Grab a cup of coffee, sit down, and chat with me and my friend and author Amy Clipston.

Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing “career” began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series and Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Amy works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC, and lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats.

I had the chance recently to sit down and ask Amy a few questions I had about her writing. I hope you enjoy my interview.

Zac: If you could write any genre other than Amish Fiction, what would it be?

Amy: My favorite genre to read for pleasure is young adult. I published three contemporary young adult books in my Roadside Assistance series for ZonderKids, and those were fun to write. If I get the opportunity, I’d love to write another contemporary young adult book. Right now, however, I am super busy with Amish projects, and I’m really thankful for the opportunity to write more books for HarperCollins Christian Publishing.

Zac: I loved reading your YA books. I’m pretty sure they were the first YA books I read. My favorite is Destination Unknown. I couldn’t put that book down!

I’m going to shift gears a little because I’d like to talk about your Amish Fiction for a minute. How do you continue to come up with unique stories among many other books in the Amish genre?

Amy: That is a challenge, and I often toss ideas around with my mom and friends when I plot out my books. I find inspiration in movies and music. I also asked my Amish friend for her thoughts on a unique story she’d heard in her community, and she gave me an idea I plan to use in my next series, which will be out in 2017. The Amish are normal people who experience many of the same issues we non-Amish have, so I sometimes think about stories I’ve heard and then try to imagine what it could be like to experience that in an Amish community.

Zac: That’s awesome! I’m sure many of your readers wish they were your mom right now so they could get early access to your books! I LOVE how you take stories and imagine what it would be like in the Amish community. That’s a great tip for writers!

Now I have to ask you, if you could be any character in a book you wrote, who would it be and why?

Amy: I really have fallen in love with my Fisher family! I’d love to be one of the Fisher sisters, especially Emily, the youngest sister. I don’t have a sister, and I’ve often wondered what it would be like to have an older sister to go to for advice.

Zac: That’s such a great answer! Thank you so much for taking time to answer these questions for me. It’s been great learning more about you and your writing.

Thank you to my readers for joining Amy and me for this coffee interview.