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HEARTS THAT SURVIVE--Win Yvonne Lehman's new book!

There’s been an explosion!! And its name is Christian fiction. The changes that have and are occurring in Christian fiction is amazing. The variety of genres and the amount available are staggering and difficult to keep up with.

To help, I’m going to be introducing some of my “writer friends” over the next few months. And lucky you, they want to give away copies of their books—sometimes print—sometimes ebooks. All you have to do is leave a comment and you’ll be in the drawing. If you win, you’ll be contacted. The winner will be picked from those leaving comments on April 7th.

My first guest is an amazing woman and writer. Yvonne Lehman is an award-winning, best-selling author of more than 3,000,000 copies of her books sold. She founded and directed the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for 25 years and now directs the Blue Ridge “Autumn in the Mountains” Novelist Retreat held annually in October at Ridgecrest/LifeWay Conference Center in NC. She mentors students for the Jerry Jenkins’ Christian Writers Guild. She earned her Master’s Degree in English Literature from Western Carolina University and has taught English and Creative Writing on the college level.

Her recent publications include Aloha Brides (Barbour, a collection of three historical Hawaii novels), A Knight to Remember (Heartsong, April 2012), the second in a series set in Washington DC, and Let it Snow (Heartsong, December 2012), third in the DC series. Hearts that Survive is her 50th novel.

She’ll be giving away a print copy of Hearts That Survive. I may just put my name in the drawing. The book sounds great!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Hearts that Survive.

The ship of dreams vanished, disappeared as it sank into the sea. In its place emerged a nightmare. The sinking of the “unsinkable” Titanic was not the end of the story for the 2207 passengers, plus the crew. It was the beginning of an unforgettable event that changed history, changed culture. There were only a few hundred saved in the 20 lifeboats. Not only were hundreds and hundreds of souls lost that night, but the event touched people throughout the world. Each person had family, friends, acquaintances and their lives too were touched and changed.

Some may want to compare this story with the book and award-winning movie Titanic, as I did when beginning this project. There is no comparison however. That is their story. This is mine and my desire, hope and prayer is that my readers enjoy this book, find it entertaining and filled with events and characters that come alive in their hearts and minds, and know what it means for a heart to survive.

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

My readers might care about them because they are like people around us, some we label as noble or cowards, those lovable or unlikable, giving or selfish. The story is populated with those like us and make us wonder how we would behave in the situations faced by these people as they read the three divisions of the novel--the before, during, and after the sinking of that ship called the greatest ever built and then became known as one of the greatest tragedies.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

If I were the director for the film version I’d find the most difficult role to cast would be Craven because he is an enigma. Since there is the movie Titanic, I think it would be great if Leonardo Decaprio were to play him. Craven is entirely different from the young man Jack in the movie. Now that Decaprio is older, I think it would be wonderful to watch him play the mature role of Craven and it would be a terrific challenge for him to convince an audience he is not Jack, but Craven.

What fun! I'd love to see that performance.

Caroline would be someone like Annette Bening in The American President who was very likeable and yet a strong, independent person. Lydia is the most beautiful blue-eyed blonde in the world, so we’d have auditions.

What are you working on now?

Just finished Let it Snow, the third in a series set in Washington DC due to be released by Heartsong in November. I’m also working on promotion for my Titanic novel. I plan to write another mainstream to follow the Titanic novel. It too is based on true events and is a WWII story.

Where else can readers find you online?

I’m on facebook but rarely go there. I have a website I rarely go to: www.yvonnelehman.com, and occasionally write a blog for Christiansread.com.

Thanks Yvonne for being my first guest! Now what do you think about Yvonne's idea of writing another story about the Titanic? Good idea or not? Personally, I like it but I want to know your thoughts.

To sign up to win Yvonne's book, leave a comment. Winner will be picked at random from those who leave a comment!

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