|Suzanne Woods Fisher with one of her beautiful labs|
I’ve always been intrigued by my Plain relatives, even as a child. They have a very gentle spirit, very warm and welcoming, and I admire their focus on a simple life. My grandfather was one of eleven children, raised Old Order German Baptist Brethren, near Gettysburg, PA. He left the colony as an adult, but kept in close contact with his many siblings (and many, many cousins, second cousins, third cousins, etc.). The German Baptists (also known as Dunkards) share core beliefs with the Amish and Mennonites. All Anabaptists. Same song, different verse.
I’m a dog lover and I know there are many dog lovers out there in the reading world. You have gone a step farther than simply loving dogs as pets to raising dogs for service. How did you get started raising Guide Dog puppies?
It has to be rewarding to know the pups you raise are going to be some person’s way to a more independent life. Do you ever know any details or stories about how your pups make a difference in someone’s life? Heard an inspiring story about your pups after they leave your care?
I know there must be things I don’t know to ask about what you do with these dogs. So please share anything that is especially difficult or rewarding for you or that you think we might just like to know if I only knew the right questions to ask.
Any last words before we say goodbye? And be sure to tell everyone how they can find out more about your books.
Thank you, Suzanne. Remember, everybody, if you leave a comment you'll have a chance to win Suzanne's book The Waiting. Think how much fun it will be to win a Christy Award nominated book. Also, be sure to tune into "Amish Wisdom," an internet radio program hosted by Suzanne every Thursday. Here's the link. http://toginet.com/shows/amishwisdom. You might even hear me on there sometime in June talking about my new Shaker book.
Let me know what you think. Want me to find more writer friends to tell us what they do along with writing great books?