Friday, March 12, 2010

Kathy Fuller ~ Interview + Giveaway!

Today author Kathleen Fuller is telling us about her new book, An Honest Love. She has offered an autographed copy of her book to one lucky commenter! She will also be stopping by throughout the week to answer your questions! So if you have anything you want to ask her, you can include it in your comment for entering the contest. If you are only leaving a question in the comment and not entering the giveaway please say so.

Welcome, Kathy! Tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve been married to my wonderful husband James for 16 years and we have three children: Mathew, Sydney, and Zoie. We live in Northeast Ohio, where I teach special education part-time while writing full-time.

How long have you been writing? How many books do you have published?
I’ve been writing for 10 years. I have fourteen books published with three more coming out in 2010.

If you compared your writing style to any other Christian Fiction author, who would it be? Also, how would you rate the romance in you books?
I write sweet and gentle Amish fiction similar to Wanda Brunstetter. My books are definitely G! :)

In your own words tell us a little about An Honest Love.
An Honest Love is the second book in the Hearts of Middlefield series, which continues the Byler Family saga.

Anna must find the courage to tell Lukas the truth. Will he find the courage to forgive her?
Anna was once betrayed by someone she loved deeply. In an attempt to never be hurt again, she and her mother relocated to Middlefield, Ohio. It was the ideal place for Anna's broken heart to mend. In Middlefield, Anna withdrew from risk, placing all her attention on managing the new gift shop she and her mom bought.

When Lukas introduces himself, Anna can't resist her attraction to him. Though she finds herself falling in love, she's hiding a piece of her past in fear that their future will be destroyed if she tells him the truth.

But love can't be built on lies and the past comes rushing back to Anna in an irreversible way. Now Lukas must decide how he will react to Anna's betrayal. As they cling to their belief in an honest love, they realize it's a path they must walk together even as it leads to unexpected places.

What made you want to write this story?
I love writing family sagas. Also I wanted to write a series set in Middlefield, OH, which is the fourth largest Amish settlement in North America. I live close to Middlefield and wanted to share the community with readers.

What research did you have to do for this book?
I did a lot of “book” research about the Amish, then went into the community and became friends with an Amish woman who reads my stories for accuracy. I also read blogs like Amish America. is also a good place to find out information and to connect with others who enjoy all things Amish.

Who would you pick to play the lead roles if this book was made into a movie?
Actually if you look at the cover of the book I think the models are perfectly cast for Elisabeth and Aaron. If they were actors I would choose them. As far as famous actors, I would choose Amanda Seyfried and Kellan Lutz.

What are you working on now or going to write next?
I’m working on the next book in my tween series, the Mysteries of Middlefield, called Secrets Beneath. The first book, A Summer Secret, releases in May.

How can readers get in contact with you?
Several ways:

I’m also on facebook and twitter.

What are you currently reading?
A Pocket Guide to Amish Life by Mindy Starns Clark. A wonderful little book!

Tell us something surprising about yourself that readers may not know.
That I’m absolutely, completely, and unequivocally terrified of heights. Even seeing people on high things on TV makes me queasy. Oddly enough, I don’t mind flying in a plane.

What is your favorite birthday memory?
When we were dating my husband got together with several of my good friends and threw me a surprise 25th birthday party. I had no clue. It was awesome!


Cake flavor/kind?
Chocolate fudge

Most treasured birthday gift?
I don’t know—they’ve all be wonderful.

Disney Princess?
She’s not a princess, but my favorite Disney character is Mulan.

What is/was this book’s release date?
March, 2010. It’s available now! :)

Do you have a link to a place to read the first chapter of this book?

**Open to any country**

Okay readers, here is your chance to win an autographed copy of An Honest Love!

To enter:

*Leave a comment with your name and email address (so I can contact you if you win).

*Please specify that you want to be included in the contest!

*If you want an extra entry, become one of my followers.

*The comment is mandatory. (Please, say in the comment if you are a follower!! It makes my job easier when you do.) You will not be entered unless you leave a comment. If you are already a follower, and then you leave a comment, you will still get two entries in the contest.

*The contest will run from today (March 12) until 6:00 CST on Thursday (March 18). I will announce the winner that night. The winner is always randomly drawn. I will contact the winner on Friday the 19th, and then that person will have one week to reply. If the winner doesn't reply within that time period, I will pick a new winner.

Good luck! Thanks for visiting.


rubynreba said...

Happy Birthday! I'd love to be entered.

I am a follower.

Casey said...

I would love to try Kathleen's work, thank you! I am a follower, please enter me. :)


Emma said...

Happy Birthday!An Honest Love sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win!! I am a follower.

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

Ooo I'm a follower and I would love to be entered to win this! I read the first in this series and really enjoyed it!

XOXO~ Renee

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the contest, I am an avid Christian fiction reader.Thank you

Karla said...

Please enter me in your contest. I would love to win. Amish fiction is my favorite genre. I love your books, as well as Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Suzanne Fisher,
Barbara Cameron and many more!!

Kathleen Fuller said...

Thanks everyone for entering (and for the kind words). And a big thanks to Carmen for a great interview--I actually had trouble thinking up actors to play the characters, but it was fun! :)

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the give away!!
I loved your first book in this series and can't wait to read the next one. Love reading Amish books.
We should get together for cake..your sounds up my alley..I don't waste calories on vanilla!!

pixie13 said...

I love Amish Fiction & would love to be entered into this giveaway. I'm already a follower. Thanks!


denise said...

I would love this book. Enter me. I am a follower.

Anonymous said...

I only read Christian fiction, especially anything about the Amish. Would love to win the book! grammie0907(at)hotmail(dot)com

Linda said...

I love Amish fiction and your book Man of His Word. I would love to read this book. Please enter me. Thanks!

Julia said...

I love Amish fiction. Please enter me.


Julia said...

I'm also a subscriber.


Linda said...

Kathleen Fuller is a new Amish writer for me. Would love to win her book. Please enter me. Thanks.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Carole said...

Happy 18th birthday, Carman! Your world is fixing to open up even more.

I enjoy Amish fiction and am glad to discover Kathy's books. Thank you both for the interview and giveaway.

I'm also a follower.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Abi said...

Oh, I read Man of His Word. I'd love to read this book too. Please include me in this giveaway.

I'm a subscriber/follower


ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Lindsey said...

This book looks absolutely wonderful!! Please Enter me!!
I haven't read many Amish books. but have been wanting to try some and, this one looks to good to pass up!:)
And I'm with her on the fear of heights I don't like them either:)

Anonymous said...

I would love a chance to win, I am a follower! Love your books! Dawn Searcy

justpeachy36 said...

Please enter me in the giveaway.

I am a follower.

Merry said...

Please include me in the drawing for An Honest Love, a sweet story is always a blessing.

I'm a follower.


Theresa N. said...

The book sounds wonderful and the research fun. Please sign me up for the giveaway.
Theresa N

Anonymous said...

i enjoy reading books w/ the Amish lifestyle...would love to read this one...


The Bookworm said...

I'd love to be included in this contest! Thanks so much for the chance to win!


The Bookworm said...

I'm a follower!


Trinity Rose said...

Love your blog. I enjoyed your interview and would love to be entered in the giveaway.
I'm also a follower.
Thanks and blessings,
Trinity Rose

Would love for you to be a follower on my blog. I just started being a reviewer and I need more followers. Thanks

LoveMy2Dogs said...

It's sounds like me and Kathy have some things in common, we both live in Ohio and we both love Wanda E Brunstetter. I am so hooked on books about the Amish. I would love to win this and get hooked on her books also.


Kathleen Fuller said...

Lindsey, the heights thing is terrible; I feel your pain. I can't even go to the circus because the trapeze artists make me nervous. I guess I have a true phobia. Maureen, I'm ready for chocolate cake any time. :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday. Please enter me. I enjoy reading your books. This is one my to get list.

LoveMy2Dogs said...

A Happy follower.


EVA SB said...

I've never read Amish fiction before so this would be an interesting book.
Please count me in.

I'm a follower

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to read this new book!!!

nmetzler said...

Sounds like a fun read!

Please enter me in the contest.

natashasiegrist at hotmail dot com

Emily said...

Oooh! Can't wait to read this book!
Please enter me!


Emily said...

I'm following you!


Heather said...

Count me in :-) Carmen sent me.


Anonymous said...

I would love to be entered into the drawing and I am also a follower! Thank you for writing such wonderful books...I especially love Amish fiction!

Kathryn said...

This sounds like a sweet love story :)

Please enter me!


yafenelra said...

I would love to be entered into the drawing. I loved the first book in the series and can't wait to read the next one. I love Amish fiction. Am originally from Ohio so am familiar with them somewhat.

How do I become a follower? I do get the emails from Amish Living. Does that make me a follower? I have a profile.

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the contest!!!!

kathleen fuller said...

Hello again everyone! I had a question--have any of you visited Amish country? I write about Middlefield, OH, but there are lots of other settlements all over the US and in Canada. I haven't had a chance to go to Lancaster yet, but it's on the list. If you've been to Amish Country, where did you visit?

Nancye said...

This sounds like a wonderful book! Please include me in this giveaway.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nancye said...


nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

yafenelra said...

Though I lived in Ohio (North West) I never got to any of the Amish communities. But I have driven through some in Indiana where they had the horse and buggies. Where I lived there were a lot of Mennonites.

Maureen said...

Hi Kathleen...yes i've been to Lancaster PA....we used to take vacations to Bird In Hand Pa. You will think me strange but I loved being there on Mondays and driving around on the back roads , and seeing their laundry on the lines!
Actually I live in upstate NY between Syracuse and Utica NY in farm country. A lot of Amish have moved into our area and are farming. Now I can see the buggies and laundry...closer to home!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree with everyone, it does sound like a wonderful book and I would love to be included in the opportunity to win!!
Felicia Aaron

Mandy Lail said...

I think its great that you also write books for tweens. I wish that I had knowns that as a teenager. Its good to know that there are good books out there for my daughter to read when she's older.
I would love to be entered for a chance to win!