Delve into Amish life and culture with the fiction author of the Amish-Country Mysteries series, Paul Gaus. In stories as unique as the Amish themselves, the author shares about this remarkable community of religious separatists based on over 40 years of extensive exploration. Audience Q&A, book signing, and book sale to follow. About the Author
Paul L. Gaus was born in Athens, Ohio, in 1949, and he has lived in Ohio for most of his life. He has lived in Wooster, Ohio, since 1977 with his wife Madonna. Paul's extensive knowledge of the culture and lifestyle of the Ohio Amish comes from over forty years of travel throughout Holmes and surrounding counties in Ohio, where the world's largest Amish and Mennonite population sprawls out over the countryside near Millersburg, Wooster, and Sugarcreek.
Paul took an interest in writing fiction in 1993, and with the advice and encouragement of famed mystery author Tony Hillerman, he began writing mysteries set among the Amish in Holmes County, Ohio. The first of Gaus's mysteries, Blood of the Prodigal, An Ohio Amish Mystery, was published by Ohio University Press in June of 1999, and a total of ten novels have appeared in this series: Broken English, 2000, Clouds without Rain, 2001, Cast a Blue Shadow, 2003, A Prayer for the Night, 2006, Separate from the World, 2008, Harmless as Doves, 2011, and The Names of Our Tears, 2103. Whiskers of The Lion was published in March, 2015. The Tenth Amish-Country Mystery, Stars for Lydia, was self-published by Paul as both an Amazon paperback and an electronic version for e-readers (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, etc.) worldwide.
Paul lectures widely about Amish culture at libraries, bookstores, literary societies, and the like, and his books have been featured at Book Expo America and similar professional shows and book fairs around the country. Paul frequently attends writer's conventions such as Malice Domestic and Bouchercon. Paul's novels have been reviewed in prominent journals and newspapers, for instance Kirkus Reviews, ForeWord Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, Ohioana Quarterly, and the New York Times Book Review. Learn more