29 April 2012

Interview Kelly Marie Long

Kelly Long is the author of the new Amish colonial release Arms of LoveI met Kelly through ACFW (She is a member of the MidAtlantic Zone of which I am Zone Director), Colonial American Christian Writers, and God brought us together!

Kelly, welcome to Overcoming Through Time.  Would you share either the most difficult thing in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help, or the most tragic situation or circumstance one of your character’s has had to get past? 

My mother died on Feb. 22, 2011 at 2:30 AM. My fingers were on her pulse. It will always be the most dramatic loss of my life. But, God was and is glorified. Grief is the last gift of love. I miss her so much that only time will lessen the pain or shape the pain into something that I can handle, accept, and believe…But Got still be praised!

CFP: Kelly we at OTT-WGH are sorry for your loss.  Both Diana and I lost our mothers in the last two years. We pray God will bring you peace as you work through your grief.

What is your favorite bible verse and why? 

“I will lift up mine eyes to the hills from whence my Redeemer cometh.” It is a verse that sees beyond the immediate, the pressure, pain, and loss of the moment. And I know that it is absolutely true!

Disability friendliness:

I do believe that they are all available in alternative formats. My dad is traditionally illiterate…he needs the listening versions!

CFP: I have listened to Kelly's books on audio through audible.com

What has been the most important thing you hope your readers will get from your books and why?

Time is not linear for God. He can redeem and reshape a past that we cannot touch on our own. This is important because so many people think “they’re too bad for the Cross.” But the Cross is the greatest power of all time until Christ returns.

As you researched your books, did you learn anything that particularly touched your heart?

I learned how much the Amish truly suffered in Europe…they were literally burned in the streets for their faith. This is why the Amish respond to violence with compassion—because they have suffered so themselves. It is a brave stance.

In this latest work, do you have any topics useful for bibliotherapy, or therapeutic influence through reading about a disorder or situation? 

Arms of Love is about breaking the cycle of generational violence and abuse, PTSD, and making difficult choices.

Thank you Kelly for agreeing to answer these questions.  Have a blessed day and keep on writing!!

Kelly Long's books are available on Amazon, Christian Book Distritbutors , and other book stores.

GIVEAWAY:  Leave a comment and your email to be entered in this week’s contest.  Drawing will be late Saturday.  Your choice of Kelly Long’s books, choice of format.


  1. Great interview!


  2. Oh my gosh, I LOVE Kelly's books! I'm so looking forward to reading her latest! Thanks for the great interview and giveaway!


  3. Kelly's books look amazing! Please enter me!


  4. I've only read the shorter stories that Kelly has written, but they were still really good!


  5. Thank you for the great interview, CARRIE and KELLY. KELLY, I am so sorry for your loss; they say time heals all wounds, but in the case of losing a loved one (CARRIE and I both lost our moms two years ago), time sometimes seems to stand still. I am certainly better than I was initially. So I praise the Lord for that!

    I loved Arms of Love, and am looking forward to reading more of your books. You have a new fan, KELLY!

  6. DIANA, Thanks for your review on CQ of Kelly's new release, too!

  7. LIZ, thank you, and thanks KELLY for the interview!

  8. MARISSA, Kelly's long stories are even better!

  9. I love Kelly's books, thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.


  10. JENNY, yes, they are! Thanks for coming by!

  11. WENDY, Kelly is one talented lady! She sure keeps busy, too!

  12. Hi, I read Sarah's Garden some time ago, good story- I would love to read more of Kelly.
    thanks for sharing today.
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

  13. Love, love, love, Kelly's books! Can't wait to get my hands on her new one! YAY!!!


  14. Thanks for the giveaway! Kelly's books look really great!


  15. Please enter my name into the drawing! Thanks so much...


  16. PAULA, I loved Sarah's Garden and have my review up this week. Thanks for coming by!

  17. EMILY, Kelly's new book is a little darker than her previous books. Check out Diana's review tomorrow on Colonial Quills website.

  18. Such a wonderful and interesting interview. Blessings all!

  19. It's good to have you with us this week KELLY!

  20. I have read most of Kelly's books and have loved everyone!

    I am sorry for the loss of your Mother. I too have experienced this very recently. My Mother died on January 27th 2012. This will be the first Mother's Day without her and I'm already crying and hurting. How do you get through the firsts. Her birthday is June 16th another first.

    I enjoyed your interview with Carrie.

    My prayers are with you, Carrie, and Diana as Mother's Day approaches.


  21. CARLA, thanks for coming by to visit! It is fun having a CACW member up for the week! Your turn soon!

  22. MArIAN, I think Kelly might still be on her retreat with Cindy Woodsmall and with her Thomas Nelson editor in Amish country!

  23. Thank you so much, JUDY, for the prayers. The firsts are the hardest, but lean on God, your friends and family, and try to remember all the pleasant memories. When people told me that the first year of my mom's passing, I thought of alot of good memories, and all it did was make me cry more and feel worse. Now I can think of them, and not cry every time. It will get better, Judy, as time goes on. Allow yourself to grief, and call upon the Lord for strength. The firsts are rough, but I know the seconds are not so great either. :(

  24. Sorry, JUDY, typo-allow yourself to "grieve"

  25. Amish Colonial, how very interesting! Not sure I've read anything like this before..

  26. love amish books thanks for chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  27. PATTY, I am the founder of the Colonial American Christian Writers group and I have never seen any Amish colonial novels. Nor German immigrants, which I have in my first proposal floating around out there trying to find a home. Not that I have read everything there is but our group members probably have read more in this subgenre than others.

  28. Kelly, I am so sorry about your mom. I know the pain and loss you feel and God will ease those feelings and bring you peace and comfort. It is a difficult process but He will sustain you!

    I have not had the privilege of reading any of your books but I so look forward to remedying that dilemma :) Never heard of an Amish Colonial, but it sounds intriguing!

    Carrie, another great and informative interview! Thank you for your time and effort into keeping us readers in the know :)

  29. ELYSSA is our weekly WINNER per random.org!!! CONGRATS, ELYSSA! Will email you, also!


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