Monday, July 12, 2010

Mary Ellis' "Never Far From Home"

We're happy to have Mary Ellis with us today talking about her book, Never Far From Home. To learn more about Mary and her book, read on!

1) How did this story come to you?
Since I live in a rural area, I’ve been fascinated with farms for many years. Researching to write Never Far from Home was a real eye-opener for me. Agriculture, even Amish farming, is much more complex than most would assume. Since I have visited Amish families since childhood, I am enjoying writing stories set in the close-knit Christian community of Holmes County, Ohio. Getting to know sheep and horses up-close-and-personal has been a special treat.
2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I spent about eight years writing in several different genres and sending to too many publishing houses to count. Then I tried submitting to agents instead. I found my wonderful agent this way, and she sold my two romantic suspense novels. When I decided to change from ABA to CBA, she found my current publishing house, which is a “perfect fit” for me.
3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I used to teach middle school math and algebra, but not English, which might not surprise my editor. My favorite pastime is snorkeling, even though I’ve never lived close to a beach in my life. And I once volunteered at the Cleveland Zoo as a docent snake–handler. I used to wrap (well-fed) boa constrictors around my neck and shoulders during presentations to school groups.
4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m currently finishing the third in the Miller Family series, The Way to a Man’s Heart, which will be released in July. I’m also working on a Christmas novella to be released late next summer.
5) Parting comments?
If there are any discouraged writers who are reading this…don’t give up! Many times I was ready to throw in the towel, but now I’m so glad I didn’t. Have faith.
6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Readers can find me at I love to hear from fans at


  1. I would love reading this book.
    Thanks for the fun interview...

  2. I LOVE any kind of Amish book. I would love to see it in real life.. Can't wait to read it

  3. I enjoy reading Amish stories. Please enter me in the drawing.


  4. This book is on my wishlist. I'd love to win a copy.


  5. I just became an email subscriber of your blog.
    Mary, I love books about the Amish and yours looks wonderful.
    Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.

  6. I am really enjoying Amish fiction.

  7. Sounds like a great book.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Trinity Rose

    wandaelaine at gmail dot com

  8. Looks like a marvellous book. My favorite genre is Amish fiction.It would be great to try a new author!!

  9. Thank you for being kind enough to give away a book. I would love to win it.
    Kaye Whitney

  10. This is one of the many books I want to read. I would love to win a copy. Thank you.

    Linda Ortiz

  11. thanks to everyone who had such kind things to say about Amish fiction. I love writing these stories. I live a bit vicarioulsy through my characters' lives. Thanks, K. Dawn, for a chance to meet your lovely readers. Mary Ellis

  12. I would love to win a copy of "Never Far from Home".

  13. I loved your interview, but must admit that my fear of snakes had me shuddering at the thought of a boa being wrapped around your neck! I've only recently started reading Amish fiction and would love to give your book a chance!

    Blessings to you and K. Dawn~

  14. I appreciated this interview and would love to read Mary's book, as I really enjoy Amish fiction. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  15. thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  16. This sounds like a book that I would love! Please count me in. Thanks for the chance.

    I'm an e-mail subscriber.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  17. I just wanted to clear up one tiny exaggeration...the boa constrictor was more around my shoulders than my neck. The professional zoo snake-handler explained they never take chances with their volunteers. So not to worry, Beverly. I have one question for you--where was that photo of your & your hubby(?) taken? Gorgeous, wherever it was! Mary Ellis

  18. I would love to win this book.

    dancalert at aol dot com