I have just started writing a contemporary Christian Romance featuring an Amish heroine. An Amish story is probably not a direction I would’ve gone in without a prompt but I’ve had a little inspiration…
Harlequin are running one of their ‘Blitzes’. This time it’s an #AmishBlitz. A Blitz is a time-limited call for submissions to a particular series. The series is Harlequin Love Inspired. The Love Inspired series features stories which, “show that faith, forgiveness and hope have the power to lift spirits and change lives—always.” They are clean, which is a very good thing as far as I’m concerned. I squirm reading steamy love scenes. I dread to think what trying to write them would be like.
My heroine and hero have introduced themselves to me, and I’m rooting for them. I will have to do some research though. I’ve not even seen Witness! Louisa, my American heroine is Amish, but not yet baptised and my Scottish hero, Andrew, was brought up in the strict Free Church of Scotland. Louisa is in her rumspringa (‘running around’) period. They meet at a ski resort in Colorado. Because I can do that.
A Christian romance in the snow seems like a very suitable thing to be writing at Christmas time!
Update, 1 February 2017. I really enjoyed working in this project but it soon started to feel like a young adult novel. Also, Louisa’s return to her settlement happened too far in. I decided to set it aside for now, and start over for the# AmishBlitz.