BRBB:Are any of your characters based on people you have met?
BRBB:How long does it typically take you to write your novels?
CW:The Sound of Sleigh Bells is a novella, and it has 60,000 words. My novels are 100,000 words. It took me two to three months to write The Sound of Sleigh Bells. Part of the reason I wrote it so quickly is that once I got started I had a hard time taking a break. The story begged to be written, so I wrote day and night.
BRBB:What message(s) do you want your readers to come away with after reading your novels?
CW:The takeaway is different for each book. In the Sisters of the Quilt series (When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and When the Soul Mends), I shared the “nevertheless” principle, which basically says that God is always on our side. No matter where we are or what is going on in our lives, nevertheless He has the power to redeem any circumstance, even though it doesn’t look or feel like it when we’re in the middle of a crisis.
The overall takeaway for each story I write is to see the Creator of life in a way that refreshes and renews the spirit.
Without insights or revelations, we are left with either legalism or fleeting emotionalism. Under the law, I fail. Under emotionalism, I fizzle. But when my eyes are opened to life’s principles, they become a part of who I am. I hope readers enjoy the escape into an engaging story and are strengthened when they rejoin the world around them.
BRBB:What is in the works that your readers can look forward to in the future?
CW:I’m currently writing book two of the Ada’s House series. Book one is The Hope of Refuge. Book two is tentatively titled The Bridge of Time, and it will be out in the summer of 2010. One of the best ways for readers to keep up with what I’ll have coming out and my upcoming appearances is to sign up for my newsletter. It’s called Plain News. It goes out four times per year, and it’s FREE. I share articles about my time with the Amish, Amish recipes, and a lot more. To join go to https://www.cindywoodsmall.com/newsletter.php.
Lizzy sees the changes in her niece when Beth shows her the woodworking, and after Lizzy hunts down Jonah, the artist, she is all the more determined that Beth meets this man with the hands that create healing art. But it’s not that simple–will Lizzy’s elaborate plan to reintroduce her niece to love work? Will Jonah be able to offer Beth the sleigh ride she’s always dreamed of and a second chance at real love–or just more heartbreak?
The Sound of Sleigh Bells is a heartwarming Christmas novella where lack and abundance inside an Amish community has power for good when it’s tucked inside love. Romantic Times gave The Sound of Sleigh Bells 4 ½ stars, saying ~ This is a wonderfully written, transformative story of two Amish families at Christmastime. It will bring sleigh-riding memories to life as readers vicariously join in this jolly and exciting holiday tradition.
To read the first chapter of The Sound of Sleigh Bells, go to: https://www.cindywoodsmall.com/books/sound-of-sleigh-bells_excerpt.php
Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author whose connection with the Amish has been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal. Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connections with Plain Mennonite and Old Order Amish families.
Cindy is the mother of three sons and two daughters-in-law, and she and her husband reside in Georgia. Visit her Web site at https://www.cindywoodsmall.com/.
I really loved reading this book. Maybe it’s because it’s about the Amish (I really love the Amish!), maybe it’s the season of winter (winter=holidays=something else I love!), or maybe it’s the simple fact of Cindy Woodsmall’s beautiful talent of writing a story that I didn’t want to end, that I loved this book so much!
It’s a story of hurt, guilt, faith, love and friendship between two Amish members. The plot of this story is simply life like and warm.
I’m not going to make my review of this book too long as if I do I will be too tempted to tell the end of this magnificent story! And I don’t want to do that as I don’t want to spoil this for my followers! But I WILL give this book praises over and over, and I’ll give the author a 5 star rating for a talent that is truly God-guided and inspiring. The Sound of Sleigh Bells is a book to curl up with at the fire place on a cold winter evening, with a cup of coffee, hot cider, or hot cocoa, and you’ll be warmed from the start! It’s a blessing you won’t want to miss!!!!
*This book was provided to me for review courtesy of the author and her publisher*