On this week's Books And Beyond, we have Wanda E. Brunstetter, a romance writer. She has written several novels about the Amish way of life, and we'll discuss this topic as well as her writing career in general. Her web site is www.wandabrunstetter.com. Below is a short biography of her. Wanda began writing in 1980, after taking the "Writing for Children and Teenager's" study course from The Institute of Children's Literature. Since that time, she's had several hundred stories, articles, poems, word puzzles, devotions, monologues, and puppet plays published with a variety of publishers. Wanda has also had 5 books of puppet/ventriloquist scripts published. * These books are available by contacting Wanda. block quote end block quote Wanda's first Amish inspirational romance novel, "A Merry Heart", was published with Heartsong Presents (Barbour Publishing) in Dec. 1997. Since then she's had many more novels and novellas published. She enjoys writing about the Amish because they live a peaceful, simple life. Something we all need in this day and age. Winner of the 2006 Retailer's Choice Award for Women's Fiction block quote end Richard, Wanda's husband, is a Nazarene minister who grew up in a Mennonite church in Pennsylvania. They have been married 43 years. They have two grown children -- Richard Jr., married to Jean, & Lorine, married to Bil. They also have 6 grandchildren (Jinell, Madolynne, Rebekah, Ric, Philip, and Richelle.) Wanda and Richard are members of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians (a group representing various types of Christian ministry). Wanda is also a member of the North American Association of Ventriloquists, American Christian Fiction Writer's and Northwest Christian Writer's Association . block quote block quote block quote Left to Right: With our six grandchildren: Jinell, Madolynne, Richelle, Rebekah, Ric, Philip Wanda and Richard relaxing on son's boat. Wanda's granddaughter, Richelle, dressed in Amish clothes. Wanda with Amish Puppet Wanda's favorite pastimes are writing, reading, ventriloquism and puppetry, gardening, stamping, and having fun with her 6 grandchildren. Look below for when, where and how to participate in this discussion. To participate in the taping of Books & Beyond, go to > www.ourplace.acbradio.org > and click on the politics room. If this is your > first time, your computer will download the appropriate software to allow > the virtual chat room to function. Just follow the prompts and enter the > room and join the discussion. > To listen to the stream, go to > www.acbradio.org > , click > on the mainstream page and choose your player and connection speed. You > should begin hearing the stream shortly. > We tape the show each Wednesday evening at 23 hours UTC, or 7pm eastern > time. The show is streamed each Sunday morning at 1 hour UTC or Saturday evening > at 9pm EST. > After the show, please write to > bonnie@xxxxxxxxxxxx > with your feedback.