Each Sunday “Inspired by Life…and Fiction” shares with our readers a Christian novelist’s newest book and the garden spots where they find inspiration.
Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of numerous books, both fiction and nonfiction, including perennial favorite The House That Cleans Itself and the Christy Award-winning The Amish Midwife. Mindy, husband John, and two daughters live near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As the daughter of an avid organic gardener, Mindy would rather look at beautiful flowers than do all the work that makes them that way, as the weeds in her “leftover tulip garden” attest. She explains: “Every Christmas, I like to send a gift to everyone at my publishing house. The year my novel, The Trouble with Tulip, came out, I sent gifts of tulip bulbs. I didn’t know what to do with the leftover bulbs, but a strangely warm winter day came along, so I stuck them in the ground around our front lamp post. I forgot all about them, but that spring they popped up, blooming beautifully—and have continued to bless us each year since!” Visit Mindy’s website at www.mindystarnsclark.com.
|Daughter Emily works on creating a pond in the back yard.|
|Mindy apparently puts her house-that-cleans-itself tips into practice
in her well-organized office in her Pennsylvania home.
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