I'm extremely pleased to once again welcome my good friend, Kim Sawyer. I hope you've already found her wonderful books. If not, you'll want to now. We're introducing her book Blessings, which just released.
Welcome, Kim, What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
The spiritual threads in my stories always tend to be a natural outgrowth of the character’s development rather than “planned.” However, each of my stories carries a similar theme of hope—there is HOPE when we trust God and lean not unto our own understanding.
And you show that so well in all your books. What other books of yours are coming out soon?
In March, My Heart Remembers, a historical novel from Bethany House will release. I am very excited about this story—it features three orphan train siblings attempting to reunite in adulthood. Since my beloved step-grandmother was an orphan train rider, this story is especially dear to me. And it is my tenth book, releasing on the third anniversary of my first contract signing! The past three years have been absolutely amazing…and my heart remembers every blessing.
How exciting! If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I would choose to spend some time with President Bush to offer him encouragement. His term has been one turmoil after another, yet he has maintained his integrity and values. I admire that. As a former educator, I would also like to talk education with him.
He and his wife Laura would be part of my dream evening, too. How long have you known that you wanted to be novelist?
Forever. I realize that sounds silly, but truthfully, I can’t ever remember a time I didn’t want to be a writer. I believe God planted that desire in my heart. Then, in His timing, He watered the seed and brought it to fruit. I am in the center of His will, and it’s a marvelous place to be.
I understand that. What can you tell authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
First I would ask this question: Do you believe writing for publication is something God desires for you? If the answer is yes, then consider this: There are no wasted steps on a God-designed journey. If you’re walking the pathway God planned for you, then every step has a purpose…even the rejections. So be disappointed—that’s a natural reaction—but don’t let disappointment become defeat or disaster. Trust that God has His timing, that He will use the rejections for your good and His glory, then continue to walk where He leads.
Blessings is Book 3 of the Sommerfeld Trilogy, a series of stories set in a fictional Old Order Mennonite community in Kansas. This book features the niece of the first book’s hero. Trina Muller has dreams that exceed the boundaries established by her religious sect. Giving them up means certain heartbreak, but following them means separation from her family, her beau Graham, and her fellowship. Is her dream worth the pain that it will cause…even if it is God’s will for her life?
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Please visit http://www.KimVogelSawyer.com –I welcome guests!
Thanks, Lena—I appreciate the opportunity to visit with you!
Thank you for spending this time with us, Kim.
Readers, you'll want to visit Kim's web site. There's lots of information available there, and you can see all of her books.
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