Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you've just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 30 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!
* The hunt BEGINS on 3/1/2018 at noon MST with Stop #1 at LisaTawnBergen.com.
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* There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt - you have all weekend (until Sunday, 3/4/2018 at midnight MST)! So take your time, read the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books.
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It is my honor to host Mindy Starns Clark, author of The Amish Quilter. Linda Mueller’s life is as planned out and precise as the beautiful quilts she makes—until she meets Isaac Mast, a newcomer to Lancaster County. They bond over their shared love of art and a mutual search for information about her late grandmother, and soon the seams of Linda’s carefully-constructed world begin to loosen. But when an astonishing truth comes to light, will their deepening relationship completely unravel, or can she find some way to stitch it back together again?
How Whisper the Cat Made His Way Onto the Pages of a Novel
Readers often ask if I base my characters on real people. Though the answer is no, at least for the humans in my stories, I can’t say the same for the animals. Most are fictional, but recently an actual real-life pet made his way into The Amish Quilter, co-written with Leslie Gould, which will be coming out in May.
So how did Whisper the cat end up in our story? His owner won it as a prize at the 4th Annual Ovarian Cancer Walk held in memory of Mariette Smith (pictured at right, cuddling with her own cat), an amazing woman and dear friend who passed away in 2013. Every year since, loved ones have gathered for an annual walk in her honor, raising funds for ovarian cancer research, awareness, and support.
Mariette was such an enthusiastic reader of my work that my annual donations to the walk’s silent auction have always been books and/or book-related items. Last spring, the timing of the walk coincided with the writing of The Amish Quilter in such a way that I was able (with my co-author’s blessing) to offer something truly unique: the chance for one lucky person to put their actual real-life cat into our story.
To our delight (and relief), the winning feline provided plenty of fodder for the tale. The owner supplied us with pictures, videos, and a personality description that included such quirks as how Whisper won’t drink water unless it’s running from a spigot. Love it!
For story purposes, Leslie and I decided that the cat would simply start showing up in the barn at milking time—drawn by the dripping faucet over the cows’ watering trough—and slowly make his way into the hearts of the characters. Overall, the green-eyed feline’s role in the story is minor, but his presence is a fun touch, especially the effect he has on two young family members.
The book comes out in May, so my hope is that you’ll enjoy meeting the fictional version of this cat—and the Amish family he adopts—then. In the meantime, you can learn more about the next Ovarian Cancer Walk for Mariette here. I haven’t yet figured out what I’ll be donating this time, but as always it’s guaranteed to have something to do with books.
MINDY STARNS CLARK is the bestselling author of more than 30 books, both fiction and nonfiction. She has received numerous honors, including Christy Awards, Inspirational Readers Choice Awards, and RT Book Review’s Career Achievement Award. Visit her website at www.mindystarnsclark.com, or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MindyStarnsClark.
Here's the Stop #28 Skinny:
You can order Mindy's book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, CBD, or your local bookstore.
Clue to write down: WRITING
Ready for Stop #29? Next Stop on the Loop: Mindy Starns Clark's own site!
But wait! Before you go, I'm giving three lucky US winners their choice of one of my Hawthorne House novels!
I also want to make sure everyone comes away with a little bit of something. Tuesday, March 6, everyone can enjoy a free novella from my new series, Haven Manor. A Search for Refuge will be available wherever you normally purchase ebooks. And if you're looking for more fun after the scavenger hunt, join the launch party for the novella over on Facebook.