Writing Projects

Current Work in Progress:  Possible Power (working title)

Will love always protect, trust, hope, and persevere?

Set against the backdrop of Horse Progress Days – the Amish summer showcase event in which draft animal power is shown to be possible, practical, and profitable – this is a story of forgiveness and redemption for two women who are forced to rely on faith as they are challenged to react, respond, and reach out to others as children of God.

Nineteen-year-old Rachel Keim’s attraction to Daniel Grandin grows as she works alongside him at his family’s farmhouse inn. They make plans to attend Horse Progress Days together. She is surprised when she receives a letter from Eli Yoder whom she met during a girlfriend getaway in Pinecraft over a year ago.  He will be in town for the showcase event and hopes to spend quality time with her—time to talk about progressing their relationship beyond letters.  What kind of future can she have with Eli when a great distance spans between them?  Since Daniel is not Amish, how can she continue to get closer to him when their worlds are so far apart?  How will she juggle the two men in her life as she helps manage the bustling inn on the busiest weekend of the year?

After losing her daughter in a tragic accident, twenty-six-year-old Miriam Lapp deals with her grief in an unhealthy manner. While visiting Horse Progress Days, temptation overwhelms her, and she makes a terrible mistake, which affects Rachel’s family. Miriam is forced to face the consequences of her actions behind bars where her heart begins to heal as she finds a renewed sense of purpose. But will her husband and their neighbor Esther Stoltzfus ever forgive her for the choices she made?

Her Reasons – A Rumspringa Quilt Novella

Manuscript Status: Complete


Will a grandmother’s words of wisdom be enough to influence an Amish teen’s future?

On her sixteenth birthday, Mariah Mast begins her Rumspringa and explores the world outside her faith. While she enjoys the attention from Dustin Verona, an Englisher, her best friend Josiah Weaver watches from a distance with a disapproving eye. Trouble and disappointment compound her confusion. Recognizing the teen’s need for space, Mariah’s grandmother sends her to Pinecraft, Florida. Upon bidding farewell, the grandmother gives Mariah a keepsake quilt, which may hold the key to her future happiness.



Camp Galatians

Manuscript Status: Complete

Beth Shapiro has no desire to spend a week with the Hiram County Christian seventh grade class on their annual fall camping trip.  And if Erick Moulder was assigned to her trail group, this would be a very long week.

Erick Moulder can’t wait to tackle the Camp Galatians low ropes course and explore the woods with his friends.  He hopes Beth Shapiro has been assigned to his Trail Group.  After his mother’s recent passing, Erick has yearned to find hope in something.

At the end of the week, the campers participate in the Spirit Challenge.  This unique opportunity tests their courage, their friendships, and their relationships with God in ways they never could have imagined.