Friday, January 25, 2013

A Warm Welcome, Sharon Lavy!

It's such an honor to have Sharon with us today! Welcome, Sharon.

Is there a story behind your book Dreaming of a Father’s Love?
Yes, actually there is. I started writing this book over 20 years ago. We lived in a world where many young people were searching to find themselves. But even then some knew what they wanted to do with their life from a very early age. Our firstborn son was one of these people. He was one and a half years old when we moved to Ohio and began our farming operation. By the time he was six he jogged behind his father, up and down the field. We didn't have cabs on the tractors yet and my husband wouldn't let Ivan ride on the tractor for fear he would fall and be hurt or killed. So I could often look out the kitchen window and see our small son racing behind the tractor hour after hour. When he was nine, our young son began to drive a tractor. His little head barely high enough to see over the steering wheel. By seventh grade he called home every day at lunchtime to see what his dad was doing on the farm." We think that's pretty neat when a son wants to follow his daddy's footsteps.

But what if this child was a girl? What encouragement would we give her?

And with that thought, the story of Roberta Alexander was born.

What started you on your writing journey?
Since the time I learned to write, I have written. Those who know me—especially other writers— may not realize that I am a deep introvert. When I feel comfortable around someone I can become outgoing. But like many introverts before me, writing helps me think. Writing is how I make sense of my world.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Noise and other interruptions. I really need one of those signs WARNING! WRITER AT WORK …

What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
The first year our father attended to medical school at George Washington University, Mother ran a rooming house one block from the capital building. The following year Dad and Mother were able to buy a share in the student book store at the college. So we sold the rooming house and moved to a suburb in Maryland. During those four years we had many friends and relatives visit us, and Mother was a wonderful tour guide. We saw the landmarks many times. And I am so excited that one of my sisters and I and our husbands are going on a tour of Washington D.C. with our church group in March of this year.

What is your favorite season of the year?
When we lived in/near Washington D.C., I loved the spring and Cherry Blossom time. I’m sad that it won’t be quite time for the cherry trees to bloom when we visit in March.

Oh, I love the spring, too. Use to be, with me, there was no question. Autumn was at the top of my list. Nowadays, I have to include spring. Tell us, are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
Yes. I’m glad you asked. I write about relationships. And the most important relationship is having a relationship with Jesus. Casting all our cares upon Him. And that is not humanly an easy thing to do. Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special) Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. I spent much of my childhood feeling unworthy and unlovable. Even after I accepted Christ at the age of 13 and for years after … I knew the love Jesus has for all people and could be a real encourager to others. But … I did not feel worthy, even then. After He really got hold of me and taught me to know Him, well now this verse really speaks to me. And if I can encourage one other person to really trust Him, before I die, I will die happy.

Are you working on another book?
I am getting ready to send the next manuscript Through The Deep Waters to my agent. This is another Tale From The Ohio Valley and the timeline is 2008. And I am three-fourths finished with the first draft of Rivers of Sorrow from 2009.

To buy Sharon's book, go here:

To contact Sharon:
Amazon Author Page:

Sharon is giving away a copy of Dreaming of a Father's Love. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
  Caroline Brown


Judy said...

would love to win a copy of Dreaming of a Father's Love.

I really enjoyed this interview with Sharon. I too did not feel I was worthy of Christ's love. I was an adult when I felt that way. I just felt I could never ever measure up and be good enough to be accepted by Christ. How wrong was I!! His love is unconditional!


January 25, 2013 at 5:23 AM

cjajsmommy said...

I would like to be included in the giveaway. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Patsy said...

I would love to read this book!


apple blossom said...

lovely interview thanks

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Teela said...

Thanks for sharing with us Sharon. It's nice to know some background of authors of the books we read. I look forward to reading your book. Blessings, teela. Http://

KayM said...

I enjoyed the interview. I love to visit DC, when the cherry trees are blooming. It is such a lovely experience.

ann said...

Thanks for the interview. I know I would surely enjoy reading this book.

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this beautiful story

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Sharon A. Lavy said...

Thank you for your kind comments.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this interesting interview with Sharon. It's nice to read about the ladies I see on this site! The book sounds very good Sharon. I would love to win it.
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Nancee said...

It's wonderful seeing Sharon writing, and I enjoyed your interview with her. Thank you for offering a contest to "Dreaming of a Father's Love."

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

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Bethany said...

I'd love to be entered. I haven't heard of this author before! My email address is
cbus.blogger at gmail dot com


Amy R.S. said...

Would enjoy reading this book. Please enter me. Thanks

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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