November 9, 2020

What Has Changed My Writing Life During COVID?

Molly Jebber
Amish Historical Romance Author

I was a keynote speaker for the SOCAL conference this past July. I was excited to go to the conference, meet with friends, visit Disneyland, and more. My friend, Margie, had ordered these beautiful pink flowered Minnie Mouse ears. Sounds silly, doesn’t it? It is fun to do silly things like this with our friends. We couldn’t wait to share this experience together after the conference. We had a wonderful group of girls joining us. Then COVID happened. The conference was held online, and I enjoyed it, but I would’ve much rather spoken, hugged, and chatted with attendees and my friends. I miss hugging my friends the most.

Since COVID limits traveling, I have missed speaking in person. I’ve learned I don’t need to speak as often. God spoke to my heart and said it’s okay to be still, take a breath, and don’t push myself as hard as I had before COVID.

I had shied away from online programs like Zoom and more. COVID forced me to use these programs, and I’m glad. These programs provided a way to meet with friends and talk about my books and sharing about God.

I have more time to write, research, and edit my books, and readers have more time to read which is good.

I was in the grocery the other day, and many times, shoppers would greet each other. Now our smiles are not visible behind our masks, and we shy away from each other to keep our distance for protection. Who would’ve thought we’d be living this way? Life is precious. We need to make the most of each day as we social distance and do our best to stay safe. Phone calls, letters, cards, Facetime, Zoom, and other means of communication certainly help us keep in touch.

I miss attending my writing groups. I love chatting and working with other authors. We brainstorm better face-to-face. We will again someday. In the meantime, I sure did organize my closets, drawers, and files. I’ve also devoured more comfort food during this virus. Exchanging my cookies for cucumber slices isn’t nearly as much fun! Thank you for visiting me on Suite T. I love Southern Writers and the services like Suite T, and I’ve enjoyed sharing this article with you. I hope I’ve made you smile today. Big virtual hugs to each one of you!

I said to my loving   husband, Ed, “I’ve always wanted to write a book. A story that readers would get lost in for a while.” He said, “Do it!” My daughter, Misty, brother, Mitch, and Mom, Sue said, “Take Ed’s advice, do it!” So I did. The road wasn’t easy, but the education, Amish research, and ride along the way to getting published taught me to take my favorite verse to heart.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13 KJV

Why Amish Inspirational Romance?

I love their dedication to serve God. I visited Amish Country in Ohio many times. They work hard and have such a close knit friendship with each other. It’s heartwarming and uplifting. At the same time, they face hardships and difficult problems just like we do.

Thank you for your support and encouragement!


  1. Thank you, Molly for your insight and message.

  2. Molly I enjoyed your posst today. I have also enjoyed reading about the Amish in stories. We are fortunate that your husband affirmed you should write.

    Like you we all miss attending our writing groups and seeing our friends but we are all praying for a better 2021.

    Thank you for writing your books they help entertain us through these times.

  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences. Life is sure different but hopefully it’ll resume to where we can hug, meet in person and have new adventures with friends and family members soon.

    Definitely more time to read, write, organize or whatever by being home more. I’m so thankful you started writing. I have love each story you’ve written and look forward to more. God bless.

    1. Hi Marilyn - love our friendship, and I miss you! Thank you for always supporting and encouraging me!

  4. I'm enjoying Amish stories more and more and I think it's because of their faith.

    1. Hi Patricia, Thank you for your kind comments!