ABOUT AUTHOR: Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of 'The Stoney Ridge Seasons' and ‘The Lancaster County Secrets’ series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is a Christy award finalist and a Carol award winner. Her interest in the Anabaptist culture can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne hosts the blog Amish Wisdom, and has a free downloadable app, Amish Wisdom, that delivers a daily Penn Dutch proverb to your smart phone. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. You can find Suzanne on-line at She loves to hear from readers!  

What do you hope readers take away from The Imposter?

Suzanne: The story line for The Imposter delves into the behind-the-scenes of church leadership. It took a lot of research to make sure I could write a credible story. But the drama is wrapped up in a quirky, endearing family, The Stoltzfus clan, who are new to Stoney Ridge. They’re looking for a fresh start, a clean beginning. As we all know, there’s really no such thing! Our past comes along with us.

What drove my story, though, was that I wanted to create a fictional minister, David Stoltzfus, who was based on a bishop whom I greatly admired. The Amish bishop tends to get stereotyped in the worst way—controlling and dominating, joyless, lacking grace. I wanted to show another type of bishop, who shepherded his flock guided by love for God.

Nora: I found this story fascinating. I thought it was a unique look at the Amish community I hadn’t read before.

In the prologue, David said, “The God who spoke, long ago, still speaks,” David, Birdy, Katrina – they all sought and sensed a timely word from God. Have you ever sensed God speaking to you? What was it like? A prompting, a nearly audible words, a gut feeling? Did you listen to that prompting and, if so, what was the result? (This is a discussion question in the back of your book for book clubs I wanted to ask you)
Suzanne: I have definitely sensed a timely word, a prompting from God during critical times throughout my life. It doesn’t happen often, and it’s timing is not predictable, but here’s what I’ve noticed: it tends to happen during prayer (obviously! The pipeline has to be open), and it’s usually short, to the point, very clear. Also, the prompting never contradicts Scripture, it always lines up with God’s Word. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5, niv).

Nora: Good point!

On the surface, the tension between David Stoltzfus and Freeman Glick had to do with how a church adjusted to cultural and financial pressure without losing its core values. (I found that aspect of the story very interesting and relevant) Such pressure isn’t unique to the Amish. Every church faces issues of holding tight to essentials of faith while making accommodations for a changing culture. What kinds of changes and adjustments have you observed in your own church experience?

Suzanne: There is a constant tension of adjusting to modern times without relinquishing what’s truly important—and maybe it’s a good tension. Here’s an example that most of us can relate to: When I was young, going to church meant dressing in our Sunday best. Ministers wore robes, as did choir members. Casual clothing is the trend for church going in today’s world. While I understand the rationale behind it (what matters is on the inside, not the outside), sometimes I wonder if we end up treating the holiness of God casually, too.

Nora: Interesting point!

 “One thing I’ve learned in life,” David Stoltzfus said, “is that we’re all just a few choices away from becoming just about any kind of person. Good or bad.” (That’s a powerful statement and so true.) How do you feel about that statement? What do you hope readers take away from it? (Another one of the discussion questions in the back of the book I had to ask you)

Suzanne: I agree with David, wholeheartedly. Absolutely! It’s the reason we need to live in constant communication with God. 

Nora: So, true and Sobering!

A common phrase of David Stoltzfus in The Imposter was, “Everybody begins somewhere,” What was the starting point of your spiritual journey? (You had another great discussion question in the back of your book for book clubs.)

Suzanne: My spiritual journey has been like climbing a spiral staircase—it’s grown deeper and deeper through the years, but I can’t see the end and I can’t remember the beginning. Some steps have been deep, some shallow. Certainly, I can point to people and events that caused my faith to grow in leaps and bounds. And times when I’ve slacked off and sat down, rather than kept on climbing. Definitely a more fruitful, satisfying journey when I keep going!

Nora: Thanks for sharing this Suzanne. Slow and steady wins the race. Life can be really hard sometimes!

Have you seen any good movies lately and/or read a book you won’t soon forget? Please share!

Suzanne: I have…but it might surprise you that I read mostly non-fiction. A book I would highly recommend is Being Mortal by Atul Guwande (all of his books are fab!). The main takeaway point of the book is to figure out what makes your life meaningful. A great question for all of us to think about.

Nora: Interesting. Thanks for sharing. I’ve never heard of this author before!

Pick one to answer – Would you rather be stranded on an island for two years with twenty friends of your choice OR Would you rather be on the island with a group of twenty famous people of your choosing? Which would it be? Why?

Suzanne: Oh, wow. I would LOVE to be on an island with my friends! I have the best, dearest, most amazing friends. Two years with them, without distractions or busy calendars, would be awesome.

Nora: This does sound like fun. It would be a great time without distractions and buy calendars. Life can get fast and crazy!

Pick one to answer – Would you rather live in a world without grass or a world without roads? Why?

Suzanne: That’s easy…I do live in a world without grass…and I hate it! California is having the worst drought. My backyard looks like hay. So…I would definitely prefer to live in a world without roads than without grass.

Nora: I haven’t driven around California thanks for your insight. I’m sorry to hear about the drought!

This is a fun one – Pick one to answer - Would you rather be forced to watch The Sound of Music continuously for 48 hours OR would you rather drive cross-country with Barry Manilow singing on the radio the whole time? Which would you like? Why?

Suzanne: I think I did watch Sound of Music for a ridiculously, continuously long time! I would definitely prefer Sound of Music over Barry Manilow. Why? Um…well…let’s just say, Copacabana reminds me of my Jazzercise stage.

Nora: LOL!! Love it!

We all live busy lives and all of us are in different seasons of life; that as a given, what part of your day requires the most patience from you to get through? Causes you to pray the most? 

Suzanne: Family stuff, definitely. We have a big, extended family…which translates to a lot of ups and downs and everything in between. I spend a lot of time on my knees!

Nora: I can relate. As our kids get older and have started having children. I feel the need to be on my knees in prayer more too. There is so much in this world to rob us of our joy and for fear to take over. I found prayer calms the soul!

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