Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Interview with Author Kim Vogel Sawyer

I am thrilled to feature an interview with very favorite author Kim Vogel Sawyer, whose newly-released novel What Once Was Lost has already become one of my all-time favorite books!
Kim is not only a super-talented author, but she's also a super-nice person and has become a special friend. Enjoy the interview, and for anyone leaving a comment your name will go into a drawing for a copy of Kim's book What Once Was Lost. (Drawing is for U.S. residents only, please) It is a wonderful story!
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1. Welcome Kim! Thank you for answering my questions today. First of all, how many books have you written?
     What Once Was Lost is my 30th release. In the wings are four more completed stories. The fingers get a work-out every day at the computer.  :)
2. Do you always write in the same place (your home office)?
     For the most part, yes. Occasionally I write on the porch or go to the settee in the library. I usually do my best work in my office, though, because when I step through that door I'm entering "the zone," and I go into writer-mode. I guess it's a mind thing.
3. How did you get the idea/inspiration for What Once Was Lost?
     This story's inspiration grew from a get-away trip with a few writer friends to the Flint Hills of Kansas. A huge rock barn setting off the road caught our attention and we went to investigate. We discovered the barn was all that remained of what once had been the county poor farm. The house had burned down in the 1940s and the poor farm closed at that time. Wondering what had happened to the people who'd lived there led to Christina's story.
4. When you're not writing, what keeps you busy?
     Running the B&B ( takes quite a bit of time. The Hubs and I are active in our church. And of course I love time with my family--my parents, my daughters, and my positively adorable-beyond-descriptions grandkiddos. There's always something to do!
5. I'm always interested in knowing "favorites" - - so what is your favorite color?  Need you ask? PURPLE! (CatMom here--I already knew that answer, LOL)
   Favorite food? Kind of depends on my mood, but I'm always in the mood for something chocolatey.
   Favorite drink? Either Jones Sugar-Free Black Cherry Soda or Shasta Diet Cream Soda, both of which are pretty hard to come by these days.
   Favorite type of music? Contemporary Christian or piano renditions of romantic tunes.
   Favorite place to visit? Alaska. I'd go every year if we could afford it.
6. Please tell us about your cats.
     Let's see, Sam is the big bruiser--a lover, though, instead of a fighter. Frances is the resident mommy--she makes sure everyone has clean ears. Maizie-Grace is our princess--yes, the world revolves around her. And bashful little Clydey-Cat is my muse.
7. Have you always lived in Kansas?
     For all but one year of my life, yes, so Kansas has been home.

THANK YOU, Kim, for this fun interview. And readers--remember one name will be drawn from the commenters and I'll mail you a copy of Kim's newly-released book, What Once Was Lost. For everyone else, if you haven't purchased this book, you need to! It really is an amazing, sweet story and I think it's now my favorite of ALL of Kim's books (and I've truly loved everything this talented author has written).  :)


Martha Sturm said...

I have read all of Kim's books, and agree that she is a good author. Have been looking forward to reading this book. Will have to check with the library to encourage them to get it in. I know lots of people find new (to them) authors through the library.

Emma said...

Great interview. What Once Was Lost sounds wonderful. Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Susan Johnson said...

This sounds like a great book. I loved learning about your cats.

Cherie Hamby Kasper said...

I have gotten to read an ARC of Kim's book, I would love the real one though, probably won't get to get it on my own. Loved the blog.

CatMom said...

Thanks for stopping by, Martha, Emma, Susan, and Cherie! Your names will all go into my basket and my daughter will reach in and lift one out (will do this next week). Blessings to each of you, Patti Jo (CatMom) :)

Pam Nicolay said...

I love Kim's books and I too will be looking for the library to get this.Pam

CatMom said...

Thanks for stopping by, Pam!
Glad to know you're also a fan of Kim's books--she's amazing.
Blessings, Patti Jo (CatMom)

Kim Vogel Sawyer said...

Thanks so much for featuring the new book, Patti Jo. You are my absolutely favorite reader. :o)

Lane Hill House said...

Would love to win What Once Was Lost! Enjoy Kim's novels and her posts! Go Clyde ~ hope you are feeling better. There truly is no place like home. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

Anonymous said...

Great interview! If you are still taking entries, please add me to the drawing. Either way, I wanted to stop by. I enjoyed meeting you last weekend, CatMom! :)

brandy (dot) heineman (at) gmail (dot) com

CatMom said...

It was my pleasure to feature your new book, Kim. After all, YOU are my very favorite author!

I loved the main characters in WHAT ONCE WAS LOST---such a sweet story.
Hugs, Patti Jo :)

CatMom said...

Welcome, Kathleen (Lane Hill House)! Your name is in the drawing. Thanks for stopping by!
Blessings, Patti Jo (CatMom)

CatMom said...

Hi Brandy! It was wonderful meeting you last week at ACFW, also. I hope you enjoyed the conference as much as I did.

I'll be taking entries for the drawing until next Wednesday, so your name is in! :)
Blessings, Patti Jo (CatMom)

Jackie Smith said...

Oh wow, I just found your blog, Patti Jo....this will not be my last time to

I love Kim's books; I try to read them presently reading Sweet Sanctuary. She is not only a great writer, but a great person!
Please enter me for your giveaway.

I feel like I know you (a fellow GA lady...and not far from me) from Seekers!
jacsmi75 [at] gmail [dot] com

CatMom said...

Welcome Jackie! Thanks for stopping by my corner, and you are entered in the drawing.
I hope you'll visit my little blog again (I'm trying to get better about posting, LOL).
Hugs from a fellow Georgian,
Patti Jo :)

Jackie Smith said...

Oh me, I said I would come back, but did not think this I am so chagrined....just reviewed an order I have with A. and realized that this book is on the way to me! So please don't include me in the drawing! Duh!
As I said, I love her books!

Enjoy a nice Georgia day!

CatMom said...

Okay Jackie! Thanks for letting me know, and enjoy the book (I'm sure you will!).
Please do visit my little corner again when you have time (I plan on having more book drawings, etc. coming up).
Hugs, Patti Jo :)

Susan Marlene Kinney said...

Hi CatMom! What a fun interview! I wish I'd seen it!! I'll have to look for the book though! I love how Kim Vogel Sawyer's favorite color is purple and you wrote her response in that color!! LOL! Blessings!!

CatMom said...

Hi Sue! Yes, I couldn't resist using purple for Kim's replies on the interview, LOL. In fact, I've told Kim that now whenever I see purple ANYTHING, I think of her! ;)
Hugs, Patti Jo (CatMom)