About the Book
Cowboys and Amish Girls
Rodeo cowboy, Truman Gunderson, had never met an Amish girl. Amish sisters, Faith, Hope, and Charity had yet to lay eyes on a real, live cowboy. That is until Truman’s galloping horse crosses paths with Charity’s runaway buggy. Truman is not the type to shy away from any challenge, but after he learns something about Faith, Hope, and especially Charity, he realizes that he has met his match.
About the Author
Thomas Nye writes novels about horses and Amish life, with a touch of romance, and a foundation of faith in Christ. He and his wife, Shari, live on her family farm where they raised five children. Their six grandchildren love to visit Karma and Karla, a team of draft horses which Thomas purchased from an Amish friend. Walking a mail route for the U.S. Postal Service keeps Thomas close to nature and affords him many quiet hours which he uses to dream up novels. Over three decades of friendships with Amish neighbors has revealed a simple wisdom that he weaves into his writing.
Learn more about Thomas from his social media pages!
Interview with Thomas Nye
What gave you the idea to write a story about a cowboy and an Amish girl?
Ha ha, I know it sounds like a strange combination. Over the years I’ve discovered that many young Amish people connect well with country music and western attitudes and lifestyles. My guess is that it has something to do with horses. For many Amish teens, horse sales are one of the few non-Amish events they visit. Horse people often carry that western flare and it bleeds over into Amish culture. Beyond that, it was just another wild story idea I had. I love western movies and writing about the Amish; I just put two and two together.
Do you feel that Cowboys and Amish Girls has any overarching messages?
Yes, several. One main idea would be that of cultural clashes. I love to study people and find it interesting to notice how people from varying cultures interact. It’s sad when people misunderstand one another because they don’t take the time to look outside “the box” of their own background. This story may be a little like a Romeo and Juliet story, where the main couple are investigating the boundaries of forbidden love. Another message would be: choosing a partner based on who they are as a person, rather than what they look like. I wrote this story shortly after one of my children went through a heart-wrenching breakup. My goal was to encourage my child and others to look beyond the initial impression of a persons exterior.
Doesn’t it seem implausible, a cowboy and an Amish girl falling for one another?
Okay, I’ll admit it would be unlikely, but certainly not impossible. For example, I met an Amish girl at an ice cream shop when I was a teenager. We dated for a summer and her family treated me quite well. I wasn’t a cowboy per say, but a horseman and that was part of the connection. Her family clearly didn’t want her to leave the Amish, but they allowed me to hang around the homeplace and tag along to Amish events. I believe the story could happen in real life, and similar situations have already occurred.
Do you think this story would make a good movie?
Absolutely. In fact, the title Cowboys and Amish Girls sounds like the perfect name for a musical. There are many “sayings” throughout the story that could quite easily be turned into songs. “Horses weren’t all born on the same day, you should teach each one in their own way.” And, “Cowboys and Amish girls are like vinegar and oil, they just don’t mix.” Another quote from Truman’s grandpa about horses. “The ones that are the worst at first, are smarter than the rest, and end up being the best.”
I’d love to help a playwright turn Cowboys and Amish Girls into a musical.
Texas Book-aholic, April 5
Jeanette’s Thoughts, April 6
Bibliophile Reviews, April 7
Carpe Diem, April 8
Reading is my Super Power, April 9
A Baker’s Perspective, April 10
Simple Harvest Reads, April 11 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
margaret kazmierczak, April 12
Artistic Nobody, April 13
Janices book reviews, April 14
To celebrate the fun of the spring collections, Celebrate Lit is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card. Click the link to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/cdd6/spring-scavenger-hunt
Your secret code word is: THE