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DALE CRAMER BIO: Dale Cramer was the second of four children born to a runaway Amishman turned soldier and a south Georgia sharecropper's daughter. His formative years were divided between far-flung military bases.

True to his Amish ancestry, Dale skipped college and went to work with his hands, earning a living as an electrician, but he had early acquired the habit of reading widely and voraciously. The thought was never far from his mind that someday he would like to write books. In 1975 he married his childhood friend, Pam Crowe, and in the early years of their marriage the two of them enjoyed traveling, camping, water skiing, scuba-diving, snow skiing and flying sailplanes. They eventually bought a piece of land and built a home out in the country south of Atlanta. In 1990 their first child, Ty, was born. Dusty arrived two years later. Unlike their parents (Pam was an Army brat as well) Ty and Dusty have lived in the same place all their lives.

He took on small construction projects at night to help make ends meet— "and to preserve the remainder of my sanity," he says. While building an office in the basement of a communications consultant, a debate over labor/management relations turned into an article on mutualism which found its way into an international business magazine. It was Dale's first published article, and he liked the feel of it. He bought books, studied technique, and began participating in an online writers' forum, writing during the boys' naps and after they went to bed at night. Before long he was publishing short stories in literary magazines and thinking about writing a book.

Three storylines vied for Dale's attention when he finally decided to write a novel. His first two choices were commercially viable secular stories, and a distant third appeared to be some kind of Christian saga about a broken-down biker. The process of determining which novel to write was settled by a remarkable encounter with his youngest son, a lost set of keys, and God.* His sense of direction was suddenly clarified. In 1997, Dale began work on Sutter's Cross, which was eventually published in 2003.

His second novel, Bad Ground (July 2004), The mining project that inspired Bad Ground took place eighteen years ago. The idea for the story has been brewing ever since. Dale Cramer's metamorphosis from construction worker to writer and the publication of a story drawn from what may have been his darkest day’s serves as a real-life illustration of the theme in Bad Ground— that God often hides the greatest gifts in the darkest places.

1. How did you get the idea for your new book?

I was looking for a big idea for an Amish book, something unusual. I was talking to my Dad one night and I asked him how he came to be born in Mexico. He was born and raised Old Order Amish, and I knew he was born in a colony in Mexico, but I never really knew why they were there in the first place. He told me they had gone to Mexico because of a dispute with the state of Ohio over the schools, but he didn't know much more than that. I started digging and found an obscure book that gave a fairly detailed account of what happened. Ohio had passed new school attendance laws in 1921 requiring all kids from 6 to 18 to attend public school full time. This would have been devastating to the Amish, so they didn't comply. They arrested five of the Amish fathers, convicted them of neglect and abuse, then took their kids away from them and put them in a childrens' home. They took the kids' Amish clothes away, cut the boys' hair, and told the parents they could have their kids back when they agreed to send them to school five days a week. The Amish had no choice but to comply at that point, but they started looking for a way out. When they discovered a tract advertising land for sale in the mountains of Mexico for ten dollars an acre they decided to leave the country and start a new colony in a place called Paradise Valley. When I read all that, I knew I had my big story.

2. Are you happy with the cover of this book. Did you have any say in the book cover process?

The designer asked me a bunch of questions about the geography of the place and what sort of wagons they drove, and he used the information in the design. Apart from that I didn't have a lot to do with it, but I think it turned out rather well.

3. How was the writing of this book different than from writing Levi's Will which was based on your family?

This story, like Levi's Will, is loosely based on family history, but it's a lot further removed from me personally because it's a generation earlier. The whole series is sort of a three-book prequel to Levi's Will, but it happened nearly a hundred years ago so I don't really know any of the main characters. I had to do a lot more research for this one because it involves a foreign country. I tried very hard to get the background stuff right-- you know, the geography, what the place looked like, what the Mexican people were like, customs and culture and political climate. But all of that is just backdrop. The real story is in the characters. I learned that my great grandfather was the elder statesman of the colony, and he had seven daughters and two sons. Much of the story is told from the daughters' points of view, which gave me lots of options for romance.

4. How did you get the idea for Levi's Will?

I went fishing with my father one afternoon about fifteen years ago. He'd just gotten back from visiting his father in Ohio, and while I was driving to the lake he started talking about it. He doesn't volunteer much, so I knew it was important. He told me about going up to visit his father (who was then in his mid 90s), and picking up his brother Jake. They were going to arrive at lunchtime unannounced, so he stopped and picked up a bucket of chicken. His father had remarried (yes, in his 90s), moved about 80 miles north to Geauga County, and joined a different church district that didn't hold the ban against my father. Dad got a little misty-eyed as he told me how they all sat down at the same table and ate together. His father didn't say anything, but he sat at the same table and ate chicken from the same bucket. There was sixty years' worth of forgiveness in that simple gesture. I thought it was a beautiful and poignant picture of redemption. From that day on, his story started to form in my mind, and several years later when I was casting about for a book idea my nephew casually said, "Why don't you write Pawpaw's story?" I guess the time was right, so I did.

5. They did an up-date book cover for your book Levi's Will. Which do you like better the old one or new? Why? Any say in the process?

I think both covers are fine. I didn't really have much say in the process, which is normal. When you think about it, the author's responsibility is the INSIDE of the book. It's his job to make sure that people who actually buy it and read it are not disappointed. That's all about using words to craft a continuous dream that a reader can get lost in. The cover, on the other hand, is about curb appeal and marketing, about how to get people to pick up the book and look at it in the first place. These are two very different perspectives and require two very different sets of tools. When they design a new Ferrari, for instance, they would never dream of having the guy who builds the engine design the body of the car. I concentrate on building the engine of the book. Let an artist design the body and pick the colors.














Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

I think so. Even as a child I was a prodigious liar, instinctively testing the elasticity of truth and establishing the importance of plausibility in a good lie. I’ve always had a natural affinity for words— not just meanings and uses but rhythms and sounds, the textures of language. I vaguely recall writing stories in grammar school, though I never took it seriously and eventually, like most folks, bent my energies toward making a living.




How did you start your writing career?

I was building an office for an old friend, in his basement— this was not long after I became a stay at home dad in my early forties— and one evening we fell into a lengthy argument over the whole labor versus management issue. He’d always been a white-collar Libertarian in favor of bringing back the feudal system (flogging, debtors’ prison, hanging pickpockets, that sort of thing). I was just a common laborer, so my responses were, of course, well thought out, measured and fair. After a couple hours of heated debate he finally said, “You know, I still don’t agree with anything you’re saying, but you say it very well. If you could shape your views into an article I think I know where I can get it published.”


I spent a week writing a 2400 word piece and then two more weeks learning to edit myself by cutting it down to 600 words. After the article was published I naturally became convinced I was Hemingway reincarnate, so I joined a writers forum on Compuserve (probably, I now know through years of hindsight, the only place on the web where a person could actually learn the craft from real, down to earth, professional writers.) For a year or two I wrote and posted stories to the writers forum, eventually sending some of them out to literary magazines who actually published a few of them.


But literary magazines don’t pay. A little research revealed that it’s actually easier to publish a book than a short story (and they pay money for books) so I decided I would write a novel. It was harder than I thought. It took me three years to write the first one because I kept taking it apart and starting over, but in the end I learned the essentials.






What was your inspiration for your first book Sutter’s Cross?

That book started life as an exercise for the writers forum. The assignment was to write a story about somebody who only had six months to live. To this day I have no idea why it happened this way but I immediately imagined this tall, long-haired, grungy stranger standing with his back to me loading a paper plate from a buffet table in an outdoor pavilion, and there was a familiar ink stain on the back pocket of his jeans. I wrote the words, “The first time I ever saw Harley he was wearing my pants.” That was all I knew at the time, but I followed him around for three years and ended up with a 400 page book.




Some authors plot out what they are going to write step by step and others say they write by the seat-of-their pants, which style of writing best describes your writing?

Seat of the pants. I’ve tried outlining, I can’t do it. I really wish I could; life would be so much simpler if I could lay out the whole plot in advance, know exactly where I was going every day and exactly how long it would take to finish the book, but I just can’t do it. Somebody once said that writing a novel was like driving at night; you can only see so far ahead, but you can make the whole trip that way. For me, that’s the truth.



Since Levi's Will was so near and dear to your heart, did it make the book easier or more difficult to write?

(Dale's Dad and the setting for Levi's Will)

I think it made the writing a lot harder. The story was loosely based on my father’s life, but I had no desire to invade his privacy or publicize things he’d rather keep private. I went to great lengths, adding and subtracting, changing, rearranging, and sometimes inventing whole characters and subplots in order to give him (and others) a measure of deniability. It was his story I wanted on the page, not his person. It’s a story of one man’s dogged pursuit of redemption, a voyage of discovery. I meant for it to be a positive, uplifting story in the end, and I had no desire to harm any real person in the process.

How much of you is in that story?

Although I’m of the opinion that a writer can’t help putting some of himself into every character, I don’t think there’s any more of me in Levi’s Will than in my other work. Will’s son Riley would correspond to myself in real life (I would be Will’s second son), but I often tell people this is a good example of how I create a character. Riley is an arrogant loser, a contemptuous, chain smoking, drug addicted alcoholic with a terrible attitude, and he’s divorced. That’s obviously not me; I’m not divorced.

How did your book Levi's Will affect the relatives who read it?Did you let them read the story before it was published or after? Did they react the way you thought they would?

Out of respect for my father I promised him I would not send one page to the publisher without his blessing. If he had found anything objectionable in the manuscript I would have worked it out to his satisfaction before anyone else saw it. Fortunately, he was quite happy with it. My mother was allowed to read the manuscript, and my wife routinely reads everything I write, but none of my extended family saw the book before it was released.









Dale, Howard Cramer, My Dad
The most remarkable thing happened after the book was published. My father’s only sister, Mary (who remains Old Order Amish to this day), had observed the ban against him throughout my entire lifetime, never accepting any gift from his hand, never riding in his car or allowing him to eat at her table. Her seventeen children knew very little of his story because it simply was not talked about. It was taboo. But after Levi’s Will came out they all read it, and since it was only about half true they began to pepper Aunt Mary with questions, wanting to know what was true and what was not. She had no choice but to discuss the matter. Endlessly. But sometimes when you open up old wounds a strange thing happens: they heal. A couple of my cousins contacted my father and suggested he write the bishop of their church a letter of confession and apology. So he did, and six weeks later the bishop wrote back to tell him the church had put it to a vote and decided to lift the ban against him. The next week Aunt Mary invited us up for Thanksgiving dinner. I was there when he sat down at his sister’s table for the first time in sixty years. I am still awed and humbled by the fact that all this came about because of Levi’s Will. How did you come up with the titleffor Levi's Will? Did you have help picking out the cover of that book?

My wife actually came up with the title at the eleventh hour, right before it went to press. I thought it was brilliant, implying three different ideas at once.

Cover art is one area where the author very seldom has any influence or input whatsoever. I don’t even know what the process is like, really. Sometimes a contract will stipulate that the publisher will “consult” the author about cover art, but I’ve learned that this is interpreted to mean they’ll let him see the cover before the book is released. Most publishers shudder at the thought of letting a writer anywhere near the cover design.


Some authors say that their characters have come alive and taken them places that surprised them. Has this ever happened to you in all the books that you have written?

Yes, frequently. I think this is the biggest advantage to being a seat of the pants writer. Very often I feel as if I’m just taking notes, following my characters around and writing down what they do and say. There’s a pivotal scene in Levi’s Will where Jubal Barefoot is talking to Will by a pond. I was concentrating on the dialog at the time, trying to get their words right, and meanwhile Jubal takes their tea glasses and pours them back and forth, mixing them. He did this on his own while I wasn’t really paying attention, and it wasn’t until after the entire scene was completed that I saw the astonishing symbolism in what he had done.

What was your inspiration for Bad Ground? Was that the working title for your book?

Bad Ground was the working title for the book. It was inspired by a mining project where I worked in 1985, the miners I came to know there, and an explosion that put me in the burn unit for a month and a half. While the miners in the book are not based on real persons (I never use real people, I create my own characters and then forage among a lifetime of anecdotal stuff for the right story to use in a given situation) their attitudes and personality traits are authentic, trust me.










The title (and the theme of the book) comes from my own experience. After I got my skin blown off people took care of me for a long time. They fed me when my hands were useless, collected money to pay my bills, fed my dog, cut my grass. There was a rape in the parking lot of the hospital one night, and the following day they arrested a security guard for the crime. The next night a couple from the church showed up to escort my wife to her car, and then they followed her all the way home. Next night, a different couple. Every night after that, until I was released, somebody showed up to watch over my wife. Through the darkest time of my life I learned something about people, what we’re supposed to do and how we’re supposed to be. We are the arms of God.

Has being an author been everything that you expected it to be? What has surprised you?

All of it has surprised me. For twenty-five years I was a construction worker, an electrician, and a man pretty much defines himself by what he does. When I became a stay at home dad it was supposed to be a temporary thing, just for the summer. Then I started writing almost by accident, and wrote a book just to see if I could do it. I didn’t expect it to be any good, and was surprised when people said it was. I was surprised when an agent took me on, and again when she landed a two book deal. I was surprised when I won the Christy Award, both times. I was surprised when my books were Main Selections of a book club, and again when they were translated into other languages, and again when they came out on audio. I didn’t expect anything, really. I still don’t. The whole thing still seems a little bit Twilight Zone to me.

QUESTION I JUST HAD TO ASK!

If you could hang out and interview two people in the history of the world (alive or dead) and you had 48 hours to do so, who would you pick and why? You can meet with them separately or together; you are setting up the meeting.

Okay, this I have to explain. My favorite book is Cannery Row, by John Steinbeck. The centerpiece of the book is a party thrown for Doc (Ed Ricketts, in real life) by a bunch of bums. A very young Joe Campbell (the Joseph Campbell, of Hero’s Journey fame) happened to be hanging around Cannery Row with Steinbeck and Doc at that time, and to his dying day Joe swore that the party in the book was actually given for him (Joe, not Doc). If I had the chance to go anywhere in history for two days and just hang out, I’d go to Cannery Row the day before that party and hang out with John Steinbeck and Joseph Campbell.




You have just found a magic lamp and the genie wants to grant you three wishes – what would those wishes be?











I don’t know. Maybe it says something about me that I don’t know what I’d wish for. The usual suspects— fame, wealth, good looks— always have a down side. I’d probably waste my wishes straightening out the economy and injecting some common sense into the government. I would like to see the Braves with a solid pitching rotation for a change, and I wouldn’t mind having a Mini Cooper, but those things (like a government with common sense) tend to break down.

If you had to pick a TV "Reality" show to be on, which one would it be and why?










Survivor, I guess. I’m a true jack of all trades and a born problem solver. I’d make a great Robinson Crusoe.

If you could eat anywhere for breakfast (and money wasn't an issue)where would you eat and what would you order?










There’s this tiny little rustic cabin of a restaurant at the top of the mountain above Zell am Zee, in Austria. I’d get coffee and a Germkn√∂del and watch the sun come up over the Alps.

You have the same deal with dinner – where would you go and what would you eat?













Doug Adams’ Restaurant at the End of the Universe. I’d probably order something light, maybe a grilled chicken caesar salad and a glass of white wine— might have to move fast getting back to the time machine.

There has just been a machine invented that can change one thing about you. First of all would you do it, and second, if you did do it what would you change? What would the change look like in your life?

I wouldn’t do it, sorry. I wouldn’t change anything precisely because I don’t know what the change would look like in my life. Everything about us, every physical attribute, every attitude, every experience, whether we see it as good or bad, is hopelessly interwoven with all our other attributes and experiences. Pull any one thread and you don’t know what part of the tapestry will unravel. Take away the very worst thing and you risk inadvertently removing the best thing.





If you had the chance to be a superhero for a while and you could mix and match powers and costumes, who would you be? Why?

First, forget the costume— listen, Spandex is not my friend. But why bother being anybody other than Superman? He can fly, he has X-ray vision, he’s super strong and he’s bullet proof. What else could you possibly want?









What movies left a lasting impression on you as a child?













Tarzan. The old Johnny Weismuller Tarzan movies. I still can’t get the image of those crossed trees out of my head. Remember the one where the indigenous people bent two big trees together and tied the tops so that they formed an X? Then they’d strap a victim to the X, beat the drums to a crescendo and cut the trees loose. I’m still trying to work out which body parts would go in which direction.

What were some favorite books you read as a child?













Hardy Boys. Frank and Joe were my heroes. I must have read every Hardy Boys book in existence before I finally moved on to Proust.

What was the last movie you saw at the theatre? Did you like it?

We went to see Gran Torino the other night, Clint Eastwood’s new movie. I liked it a lot, though for a writer it was a little predictable. It reminded me of Levi’s Will in a way, the story of an old man seeking absolution, redemption, and having to get out of his old ways of thinking to do it.








Since we faced a fuel crisis this past summer and people are looking for different means of transportation, which forms would you be open to try? Feel free to add the ones that I have left off. Hot-air-balloon, elephant, helicopter, horse, Star Wars space ship,Lord of the Rings Trees, beam machine from Star Trek etc. What would
be your favorite means of transportation?


Well, I’ll try just about anything once, but in the end there can be no discussion of my favorite means of transportation without mentioning sailplanes. There is nothing on this earth so fine as slipping across the sky in one of those graceful long-winged glass birds— ghosting straight toward a ridge and feeling that elevator rush in the pit of your stomach when you encounter the lift near the windward slope, or centering a thermal and holding a steep bank while you’re shoved upward at a thousand feet a minute with only the sound of the wind across your canopy. It’s like waltzing with God.

ANY LAST COMMENTS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE OUR READERS WITH?

I’m afraid my answers might make me sound a little crazy— one part silly, one part profound— but that’s the truth. That’s me, and, I suspect, a lot of other people. Life its ownself is both silly and profound. If you don’t believe it, spend some time with a small child.


Thanks Dale for letting us know you better. We totally enjoyed you speaking to us at book club. You are a delight to know. You are as interesting on paper as you were in person. I appreciate you sharing your heart.

Blessings to you and your new book. Thanks for giving away a copy of your new book. It sounds good.

Nora :D


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  1. I love that Cramer referenced the Restaurant at the End of the Universe! I'd love to win. WordLily AT gmail DOT com

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  4. I'm intrigued. Reading this makes me want to read more of his books. Thanks for this!

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  5. Great interview! Can't wait to read it in the future!

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  7. That's so great that the last movie he saw was Gran Torino! My son loves that movie!

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  8. So glad that Dale Cramer is coming out with another book - I have already read his other books. I love the story of his Aunt Mary inviting Dale's father for Thanksgiving Dinner after 60 years - forgiveness is so powerful & it also shows what power a great book has.

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  9. Wow thank you for sharing your Dad's life...living in Mexico. Sad that this country was founded on Religious freedom, and yet people had to flee.
    I enjoyed Levi's Will, and look forward to reading this book!


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  13. That is one of the most interesting interviews I've read. Dale Cramer is a fascinating person. I have never read any of his books, but now want to. Loved how Levi's Will brought his Dad and Aunt Mary back together. And the comment about not changing a thing about his life because if you take away the worst part, the best part might go also.
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  14. Great interview! I recently read Levi's Will, and loved it! Can't wait to read this one!

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  16. Wow, an incredible interview! I will definitely be looking for his books. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.
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  19. Loved the interview, can't wait to read the book!

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  20. This interview inspired me in so many ways. Dale Cramer is the man!

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  26. I really hope to win a copy of your book. I enjoyed your Bio. I think you will be a famous Author some day if you keep to the Amish writings, because you have Amish background. Therefor you should have alot of Amish stories in you. People such as myself love to read about the Amish. Thats where the money is. I for one buy nothing but Amish books. So hopefully I will see more books from you. Also, I liked the way it really brought your Amish family back into your life. I think that was awesome...

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  27. I forgot to leave my email address. Sorry. I would like to read all of your books now.

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  28. Sounds like some interesting books.

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  29. Really enjoyed meeting you when you can and spoke to the book club at North Metro FBC!

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  30. I thought i left my email earlier. here it is again. My name is Rosemary and my email is: rft-1961@hotmail.com.... Sorry it wasn't on my earlier posts. Love to read all of your books.

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  31. Really enjoyed your interview. Have not yet read any of your books, but would love to do so. I am an avid fan of Amish Fiction books.
    What I loved best about your interview-that it is both silly and profound--like life:) And, I would love to see Superman become a contestant on Survivor. What a story that would make!!:)

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  32. Great Interview Nora and Dale. So glad to see that Dale has a new book. I've read several of his. Though it wasn't mentioned much in the interview, Summer of Light is a great read. A different tale from his others, but definitely worth the time. I look forward to reading his new book.

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  35. Spandex is not my friend either!
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  36. Mr Cramer has lead an interesting life, and I look forward to reading his books

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  37. Nora, that was an excellent interview you did with Dale Cramer. I did visit your blog, and am a follower, but for some reason I couldn't get my comment to post.I'm not very computer literate, lol!

    I really did enjoy the interview though, and learned alot. He's a very fascinating person. I have read 3 of his books, but not Bad Ground, somehow missed that. I'll have to look that up! Thanks for the interesting interview. If you could enter me in for the drawing I would apprecite it.

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  38. I really enjoyed this Interview with Dale Cramer and I have to say that the part of where his Father and his father's sister got to have forgiveness after sixty yrs actually brought Tears to my eyes.. Guess i am a rally tender hearted person!! I have read Levi's Will and really enjoyed it!! I was just wondering the other day if there were more of his books out that I hadn't heard about or saw.. Now I know there is and I would really like to win one of these being offered.. I will also look for them in the stores!! Thank you so much for this Interview with him!!! God's blessing's to You!!

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  39. Greetings,
    I read you use to read Hardy boys books when you were young. I use to read them to my boys when they were growing up. They always loved them
    Thanks for the giveaway.
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  41. Wow. I don't know that I've ever heard of this author. I love Amish stories. I'd love to win this book thanks for the interview.

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  43. Thanks, Nora. The interview turned out great. I love what you do with all the graphics, and I really appreciate all the hard work you do for the writing and reading community.

    Dale Cramer
    Facebook Comment today

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  44. I re-posted this comment with Dale's permission since there were computer issues and he was unable to post this himself.

    3:52pm on October 31, 2010, Dale Cramer said…
    I read the interview on your site, Nora. Great job. I love the attention to detail, all the graphics and stuff. There were a ton of comments. I tried to leave a reply, but couldn't get it to post for some reason. One of them commented on my habit of mixing the profound with the silly, something I do fairly consistently. Couldn't agree more. I have a new blog at dalecramerblog.com where I try to post profound silliness a couple times a week. I'd love for people to check it out.
    Thanks again for the interview and all the great comments!

    Dale

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  45. Fist time I hear about this author. Looks like a great book from an interesting ahor.

    ratzlaff@pd.net

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  46. I love all of Dale's books and can't wait to read this one. Thanks for sharing the wonderful interview. I so appreciate Dale's candid remarks and unique perspective.

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  47. Sounds like a good book! Love all of Dale's comments to your questions. Really enjoyed the interview.

    Gail Mundy

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  48. I love learning about my authors and Dale Cramer is one of my favorites! His book Summer of Light made me laugh and cry! I just sent a copy of Sutter's Creek to my daughter and can't wait to see what she thinks. I am looking forward to reading his newest! Carmen sent me!
    reggiegreenleaf@msn.com

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  49. I am a follower.
    wsmarple/at/gmail/dot/com

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  50. I really enjoy Dale's books.
    Thanks for offering it.
    wsmarple/at/gmail/dot/com

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  51. Hi Dale, I really enjoyed reading your interview and look forward to reading your books. I like to learn the personal things in an authors life and family. It makes me feel connected and want to read your books.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  52. I am an old GFC Follower

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  53. Tweeted (@misskallie2000)
    http://twitter.com/misskallie2000/status/29397796317

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  54. Shared on FB(@Brenda Hill)

    http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=153158378060688&id=1424713340

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  55. There is actually one rather interesting correction I would make to the interview, Nora. In the picture with the caption "Dale, Dad and Uncle" I am in fact the one on the left, but my dad is the one on the right. When he ran away from home he changed his name from Joseph Miller to Howard Cramer, borrowing the name from an Englisher friend he knew in the eighth
    grade. Sixty years later, the REAL Howard Cramer heard the story and came to my book signing in Berlin, Ohio. He's the man in the middle.

    Dale Cramer

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  56. Great interview. This book sounds wonderful and definitely am looking forward to reading it. Another new author for me. Please add me in the giveaway.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  57. I'm a follower

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  58. I'm excited to see there are men breaking out into the genre of Amish reads. To-date it's been mostly women. I would love to hear a male perspective! Please enter me. Thanks.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  59. I'm a follower.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  60. I'm already a member of The Book Club Network.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  61. I tweeted on Twitter via onedesertrose.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  62. I posted on FB via http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/LAW51.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  63. I enjoyed Bad Ground and have started Sutter's Cross.

    I'm a follower.

    Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com

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  64. Thanks for adding my name to the drawing. I need to check out more of Dale's writing. :)

    Pegg
    twinwillowsfarm[at]gmail[dot]come

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  65. I'm so glad to be included in this giveaway:)
    I'd like to read Dale's book!

    chakasa58 at gmail dot com

    Carman sent me:)

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  66. I joined The Book Club Network at
    http://www.bookfun.org/

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  67. What a wonderful interview. I love the insight into his ideas for books. I love most Amish based books that I have read, and this one sounds wonderful.
    wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

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  68. I follow your blog in GFC and Google Reader
    wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

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  69. I have now starting my 4th Dale Cramer book and I am so hooked on them. I tell everyone about them and a few have there on now.

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  70. This book looks great. I love to read Amish based books. Probably my favorite to read. Would love to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway.
    plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  71. Wow! Look at all the comments, I hope I can squeeze a couple in. Carmen sent me and I have read through this incredible interview and enjoyed Dale very much. I've not read his writings and I certainly want to. How interesting The Amish are. Thank you for this giveaway and the chance to win Dale's book. I hope I win!

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  72. I am a GFC follower of your blog.

    Thank You,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  73. I think your book Levi's Will when I read it as real Amish fiction. This is the stuff I grew up around, and loved reading the story you wrote.
    Good job!!! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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  74. I love All Dale Cramer books. I especially loved Levi's Will. Love that it is Amish fiction written by a man. Gives a grittier and more real (to me) approach to these fascinating people. I would love to win Paradise Valley.

    Blessings,
    Kim

    kim(dot)msjmom(at)gmail(dot)com

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  75. I am a blog follower

    Blessings,
    Kim

    kim(dot)msjmom(at)gmail(dot)com

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  76. The last movie he saw in the theater was Gran Tourismo.

    nov231973 at gmail dot com

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  77. Ha! A prodigious liar as a child. I was a prodigious day dreamer. :) I'm a follower.
    Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com
    AnnLeeMiller.com

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  78. I think I will get one of your books just because of your name. I'm a Cramer and my brother's name is Dale Cramer who was named after his uncle whose name was also Dale Cramer. He was the pilot of the Miss Macao, first commercial plane hijacking. You can find it on the net. Good luck with your books.

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