Join author Diana Stevan as she embarks on a journey of love, loss and the binding of a country at war. Gather ideas and inspiration during a discussion about using family history to write stories.


In 1915, Lukia Mazurets, a Ukrainian farmwife, delivers her eighth child while her husband is serving in the Tsar’s army. Soon after, she and her children are forced to flee the invading Germans.

Over the next fourteen years, Lukia must rely on her wits and faith to survive life in a refugee camp, the ravages of a typhus epidemic, the Bolshevik revolution, unimaginable losses, and one daughter’s forbidden love. Sunflowers Under Fire is a heartbreakingly intimate novel that illuminates the strength of the human spirit. Based on the true stories of her grandmother’s ordeals, author Diana Stevan captures the voices of those who had little say in a country that is still being fought over.


Prior to becoming a novelist, Diana Stevan worked as a family therapist, teacher, actor, model, and a freelance writer-broadcaster for CBC television. She’s published poetry, a short story, and newspaper articles. Her novels are women’s fiction, but within that genre are: A Cry From The Deep (romantic mystery/adventure) , The Rubber Fence (women’s fiction) and Sunflowers Under Fire (family saga/historical fiction). She lives in Campbell River, and West Vancouver, B.C. with her husband, Robert. She has two daughters and three grandchildren. When she isn’t writing, she loves to garden and travel.

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