Monday, January 06, 2014

DEADLY SECRETS - Sharon A Lavy - One Free Book

Readers, I met Sharon Lavy in a writer's conference in Dallas a number of years ago. She and her friend interested me, and I had a lot of questions. I finally had a chance to ask them, and they helped me understand the history of the Anabaptists, and how they became Amish, Mennonite, and German Baptists.

Welcome, Sharon. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I grew up with two parents in a church-going, Jesus-believing atmosphere. Mom and Dad were very much in love with each other. Dad never hesitated to kiss and hug mom in our presence.

However for various reasons growing up was hard for all six of us siblings. So all my stories will have a misunderstanding between a child and parent that heals by the end of the story.

My parents have both gone to heaven so I cannot hurt them by speaking up.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
I am 69 years old with many wonderful events in my life. The not so happy events have helped me cling to the Lord. So I have to be thankful for them also. My walk with Jesus began at thirteen, and I have stumbled a time or two since.

As my parents left this life and sailed to heaven, first thing I thought of ~ Mom first ~ “Now Mom understands.” And then two years later~ “Now Dad understands.”

How has being published changed your life?
I am an introvert and am used to staying in the background. It is easier to share objects or things than it is to share the deep things of my heart.

But with the feedback from readers telling me that my stories have touched their lives, I realize God wants me to be willing to share more intimately.

What are you reading right now?
Heaven’s Prey by Janet Sketchley

What is your current work in progress?
Farewell for A While. A young woman mails her invitations one month before the wedding date.
Five days later a major event takes place at the annual conference of her denomination which rocks the stability of her world.

Five days after that, she discovers her family and the family of her future husband are not on the same page. In fact, they may not even be in the same book.

What would be your dream vacation?
One dream trip would be to visit Haiti in the one or two less humid months of the year which is January or February.

Our children are serving a two-year term in Haiti and the winter months are reserved for work teams, not visitors. At the ages of 69 and 70, husband and I don’t exactly qualify for the hard work of the work teams.

Our last trip in September of 2013, husband and I were drenched with perspiration from the very high humidity. It drained us and we were not able to help the children as much as we would have preferred.

Our twelve-year-old granddaughter did share her writing with me, though and it is exciting to have another budding author in the family.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
The settings are parts of actual places I have been and modified for the benefit of story. In Tales of the Ohio Valley, I have taken actual state park items—a falls from one area, a covered bridge from another, and combined them in one larger state park.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
An interesting-looking family has begun to attend our congregation. I have met and talked to both the husband and his wife.

The wife looks like a normal person. It is the man who is interesting.

With his three-piece suit, dress shirt, and tie, he dresses very nice. His waist-long hair is groomed and falls in one long braid down his back. The first time I met him I noticed his well-shaped 6 or 8 inches long beard.

The next time I met him I learned that after that first 6 or 8 inches, his beard was braided. It had been tucked into his vest and suit coat when I first met him. His beard is as long as the hair on his head. I didn’t know a man’s hair could grow that long. I wonder how long Samson’s hair was?

So like I said this man is an interesting-looking character.

The Anabaptist people are non-warring, and I have led a very sheltered life.

So the most interesting fact I have learned about this man is that he is a retired sniper from our US military.

All I can say is God must want me to have a sniper in one of my next books. And now I have to find out if this gentleman is willing to talk about it.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I used to love to sew. Still do actually, but have little time for it. But I still cut out dresses for myself and some of my children and grandchildren to have others sew up. I do love to tweak our patterns and it is a good thing because some of have a problem staying the same size. Sigh. Or we want a different element added to a pattern we are using. I buy pattern-making fabric by the 250 yard roll.

That’s interesting. I have made several patterns myself, because I have a hard time finding clothes that fit my body. What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Interruptions. It takes hours to get back into the flow. With two books published and another one in the works, I am eager to figure out how to overcome this problem.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Read writing craft books. Apply what you can. Read another craft book. Apply what you have learned. Repeat.

It can take years to hone your craft, and it takes dedication. But if you are a real writer, you can’t give up.

If you can give up writing, do so at once and save yourself a lot of grief.

Tell us about the featured book.
 I looked through a catalog looking for a likely image of a character to write about. When I came to a model with short blond hair, looking like the character in You’ve Got Mail a story line popped into my head.

The blonde became a nurse named Danielle with a nickname of Danni, and her husband would be falsely accused of drug dealing.

That is all I knew as I began writing the story. The characters surprised me with twists and turns that I did not expect, but the basic story always remained the same. Now the title that best fits the finished version is Deadly Secrets.

I was privileged to read this book while you were still editing it, but please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
The man reached into his left pants pocket. No keys. Where were they? Breathing heavily, he patted his right pocket, then the back ones.

Had she pulled them? Could they be stashed in her purse? He should have searched before he left. No way was he going back into that cave now.

“Snap out of it,” he told himself. Panic was a killer. “Get a grip, man.”

His stomach ached. The pep talk wasn’t working yet. He stopped walking, bent over, braced his hands on his knees, turned his head, and hurled.

He cursed. Now he had to cover that, as well.

When he finished, he stumbled over to the lone blue car, opened the door, and dropped into the driver’s seat. Maybe he’d slip into Jake’s bar. God knows he needed a drink. Better make it vodka though. She’d be suspicious if she smelled alcohol on his breath.

It wouldn’t do to have that woman discover his near downfall. Besides, he had to keep his wits about him. No liquor, then.

Using his lock pick, he hotwired the engine, then drove slowly out of the park. No need to draw attention. He knew the location of the closest chop shop and turned onto a county road before picking up speed.

In no time at all he pulled into the lot behind the building. After wiping down the steering wheel, he got out and ducked behind the car to avoid curious eyes.

He looked the car over. Nice, worth a bit. It was a shame to have to dump this thing. But he didn’t even want the chop shop owner to know who had dropped it off.

Pulling out his Leatherman, he removed the license plates from the front and back of the car. He wiped his prints off with his cloth bandana. Then wrapped the cloth around the plates, slipped them down the back of his trousers, and pulled his shirttail out to drape over everything.

Feeling better already, he whistled and sprinted down the road. A new life required a new habit. Maybe he’d take up jogging. Become a health nut. Running was good. Everyone said so.

Even padded with the bandana, the license plates irritated his back. He hoped it wouldn’t take long to find a good spot to ditch them. A half mile off the road he came upon a large pile of junk. The old toys, appliances, a crushed picnic basket reminded him of his crushed dreams.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
I am on FaceBook and Twitter and would love to connect with all of you.

Thank you, Sharon, for sharing some of your life and your new book with us.

Readers, here’s a link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog.
Deadly Secret - Amazon.com

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31 comments:

CentralEast2 said...

Looks Interesting Carol from AL

Anonymous said...

would love to win. Angela in KY

Sharon A Lavy said...

Thank you for letting me visit your blog, Lena. You have been one of my biggest supporters and I appreciate you so much!

Thank you for stopping by Carol, and Angela. And thank you for your kind comments.

Barbara Ann Derksen said...

Thank you for this post. Sharon, my husband grew up in a Mennonite family and currently we live in Steinbach, Manitoba, a Mennonite community although it's changing. I am looking forward to reading your book. if I win! could I get and ebook ... Cheaper for you and that's the way I read these days.

Barbara Ann Derksen said...

Thank you for this post. Sharon, my husband grew up in a Mennonite family and currently we live in Steinbach, Manitoba, a Mennonite community although it's changing. I am looking forward to reading your book. if I win! could I get and ebook ... Cheaper for you and that's the way I read these days.

Sharon A Lavy said...

Yes, Barbara Ann the book is available both in ebook and paperback.

Caroline said...

I had the privilege of reading Sharon's book, and loved it. Winner, you'll enjoy the book! Thanks for a great interview. Even as a friend, I learned more about Sharon's world. Thanks!

Sharon A Lavy said...

Yes, Barbara Ann the book is available both in Kindle and paperback.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

California

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Sharon A Lavy said...

Thanks Linda.

Wendy Marple said...

Looks like a good book. I will add it to mylist to read.
Wendy
Buffalo, MN

Mary Preston said...

Wonderful to meet you here today Sharon. I enjoyed the post immensely.

Mary P

QLD AUSTRALIA

bonton said...

Hi, Sharon!

Enjoyed your interview, and learning more about you, your writing, and your books!

Interesting story about the man in your church. Would love to read "Deadly Secrets" - thanks for the giveaway opportunity, and thanks Lena - for the interview!

bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com
Ky.

Janet Sketchley said...

Sharon, your chapter hooked me... would love to read more. I'm in Canada, so if Lena draws my name an e-copy would be perfect.

Great idea, taking a real setting and adapting it. That gives you the freedom you need to write it, but also it means you're not tied to having to get it "exactly right" description-wise. I find it so much harder to write an exact setting than a made-up one.

And thanks for reading Heaven's Prey :)

Sharon A Lavy said...

My husband actually farmed the place that had the falls on it. And our kids rode either three-wheelers or four-wheelers (Did they have four-wheelers in the early 70s?)all over the place with the boys who lived in the farmhouse. I love putting the falls in my stories. And the covered bridge was walking distance from my sister's house when our children were still living at home. Love having them both in one state park.

Susan Johnson said...

I enjoyed the interview and the excerpt from the book. It looks like a good story.

susanmsj at msn dot com

Melanie Backus said...

Looking forward to reading this one.

Melanie Backus, TX

Sharon A Lavy said...

Thank you for your sweet comments.

Jan Hall said...

I am looking forward to reading Deadly Secrets. I would also like to read your story about a sniper. I would really like to know more about his braided hair and beard.

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the opportunity :) From Jennifer in VA.

Jackie Tessnair said...

I would love to read this book by Sharon Levy.It sounds great!Great review...thanks for the chance to win it.Jackie Tessnair from N.C.

Cindi A said...

Quite and interesting interview and book excerpt. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Deadly Secrets.
~Cindi in PA

Sharon A Lavy said...

I wish you could all win! And I do hope whoever does will enjoy reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Jackie McNutt said...

So nice to learn about Sharon And her book Deadly Secrets. I have not read any of her books yet but will add to reading list.
Thank you from Ohio
mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

I love historical romance, especially Christian based. from NY

Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

Sharon, my computer scrolled while i was leaving this comment meant for another entry. So sorry. You book looks very interesting, and while I don't read many contemporary novels, yours sound really interesting. Would love to read it. from NY

Sharon A Lavy said...

Lean does have a nice variety of books presented on her blog. Thanks for all the comments.

Lourdes said...

Interesting and enjoyable interview. Thank you would love to win.

Lourdes Long Island, NY

Barbara Shelton said...

It was also my pleasure to meet Sharon Lavy at the ACFW conference in Dallas. I regret not chatting with her at length, as she was such an interesting lady. This writing looks to be a different slant on the genre and I look forward to reading it. It will go on my tall pile of TBR - but if I win, I'll read it immediately!! Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win a great read.

In Christian Joy,
Barb Shelton
Arlington, TX
barbjan10@tx.rr.com

Sharon A Lavy said...

Thank you for all the kind comments! And thank you Lena for hosting me on your blog.

Tonja Saylor said...

I want to read this book, but I think I want to read the book about the sniper even more! I loved your description of the man. It really created a vivid picture in my mind. I'm sure your writing will be the same! I can't wait to look up your books on Amazon.
Tonja S. in Virginia