Heroine Interview from Pennsylvania Patchwork by Kate Lloyd

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This week I’m hosting  Louise Gouge with A Lady of Quality and Kate Lloyd with Pennsylvania Patchwork. If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (July 14th) evening. 

Patch1Heroine Interview from Pennsylvania Patchwork by Kate Lloyd:

Holly Fisher, what is the most interesting thing about you?

A few months ago, I would have described myself as a typical Northwest woman pouring her energy into building a career. But that was before I lost my job and my mother dropped the bombshell, revealing her Pandora box of deceit, its roots buried deeply into the soil of Pennsylvania Dutch country. Since then, I’ve moved to an Old Order Amish farm in Lancaster County, PA, where I’ve floundered to grasp hold of reality. Until I met Zach, a Mennonite veterinarian.

Is he the man of your dreams?

From the first I could see Zach was drop-dead gorgeous, but I thought he was a mama’s boy. Then I came to realize he was forthright, hard-working, caring, and crazy about me. When he proposed, I closed my eyes and dove in! The most spontaneous, impetuous act I’ve ever committed. Truth is, I’m basically unsure of myself.

What’s the most important trait in a spouse?

Bare-bones honesty. Plus, we need to share a zing of attraction.

Are there obstacles in your relationship with him?

Unfortunately, yes. My mom and my Amish grandma claim Zach carries a duplicitous past: a dark secret. I figure my Amish grandma would prefer I marry an Amish man, which makes sense. And my mother continues a weird lifelong rivalry with Zach’s mother. I think it’s time they both accepted me as an adult capable of making her own choices. But what if they’re right and my world is about to tumble upside down again?

You are also being pursued by an Amishman. Can you imagine yourself living in an Amish household without electricity or telephone?

Yes, if surrounded by a loving family, I’d give up my car and computer.

Should God grant your greatest request, what would it be?

To meet my father, who died in Vietnam. Not once did Dad cradle me in his arms, although I’m sure he longed to be with Mom and me from across the other side of the world.

Do you think growing up without a dad influenced your attitude toward men?

Yes, I was always wary of them—and my heavenly Father, who never seemed to answer my prayers. Several years ago, I got involved with a deadbeat cheater, adding to my distrust of men. But still, deep inside I ached for family more than anything: a husband and a minivan—or a horse and buggy?—full of kids. Now in my 30s my bio-clock is running out of time.

What is your worst character trait?

I tend to hold a grudge and need to emulate the Amish. For example, I honestly want to forgive my mother; I’ve told her I have. Yet, I can’t forget a lifetime of her dishonesty. What if she’s still scheming against me?

What are you afraid of most?

Making the wrong choice that will forever alter the trajectory of my life.