As a child, Jolina Petersheim lived in a slave quarters and ran wild on a 365 acre Civil War-era farm. Her family was often purposefully devoid of a TV (until a well-meaning neighbor dropped another one off), so Jolina tried to read every book the library had to offer, making her mother screen the ones with words like “mistress” in the title. Jolina became a writer at young age and signed a two-book publishing contract with Tyndale House when she was twenty-five. Jolina and her husband both yearn to live simply, possibly because they share the same unique Amish and Mennonite heritage that originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. But they now live in the mountains of Tennessee with their young daughter. Whenever she’s not busy chasing this adorable toddler, Jolina is either exploring a dilapidated home, thrift-store shopping, or hard at work on her next novel.
Jolina Petersheim’s debut novel, The Outcast, became an ECPA, CBA, and Amazon bestseller, was featured in Huffington Post’s Fall Picks, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, The Tennessean, nominated for a Lime Award in The Christian Manifesto, named a “book of the year contender” by LifeWay’s book buyer, and garnered a starred review in Library Journal. Her sophomore novel, The Midwife, will release in Summer 2014. Jolina and her husband share the same unique Amish and Mennonite heritage that originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but now live in the mountains of Tennessee with their young daughter. Whenever she’s not busy chasing this adorable toddler, Jolina is hard at work on her next novel.