(This interview is part of my 4 Questions Project, where I get the chance to chat with authors and tell stories of people, life, and adventure. Be sure to check out previous interviews here!)
Writers are some of the most gifted people on the planet. They are creative, smart and the great ones have a way with words that can change people. Then there are those who write best selling work over and over again! I mean, I’m happy when I write a good blog post :).
Yet, as often is the case, it’s their story that inspires me even more. “Meeting” New York Times Bestseller Beverly Lewis was a joy I’m blessed with (it may have something to do with my heart for adoption). This small look into her story not only gave me an idea of the inspiration to so many of her stories, but made me an even bigger fan.
Thanks so much for sharing Beverly! Not only your fiction, but some of your own story as well!
Beverly Lewis, raised in Pennsylvania Amish country, is a former schoolteacher, an accomplished musician, and an award-winning author of nearly ninety books for adults and children, many of which have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today and The New York Times. Her novel The Brethren won a 2007 Christy Award for excellence in Christian fiction. Writing memorable stories set in Amish farmland brings Beverly continual joy and inspiration. Her own family heritage is Old Order Mennonite, but she has many dear friends among Amish communities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana. Beverly and her husband, David, live in Colorado.
1. What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined 5 years ago?
Having my novels come to life on film (“The Shunning” and “The Confession” for the Hallmark Movie Channel) and on the stage (“The Confession” musical).
2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
I would be less perfectionistic as a very young writer (from age 8 onward till publication when my children were in middle school)…less hung up on accomplishing a zillion goals. And I would be far less secretive about my writings from that time onward, as well. In short, more confident back then. But living is a learning process.
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
When our first precious baby girl was born and available to be adopted–I received the call on Valentine’s Day. Talk about a LOVEly surprise!
4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
That life is far too short not to laugh a lot, love unconditionally, and make as big a difference in this world as possible.