I always love a chance to chat with Kim Vogel Sawyer, and today she’s here talking about her newest book A Silken Thread!
KIM VOGEL SAWYER is a highly acclaimed, best-selling author with more than one million books in print, in seven different languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades 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, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.
For readers who love a heartwarming romance and a rich historical setting comes a tale of a young woman with a heavy burden, the International Cotton Exposition, and the pursuit of true love.
Eighteen-year-old Laurel Millard, youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home and “take care of Mama” by her older siblings, but Laurel has dreams of starting her own family. Operating a silk loom at the Atlanta Exposition will give her the chance to capture the heart of a man wealthy enough to take care of Laurel and any children she might bear, as well as her mother.
Langdon Rochester’s parents have given him an ultimatum: settle down with a wife or lose his family inheritance. At the Exposition, Langdon meets Laurel. Marrying her would satisfy his parents’s command, she would look lovely on his arm for social events, and in her besotted state, he believes she would overlook him continuing pursuing rowdy adventures with his unmarried buddies. Langdon decides to woo Laurel. Willie Sharp is not well-off and must take on an extra job at the Atlanta Exposition as a security guard. When mischief-makers cause trouble in the Women’s Building, Willie is put in charge of keeping the building secure. He enjoys visiting with Laurel, who seems like the little sister he never had, but his feelings for Laurel change to something much deeper. Can Willie convince Laurel that he can give her better life–even with so little to offer?
Hi Kim! Welcome back to the blog!
Q: I love the cover of your new historical fiction novel, A Silken Thread! What can you tell us about it?
Kim: This is a story about loyalty—to family, friends, and God. Each of the main characters face personal crises, and consequently they have important decisions to make that will impact the rest of their lives as well as the lives of people they care about. Of course, I always hope they will choose wisely!
Q: The book centers on the International Cotton Exposition in 1895 Atlanta. With most of your novels taking place on the Kansas prairie, how and why did you decide on this setting?
Kim: I came across a large photograph of the expo in a museum in Atlanta, and it captured my interest. After reading some articles about the event, I knew I wanted to set a story there. There was no way I could include everything that happened during those three months of the expo in my story—it was like a small city/circus/amusement park sprang to life on the grounds. Sometimes I wish I had a time machine. I’d love to actually walk through the expo the way Laurel, Willie, Quincy, and Langdon did.
Carrie: Wouldn’t that be fascinating?
Q: With people from various backgrounds coming together at the exposition, there are instances of classism and racism throughout the book. One of the characters says, “We understand those who are most like us, so we socialize and form friendships with those who are most like us. Trying to mix the different social classes only leads to confusion and discontentment.” This is so relevant to today’s world, so what do you think the key is to overcoming this point of view?
Kim: It might sound simplistic and “Pollyanna-ish,” but I think we need to become acquainted. Getting to know the person whose economic status or skin tone or clothing style or background is different than ours often lets us see just how much we have in common. When we find our common ground, then friendship can develop. What a boring world it would be if we were all exactly the same.
Carrie: Amen & amen. This is something I’m passionate about!
Q: What inspired you to write from four different points of view?
Kim: I wanted the reader to experience the thoughts/feelings of people from various life stations. By including a wealthy man, a working class man, a black individual, and a female, I had the chance to explore society from a variety of angles. It intrigued me.
Carrie: It intrigues me too!!!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Kim: I’m writing the the sequel to one of my favorite stories, Bringing Maggie Home. The story is untitled, but it picks up three years after BMH ended and takes Meghan into married life and a new cold case involving a long-missing father. Some of the themes are forgiving ourselves for past mistakes and God being father to the fatherless. I hope readers will enjoy revisiting some of my all-time favorite story characters.
Carrie: yay! looking forward to that!
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What about you? What interests you most about this book?