How did you come up with the idea for Sweet Sanctuary? 

I love the WWII period--there is such fodder for drama and romance. After visiting Dachau (a German concentration camp) I really wanted to share a story that included the difficulty faced by the Jewish people. My love for the time period and my interest in the Holocaust became the basis for this story, which features two people secretly working to protect someone important to them.

In your research for this book what jumped out at you and touched your heart so much you had to put it in your book? 

When I thought about the little children who suffered as a result of Hitler's madness, my heart ached so much sometimes it seemed as though it wouldn't be able to continue beating. Researching this story was incredibly heartrending, yet it also reaffirmed my belief that as much "badness" as exists in the souls of some men, there are equal amounts of "compassion" in others. 

What do you hope readers take away from Sweet Sanctuary? 
Two Faithful Friends

I truly hope readers will come away with a renewed sense of how intimately we are loved by God and how His good plans exceed anything we could plan for ourselves. Not everyone follows God's will--and this story will show the consequences of living selfishly as well as the joy that can come when we place ourselves in His hands and seek to follow His truths.

If one of your dreams could come true, what would it be? Why?  
 Brainstorming with Deborah Raney, Deborah Vogts, and Judith Miller
Dare I admit this? I would love to see one of my books made into a Hallmark movie. :o)

In checking out your website I saw that you and your husband run a bed and breakfast called The Kings Inn, in Kingman, Kansas. How did you get started doing this and how long have you all be doing this?

King's Inn Bed and Breakfast Front View
I loved your website for the King's Inn, the rooms look lovely, and I adored the room names. You have Jane Austin room, The Emily Dickinson room, The Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, L. Frank Baum, Alexandre Dumas, Lucy Maude Montgomery, Margaret Mitchell, Louisa May Alcott, and a beautiful library. Did you name these rooms? If so, why did you choose the names you did? 
Back View of King's Inn B & B
The Hubs and I have a wonderful time serving guests at The King's Inn. Although we'd never aspired to be innkeepers, God opened this door to us, and we're coming up on our first year here. We've had some amazing ministry opportunities, and we look forward to many more years here. When we purchased the inn, we decided to change the rooms and make them more personal for us. As a child, I was a voracious reader and I believe all my reading helped me become a better writer. So we decided to name the rooms for authors we've enjoyed. We also chose names which we thought sounded "romantic" for the rooms.  

What do you enjoy most about running a Bed and Breakfast? 

For both of us, it is hands-down meeting the people. People are so fun! And especially for me, who spends much of her day with imaginary friends, being able to chat with guests is a real treat. I should say our cats also love the guests, too, because they get lots of extra petting.

Why write Christian Fiction? What is the draw for you? 

 Signing books for a faithful reader The WELL IN MCPHERSON, KANSAS 
First of all, I write fiction because I like to weave tales in worlds where there are happy endings. I write Christian fiction because every person has a need to develop a relationship with his Maker. I want God to be a main character in each of my stories, and Christian fiction offers me the opportunity to show how lives are changed when we place our belief in Him.


What three things would you rather not live without? (Besides friends and family)

 Chocolate, cats, and music!
What do you read to escape, relax, or just have fun?
My favorite genre is historical fiction. I love escaping to another era. 
Signing with Deborah Raney and Nancy Mehl @ Faith & Life in NewtonKansas

 A friend of yours has a time travel machine and will let you have it for awhile. What would you do with it? Where would you go and what would you do? 
In my Victorian regalia

I would take myself promptly to the 1930s, when my grandmothers were still alive, and spend time with them. I look forward to Heaven so I can meet them for the first time.
What movie affected most you when you were young? If you didn't watch movies what books affected you most?

Being raised Mennonite, we didn't watch movies (except John Wayne westerns if they had one at the drive-in, because my dad loved westerns), but I read and read and read. The book that affected me most deeply as a young person was To Kill A Mockingbird. That story changed my view of the world and opened my eyes to injustice in ways I didn't know could exist. It made me want to be a champion for the underdog and always, always be truthful in my dealings with people.

You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play? 

In all likelihood, I would be the jester. I have no athletic or quick-thinking abilities. I would be no help at all!


THANK YOU to each reader who has picked up one of my books and spent time with the characters. If it weren't for you, what I do would be meaningless. So thank you for your readership!

With my Dutch publisher at the Christy Awards in 2012
Thanks for stopping by and helping us get to know you and your books Kim. This was a sweet and informative book I really enjoyed. I'm THRILLED that Bethany House will giving away 10 copies of SWEET SANCTUARY starts TODAY! at THE BOOK CLUB NETWORK 

Thanks for the fun questions for readers to answer too Kim. This is the first of your books I've read it won't be the last!! Can't wait for the discussion time too!

Everyone needs to go to TBCN to enter the 10 book drawing. Joining The Book Club Network is fun and easy. Must be a member to enter drawing.

SEE YOU THERE!! ALL Entries are to be made at TBCN NOT HERE!!

Nora St.Laurent
Where Book Fun Begins!


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