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Kim Vogel SawyerKim Vogel Sawyer is fond of C words like children, cats, and chocolate. Her compelling, bestselling stories provide not only entertainment, but also life-lessons her readers can use in their Christian walk. In her spare time, Kim enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband reside in Kansas, and have three daughters, five grandsons, and one granddaughter. 

Favorite Verse:  Philippians 4:4-9. - Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus...

 


 

 Our Interview with Kim Vogel Sawyer


 

Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m wife to military-hubby Don, Mom to three adult daughters, Gramma to five adorable grandboys and one little princess, a song-singer, cat-petter, and chocolate-eater…and most importantly, I am a born-again child of the King!


How did you get started writing Christian fiction?

I attempted publication in the early 1990s but met with a series of rejections that defeated me, so I threw myself into teaching. Spent years in classrooms and absolutely loved it. But God called me out of my elementary school classroom in 2004 and set me back on that pathway I had dreamed of as a little girl: full-time writing. I still stand amazed at the wonderful doors He has opened to me—I love what I do!

What inspired your interest in writing In Every Heartbeat?

Reader feedback after My Heart Remembers released expressed a strong interest in a second story featuring the Gallagher siblings. So this story really was inspired by the many requests of my readers. I hope they’ll enjoy a second peek into the Gallaghers’ lives.

How did you come up with the concept for In Every Heartbeat?

I knew I wanted to use the Gallaghers as secondary characters rather than main, and I liked the idea of spending a little more time Petey, a street waif from the first book. But I needed Petey to be old enough to carry a significant portion of the storyline. Making him college-age worked well. Once I had a time period in mind, the storyline formed effortlessly.

How much of In Every Heartbeat is factual?

Well, the story is set before the United States entered into World War I, so it addresses several accurate events of the 1910s. The characters and their stories are all very fictional, however.

 

Was there actually an orphan’s home that you modeled the story around?

The Reginald Standler Home for Orphaned and Destitute Children was modeled after several homes in New York which cared for children who were orphans, half-orphans (only one living parent), or abandoned.

Was the college modeled after a real college that the three friends went to?

One of my best resources for this story was a 1914 yearbook from the University of Missouri. It gave me an idea of how a college campus was set up, what kinds of activities the students had available to them, and what the buildings looked like. I borrowed the college’s pillars from a burned down building as well as its Bible College and journalism program, which was open to female students as well as males. Springboarding from an actual college helped make my fictional college feel much more “real.”

How closely is In Every Heartbeat based on your life experiences? Is there someone you know who has had their leg amputated?

Like Libby, I started out as a journalism major with the hopes of becoming a “famous writer.” Even though I wasn’t an orphan, I was a painfully shy child so I could related to Libby’s desire to be known as “somebody” and using her writing ability to garner attention.

A friend from high school, who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident, was instrumental in helping me understand Petey’s physical and emotional challenges of missing a limb.

 

How long did In Every Heartbeat take you to complete?

Generally, it takes me about four months to research and write a novel.

What was the most interesting tidbit that you learned while writing In Every Heartbeat?

I was shocked by the open hazing that took place on the college campus, showcased by photographs in the 1914 yearbook. I assumed hazing was a relatively new—and greatly frowned upon—activity, but apparently not!

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?

Because of my tight deadline schedule, while I’m writing one story, I’m also doing edits on the previously turned in manuscript, assisting with marketing on the most recent release, and planning the story I’ll be writing next. Sometimes it’s hard to keep everything straight—Grammas aren’t always the best multi-taskers. LOL 

What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?

I love researching and absorbing myself in a different time period. I love the whole creative process of bringing characters to life. And I love the opportunity writing gives me to connect with people I otherwise would never have met. I truly love being a writer.

What is your writing style?   (Do you outline?  Write “by-the-seat-of-your-pants?   Or somewhere in-between?)

I am definitely seat-of-the-pants. I’m as surprised as anybody by the way my stories end. I am very much character-driven—I get to know my characters really well, so they end up telling me where the story is going.

What other new projects do you have on the horizon?

Coming in January 2011 from Bethany House is Courting Miss Amsel—Walnut Hill, Nebraska, has just hired a new schoolmarm, and the community will never be the same.

In my young adult series, book three, Katy’s Homecoming, will also release in January ’11.

 

What message would you like your readers to take from In Every Heartbeat?

Each of the main characters in this story have been impacted by rejection and have a difficult time seeing themselves as people of value. Insecurity can plague many of us. But God truly thinks of each of us in His every heartbeat. I truly hope readers who might question their importance to God will realize how very deeply they are loved as they walk the path to recognition with Libby, Petey, and Bennett.


What is your greatest achievement?

You mean, besides my children? :o) I suppose finding the courage to cast aside my insecurities and step out in faith on this writing pathway. God can do great things through us when we trust Him to guide our footsteps.


What is your goal or mission as a writer?

Of course I want entertain my readers with a clean story of faith, but more importantly I hope to provide an element of truth my readers can adopt for themselves. I pray they find a spiritual tidbit that helps them grow closer to God.


What do you do to get away from it all?

I still love to get lost in a good book. The hubs and I enjoy taking short weekend trips. And of course, an afternoon with my grandkids is the best get-away of all.

 


 

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