Naomi Miller is our honored guest blogger this go-round.
This author mixes up a batch of intrigue sprinkled with Amish, Mennonite, English & Irish characters (so far) and adds pinches of mystery and romance.
Naomi focuses on writing, editing, and blogging about her experiences. When she’s not working diligently to finish the next book in her Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series, Amish Sweet Shop Romance series, Windy Gap Amish Romance series, and Amish Suspense series, she enjoys traveling with her family.
She also tries to make time for attending writer events, workshops and conferences. One of her favorite joys is meeting her readers. She’s traveled from Tennessee to South Carolina, across to Alabama and Mississippi, up to St. Louis, then to Indiana, Illinois, and finally over to Ohio to meet readers and make new friends. She’s looking forward to making a trip to Pennsylvania next year.
Naomi also enjoys singing inspirational/gospel music, taking daily walks, and witnessing to others of the amazing grace of Jesus Christ. She’s giving away Blueberry Cupcake Mystery to 3 blessed individuals who join our chat circle.
Now, here’s Naomi Miller in her own words. (You’re in for a treat!)
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Years ago I wrote a suspense novel. It started out as a cute little Amish story with a sweet romance. I had an idea. A plan. And a course.
I wrote the story. And halfway through, my course was derailed. My plan was wrecked.
A New Course for Naomi Miller
But I kept writing.
I followed the new course, curious as to where it would lead me. Then I finished it and put it away. Even though I had succeeded in writing something I never intended to write, it was not at all what I wanted to write at that time.
What I wanted to write was something sweet. I could not let go of the sweet story line that I had originally planned, the story that would let someone read through it and afterwards be left feeling happy, free, calm, relaxed. I felt very strongly that what our world needed at that moment (and probably still does) were more sweet stories.
I didn’t plan to write six stories, but each time I finished one and it was published, just days later, readers were contacting me or posting on Facebook, asking when the next book would be out. Clearly I was doing something right–something readers wanted (and hopefully needed). By the time the third book was released, readers began asking me when I was going to release a cookbook containing the recipes in the books.
Naomi Miller Cooks up a New Idea
Each time I immersed myself in Katie’s little world, I thought about the idea of a cookbook. To me, it felt like a wonderful idea, but I admit I could not understand how anyone would really want to buy a cookbook from me. (If you’d like a copy of The Abbott Creek Cookbook, it’s available for pre-order on Amazon.)
Truthfully, I always feel shocked and somewhat amazed when people buy my books… read my books… enjoy my books… and ask for more.
I can only believe that this is all a part of God’s plan. It’s the only thing that makes sense, the only way I can understand how so many people enjoy reading sweet, cute, short novels from a grandma who only started having her books published at an age when most people are thinking about retirement.
I‘m also working on a new story… an Amish romance with our favorite characters from Abbott Creek, and there are more stories to be written about the wonderful community of Abbott Creek.
So stick around… there’s more to come.
Naomi Miller Links:
Website: naomimillerauthor.com Family Friendly Fiction Filled with Grace, Faith, and Forgiveness
Twitter: AuthorNaomi Amish cozy mysteries
My relationship with my Savior is the most important part of my life! If there is one thing in my life I would like to do better, it’s to be able to witness of how awesome God is working in my life. Jesus makes all things possible! He makes life worth living! He’s everything to me!
~ Naomi Miller