AuthorInterview with Amy Clipston PLUS Enter Giveaway

AuthorInterview with Amy Clipston PLUS Enter GiveawayAuthorInterview with Amy Clipston PLUS Enter GiveawayAuthorInterview with Amy Clipston PLUS Enter GiveawayAuthorInterview with Amy Clipston PLUS Enter Giveaway

Amy Clipston recently released the fourth novel of her Amish Heirloom series, The Beloved Hope Chest. This book focuses on Mattie Fisher, mother of daughters, Veronica, Rachel, and Emily. Each of their stories can be found in the first three books of the series; The Forgotten Recipe, The Courtship Basket, and The Cherished Quilt. Along with Mattie's story and Mother's Day being celebrated this month in the U.S., Amy happily answered some questions about her own experience with being a mother.

Interview with Amy Clipston PLUS Enter Giveaway
Amy and her boys
tcbb: When you first learned you were going to be a mom what thoughts entered your mind?

AMY: I was thrilled, and I hoped and prayed my baby would be healthy. I prayed this prayer fervently when I was pregnant with Matthew because I’d experienced a miscarriage two years before he was born. I was terrified I was going to lose another baby, which why I call Matthew my miracle. He was appropriately born on Good Friday.

tcbb: Do you get any book ideas from your sons' shenanigans?

AMY: I haven’t really included any of their shenanigans, but I did model a character after Zac. In my young adult book Roadside Assistance, Logan, who is Whitney’s younger brother, was inspired by Zac. Logan likes Star Wars and video games, and his room is decorated similarly to how Zac’s room used to look.

tcbb: As a mother, what is your prayer for your boys?

AMY: My prayer is that they stay healthy and they find a profession they love. I also pray that if they chose to marry, they find someone who is nice and who will treat them with love and respect. I tell them repeatedly that love should never make them feel bad about themselves. I pray with all of my heart that they will be happy.

tcbb: What's one of your favorite memories/stories of your boys with your books? Has anything special you recall been used in one of your books?

AMY: For the past four years I’ve spoken to the 6th grade at my boys’ middle school. I don’t think I embarrassed them too badly when they were members of the audience. One of my sons doesn’t tell many people that I write books, but my other son proudly shares it with friends and teachers. He frequently comes home from school and tells me that the girls in his classes are reading my books. I’m thankful he’s not embarrassed by me or my books.

I really haven’t used any experiences with my boys in my books; however, I named characters Zachary and Matthew in my Kauffman Amish Bakery series.

tcbb: Can you share one of your parenting goof ups? 

AMY: Oh, there are so many, but some I would never put on display in a blog! Ha ha! The one I will share happened the weekend before Zac started Kindergarten. Joe and I took him to the beach at the Outer Banks, and we spent the day on Oregon Inlet. It was overcast, and I stupidly didn’t think we needed sunblock. I didn’t know until later that Zac burned terribly on his shoulders, and he went to school the following day in pain. To make matters worse, he developed blisters. I cried! It was terrible. I felt so horrible for allowing him to get hurt that way. (Please don’t send me hate mail. I learned my lesson!)

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