Interview with Amish/inspirational romance author Naomi King

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guest is Naomi King. She’s talking about her Amish inspirational romance novel Emma Blooms at Last.

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upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west
of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Naomi King writes of simpler times and
a faith-based lifestyle in her Home at Cedar Creek/One Big Happy Family series.
Like her series heroine, Abby Lambright, Naomi considers it her personal
mission to be a listener—to heal broken hearts and wounded souls—and to share
her hearth and home. Faith and family, farming and frugality are hallmarks of
her lifestyle: like Abby, she made her wedding dress and the one her mom wore,
too! She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and when
she’s not writing, Naomi loves to travel, try new recipes, crochet, and sew.
Naomi, whose real name is Charlotte Hubbard, now lives in Minnesota with her
husband and their border collie, Ramona.

about Emma Blooms at Last:
Romance is in the air during the fall wedding season in the Amish
community of Cedar Creek. But while one loving couple prepares to tie the knot,
Amanda and Wyman Brubaker’s large family faces a threat from outside their
happy circle…and must learn to pull together.

Recently wed Amanda and Wyman Brubaker are thrilled that their
children from previous marriages have blended together to form a strong family.
But when the construction of Wyman’s new grain elevator is delayed, making the
project more expensive than anticipated, Amanda’s determination to rally the
kids into taking on work to improve the family’s finances comes into conflict
with Wyman’s sense of responsibility as head of the household….

Meanwhile, as
James Graber and Abby Lambright prepare for their long-awaited nuptials, folks
gather from far and wide. Amanda’s nephew Jerome has long been smitten with
James’s sister Emma and wants to seize this chance to woo her. But Emma’s been
burned once and is twice shy of trusting the fun-loving, never-serious Jerome.
As Emma and Jerome struggle to understand each other, and find the courage to
make a leap of faith, the Brubakers face a bigger challenge than they first
anticipated and begin to discover just what it means to fight…the Amish way.

Excerpt from Emma
Blooms at Last
Emma slipped into her coat and
bonnet and crossed the snow-packed road. The mercantile’s parking lot was
jammed with cars and buggies, and when she stepped inside the store she was
amazed at the number of folks who’d come to Cedar Creek to shop. As she made her
way toward the yard goods section, Emma paid close attention to what the kids
and teenagers were wearing on their heads. To her surprise, even a few young
men sported the kind of knit hats with earflaps and pigtails that Abby had
mentioned—and none of the caps were in the dark, dull colors that filled her
yarn bin.

Emma found an instruction booklet
for earflap caps that included a couple of other styles, as well. What a treat
it was to shop for yarn in such fresh colors! The basket on her arm was soon stuffed
with variegated and solid skeins in neon pink, lime green, aqua, lavender, and
bright white. She hoped Abby was right about people wanting her homemade hats,
because she’d have to make several of them to earn back what she’d be spending.

“You’ve got quite a collection of
colors here!” Gail remarked as she rang up Emma’s order. “I bet I know what
you’ll be doing this weekend.”

“Jah, you guessed it,” Emma replied.
She didn’t want to reveal her plans for these flashy colors, because everyone
who crocheted had met up with patterns that didn’t turn out the way they looked
in the pictures. Even so, just imagining the different styles of hats she
wanted to try made her itch to start one right now, instead of eating supper.
And wasn’t that something?

What is your favorite quote?
“Most folks are
about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abe Lincoln said that, and I’ve
found it to be so true! The longer I live—the more people I meet—I believe that
the happiest, most successful people (success being whatever that person
decides it is) are that way by choice. It’s not that these folks have fewer
tragedies or less illness or no unfortunate events in their lives, it’s that
they meet these obstacles with an “I can handle this” mindset, and move forward
from there. I try very hard to behave this way, and to spend my time with
people who have positive, upbeat attitudes. Attitude is everything! I think I’ve
always been wired this way, and that’s a blessing. I’m just a naturally happy
person who looks for that silver lining in every cloud.

If you could go on a vacation anywhere in the world,
where would you go, and why?
My husband and I love
to travel, and because we have a 40th anniversary in 2015, we have
booked a 15-day Viking River Cruise on the Danube to celebrate! As Neal retires
and has more time for longer trips, I anticipate that we’ll venture into the
Mediterranean, the South Sea islands, and I would love to visit Australia and
New Zealand if it didn’t mean an 18-hour flight to get there. We’ve taken many
ocean cruises, and I enjoy being on these trips so much that anymore, I don’t
really care where the ship’s going as long as I’m on it!

I also enjoy short chick trips with my best friend: our
birthdays are close together, so instead of exchanging gifts we pick a little
town to visit for a day or two each year. One year we went to Pipestone, MN,
which is where, for centuries, Native Americans have quarried for the red stone
they make their ceremonial pipes from. Even though it was cold and rainy, we
had a wonderful time! We
also been to Eureka Springs in Arkansas and Spirit Lake in Iowa. Let’s just say
there’s never a dull moment and never any dead air once the two of us get
together! We’ve known each other since we were eight. I won’t do the higher
math for you, but it’s been a loooong time since we met in Angel Choir at
church, where her mom was our choir director.

What did you do before you became a writer?

I graduated from college with a double major in English and
library science, and a minor in French, with a secondary teaching degree. The
year I got out, Missouri had just passed a law saying that schools had to have
a certified librarian (not just volunteer moms, which was the norm in a lot of
schools), and I landed a K-12 school library job in the tiny town of St.
Elizabeth, Missouri.

Talk about culture shock! I grew up in a suburb of Kansas
City, so moving to a town that had fewer people than were in my graduating
—and renting an
apartment right across the road from the school—was quite an experience for a
21-year-old…which meant I was only 3 years older than the seniors. And
because the study hall was in the library, my first priority was being the
babysitter. I also taught a class of 7th grade English.

I got engaged that year, thank goodness, and went on to be a
school librarian in a couple of Iowa towns after I got married. Taught French
in those schools, and did story hours with all the elementary classes at one of
them. All in all, the 10 years I spent as a school librarian took me to 5
schools, mostly because my husband was changing jobs a lot and we’d move. By
the time we reached St. Louis, where you had to substitute an entire year in
order to be hired at a school, I decided there had to be an easier way to go
—I did not want to sub, as this was the 80’s
and guns and knives were showing up in kids’ lockers.

Luckily I sold my first story to True Love magazine (a
confession mag) in 1983 and decided to keep at it. Never looked back. Sold my
first book in 1990 and, except for a 7-year dry spell when I couldn’t sell
squat, I’ve been a full-time novelist ever since.

Who would you most like to be stranded on a desert island
with? Why?
Seems to me Captain Jack Sparrow would be a fine, fine
companion on a desert island. He’s resourceful enough to locate buried treasure
and to get the attention of a ship that could rescue us
—or he’d know where the rum cask was
so we wouldn’t care about getting the attention of another ship. And if
he became just plain old Johnny Depp again, that would be OK, too.

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11 thoughts on “Interview with Amish/inspirational romance author Naomi King

  1. CharlotteHubbard says:

    For those of you readers who haven't met me, I write 2 different Amish series under 2 different names (at the request of my publishers). So don't be confused that I'm replying to you as Charlotte Hubbard (my real name) when it's Naomi King's name on EMMA BLOOMS AT LAST! It's just easier to work the Comment/response functions this way. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I enjoyed the quote as well. Abraham Lincoln was very admired by my grandmother and I can see why. I loved the excerpt about your book. It sounds like the book is fresh and fun. I can't wait to read it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I enjoyed reading that you would love to visit New Zealand and you wouldnt mind being stranded with Jack sparrow on a desert island!
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  4. Granny's Attic says:

    I thought the information about Johnny Depp/Jack Sparrow interesting. I liked him in 21 Jump Street, but have not cared much for the movies he has made since, even though he is immensely popular. He was a complete unknown when he started 21 Jump Street. lisajcowell(at)cs(dot)com in Ohio

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