did someone else?
I love the Amish Books. Their way of life is differnt than mine, but have true family values.
I wondered what transpired with a few of the characters from “The Inn at Eagle Hill” series since there was an open end for them at the conclusion of the final book. Jimmy Fisher was one of those characters, and now I look forward to reading the rest of his story.
The whole series has been terrific and I can’t wait to read this newest!!
I’m a big fan of this author.
me too, Lori! 🙂
I love reading Amish fiction. Suzanne is a great author.
she definitely is!
I love Suzanne’s books and am looking forward to reading this one also. I love the Lancaster area and visit there whenever I can, so I enjoy anything based in that area.
LOVE Suzanne’s books…so well researched and authentic. Have most of hers…but not this last one. Would love to read this one! Thanks and BLESSINGS ~ c
I love how Suzanne is able to write from different genres and I find her books to be inspirational too. I’m looking forward to reading the last book in this series!
I love Amish books!
Have read the other books in the series want to read this next…love Suzanne’s books
The characters and messages in Suzanne’s books are intriguing and inspirational. Love her books and look forward to more.
Can’t wait to read it. As usual it sounds like it’s going to be a great one. Thank you for continuing to bring your readers wonderful material!!