I think it’s kind of funny that I write psychological thrillers, but I almost exclusively read Amish fiction. I used to read a lot of thrillers, horror, and other such stories, but a few years ago, I hit a patch of life that was so hard, I wasn’t sure I’d survive. That’s when I turned to the Amish and found their life to be peaceful and calming. So when I read an Amish novel, I enjoy finding out about their simple life, how they survive without electricity and gadgets and a lot of store bought items, how much faith they have that things will turn out the way they’re supposed to, and I also like when the author inserts some of the Amish’s High German.
What I write is often based loosely on my own life experiences. And I haven’t had the easiest life. Nor have I had the most stable people in my life. So the psychological thriller genre works for me. However, when I write, it’s often emotionally draining because I have to vividly recall whatever incident I went through and relive it as I fictionalize it and put it to paper. As such, I then enjoy turning to a bit of Amish fiction to renew my optimism.
Today marks the birthday of my second favorite Amish fiction author, Wanda Brunstetter. She’s written nearly seventy books with over eight million copies sold, many of which have been on top bestseller lists.
So, if you have any interest whatsoever in Amish fiction, I highly recommend any of Mrs. Brunstetter’s novels. Happy Birthday, Mrs. Brunstetter!