Today I have the chance to welcome Karen Hopkins to the blog. Karen is the author of Temptation and Belonging - the tale of two teens who fall in love. But things get a little complicated when one Amish and the other ... isn't.
1. How far after Temptation does Belonging take place?
Belonging immediately follows the ending of Temptation.
2. Why did you decide to write about the Amish?
Shortly after moving to the northern Kentucky Amish community, Amish teens began arriving at my horse farm to participate in horseback riding activities. As I watched the interactions between the Amish kids and the non-Amish ones, I noticed some flirtatious behavior going on, which grew the seed of Rose and Noah’s forbidden love affair in my mind.
3. Noah and Rose have a somewhat forbidden love. What are some of your favorite tales of forbidden love?
Obviously, Romeo and Juliet, comes to mind immediately, but a more current story I enjoyed about problematic romance was Twilight. I think whenever you have two people who are crazy about each other, but are unable to be together easily, it makes an interesting story.
4. Who is your favorite character to write?
I spent a lot of time observing and interacting with the teenage boys in my community before I felt comfortable writing Noah’s POV. I enjoyed writing his POV, because of the challenge of it. Sam was also fun to write. His voice just popped easily onto the pages.
5. How many books will be in the Temptation series?
There will be three books in the series. The third book is called FOREVER and will be released in 2014. There may be more books in the future focusing on other teens living in the Meadowview Community.
6. What are some YA books that you’re excited about in 2013?
I’m looking forward to reading Mind Games by Kiersten White and A.G. Howard’s Splintered.
7. What sets the Temptation series apart from other young adult series’?
It’s set in the real world, yet still has the feel of fantasy about it. The Amish lifestyle is fascinating and also strange to outsiders, but it really exists in a large portion of the United States. The Temptation series gives the reader information about a culture that they probably don’t know much about, while enthralling them in the Rose and Noah’s story at the same time.
A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.
Your heart misleads you.
That's what my friends and family say.
But I love Noah.
And he loves me.
We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other's arms.
It should be
ROSE & NOAH
But it won't be.
Because he's Amish.
And I'm not.
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