Friday, March 07, 2008

Author Kim Vogel Sawyer - My Heart Remembers - Free Book

I'm very pleased to welcome Kim Vogel Sawyer back to my blog. I just finished reading the featured book My Heart Remembers, and you won't want to miss it. It's truly well-written. If you want to read my review of it, go to It's my latest blog on Shoutlife.

Welcome, Kim. Tell us about your salvation experience.

I had the privilege of being raised in a Christian home, so the realization of my need of a Savior came early. When I was eight years old, I invited Jesus to enter my heart. Four years later, a bit more mature and in better understanding of what it meant to live a Christian life, I rededicated my life to Jesus. He has been my constant companion, ever-present help, and bringer of peace for many, many years. I can’t imagine living without Him.

I know what you mean, having accepted Him into my heart as a seven year old, then later really understanding what it means to make Him Lord of my life. How did you and your husband meet?

Don and I met in January of 1983 on a blind date, set up by his aunt who was one of my coworkers. So now we blame Aunt Linda for everything. lol

This is too funny. James and I were a blind date also. You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?

Oh, wow, this is too hard! I can think of some I’d choose for the sweet fellowship—so many of my writing friends are “on-line” rather than “face-to-face” friends, so the opportunity to get together would be wonderful. Others I would choose because I admire their writing so much and would love to sit at their feet and learn from them. And then there are those who are new in the craft, floundering to find their footing, and I’d love to give them a boost and help them along. So…I don’t know what to say!

I know you have a singing and speaking ministry. Tell us about that.

I’ve had to put the singing part on hold for a while—waiting for a throat ulcer to heal. God actually called me to speaking ministry back in 2002. I really fought it—I don’t like being in front of people, and I didn’t feel as though I had anything worthwhile to say. But after literally months of battle, I finally gave in and said, “Okay, Lord, I’ll do it, but you’ll have to give me the words to say.” In 2004, He reached down through a prayer warrior named Brandilyn and brought emotional and physical healing into my life—in other words, He gave me a testimony worthy of sharing. So now I share it, and He receives the glory.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?

I would have to say my most embarrassing moment was at the Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre in Wichita, Kansas. The theatre is fairly dark, my husband was wearing a dark blue blazer, and I mistakenly slipped my hand through the elbow of a dark blue blazer and snuggled in…only to realize that blazer was not being worn by my husband. When I realized I was cuddling up to a stranger, I’m pretty sure I turned red enough to light the place. I excused myself and fled. My husband thought it was pretty funny; I did not.

People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?

If that’s your passion, do it! I don’t believe I’ve ever heard someone say they regretted writing a book, but there have been plenty who’ve regretted they didn’t. So get the words down! You’ll be glad you did.

Tell us about the featured book.

When their parents are killed in a tenement fire, the Gallagher children—Maelle, Mattie, and baby Molly—are sent on an orphan train to Severy, Missouri. Although Maelle tries desperately to keep her brother and sister together, they are taken by three different families. Maelle slips a keepsake into the packs of Mattie and Molly with the promise that she will find them again one day and will know them by their tie to home. Eighteen years later, Maelle is still searching…

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Just go to –I enjoy visitors!

Kim, thank you for spending this time with us.

Readers, you will not want to miss reading this book!! Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy, but remember to return in a couple of weeks to see if you did.

If you don't win, go out and get a copy.

There's still time to leave a comment on these interviews:

Bryan Davis - Raising Dragons
Amber Miller - Promises, Promises
Deb Raney - Leaving November
Anita Higman - The Love Song
DiAnn Mills - Awaken My Heart

Three winners will be chosen tomorrow.


Sonya said...

Great interview! This book sounds wonderful! I'd love to read it!

stampedwithgrace said...

the cover is so beautiful! pelase enter me, thanks!

Melanie Dickerson said...

Hi, Kim! I'm reading My Heart Remembers right now and it's really wonderful! I can't wait to finish it and write a review. It's an extraordinary story, and I'm really enjoying it!

Deborah said...

please enter me! i've been dying to read this book!

pat jeanne said...

Loved the interview. I always enjoy Kim's books and would love to win this one. Thank you Lena.

Karin said...

Sounds good--- please enter me....thank you.

Anonymous said...

Love the cover. The story sounds wonderful. Would love to win a copy. It will be high on my TBR list!
Kay C.
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windycindy said...

Hi, I have been following some of Kim's interviews and book reviews! I love this type of book. The cover is gorgeous! Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks very much.....Cindi

ladystorm said...

This book sounds great! I would love a chance to win it.

ladystorm282001 at yahoo dot com

Linda Goodnight said...

The cover is beautiful and the book sounds great. I love orphan train stories. I also loved the most embarrassing moment--but I'm sure Kim did not! LOL!

Thanks for an ever-enjoyable blog, Lena.

Linda Goodnight
Award winning author

tetewa said...

Sounds like another winner!

Abi B said...

I'd love to win this book. It sounds like a wonderful read. Love the cover also. Beautiful!

Norma said...

Sounds wonderful! Please enter me.

Maureen said...

Thank you for the interview. The books sounds like such a good story.

:-)Ronie said...

Oh, I just adore Kim!!! She's as genuine as she is sweet, and I can only imagine that is reflected in her writing. Please sign me up--I might not have a good chance with so many people entering, but I'd love even a remote chance to read her books. :-D

Donna Moore said...

Please enter me. It sounds like a delightful book.

Kim Vogel Sawyer said...

Hi, Melanie--I'm glad you're enjoying the story! That means a lot. Pat and Ronie, thanks for your kind comments. You made me smile. : ) And Linda...yeah... never again will I grab a man's arm in a dimly-lit room! lol I agree that Bethany House did an explempary job with the cover for this story. I only hope the words inside resonate with readers as much as they did with the writer. Thanks again, Lena, for featuring MY HEART REMEMBERS!

God bless,

Carolynn W. said...

Snuggling with a stranger, that could be embarassing! :)
Thanks for the fun interview! I love the book cover and desription, I look forward to reading it:)

Doreen said...

This sounds like a wonderful read!

ChristyJan said...

Please enter me to win a copy of this book ~ it sounds just wonderful!

Ausjenny said...

please enter me for this book also
ausjenny at gmail dot com

Megan said...

Please enter me into you contest.