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An Interview with Kim Vogel Sawyer, author of Beneath a Prairie Moon

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An Interview with Kim Vogel Sawyer, author of Beneath a Prairie Moon

Tell us about your new novel, Beneath a Prairie Moon, and how the idea for it came about.

Several years ago I wrote a book called A Hopeful Heart which featured women from the east coming to a Kansas herdsman school to learn the skills necessary to become ranchers’ or farmers’ wives. Readers enjoyed the humor of watching these Easterners try to brand cattle, cook for a “whole passel of men,” or take care of chickens. Over the years, I received several requests for another mail-order bride type story, so I was always contemplating it. Then I thought, the last book taught the women how to be good wives; why not write one about the ranchers learning to be good husbands? And Beneath a Prairie Moon came to life in my imagination.

The main character, Abigail Grant, finds her life turned upside down when her father is imprisoned for illegal business dealings. How does her story speak to God’s plans for each of us when things don’t turn out the way we expect?

There as so many things I appreciate about God, but His ability to make beauty out of ashes is definitely close to the top of the list. How many times have we felt as if our happiness was ending, only to find ourselves on the precipice of a brand new and even brighter opportunity for joy? The thing is, God doesn’t see the way we do, with blinders on. He sees how yesterday, today, tomorrow, and every day of our lives work together, and He uses each of our days to weave the most glorious plans for His children. Of course, we have to be willing to let go of some things so our hands are open to receive the greater gift He wants to bestow. I think that was Abigail’s biggest challenge: to release the known and receive what could be.

It takes a long time for Abigail to warm up to Spiveyville and its residents, mostly due to her feelings of superiority. How can we learn to love and appreciate those who are different than ourselves?

Yes, poor Abigail had lost so much, she couldn’t bring herself to let go of the only remaining part of her former life: her stringent behavior model. Of course, this model was of little use, as far as most people were concerned, on the plains. I think the only way we can learn to love and appreciate those who differ from us is to get to know them beneath the surface. When we look past the exterior to the heart underneath, we discover the similarities all humans possess—the desire to love and be loved, to
feel valued, to be accepted, to have a place of belonging.

What can you tell us about what you are working on next?

Next out of the chute is a contemporary women’s fiction story featuring an Old Order Mennonite woman named Marty and her lifelong friend, Brooke, who was raised by an agnostic mother. Very different women, yet bound by an abiding friendship that faces several challenges when they come together on a special project, rebuilding a Kansas ghost town.

Where can readers find more information about Beneath a Prairie Moon?

Please feel free to visit the WaterBrook website, any online bookselling site, or pop by my personal website, KimVogelSawyer.com.

 

About Beneath a Prairie Moon

Abigail Brantley grew up in affluence and knows exactly how to behave in high society. But when she is cast from the social registers due to her father’s illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners and morals so they can “marry up” with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he’s put off by the snooty airs and fastidious behavior of the “little city gal” in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the down-to-earth men. How can he teach her that perfection won’t bring happiness?

About Kim Vogel Sawyer

KIM VOGEL SAWYER‘s titles have garnered awards including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and a bevy of grandchildren.

 

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