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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Spotlight on Kim Vogel Sawyer and A Promise for Spring

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

KIM VOGEL SAWYER is the bestselling, award-winning author of 12 novels including Waiting for Summer's Return. Her compelling stories always provide not only entertainment, but also life-lessons her readers can use on their Christian walk. She is active in her church where she teaches adult Sunday school and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, Kim relishes time with her husband, daughters, and six grandchildren.

You can visit her blog at http://writespassage.blogspot.com/.

A PROMISE FOR SPRING
by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Published by Bethany House

ABOUT THE BOOK

England-born Emmaline Bradford pledged her life to Geoffrey Garrett and then bid him farewell when he boarded a ship for America. Though Geoffrey planned to send for her within a few months, five long years have slipped by. And now Emmaline barely remembers her fiance.

Having Emmaline finally living on the sheep ranch he's built on the north fork of the Solomon River is a dream come true for Geoffrey. But his beloved is not the free-spirited girl he remembers. In fact, she wishes to get out of Kansas as quickly as possible!

Begging Emmaline to give prairie life a try, Geoffrey offers a compromise: If she promises to stay until spring, he'll pay her return fare if she decides to go back to her home country.

Can anything convince a well-bred Englishwoman to become a "wildflower bride"?

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW

1. What gave you the inspiration for this story?

A friend of mine and I took a research trip across Kansas in 2003 to investigate an historical ranch (the Cottonwood Ranch, now a museum) near the town of Studley. I was a part of a novella group, and I wanted my hero to work on a sheep ranch. Well, after exploring the ranch, I knew the story forming in my head was much bigger than a novella, but not until the novella set was declined did I allow the story seed to blossom because I wasn't sure I'd be able to pursue it. It was a pleasure to bring Emmaline and Geoffrey to life.

2. How much of your own experiences influenced your characters? What aspects became traits that are theirs and theirs alone?

Hm...dare I admit that I have a tendency toward stubborness? lol As much as one tries to avoid it, our own experiences and tendencies creep into the characters' lives. :o) I also hope the growth displayed--the learning to lean on God instead of depending on one's own strength and understanding--is something found in my life.

3. If one of your characters were an ice cream flavor, what would he/she be and why?

Well, Emmaline would probably be vanilla. She is soooo proper and unobtrusive. Geoffrey, on the other hand, would be something bold and daring, like chocolate-pistachio-jalapeno. (Are you starting to see a bit of conflict between these two? lol)

4. Are there any themes in A Promise for Spring that you hope the reader sees? Are there any themes that weren't overt but developed as the stories progressed?

Truthfully, Emmaline and Geoffrey's struggle in this story to trust God to provide during difficult times could probably be reflective of the majority of the population right now! I wanted to develop a theme of "peace amidst the storm" because I needed the reminder in my life. I hope it provides some peace and comfort to my readers.

5. What were your most difficult parts to write? Your favorite?

Favorite parts...probably Emmaline's moments of rebellion. I'm not sure what that says about me! But to see her breaking free of her restraints and realizing she had a voice and could use it were very liberating for her (although a tad startling for Geoffrey!). I also loved all the scenes with Miss Tildy--that lady really grew on me. We could all use a "Tildy" in our lives. Most difficult are always the scenes from the hero's POV. Thinking like a "man" doesn't come easily. :)

6. When is your next book coming out and what is the story?

Next up is a very special story to me--titled Fields of Grace, it chronicles a Mennonite family leaving Russia and journeying to America to establish a farm in "the land of Freedoms." They bring the Turkey Red Wheat that turned Kansas into America's breadbasket. It is a story straight from my own family history, and I hope readers will embrace Lillian and her family as they struggle with maintaining the faith of their fathers in this new country.

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Thank you, Kim, for being in the spotlight with us.

Readers, leave a comment for your chance to win a FREE copy of A Promise for Spring.

If you wish to comment but don't want to be entered, say so when you post. Make sure you also leave your email address (name at domainname dot.com/net). Wouldn't want you to miss out on winning a book. :)

And if you want to make certain you don't miss anything, check the box that says 'email follow-up comments to:' when you leave a comment and they'll be sent to the email address associated with your blogging account. That way you'll be notified of any comments and will know when I announce the winner.

This week, the contest is open to US/Canada residents only.

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11 comments:

Deborah said...

please enter me, i love kim's books!

Cheri2628 said...

This sounds like a great story. I can already put myself in Emmaline's shoes. Please enter my name.

Cheryl

lisa said...

I enjoy Kim's books. But I have to admit I loved her very first books best...they are out of print and take place in the town she grew up in (where I live). The first one was such a sweet love story. I can't recall the names of the books but my local library has them and I've checked them out more than once!

ldneuhof at hotmail dot com

Sandee61 said...

I also love Kim's books, and would like to be entered in the giveaway for her book. Thank you!
Bet you can't wait for your sweet little bundle of joy to arrive...good luck and many blessings for you and your family.

Sandy

Muzzley56[at]aol[dot]com

mez said...

A Promise for Spring sounds like an engaging story, please include me. Thanks!
worthy2bpraised{at}gmail{dot}com

Martha A. said...

I enjoy Kim's books and was drawn to them originally because we share a Maiden name....
martha(at)lclink(dot)com

sarahw said...

I have to agree with lisa, but this one looks great too. please enter my name,
sarahwoll at hotmail dot com

windycindy said...

What a fun sounding book to read! I enjoy the historic part and reading about the Mennonite Community. Thanks for a chance to win this delightful book! Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Kim Vogel Sawyer said...

Hi, Tiff! Thanks for the "feature"! Lisa, I believe you're referring to the Mt. Lake Series which include A Seeking Heart, A Heart Surrenders, and When A Heart Cries. Those are special books to me since they springboarded from my own family history. Good luck to all respondees in the drawing!

Kim said...

I'd love a chance to win this one Tiff!!

Kim
kimfurd at hotmail dot com

PS The baby's nursery is amazing!

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

We have a winner from this drawing and that is:

SANDEE!

Congratulations! I have emailed you for your mailing information so Kim can send out your book.

As always, thanks to everyone for your continued support.