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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Yvonne Lehman, a novel of the Titanic


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Hearts that Survive—
A Novel of the Titanic
by Yvonne Lehman

Yvonne Lehman, author of 57 novels, founded and
directed for 25 years, the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and now directs the Blue Ridge Novelist Retreat held annually in October at Ridgecrest, NC conference center. Latest releases, in addition to the "Moments" non-fiction series, are a novella, Have Dress Will Marry (in Heart of a Cowboy, Mountainbrook Ink), Writing Right to Success (25 authors' journeys - LPC), and a cozy mystery, Better Latte Than Never (Winged Publications). She periodically signs her 50th book, Hearts that Survive—A Novel of the Titanic (Abingdon) at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Welcome, Yvonne. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
Friends, with whom you can share everything, are rare. Peggy Darty was that kind of friend. We clicked from the time we met at a writers conference, could be apart for a couple years, then pick right up again. A few years ago she began to struggle with cancer, couldn’t write, then passed away. My tribute to her is in the acknowledgements of my novel, Hearts that Survive—A Novel of the Titanic. Because of her, that book which I consider my best, and the miracle of it, happened. But better than that, she was a friend, and I’d love to see and talk with her again. I will!

What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I never intended to write non-fiction, but several of us were talking in the lobby after Blue Ridge classes. Cindy Sproles told about God showing up in her life in a miraculous way. Then I told mine about God showing up in the Ladies Room at the Presbyterian Church. Others chimed in. I mentioned the stories to Terri Kalfas, editor at Grace Publishing when there was a break in appointments. Two months later she contacted me, saying she was interested. I was shocked, but that led to my compilation of the Moments series, articles by 45-50 authors. Published are: Divine Moments, Christmas Moments, Spoken Moments, Precious Precocious Moments, More Christmas Moments and due out in 2016 are Stupid Moments and Additional Christmas Moments. I’m now receiving articles for Loving Moments and Coola-Nary Moments (cooking mishaps or interesting stories and recipes).

What is your favorite Bible verse?
That’s like asking who’s my favorite author. It’s whose story I’m enjoying at the time. Certain Bible verses mean most at a time when I need them most. The first one I remember relying on was the first time I taught a Sunday school class. I had my notes on the right side of the stand, and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” on the left side. Numerous ones I’ve applied to my situations. That can happen at any time from memory or when having Bible study and devotion time. But the most recent outstanding one was several years ago. Publishing was changing. Two houses dropped their lines for which I was writing. For the first time in my over-thirty-year writing career, I had no contract and no hope of getting one. I was becoming depressed, frustrated with God, asking why he brought me that far then dropped me. Then Clash Entertainment flashed the verse, “Show me the wonders of your great love.” I decided to quit moaning and prayed that verse. Everything was against the possibility of what happened next. Seemingly-impossible, when there was no hope, the miracle of my Titanic book materialized.

What can your readers expect from you next?
Maybe…the unexpected. I have a three-book contract for a Romance series, and a three-book contract for a Cozy Mystery series (first one recently published) with Winged Publications and am writing other novels. But what I really love is when the unexpected happens in my life, like the miracle book, the non-fiction books, when someone offers an opportunity to be part of a collection, and when I’m struggling then the right idea or a different, better idea comes for a story that I didn’t expect. Those times are rare. Generally, I’m working, writing, deleting, thinking, worrying, wondering, re-writing…re-writing…re-writing.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Hearts That Survive—A Novel of the Titanic.
Is Love more powerful than the pain of loss?
Lydia Beaumont and her new friend Caroline Chadwick plan Lydia’s wedding aboard the “grandest ship ever built.” Yet their lives take a tragic turn when the "unsinkable" Titanic goes down.

This epic tale of faith and perseverance follows their lives and the lives of their descendants as they struggle with all that was lost on that fateful night and what the future holds for those brave enough to face it.

Where can readers find you online?
I blog once a month on ChristiansRead Blog and on Novel Rocket. I am in the process of getting my website set up right. I get so busy with writing I don’t take time to do the technical things I should. Information on my Novelist Retreat and my email address.

Where can readers purchase your books?
They can be purchased from the published companies listed above in my bio, or from Amazon.        

Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
Where do you go to discover what books are available? Publishers’ websites? Amazon? Others’ recommendations? Writers’ blogs?

Yvonne, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Yvonne is graciously offering a 5-book giveaway: one each of the Titanic book, Crashing into Love, Writing Right to Success, Better Latte than Never (print or ebook), and Heart of a Cowboy (ebook)--print books limited to U.S. mailing address. Using, I'll draw a winner on Tuesday evening from among commenters. Please remember to leave your email address.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of any one of Jennifer's novels, winner's choice, restricted to mailing address in the continental U.S. is Melanie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thanks for reading my blog! Recently released book 3 in the West Virginia Mountains series is titled Promise Me. Available in print and eBook at Amazon!


  1. What a wonderful interview and giveaway! Thank you so much, Jo and Yvonne, for the chance to be a winner!

    I am a blog follower.
    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

    1. Britney, you're welcome. Thanks for leaving your comment and for following my blog!

  2. Great post! I usually read a new book or author based on recommendations by other people. And sometimes this. I'm going now to see about your cozies. :-) and I'm a follower. pat at ptbradley dot com

    1. Pat, glad you've found a new book or author. I appreciate your commenting and following my blog!

  3. Wonderful interview and giveaway. I pretty well look for recommendations by other readers and authors through FB or blogs and also do check Amazon for new releases. lacy1942(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Ann, glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks for leaving your comment.

  4. Before I starting writing, I found new books through the Christian Book Distributor fiction catalog. I still study it carefully, but now I already know when my author friends have books coming out.
    I first read some of Yvonne's book many years ago. I think they were Heartsong books or something similar. The Titanic book sounds very good.
    tlw131 [at] gmail [dot] com

    1. Terri, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

  5. What a great giveaway! Thank you for a wonderful interview and getting to know Yvonne a little better. I am certainly a follower!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

    1. Melanie, you're welcome. Thanks for leaving your comment and for following my blog!

  6. Thank you for the great interview! I discover new books through friends, author's newsletters and Facebook parties. I'm a blog follower.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

    1. Caryl, you're welcome. Glad you enjoyed the interview with Yvonne. I appreciate your following my blog!

  7. This is my first time reading your blog. I do take to heart recommendations, and I also scan Amazon. I am a reviewer for Bethany House, and I find many new writers that I enjoy. After I review, I post on my blog for others to learn about new books as they are being published. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Happy Cottage Quilter, you're welcome. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.