Monday, May 23, 2016

Book launches, Signings, and Giveaway!

It's been a fun weekend, but now it's over. I had my book launch on Saturday and a book signing at church. And tonight is my book club. Someone would think I like books!

But because I'm on a tight deadline, I don't have a lot of time to blog. So instead I'm going to give away a copy of Home to Chapel Springs.

So, to enter, leave a comment and tell me about you and your siblings. What were your relationships like?  

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Writerly Quotes

Sometimes, it's easier to show a meme than try to explain what it's like being a writer. This one says it well:

Here's another one I love:

One more:

Monday, May 16, 2016


Elizabeth Ludwig is the bestselling author of Christmas Comes to Bethlehem, Maine and the highly successful Edge of Freedom series from Bethany House Publishers. Her popular literary blog, The Borrowed Book, enjoys a wide readership. Elizabeth is an accomplished speaker and teacher, often attending conferences and seminars where she lectures on editing for fiction writers, crafting effective novel proposals, and conducting successful editor/agent interviews. Along with her husband and children, she makes her home in the great state of Texas. To learn more, visit

I started a new project last year…one that I have been fairly quiet about as I learned the ins-and-outs of the subject I was about to tackle. You see, for the first time in my career, I was undertaking an Amish cozy mystery. And it was a work-for-hire project for Guideposts. Two things I had never before done! God has certainly been stretching my boundaries and making me see beyond what I thought was possible. I’ll tell you more about the work-for-hire process on Thursday. For now, let’s concentrate on what it means to write Amish!

I’ve written cozy mysteries before. In fact, I began my career with a series of cozies for Barbour Publishing. I knew I would enjoy that part of the experience. The part that concerned me was learning how much I didn’t know about the Amish or the setting for the stories—which happens to be Sugarcreek, Ohio, a place I have determined to visit based on the research I’ve conducted so far.

As it turns out, I learned a lot about the Amish right along with Cheryl Cooper,

the main character in the Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries series. One of the things that interested me most was the practice of rumspringa or the “running around” time of Amish youth. I quickly learned that there are many commonly held misconceptions about rumspringa, including the idea that it is a “time out” from being Amish. In actuality, rumspringa is intended to be a period during which boys and girls are given greater personal freedom so that they may make the decision to either become Amish or leave the community. While it is true that some Amish youth may choose to engage in what would otherwise be considered sinful behavior, their parents do not encourage such.

Just as with all young adults, the late teen years are a confusing time in an Amish person’s life. Rumspringa is intended to help these young people “find themselves,” and thereby enable them to make a fully informed choice to accept the lifelong requirements of the Amish church.

Isn’t that interesting? What a blessing it has been to dwell with these characters in Sugarcreek! Though I was a little reluctant to step outside of my comfort zone, God has proven that moving along the path He has laid out before me can be rewarding despite the challenges. I am looking forward to seeing all that He has in store for this series and for my writing.

Where Hope Dwells

The Amish of Sugarcreek are experiencing a baby boom. Cheryl Cooper never dreamed that one of these visits to deliver congratulatory gifts would end in an awful discovery... a baby has been snatched from his cradle.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

It's an Interesting Outcome

It seems the more books you have out, the better your sales are. I'm not sure why, but I'm grateful. There are 3 books out in the Chapel Springs series, with one more being written. But there is also a Chapel Springs Cookbook, too. Here's the lineup:

I hope you'll consider buying them. But only if you like to laugh. Now, I've got to get back to writing that last book!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

It's Launch Day for Home to Chapel Springs!

“Chapel Springs: where anything can happen, and usually does. Claire and her best friend Patsy are as loveable as ever; even with all the new problems they face, they keep their sense of humor. The storyline is believable, and readers will identify with issues that are mentioned in the book. Mulligan writes with humor and wit. This book does not disappoint.” - Romantic Times, 4-Stars

“Home to Chapel Springs is an engaging story, one that will have Chapel Springs fans eating up and begging for more.” Michelle Griep, author of Brentwood’s Ward

If you're in the Sugar Hill vicinity, drop by the Sugar Hill Bakery & Cafe on May 21st between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM and join in the fun of the launch party!

Monday, May 09, 2016

My Other Love

Most of you know my other love besides writing, is theater. I have to share with you a few shots from our weekend's performance of Funny Money. It's filled with hilarity and mixed motives. The kind that make theater great.
Hjinx are rampant
The cast is incomparable and Lauren Lawler showed she has the chops to do amazing comedy. From a review posted on our Facebook page, Mr. Piehler said:
I can't believe I caught the gals in midair!
"Funny Money" at The Players Guild@Sugar Hill … in a word? F-U-N-N-Y!!!!

Director Martha Wright puts the pedal to the metal and keeps it there in this high-octane farce. It is wonderful to watch a talented troupe of actors commit to over two hours of broad comedy, and never let up.
My hubs (right) played Sgt. Slater, a cop. 
David and Lauren Lawler are hilarious as Mr. & Mrs. Perkins, with Lauren showing off some impressive physical comedy chops, and David changing accents faster than Mel Blanc. 

Alan Hyma is brash, bold, and delightfully over the top. Marty Snowden is wonderfully devious. This was the first time I've seen Joyce Cutchins, Michael Wright, Terry Mulligan, and Jimmy Spearman on stage. All fantastic.

Dynamite looking set as well.

Remaining performances are Friday, May 13th at 8:00 PM, Saturday, May 14th at 8:00 PM and Sunday May 15th at 4:00 PM.

You don’t want to miss this show.

Buice Auditorium’s entrance is on West Broad Street in downtown Sugar Hill, across from the Gazebo. Park in the City Hall upper parking lot, or on West Broad Street, and enter via the covered walkway.

Sgt Slater yells at them all, scaring them silly. And he really yelled and shocked them all!

Friday, May 06, 2016

Author Interview ~ Diana Dilcher

Where do you get your ideas for your books? 
Every time people ask me this I reply, “From real life.”

What sparked this story?
A Greyhound bus was halted by flooding in Northern California on Christmas Day, 1964. A baby was born during this unexpected delay. I remembered the event and decided to use it for a story someday. 

The opportunity came when I chose to submit it to an online Christian magazine that is no longer published. I decided to submit it to Kindle on Christmas of2015. The short story Like Saying ‘No’ To Jesus, Again. appeared shortly after New Year’s Day, 2016. I am going to revise it into a full-length novel this Christmas. 

Did anything strange of funny happen while writing this book?
I can’t think of anything in this book. I had experiences in while working on my other projects which I will share as those works are discussed.

Did you always want to be a writer?
I wanted to work in the medical professions, but God guided me into communications. I’m happiest when I’m writing. 

Where do you write, a coffee shop, attic nook, or a cave?
My bedroom. 

Of all your characters, which was your favorite and why? 
I don’t have any favorite in this book. Each character has their own special place in my heart.

Share a few of the techniques you learned that changed the way you write. 
I’m still in the beginning stages of developing my writing and have no techniques at present. 

If you were a musical instrument, what would you be and why?
A Flute, because I played it in high school.