Amish fiction author Sarah Price has traveled around the world visiting Amish communities but will return to her favorite here in Indiana during a visit next month.
From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Dunlap Branch, Price will talk with fans and sign books.
“The Indiana Amish are my favorite,” Price said. “I almost don’t want to say that because I don’t want the tourists to flock out to them.”
Price, best-selling author of over 25 Amish fiction books will be promoting her latest books, “Sadie: An Amish adaptation of Snow White” and “The Amish Christmas Letters,” which she co-wrote with authors Patricia Davids and Jennier Beckstrand.
Price said that “Sadie” finishes a series of fairy tales she’s re-imagined as novels for adults. She said her goal was to show that classic stories can be retold in new and exciting ways that are realistic.
“They are fairy tales told in an Amish setting, you can retell someone in a new way that is realistic to adults,” Price said.
Price was raised Mennonite in New Jersey and became interested in the Amish way of life when her grandparents took her to visit Amish country in Pennsylvania when she was a child.
She was able to befriend and live with Amish families over the years and uses those connections and visits to get an understanding of their way of life.
“I think that it’s my Mennonite background and my respect for their culture and their religion that they accept me and respect my work,” she said. “I strive for true authenticity and accuracy, I try to portray them as real people, not just caricatures. They have emotions, likes and dislikes, people think they’re all the same but they’re not, they’re real people.”
Price said that she tries to take her readers along for a journey with her characters, so that the readers feel a connection and feel like they were along for the ride with the characters.
She said she’s looking forward to meeting people during her visit and hopes to meet some readers.
“It’s so nice to get a hands on experience with the people that are reading the books and interacting with them,” she said.