Let’s Chat! Author Naomi Miller

Welcome, Readers! Welcome, Naomi Miller!

Author Naomi Miller honors us by joining our chat circle this week. Naomi pens Amish mystery and suspense, as well as children’s books. She’s offering The Chocolate Truffle Mystery in the winner’s choice of format—digital or print. What a deal!

Comment below for a chance to win. 

**Hurray! We have two winners this week: Sheila Holmes and Rose Blackard each have their choice of digital or print The Chocolate Truffle Mystery! Congratulations, gals!** 

Pen Name

Although it’s legally a pen name, I have essentially become Naomi Miller. Only when I was working full-time did I hear anyone refer to me as Donna Mynatt — of course, family still calls me Donna, but when anyone asks my name, the first name I say is Naomi.

Here’s the story behind it. Before my birth, my parents planned to name me Naomi (although there was a mixup and I ended up with the name Donna). When I married, my surname became Miller. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to use the name I wanted when I began writing my first book… so I became Naomi Miller.

Amish Fiction

Although I would like to write some contemporary romance (clean reads only) in the near future, for now I’m focusing on the Amish Cozy Mystery series I’m writing, as well as an Amish Suspense novel I’ve written. With input from my grandchildren, I’m also writing several children’s books. The first series is the Adventures of Sophie Kitty.

I’ve loved reading since I learned to read using the Dick and Jane stories in the first grade. After that first book, I became a voracious reader. Almost immediately I became interested in writing… I wrote stories in school, year after year, but never dreamed that someday I would actually be a published author! I LOVE WRITING! (Click to Tweet!) 

Pre-Author Life

I was born and raised in East Tennessee. My parents had three daughters (I’m the youngest), but they’ve all passed on. My family now consists of my two children and two grandchildren. I worked for the State of Tennessee until last year, when I took early retirement.

First Book and Debut Experience

Blueberry Cupcake Mystery was so much fun writing. I had previously written an Amish Suspense but felt God guiding me to write something short and sweet (Click to Tweet!) — something readers could enjoy reading, without the gut-clinching, heart-pounding reaction that come from so many books today.

The only challenges I faced were trying to get a book published that was novella length and a mystery that wasn’t so scary . . . thankfully I found a small publisher who was willing to take a chance on me. By the time it released, more than 300 people had purchased a copy and it had moved up to the #1 Best Seller spot on Amazon. I felt truly blessed.

What’s Up Now

I have written four additional books in the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series and “TADA” I signed a contact for three more books.

Blueberry Cupcake Mystery, Book One in the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series, released in Spring of 2016 to rave reviews. (Click to Tweet!)  Christmas Cookie Mystery released just in time for the Holiday season in 2016.  Readers devoured Lemon Tart Mystery, which released last summer. Pumpkin Pie Mystery arrived just in time for the holiday, and readers are starting the New year right with Chocolate Truffle Mystery. Now I’m hard at work on the next book in her Sweet Shop Mystery series!

Sophie Finds a Family, Book One in the Adventures of Sophie Kitty series, is the story of a sweet, shy kitten (Click to Tweet!) who found two children and decided they would be her new family. Read along with Sammy and Macy as they tell the story of finding a little lost kitten, naming her, loving her, and making her part of their (or rather, becoming her own) family.

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Giveaway

I would love to share a copy of my newest book, Chocolate Truffle Mystery. Winner can choose digital or paperback.

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16 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Naomi Miller

  1. Thank you, Linda, for featuring me on your blog and for promoting my newest book, Chocolate Truffle Mystery. This has been a fun week. You are truly a blessing!
    ~ Naomi

     
     
    1. It’s been so much fun! I’ve been privileged to host you this week and hope we get to meet in person one day—God willing 🙂

       
       
  2. Sheila Holmes

    I took a very circuitous path to find this site this morning. But, I’m thrilled I did. Chocolate Truffle Mystery sounds like an absolute delight. Naomi’s writings embrace the Amish, which I find a delight to read about. Although I am truly a city girl, I find so much about the Amish lifestyle intriguing. I am looking forward to reading Naomi’s novels, and am grateful to be allowed to be considered for this giveaway. Blessings, “Naomi”!

     
     
    1. How wonderful to “meet” you in our chat circle, Sheila. Naomi’s books are delightful, so I know you’ll enjoy them. You’re entered in the drawing! (I feature a different author every Wednesday for a week, so please come back. You can sign up for the blog and my quarterly newsletter on the Home page at lindabrooksdavis.com.) God bless you!

       
       
    2. Thanks, Sheila. I’m glad you found the site. And I hope you’ll read the series and be blessed by it.

       
       
  3. Children love books about cats and teachers are always looking for good clean books for their students to read. The Chocloate Truffles Mystery sounds intriguing and makes my mouth water for one of my favorite candies.

     
     
    1. Thanks, Jane. I think your students would love both of the series.

       
       
  4. Rose Blackard

    Loved the interview. New authors for me, but the books sound awesome. I can’t wait to read them.thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

     
     
    1. I love that you joined us, Rose. I’m just delighted to get to know Naomi, too. Please come back!

       
       
    2. Thanks, Rose. I hope you enjoy the series.

       
       
  5. Marilyn

    Naomi’s Amish Sweet Shop
    Cozy mysteries are easy to read. They are perfect for wide variety of ages for a lighthearted story.

     
     
    1. Hi, Marilyn. Thanks for stopping by. Love seeing you here!

       
       
    2. Thanks Marilyn. I think the series is just what readers need, especially when they need a pick-me-up.

       
       
  6. Ann Ellison

    Enjoyed the interview. I love her books. Don’t include me in the drawing since I already have a copy.

     
     
    1. Naomi’s Amish Sweet Shop series looks yummy! Thanks for stopping by, Ann.

       
       
    2. Thanks, Ann. I cherish your support!

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Kelly Irvin

Welcome, Readers! And Welcome, Author Kelly Irvin!

Prepare to be blessed. Multi-published author Kelly Irvin writes Amish stories that never fail to surprise and delight. Gather ’round for tidbits about her latest release, Beneath the Summer Sun.

**Kelly is offering a print copy of Beneath the Summer Sun to someone who joins our chat below. **

**Congratulations to Jackie Tessnair, winner of the drawing for a print copy of Kelly’s Beneath the Summer Sun!**

When a Character Has a Mind of Her Own by Author Kelly Irvin

Jennie Troyer, the heroine in my new release, Beneath the Summer Sun, took me by surprise. She had the audacity to have a mind of her own. I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer, so it’s not unusual for me not to know what happens between the beginning and the end of my stories. That’s part of the fun. But Beneath the Summer Sun is different. I thought I knew how Jennie’s life would go. She’s a thirty-seven-year-old widow raising seven children on her own. I thought I knew what was best for her, but Jennie had other plans.

The Birth of Author Kelly Irvin’s Every Amish Season series 


First, here’s a little backstory. This series, Every Amish Season, will encompass four books, one for each season—of the year and of life. The series had its birth in a blurb in The Budget newspaper in which an Amish scribe listed the annual statistics for her district: births, deaths, baptisms, graduations, weddings, etc. She included the number of widows and widowers with these other important statistics. She singled them out.

Author Kelly Irvin Imagines 

This made me try to imagine what life would be like as a widow in a community built around husband-wife-family. (Click to Tweet!) So from my fevered imagination came Every Amish Season. The series focuses on four widows in Jamesport, Missouri, who become close friends and support each other in this unexpected season in their lives.

Upon a Spring Breeze begins with twenty-something Bess, a pregnant newlywed who faces a terrible tragedy. I knew where the story would go when I started writing.

Same with Jennie in Beneath the Summer Sun. She would have her second chance at love. At first, she wants no part of it. That’s understandable. She harbors a terrible secret from her first marriage. (Click to Tweet!) Snake-bitten, she’s afraid and feels guilty. Jennie wants to make it on her own, even though the district elders and her family want her to marry again. She’s still young. Her children need a father. Although she understands these facts, her heart is dead-set against it.

I knew all this when I started writing. But I didn’t know how much her story would affect me. The choice she has to make is as hard for me as it is her. Both men who profess to love her have good hearts. I also see a lot of myself in Jennie. I didn’t have good role models growing up and distrusted love. As a child, I watched difficult relationships limp along on the verge of shattering, but never quite exploding. (Click to Tweet!) I didn’t want to live like that. As I wrote Beneath the Summer Sun, I found small details from my childhood slipping onto the page. They’re woven into the tapestry as Jennie’s troubled marriage is revealed.

From Beneath a Summer Sky by Author Kelly Irvin

“The kinner were afraid of him. They were always tiptoeing around him. They never knew what might set him off. A rip in their clothes, a kapp not properly starched, a chore not done to his satisfaction.” Jennie’s stomach lurched just as it used to do when the thunderclouds gathered, dark and fierce, in Atlee’s face. She put her hand to her mouth, willing her stomach to settle. She breathed and let it drop. “Too much noise at the supper table. The clicking of the fork on the plate when they cut the skin on the sliced tomatoes bothered him. I started peeling them before I served them. Chewing too loud bothered him. Cold food and food too hot or meat too tough set him off. Crumbs on the floor that didn’t get swept up.”

Author Kelly Irvin’s Own Love Story

Early memories of not so blissful matrimony colored my view of love and married life. (Click to Tweet!)  I wanted both, but I made terrible choices and they never worked out. When I turned thirty, I decided God didn’t intend for to me to marry. I should be happy in my single status. God had other plans for me. That year, 1988, I met the love of my life. Next month we’ll celebrate thirty years of marriage. The things I learned as a child about the complicated dance between men and women, I’ve applied to my marriage, to parenting, to loving, and to my stories.

Author Kelly Irvin Beneath the Summer Sun

Jennie Troyer’s Time of Suffering

Jennie can’t understand why she had to suffer. Likewise, I often felt the same way. God could have given me a “normal” childhood. However, the question is whether we believe God is good. I do. Also, do we believe Scripture that says in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him? (Romans 8:28) I do. As hard as it is to go through these experiences, they give us character, empathy, and compassion.

Author Kelly Irvin
See. I have refined you. Isaiah 48:10

“See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.” Isaiah 48:10

As Jennie learns, God knows what He’s doing. I’m reminded often of the saying, “God permits what he hates to accomplish what he loves.” Because of life experiences, I know He is the God of all comfort. I’m able to give comfort to others through Jennie’s story. (Click to Tweet!) In the end Jennie makes her choice. It’s not the choice I thought she would make, but maybe she’s even more like me than I realized.

Final Thoughts from Author Kelly Irvin

Finally, I hope Jennie’s story will resonate with readers. It wasn’t an easy one to write. But Beneath the Summer Sun is a story of second chances and hope. We can use both.

Author Kelly Irvin
Taste the Lord and see that He is good. Psalm 34:8

Lord, You invite us to taste and see that You are good. Only You can blend the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and tart that makes us Your unique creations. As readers and writers, we ask You to utilize the avenue of Christian fiction to communicate Yourself in myriad ways and to make You sweet on our tongues.
Bless each word Kelly writes for You. ~ For Jesus’ sake

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34 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Kelly Irvin

  1. I can so relate to the story line of this book. Trusting yourself after ending up in a bad marriage is hard, especially one that is abusive. God will lead us to the truth and Being the oldest of 7 , I can relate to big families and I have 7 of my own children, been thru divorce and remarried. Can’t wait to read this book !
    Linda Marie Finn

     
     
    1. It’s wonderful to “meet” you here, Linda! I’m sorry the deadline for the drawing for Kelly’s book had passed by the time I read your comment, but I hope you’ll be able to read Kelly’s books anyway. You’ll be blessed. Please visit again. New author every Wednesday 🙂

       
       
  2. Lucy Reynolds

    I’m so looking forward to reading this. I enjoy Kelly’s books so much. I was a single parent of two, I can’t imagine raising seven. Blessings

     
     
    1. I was also a single mother of two. In photos those years I look so thin, haggard, and worn out 🙂 I can’t imagine rearing seven by myself either. Kelly has hit the bull’s eye on this series. Thanks for dropping by. God bless you and yours!

       
       
    2. Me neither! My parents had five kids and that was tough!

       
       
      1. Lucy Reynolds

        My parents each came from families of 11 children. They were each the 10th child.

         
         
        1. Gasp! But then when I look back at the records on Ancestry.com, I’m dumbstruck by the # of kids people had. EEEEEGADS!

           
           
  3. Brenda Andrezeywski

    Enjoyed reading this post about Kelly Irving! Haven’t read this one yet; but it’s being added to my list!! Kelly, once again ya cracked me up!! So she has a mind of her own…picture popped in my head of ya sleeping & she’s sitting at your computer typing her own story!! God bless ya sweetie

     
     
    1. Love the picture you painted, Brenda. Now I’m cracking up! Thanks for stopping by. Please come again. God bless you and yours real good!

       
       
    2. Sometimes I wish that were possible–especially when I’m not sure where my story is going. Some times characters say the darndest things! LOL

       
       
  4. Ellen P

    I can’t wait to see what happens in Jenny’s life. I like that Kelly says Jenny has a mind of her own!

     
     
    1. 🙂

       
       
  5. Kelly Irwin’s comments about her character Jennie’s own idea of how to live her life made me laugh. I’m not considered a “pantser,” so I’m often surprised when one of my characters has the nerve to step outside my outline and to stand up for themselves. This series is on my list! Thanks Kelly and Linda.

     
     
    1. Hi, Clarice, my friend. So good to see you in our circle today. Kelly and her writing are completely delightful. Don’t you just love the idea behind this series? You and many other women can relate. Many others of us will relate in the future. I’m grateful I can slip this series onto my bookshelf and return to it in days to come. God bless you real good!

       
       
    2. It’s so exciting when they speak up for themselves, isn’t it, Clarice? I love it when a new character shows up out of nowhere. I’m astonished and tickled pink!

       
       
  6. Ellen P

    I recently finished reading Upon A Spring Breeze and am looking forward to reading Beneath the Summer Sun! I absolutely love Kelly’s writing! I just discovered her books a month or so ago and have already read several. Makes me feel like I’m in Amish Country, my favorite people and places to visit. Thank you for all your hard work Kellie ❤️God Bless you❤️

     
     
    1. Ellen P

      I know your name is spelled Kelly, I have a friend Kellie and auto correct changed my spelling and I didn’t notice 😊

       
       
      1. 🙂

         
         
    2. Hi, Ellen P. I’m so glad you joined us today. I’m totally with you in loving Kelly’s writing–especially the idea that undergirds this series. Please visit again. New author each week, beginning on Wednesdays. God bless you!

       
       
      1. Ellen P

        Now that we’ve met, I look forward to seeing the new authors you will be hosting. See you on Wednesday 😊God Bless

         
         
    3. Thank you, Ellen. You’re so sweet. I’m so glad you’re enjoying my stories. I love hearing from happy readers! God bless you too!

       
       
  7. Donnia Duane

    This was beautiful

     
     
    1. Hi, Donnia. I agree. Kelly’s posting is beautiful. I loved working with it, adding the photos, etc. It gave me such pleasure and fulfillment. That’s the Holy Spirit at work. I know you’ll love Kelly’s latest release. God bless you!

       
       
    2. Thank you, Donnia!

       
       
  8. Jean Dixon

    This sounds like Jennie is alot like myself I would truelly love to win this book and see how God works in her!

     
     
    1. Hi, Jean. The names Jennie and Jean not only look and sound familiar, but apparently, you share even more in your hearts and minds. Isn’t it cool how God does that through a writer like Kelly? I know you’ll enjoy this latest release of Kelly’s. God bless you!

       
       
  9. Jackie Tessnair

    I loved reading this blog post.Thanks Kelly for sharing.As I was reading your words I kept thinking this is another example of it is all in God’s timing . I wanted to read this book from the beginning but now after this post I am ready to read it right now.Thanks again!

     
     
    1. Hi, Jackie. Welcome, new reader friend! So happy the post inspired you to read Kelly’s latest as soon as possible. Her books—like Kelly—are full of wonder and joy and realness. God bless you and yours!

       
       
    2. You’re right, Jackie. It’s all about God’s timing. I hope you enjoy the book!

       
       
  10. Marilyn

    Beautiful interview with Kelly Irvin with her sharing personal tidbits and behind the scenes to pen Beneath the Summer Sun.
    Thank you for sharing. Blessings to both of you.

     
     
    1. Seeing you here always makes me smile, Marilyn. We simply MUST meet someday 🙂 Thank you for joining in and encouraging Kelly and me. God bless you real good!

       
       
  11. Deana Dick

    Beneath the Summer Sun sounds so good. I can’t imagine being a widow with seven children. I love reading about second chances. I was given a second chance when I divorced my hubby and we remarried a year and a half later. Being shown what what unconditional love and forgiveness is helped me find my way home. It is now 34 years later and we are still like newlyweds. I look forward to reading your new book.

     
     
    1. Kelly Irvin is wonderful—both as a person and a writer. So glad you’re getting an opportunity to get to know her. God bless you and yours!

       
       
    2. My parents married, divorced, and remarried a year later. They’ve been married more than 60 years total now. It’s not easy for them, but they certainly show us what the meaning of the vow is. You don’t give up and walk away when it would be so much easier. I’m so glad you received your second chance at love and a beautiful marriage.

       
       

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