Author Beverly Lewis will share her love of books and give a glimpse into her writing process during a visit to Elkhart Public Library next week.
At 10 a.m. on Friday, April 13, Lewis will talk about her newest release, “The Road Home” and sign copies of it as well.
The author said in an email interview, that she enjoys interacting with her fans, hearing their stories and sharing her process with them.
“Connecting with the people who’ve read my heart on the pages of my books is one of my greatest joys,” Lewis said.
“I am eager to come to EPL and share my heart with the library patrons there, give them a glimpse into my writing process, research for this particular book, and to encourage writers, too.”
Her latest novel, “The Road Home” will be released April 3 and Lewis said that it is a story about grieving and longing for home and family.
The book follows Lena Rose Schwartz, who, after the death of her Amish parents, is separated from her nine siblings and her love. She consoles herself that her new life in Lancaster County, Pa. won’t be forever. Someday she will return to Centreville, Mich., and all she left behind. But even as Lena Rose holds on to hope for a reunion, she discovers that Lancaster holds charms of its own.
Lewis said that the themes are relatible for everyone.
“(These are) sentiments all readers can relate to. But, as Lena Rose declares later in the book: ‘Good things do come out of deep sorrow and great loss…at least in time,’ so “The Road Home” is a story-journey on the path of hope, and ultimate joy.”
Lewis said she draws inspiration for her novels from her own experiences growing up in Lancaster County, as well as family stories of her grandmother Ada Ranck Buchwalter, who left the Old Order Mennonite church and was shunned by her family. She said she will also do deep research by spending time living with Amish families or sharing ideas with trusted Amish friends to make sure she’s accurately portrayed their way of life.
“Since my books typically are character-driven, it’s the authenticity of the cast of characters that builds my passion for their particular story-journey,” she said.
Lewis said she feels a level of familiar comfort when she visits Elkhart County, thanks to the prominence of the many Amish that live in the area. But she said there are differences.
“I’ve sensed a feeling of coming home, since the Amish here are similar, but not in all ways, to Lancaster County’s Amish communities,” Lewis said. “Some of the theological differences are unique and quite interesting and any time I can spend time near Amish farmland, what’s not to love?”
Lewis is already working hard on her next novel, which is set to be released this fall.