Will Bontrager was raised Amish in Iowa and Wisconsin, USA. (There's lots to say about the Amish, but that's outside the scope of this particular bio. If interested, do a web search for "Old Order Amish".)
At almost 17 years of age, during year 1970, he left home to go to high school and experience the world outside the Amish community. He never returned to the Amish lifestyle.
His primary interests, other than interacting with people, are cooking, writing software, and writing both non-fiction and fiction.
He has been cooking pretty much all of his adult life, and is now writing about it.
He has been writing software exclusively for websites for a couple decades, since 1997. The software website with a lot of his non-fiction articles is Willmaster.com.
His non-fiction Amish recipes, fiction stories, tools for writers, and other interesting content are at the WillBontrager.com website.
Life is too fun to slow down.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There are things in my head that I must let out. The way I do that is to write.
You see, I've been around a while. Many, especially younger people, would look at me and see an old man.
Well, this old man's brain got full.
There's no more room. Some of it must be let out so new things can be stuffed in.
My joy of writing is two-fold:
1. The loss of pressure from what was an overstuffed brain.
2. An ecstasy when learning new things.
Learning new things was my key reason for leaving the Amish family where I was raised in order to make my way in the non-Amish world.
Learning has always been a joy. Until not long ago, when my brain got full. Overstuffed full.
Writing is my means to bring the joy back. Lots and lots of writing.
Amish stories. Amish chocolate-covered candy recipes. When I was a tyke, Mom learned that I loved candy. Really, really loved candy. (Story in the book.) The recipes in this book are updated for modern non-Amish kitchens. (No cooking, just mix the candy center and dip into the melted chocolate.) Included is kinds of chocolate to use, how to melt chocolate, wrapping and packaging, and the recipes.