Author Debby Dodds, a Lancaster County native, will return Saturday to celebrate the publication of her first young adult novel, “Amish Guys Don’t Call.” She will read from the book and sign it from 2 to 4 p.m. at Aaron’s Books, 35 E. Main St., Lititz
Dodds, who now lives in Portland, Oregon, grew up in Lititz, attending Kissel Hill Elementary and Warwick Middle School before graduating from Lancaster Country Day School. She was a member of the Lititz Moravian Congregation, swam for Woodridge Swim Club and can still twist a mean pretzel after more than 20 tours of the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery.
As an actress, she performed at the Fulton Opera House, Lancaster Performing Arts Center and the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Manheim. Her mother has worked at all levels of the Warwick Schools, including her most recent position as Warwick Middle School librarian, and her father was the general manager of television station WGAL for many years.
Set primarily in Lancaster County, Dodds’ book references Lititz, Ephrata and other points of interest throughout the county.
“Amish Guys Don’t Call” features teenager Samantha and the anxiety she faces at the start of her junior year in high school, including her desire for acceptance from the popular girls and the unresolved issues of her parents’ divorce.
Then she learns that her new boyfriend Zach was raised Amish, and he has chosen not to end his Rumspringa, instigating a potential shunning from his family. When Samantha’s cool new friends find out Zach is Amish, they start cyber-bullying her. Does Sam even want friends like these? And when Zach must decide whether to return to his Amish community, will their culture-crossed love find a way?
Dodds has published stories in numerous anthologies, including the New York Times best-selling “My Little Red Book” and “The Things You Would Have Said.”
“My Mom and The Dead,” a story she wrote about taking her mom to a Grateful Dead concert, appears in the anthology series “Thin Threads.” She was a regular contributor and the fiction editor for The Living Dead magazine.
She received her bachelor’s degree in drama/acting from New York University and a master’s of fine arts in creative writing from Antioch University in Ohio.
Only books purchased at Aaron’s Books can be presented for signature.