Sunday, May 5, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Yvonne Blake

We're happy to have you visit our blog, Yvonne!

Is there a story behind your book A Home for Phoebe?
After moving twenty times within seventeen years, my teenage emotions found release in a creative writing class. That’s where Phoebe was born – a girl who longed for a place to call home. After I graduated, I married, raised a family, and taught in a Christian school for twelve years. All the while, I developed the characters and plot of my book. When my youngest left home, I sharpened my writing skills and finished Phoebe and Maseppa’s story.


 
Which character interested you most while you wrote? Phoebe was too much like me to interest me. Although Maseppa was mysterious, she was too predictable. Zeke was the character that fascinated me. He was funny and playful, but also responsible. He seemed to always have something in his noggin that surprised me and took the story in a different direction.


 
What is a favorite memory from your childhood?Our family read books together every evening as part of our family devotions. We read missionary stories, poetry, adventure, folklore, and classics. When I read those books now, I can hear my father’s voice giving painting pictures in my mind and make characters come to life.


 
What is the quirkiest thing about you?
I don’t get excited about ice cream. I’ll eat it, especially if it’s served in a sugar cone, but I’d much rather have fruit than ice cream any day.


 
What things do you put off because you dread them?Cleaning the attic – Calling the dentist – Cooking supper


 
What is your favorite season of the year?Living in Maine, I’ve learned to love all the seasons. Each one has its own delights and beauties, but I think I love autumn the best. The bugs and the bustle of summer are gone. The leaves flame with color and release a musty, sweet scent. There’s a feeling of settling down at home and getting cozy for the winter.

 
If you were a style of music, what style would you be?Imagine the soft notes of a flute floating on a summer breeze.


 
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?I try to write in a way that spiritual lessons are shown, not preached. I think God’s forgiveness is the main theme of A Home for Phoebe.


 
Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.While growing up, our family memorized many Scripture passages including the whole chapter of Psalm 19. It wasn’t until I realized the power of the written word that I made Psalm 19:14 my guide and motto. “Let the words of my mouth (and pen), and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O LORD, my Strength and my Redeemer.”


 
Do you have another book in the works?Being a teacher, I filled A Home for Phoebe with tidbits of history and culture of the mid-1800’s, so I also developed a study guide for those who would like to incorporate the book into their home-school curriculum. It includes vocabulary and writing exercises, besides research guides and hands-on activities.

I’ve written the rough draft of a sequel, called Going Home with Phoebe, where she tends to attract strays needing a home – including a runaway slave. Also, I’m working on a series of easy-to-read books for younger children – using the same characters. I have many ideas of ways to expand and develop this story. It’s exciting to finally see Phoebe grow up.



To buy her book, go here:

Full Sail Books -
http://fullsailbooks.com/
Amazon


As Yvonne Blake travelled her pathway through life, she packed the memories in the corners of her mind. Although she lived in the deserts of Arizona and the islands of the Bahamas, the rugged hills of New York hold special memories for her. She lived at Hoags Corners throughout her pre-teen years. She swam at the Falls, bought candy at Paul’s store, visited Katie Mackmin and Mister Schillinger, and even got in trouble for rolling a snowball down a hill.

Yvonne developed her writing skills by completing the Journeyman Course of the Christian Writers Guild and participated in Faithwriters for several years. She has continued to teach children how to write on her website, Polliwog Pages, and has published a variety of stories for all ages.

She and her husband live on the coast of Maine, enjoying their grandchildren and quieter times together. Yvonne is now unpacking the boxes of memories to put them into poems, short stories, and novels. She prays her writing will be used of the Lord to entertain, enlighten, and encourage others.

 

To connect with Yvonne, go here:


Website – www.yvonneblake.com

Blog – http://mybackdoorministry.blogspot.com

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/#!/YvonneBeverlyBlake

Twitter – https://mobile.twitter.com/yvonblake?p=s


Yvonne is giving away a copy of A Home for Phoebe. 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





 

10 comments:

karenk said...

a wonderful posting...thanks for the chance to read this story

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...


Interesting interview with Yvonne. Thanks caroline. I have a granddaughter home schooling her children. I would like to win this book. Maxie
mac262(at)me(dot)com

Melissa M. said...

I would love to win this! Thanks for sharing. I love Psalm 19, too (we memorized it, as well).

-Melissa from TX (originally from upstate NY)

Melissa M. said...

Oops, I forgot to leave my e-mail address: misshoneybee(at)gmail(dot)com

Patricia Bradley said...

Great interview. I don't particularly care foe ice cream either. I mean, I don't dislike it, and I'll eat it but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it. Would love to win a copy of the book. pat at ptbradley dot com

Teela said...

Cyberspace must be full of my comments! But thanks Carol,Sharon and gals for helping out those of us that might be techie challenged! Yes, I would like to wrin and read Yvonne's book, A Home for Phoebe! Teelayoung@hotmail.com http://coffee24tea.blogspot.com

Sharon A. Lavy said...

A message from Teela!

Cyberspace must be full of my comments! But thanks Carol,Sharon and gals for helping out those of us that might be techie challenged! Yes, I would like to wrin and read Yvonne's book, A Home for Phoebe! Teelayoung@hotmail.com http://coffee24tea.blogspot.com


Sharon A. Lavy said...

And Teela, after all your grief I hope you win (*wrin#) something!!!

Rose Milligan said...

I wish my family as a whole would read together each night, but my husband doesn't like to read. My daughter and I do read together, and we attend story time at the library. Thanks for having the giveaway.

harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

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