Adina Senft: Writing, Rescue Chickens, and an Amish Fiction Giveaway!

I’m bringing you a special treat today:  an interview with my friend, the wonderful Amish fiction writer Adina Senft!

Lee:  What challenges do you face to getting your writing done? Tell us a little about your writing habits. 

Adina Senft: The biggest challenge at the moment seems to be juggling the three lines of business of AdinaSenft_hen_lores
my little company (, which are writing, copyediting, and teaching. I can do any two of them simultaneously, but when the third is added to the mix in the same week, I’m putting in twelve-hour days before I know it.

Thank goodness for my eleven rescued chickens! They expect to come out for their daily scratch and peck in the yard at noon and four, so it forces me away from the computer and out into the garden, where I can enjoy the comedy and give snuggles liberally.

During a normal week, though, I’m up at about 7:30 and have coffee and breakfast with my husband. By nine I’m in front of my big-screen iMac, where I do editing for clients. At noon the hens come out, and then once they’re in, from one to four I work on my book. At four the racket from the coop forces me to go for a walk with the flock, and after that it’s bedtime for them and dinnertime for me.

Lee:  What’s your biggest or most humorous flaw as a Christian woman?

Adina Senft: I’ve been thinking this over lately as I’ve been writing essays about my Amish fiction with the release of Keys of Heaven, the second book in the Healing Grace trilogy. My heroine, Sarah, has a tendency to take things into her own hands, and I share that tendency. Because I’m what my mom used to call a “go-getter,” I take on a lot of work because I think I can do it, and with not very much room for error, the risk of disaster is pretty big.

I need to slow down and look up, and realize that there really isn’t any need for me to do it all. I only think that because people bring me things to do. I need to develop the strength to say no and the humility to accept the healing moments that God sends … because He does. But in racing past trying to meet a deadline, I can often miss them.

 Lee: What book can readers look forward to next? What’s special to you about this book?

Senft_Keys Of HeavenKeys of Heaven
released this month, and the last book in the trilogy will be out in July. It’s called Balm of Gilead, and like the other books in the series, it’s about a physical ailment my herbalist-in-training heroine is treating (in this case, chapped hands) and the spiritual ailment that the Great Physician heals (no peace because the hero won’t submit to God’s gentle call back to the Amish church). This whole series has been special to me, both because of the herbal medicine that I learned about (and use!) and because it’s good to be reminded of the healing power of the spirit, especially in our world today.

 Adina Senft Giveaway!

I’d be delighted to give away a copy of Keys of Heaven to one commenter who comments TODAY on the subject of any cures or “folk medicine” that you or your family used when you were growing up—or even now. Let’s help one another!




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Hot real lemon juice and honey in hot water for a sore throat. It did and still does work! Also Olive oil for an ear ache.

Robin Bunting

for cough and cold, my mother would cut up and boil in water fresh grapefruit and we had to drink the result. Taste…pretty bad. Did it work…I don’t remember other than that bitter taste.

Leadie Jo Flowers

Glad to see the book is out! My mother lover the first one and has been waiting for the others. Quite and enjoyable read. Thanks!

Ann Ellison

For an earache bake an onion in the oven and then cut it in half and wrap it in a towel and hold it on your ear. Guess it was the heat, but it did seem to help.

Adina Senft

An onion, my goodness! This is a new one on me, too. But you’re probably right–the warmth would have done its job.

Elaine Shorb

When I was small, my grandfather would blow cigar smoke in my ear when I had an ear ache.

Janet B.

My grandfather dipped snuff & if we got stung by a bee he would put a little paste of snuff on the wound. He insisted it would draw the stinger out.