Author Interview + 2 Giveaways: The Beloved Hope Chest by Amy Clipston

As many of you know, I'm a huge fan of the Amish Heirloom series, as well as the author, Amy Clipston. And that's not only because I'm part of her street team, the aptly named Bakery Bunch (though I'm not much of a baker...shhh..), but because I really enjoy the stories she write, as well as the message in each of them. I've finished her latest release, The Beloved Hope Chest and was astounded by how much it tugged at my heartstrings. 


One of the themes was the love of a mother for her children. So in celebration of Mother's Day (tomorrow), and as part of the Celebrate Lit tour, here's a little interview with Amy to chat about being a mom.  I want to thank Amy & Celebrate Lit for the awesome giveaways as well! 


1. Hi Amy, do you have a tradition on Mother's Day (something your husband or kids do for you every year)? 
My husband and boys give me gifts and cards, and there is always at least one card from the cats. Then they take my mom and me out to lunch or dinner. It’s fun! 
2. What was your favorite Mother's Day? 
My favorite was after Matt was born because I had my two wonderful boys.
3. When you first learned you were going to be a mom what thoughts entered your mind?
I was thrilled, and I hoped and prayed my baby would be healthy. I prayed this prayer fervently when I was pregnant with Matthew because I’d experienced a miscarriage two years before he was born. I was terrified I was going to lose another baby, which why I call Matthew my miracle. He was appropriately born on Good Friday. 
4.  Amy, please share a special "proud mom" moment that you had with each of your boys. I'm thinking of the Scripture that "Mary kept all these things in her heart" and thought there might be something that even Matt and Zac don't know about. 
This year each of my boys has moved me to tears because of their loving and giving hearts. I’m not going to use any names in order to protect their privacy.

One of my sons stood up to a bully by defending another boy who was being harassed. When the bully called the victim horrible names, my son walked up to the bully and gave him a piece of his mind. The bully was stunned silent and left the victim alone. I can’t express how proud I am that my child didn’t stand by and allow a bully to hurt another child.

My other son was a blessing to his friend when he needed help. His friend was depressed and shared while they were talking online that he was thinking about hurting himself. My son texted the other boy’s mother and told her he was worried about him. When this issue came up again when my son was with his friend, he listened to his friend talk and even cried with him while offering him comfort. I had tears in my eyes when my son shared this with me.

I’m really proud of my sons for helping others in their time of need. I believe my sons will continue to be a blessing to others. 
5. Can you share one of your parenting goof ups? 
Oh, there are so many, but some I would never put on display in a blog! Ha ha!  The one I will share happened the weekend before Zac started Kindergarten. Joe and I took him to the beach at the Outer Banks, and we spent the day on Oregon Inlet. It was overcast, and I stupidly didn’t think we needed sunblock. I didn’t know until later that Zac burned terribly on his shoulders, and he went to school the following day in pain. To make matters worse, he developed blisters. I cried! It was terrible. I felt so horrible for allowing him to get hurt that way. (Please don’t send me hate mail. I learned my lesson!)
6. What was your most favorite book to read to your boys when they were little? 
Zac absolutely loved Big Joe’s Trailer Truck by Joe Mathieu! He knew it by heart! It’s the cutest book, and I read it to Matt also. We kept it and will pass it on if they have children.
7. What's one of your favorite memories/stories of your boys with your books? Has anything special you recall been used in one of your books?
For the past four years I’ve spoken to the 6th grade at my boys’ middle school. I don’t think I embarrassed them too badly when they were members of the audience. One of my sons doesn’t tell many people that I write books, but my other son proudly shares it with friends and teachers. He frequently comes home from school and tells me that the girls in his classes are reading my books. I’m thankful he’s not embarrassed by me or my books.

I really haven’t used any experiences with my boys in my books; however, I named characters Zachary and Matthew in my Kauffman Amish Bakery series.

8. Out of all of your novels, who is your favorite mother?
Mattie Fisher from my Amish Heirloom series is my favorite! She’s modeled after my mother with her patient, loving heart. My mom and I sit together and have a cup of tea every night, just like Mattie and her daughters do.
9. What advice would you give to those who are not Mothers, yet long for children?
Since I have experienced a miscarriage and I know how it feels to lose a baby, my heart goes out to those who long to have children. I don’t feel I have the authority to give any advice, except to suggest that they speak to a fertility specialist. I hope those who long for children will have their prayers answered soon.
10. Can you share a special memory of your mother?
My favorite memory as a child is going to the movies with my mother every Saturday. We would go to see a matinee, and we had the best time! My love of movies truly comes from my parents.

This might sound corny, but my mom and I make special memories every day. She lives with my family and me, and she’s my best friend. We watch movies and television shows together, and we share books. While I’m working on a book, she sits in the same room and reads in order to keep my company. She helps me plot out my stories and she reads my books for typos. I can’t imagine not having her in my life. I’m so thankful God blessed me with the best mom!

Amy, thank you for this opportunity for us to get to know you better on such a special occasion! Happy Mother's Day! 


Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats.

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Title:  The Beloved Hope Chest
Series: Amish Heirloom series, Book 4
Author: Amy Clipston
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Audio Release Date:  May 9, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Amish Fiction

In the final installment of the Amish Heirloom series, the Fisher sisters learn the mystery behind their parents’ marriage—and about the sibling who has never been spoken of.

Mattie Fisher’s three daughters know that she’s been keeping a secret from them. With each item pulled from the beloved family hope chest, they’ve discovered a new clue about their mother’s past.


But there’s a reason Mattie has been keeping her history hidden, and she’s not sure she’s ready to reopen old wounds. Will dredging up the past change the way her children view her? Or her marriage to their father? And can she handle the pain of revisiting the memories that preceded the last few happy decades?


Mattie’s story is one of grief and learning to love again. But like the best things preserved in a hope chest, it's a story of love and redemption born out of heartache—and it's past time to share it.

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GIVEAWAY 1
As a special feature in celebration of Mother's Day, Amy have graciously provided this giveaway to host for members of her Bakery Bunch (which I'm absolutely proud to be a part of). Want to know what you'll win? Here's a pic: 


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GIVEAWAY 2
To celebrate her Celebrate Lit tour, Amy is also giving away a copy of An Amish Home and an handpicked Amish goodie chosen by Amy to two winners! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


For more reviews, interviews, guest posts and more entries to giveaway #2, click on the banner above or the Celebrate Lit logo below to take you to the tour schedule.

                                                                                                                                           


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22 comments:

  1. Being with my kids when they were little.

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  2. Having four generations of Mom's all together for one special Mother's Day. There was my Granny, my Mom, my daughter and me. That was back in the day of cameras with batteries and film but I am fortunate enough to have one photograph from that day which I treasure.

    First and foremost I cherish the 17 years we had our daughter and the treasures she made for me for Mother's Day. The year after her passing, my awesome husband bought me a beautiful ring with Jenet's favorite stones for my first Mother's Day without Jenet here other than in my heart. That way he said I would always know she was with me whenever I looked at that ring. <3

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    1. That is sooooo SWEET! Happy Mother's Day!

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  3. I have to say these are both amazing giveaways. I'd love to be the fortunate one selected on either of them! Thanks for the chance. <3

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    1. I agree. These are amazing giveaways for SURE!!

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  4. My favorite memories are when all my children were little and at home and I got to spend Mothers Day with all of them at the same time.

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  5. My favorite Mother's Day memories are of all of us taking my Mom out for dinner and spending the day together.

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  6. I am so grateful to be able to spend time with my mom who is 98 years young on Mother's Day. I treasure everyday she is here with us and making more memories.

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  7. This series sounds so intriguing! My mother is 100 years old and I have many memories of her and my Dad raising us four kids. She is an inspiration-- she and my sister wrote a book of her memories growing up as a missionary kid in China . It was published just last year! My son also helped with it -- he is a graphic designer. It was great to get a lot of family involved with this project.

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  8. Making my mom feel special!

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  9. Fantastic interview. Love the pictures! Congrats on the new book, Amy!

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    1. THanks Allison! I love the pics too, especially of Amy and her boys!

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  10. when the kids where home it was working in the garden, planting new flowers. then cleaning up and going out to dinner. Now it is going out to dinner and a movie

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    1. Sweet. Time spent together will always be special!

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  11. I love Amy Clipston's Amish books. Looking forward to these titles!
    Dianna

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  12. Our tradition: My husband and kids get me 4 hanging plants for the porch each Mother's Day.
    Dianna

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