Character Interview Hazel Blackwell DeFord from ‘Bringing Maggie Home’

November 6th, 2017

Dive into the story of a seventy-year-old unsolved mystery spanning three generations of women in Kim Vogel Sawyer’s new book, Bringing Maggie HomeWhen a traffic accident forces Meghan to take a six-week leave-of-absence to recover, all three generations of DeFord women find themselves unexpectedly under the same roof. Meghan knows she will have to act as a mediator between her headstrong and contentious mother and grandmother. Will Meghan also be able to use her investigative prowess to solve the family mystery and help both women recover all that’s been lost?

Read our character interview with Hazel to learn more!

What is the most interesting thing about you?

I can’t imagine anyone finding any part of my life or myself terribly interesting. I come from a humble background, and I try to live a simple life that pleases my Lord and Savior. If there’s anything of interest hiding in my day, it’s hidden so well I’m unable to see it.


Before my daughter was born, I was a resource librarian. I’ve always been fond of books.

What three words would you use to describe yourself?

Protective, respectful, faithful

What do you do for fun?

I’m 80 years old, so these days my fun is quite different than when I was a young girl, but I do enjoy participating in book club, sharing coffee with a church friend, and browsing antique stores (although sometimes it gives me a start to realize the belongings I had as a child and young bride are now considered “antiques.”)

Share a favorite childhood memory:

The winter after my little sister was born, I received a pair of ice skates for Christmas, and Daddy and I skated at the pond several times that January. Just the two of us. I treasure those memories.

What is your life motto or goal?

I don’t know that I’ve ever really sat down and tried to define such a thing, but I suppose you could say to do my best at living according to God’s instructions in the Bible. When I stand before Him someday, I don’t want Him to call me a faithful servant rather than a so-so follower.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Oh, goodness, only one? I’ll share the one that cuts me the deepest: I wish I could have been enough to hold my family together. I so mourn the way we all fell apart.

Favorite food:

I am partial to crisp fried bacon and blueberry pancakes.

What is the most important thing to you?

My family. Yes, most definitely my family.

Biggest pet peeve:

People who lack compassion. There is so much inconsideration in the world. It takes no more effort to be kind than it does to be thoughtless. Choose kindness.

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Kim Vogel Sawyer

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Kim Vogel Sawyer is a highly acclaimed, best-selling author with more than one million books in print, in several different languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband Don, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope and redemption. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.

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