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DAVE & BEVERLY LEWIS UP-CLOSE & PERSONAL 10 Book Giveaway Opportunity


ABOUT AUTHOR WRITING TEAM:

David Lewis grew up in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He met and married Bev in Colorado, where together they make their home in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, enjoying their three grown children and one grandchild.

Beverly Lewis was born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. She fondly recalls her growing-up years, and due to a keen interest in her mother's Plain family heritage, many of Beverly's books are set in Lancaster County. 

What do you hope readers take away from Child of Mine?

Bev: Its underpinning is based upon the belief of persistence and relentless faith—the joy of believing despite desperate circumstances…of shining the candle of faith into the pit of darkness. God is at work, regardless of the circumstances, despite our temptation to despair.

Nora: I could see that in the book. My heart ached for many of the characters situations but was left with hope. Just liked you mentioned above. 

What was your favorite scene in Child of Mine? Which was the most fun to write? Which was the hardest? Why?

 Fave scene:  When Kelly meets Nattie for the first time, and comes away hopelessly smitten with this little girl who just might be hers.
Most fun to write: When Jack invites Kelly over for dinner and Nattie discovers that she and Kelly share an incredible bond of food preferences (read: ultra-picky eaters). 
Hardest to write: When Jack confronts Kelly over her “lies.”  Our hearts broke for Kelly.

Nora: I did enjoy Kelly and Nattie’s first meeting. The two were fascinated at their similar likes and dislikes. They giggled and has so much fun. I felt as if I were there!

What made you write together for this book? It’s been a while since you’ve written together?  


Bev: We had loads of fun working together on both CHILD OF MINE and SANCTUARY. When we first pitched the latter book idea to our editor, she said: “You’ve gotta be kidding. You value your marriage, right?” LOL. She must’ve forgotten that we happen to like each other. And, too, we work together all day long, everyday, since both of our offices are set up in our home, and Dave is my first editor, as well as my research assistant.  J

Nora: Fun! Glad to hear you work well together. I loved the novel and your characters have a special place in my heart! Grin!


What is it like working together on a project? How does the process work? 


Dave & Bev: As to be expected, we worked meticulously at mingling our unique author “voices,” as well as enjoying moments of serene satisfaction when things fell neatly into place. We prayed over our daily work each morning, and then assigned each other the next scenes. Most important, we agreed on the primary hope: if something works, it stays!

Nora: I like that!

You’ve had several of your books made into movies Beverly, how does that process work? Have you been a consultant on any of the projects?

Bev: I've been blessed to partner with Michael Landon Jr. on three movies (soon to be four), and was honored to be included in the initial scripts. I even helped acquire authentic Amish carriages for “Saving Sarah Cain” shoot, and Dave and I were on set for that filming, as well as “Beverly Lewis’s The Confession” movie for Hallmark. Our girls were included as “extra-special” extras, which was sheer happiness for the whole family. Delightful memories, indeed—and oodles of pictures for the family albums, too. 
Bev w/Michael Landon Jr. Brian Bird, producer on movie set of The Confession
Nora: I saw the movie Saving Sarah Cain. Wow! Loved it! It must have been so much fun. I can’t wait to see your fourth project on film!

What three things are you most thankful for in life?

Dave & Bev: The grace of God covering our lives and work, the love we have for each other and the three wonderful children the Lord brought miraculously into our lives.
Dave & Grand daughter

Nora: Sweet!




What inspired you to write Child of Mine?

Dave & Bev: We read a story of a young woman whose child was kidnapped as a baby, and neither of us could imagine the depths of despair and sorrow. So, after brainstorming, we established a woman who refused to succumb to such a tragedy, eliciting prayer, and fighting past obstacle after obstacle, determined to be reunited with her child.

Nora: Kelly Maines was a driven woman. My heart ached for her situation. I admired her determination to carry on. I also felt she was brave to make the decision she made in the end. So many twists and turns to this complex and suspenseful story line! Loved it!

What fascinated you and/or surprised you in your research for this book?

Dave & Bev: We learned something of the curious nature of DNA testing, and the dark world of black market adoptions.

Nora: It was crazy to read about all the ways one of your characters went about gathering DNA samples from little kids. Grin! It was sad to read about what happened

Can you give us a sneak peek into what you are working on now? When will it be out?




~ Bev’s Fall 2014 novel, THE RIVER, releases on September 2nd, and her Spring 2015 novel, THE LOVE LETTERS, releases in late March.

FUN QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK
What movie affected you most when you were young? If you didn’t watch movies what books affected you most? 
Dave:  My mother was very musical and played the piano and organ. She and my father took me to many musicals, and I was enraptured with the blending of story and music. My favorite song as a child was “Maria,” from West Side Story and still remember the first time I saw My Fair Lady. An adorable Audrey Hepburn sang “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and suddenly at the grand old age of five, I was in love!

Bev: I was called a bookworm long before I knew what it meant! I still remember how compelled I was, while reading The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings in sixth grade, Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter, and Lloyd C. Douglas’s novel, The Robe, a year later. All the “Anne” books tugged on my muse, as did anything by Alcott, Wilder, and, yes, Dickens.
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? 

Dave: I would grow food, and fish in the ocean. (And help build or repair the ship that would take us home!)
Bev: I’d clean Dave’s fish and pick his garden veggies, and tell entertaining stories, filled with hope, to lift everyone’s spirits at day’s end.

Nora: I’d sign up to be a helper on your team!

A friend of yours has a time machine and they will let you use if for a while. Where would you go and what would you do?

Dave First choice: Israel, 30 A.D. Second Choice: Civil War era to shake Abe Lincoln’s hand!

What three things would you rather not live without (besides your family)?

Dave: Music, Books, and Avocadoes.

Bev and Avianna
Bev: Mozart piano concerti (to play), scrapbooks (to make), Amish “seven sweets and seven sours” (to pig out, baby!)


Out of all the sounds in the world which are your favorite?
Dave snorkeling ;swimming in ocean

Dave: The roar of the ocean and soft piano music.


Bev: a baby’s sweet cooing and the enticing trickle of a mountain creek.




We all live busy lives and all of us are in different seasons of life; that as a given what part of your day requires the most patience from you to get through? Causes you to pray the most?

Dave: I’m a morning person; not a night person!  Poor, dear Bev.

Bev: Dave leaps happily out of bed each morning, while I drag myself across the room to put on my robe. My brain wakes up around 2 PM, when I do my best work, and praying.  J

DAVID AND BEVERLY, ANY FINAL COMMENTS FOR READERS? 
Dave and Bev: We’re honored and pleased to be interviewed at TBCN Where Book Fun Begins, Nora. Thanks very much!


Nora: I APPRECIATE YOU BOTH! It was fun to have each of you here. Thanks for the great pictures. I look forward to the discussion time at The Book Club Network.


It was fun to get to know you and your books. I’m thrilled about the 10 book Giveaway Opportunity at TBCN starting the 20th of the JUNE at www.bookfun.org (TODAY!). Looking forward to it to reading the participation between you and readers! It’s always so much fun!


Everyone has to be a member of TBCN in order to participate. It’s Free and easy. Participate as your schedule allows. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
Sincerely,

Nora St.Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins!

55 comments:

  1. Great Interview. Love Beverly Lewis and have enjoyed the books that she and Dave have co-wrote together. Such wonderful reading.

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    1. We're delighted you enjoyed it, Cindy!

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  2. Reading Child of Mine right now! Love it so far! Can hardly wait for the new one in Sept The River

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    1. The River was just put to bed, so to speak, for printing...so it's right on schedule to release Sept. 2nd, Anonymous. Thanks for posting!

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  3. What a wonderful article. God has truly blessed you both!

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    1. We're so glad you enjoyed the interview, friend. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    2. We're glad you enjoyed the interview, friend! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. What a lovely couple, Beverly & David Lewis!! I have read all of Beverly's books. I hope that Beverly & David will write a few books together in the near future!! They are great writers!!
    Elaine Shorb
    tinkerbell2by2@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Elaine! Have a happy weekend.

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  5. would love to win this book! Story sounds so intense! Shelia Hall

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  6. When I look at your pictures, tears of joy come to me, as you radiant our loving Lord Jesus. You exalt the LORD in your books! <3

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  7. Can't wait to read Child of Mine. You were the first Amish author that I read and have been hooked ever since.

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  8. Loved the interview & pics! Thank you

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  9. love to read your wonderful books. They make you feel like you are a part of the story. Your faithful reader Paulette James

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  10. THANKS for everyone stopping by. I had a good time reading the responses David and Beverly had to the questions I asked. I also appreciated the pictures they shared.

    If you'd like to enter the drawing for CHILD OF MINE you'll have to JOIN The Book Club Network. It's Free and Easy. CLICK on the Link ABOVE the book cover for the book. ANSWER one of Beverly's Questions to be entered.

    TELL YOUR FRIENDS They have time to enter. Contest runs until the end of the month. SEE YOU THERE www.bookfun.org

    Nora :o)

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  11. Enjoyed reading this interview. Have been a reader of Bev Lewis' books from the beginning of her Amish Novels. Sally R. from upstate NY

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  12. I really enjoy your books. Hope to read all the new ones coming soon to my library.

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  13. Can't wait to read this book. I know it will be good.

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  14. Would love to win one of these 10 books but can't find how to do it. tumcsec@gmail.com

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  15. Hi David and Beverely. "Child of Mine" sounds like a wonderful book. Beverely I have read several of your books and have enjoyed everyone of them. Great interview.Love your pictures of you and your granddaughter. You said you had three grown children but you didn't say what sex they were? Would love to win your book. Glad you pray together over your work.
    God's blessings.
    Norma n38stanforth(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Our grown children are two daughters and a son, Norma. We have boy/girl twins. Thanks for this question. Have a terrific summer, starting today. (First day of summer, right?)

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  16. I think writing teams are really interesting. Two minds with one result. Ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. The blending of the two "author voices" can be totally challenging as well as laugh-out-loud fun, Ronna.

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  17. How nice to hear from all of you--enjoy your summer, everyone! And, thank again to Nora, for this very fun opportunity to share our passion for fiction here.

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  18. Has any of yoyr stories told somewhat how your mither no longer happens to be in the Plain faih anymore?

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    1. Yes, actually, THE SHUNNING is based loosely on my maternal grandmother's excommunication and eventual shunning from her Old Order Mennonite community, Jennifer. There was a Hallmark movie made from this novel, as well, if you're interested.

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  19. would enjoy reading this! d_stevens @ live.com

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  20. Great getting to "know" the two of you a little bit. Appreciate your FB posts, too, Bev; they make you seem very approachable. Waiting for your book to arrive!!

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    1. Thank YOU, Becky! I truly enjoy the lively interaction on my Facebook fan page, as well. We're all on this journey together, so why not connect?

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  21. I thoroughly enjoyed the interview. I love hearing and reading about Amish.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Anonymous. Dave and I thoroughly enjoyed Nora's questions, as well.

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  22. great to give to as a gift....to a couple about to married!.....and I would read it to.....god bless you both1

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  23. I have been reading Beverly Lewis for years and look forward to reading this one by David and Beverly. I would love to win a copy. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  24. I really enjoyed the interview and getting to know you each a bit more. I love your books and feel a part of them each time I read one. I have loved the movies as well but wish they stayed more with the way the books are written. I look forward to reading Child of Mine, but I have to wait until I return to the States sometime in July. I look forward to reading more of your books...and rereading the ones I have read. :)

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    1. Hi, Jeri Sue! Welcome, and thanks very much for your remarks. Dave and I were honored to do the interview for Nora's blog. Have a book-filled summer!

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  25. Love all your books. Both those you have written alone, Beverly, and those you have written together. You are an inspiration.

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  26. So many great books coming out from Beverly Lewis. I like that sometimes you and your husband collaborate on a book, as well. wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. We've enjoyed writing SANCTUARY and CHILD OF MINE for you, Sharon.

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  27. I love learning more about my favorite authors. Great post.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. Well, how very sweet, Susanlulu! Thanks very much for your post.

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  28. Love your books Beverly. Can't wait to read the ones you've written with your husband.

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    1. Dave and I love writing together, but for now there is the new one: Child of Mine, and our first ever co-authored novel, Sanctuary, which was met with much acclaim and popularity. I really hope you have the chance to read both, Teresa. Loved your comment--thanks so much!

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  29. Enjoyed the book, Child of Mine! A library borrowed it and received it in record time. So many twists and turns, and seeing faith at work. I appreciate how you encourage us through your books.

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    1. Faith and family are such high priorities for us as writers, Jennifer. So very glad you saw those aspect in the story. Yes, it was rather fun bending the plots, again and again. :)

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  30. Thank you for writing such inspiring stories! I have and enjoy many of your books. I am looking forward to reading Child of Mine!

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    1. Inspirational is our prayer, Chaeli, and we so appreciate your seeing that, as well, in our stories. Thanks for being such a loyal reader. Writers need readers, that's for sure. Hugs!

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  31. I love your books and would enjoy reading this one. I grew up in Lancaster county and I miss it so much! I love the amish and their way of life and reading your books I feel the peace they find!

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    1. I totally understanding your missing Lancaster County--what an amazing place. I miss it, too, Pat, and love returning to my Plain heritage many times to visit. Thanks for your delightful comments!

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  32. I really enjoyed this story. Nattie the little girl in this story stole my heart. The situation seemed cut and dry in the beginning. Boy was I surprised at all the twists and turns. I was up late reading this one. LOVED IT! I'm so glad for the opportunity to give some books away!

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    1. Nattie took the ball and ran with it, Nora. There were times when I thought she was stealing the show, so to speak. Yes, we admit she stole our hearts, as well.

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    1. Thanks for being here, Kristine...so glad you enjoyed it.

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  34. Great interview. How fun to write as a team! True togetherness in a great book! I love good Christian books with good values.

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  35. I've enjoyed Beverly Lewis books for years. When I retired and started writing, I thought it would be my highest achievement if my books could be on the store shelf next to hers. Since my name is Gay N Lewis, I'm still hoping it will happen. Beverly is an awesome writer, and I'm thrilled to see many of our Christian authors with books made into movies.

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