Hi Sandra, so great to have you visit with me again! Multi-published and generally all-round fabulous, you seem to be on a roll. I'm looking forward to catching up with you and your writing - let's get started with the questions…
Thank you for inviting me to your blog, Rachel. It’s lovely. I can’t wait to meet your friends and tell them about my new release, Common Enemy.
1) What is the best and worse thing you have learned from an editor/agent?
Best - Common Enemy was my first romantic suspense. My previous books were contemporary romance, one hero and one heroine. In suspense I had a third main character, the villain. He needed as much dimension to his personality as the other two.
Worse – I’m a southern woman. In the US, southern people have a different attitude and dialect. I write about southern people in southern settings, but I’ve been told readers are mainly northern. They don’t appreciate or understand southern ways. If I want my books to sell, I have to make my main characters sound and act more northern.
2) What is your typical day?
I wish I could have typical days. My house is in chaos most of the time. My husband’s work shifts change. I have children and grandchildren in and out constantly. I keep track of repairmen, errands, household chores, etc…
I write when I can find quiet time to myself. This means writing throughout the night and taking a couple short naps per day when needed.
3) What do you read while in the midst of a project? Or don’t you?
I’ve had to seriously curb my book addiction. It’s too distracting. I only buy books I can’t live without. Then, when my own work goes to the copy editor, I celebrate by taking an entire week to book binge.
4) What do you do with a paperback once you’ve read it?
A book is never wasted in my family. We’re all avid readers. Once I’ve finished a print book it gets passed on to my husband, children, mother, sisters, and then donated to a charitable organizations. Women’s shelters are my favorite.
5) Are you nervous about friends reading your book?
Never. I have a great friend who beta-reads for me. I love sharing my stories. My mother and twin sister also read my final drafts. They don’t hesitate to let me know if changes are needed. I appreciate their honesty.
6) What things inspire you to write? Location, music, film or even in a book?
Anything seems to inspire me; the bridge of a song, the secondary character in a movie, a news article, or a conversation overheard in a restaurant.
7) Share your blurb or short excerpt from your latest release with us
Jordan Holbrook is the single mother of a five-year-old daughter. She’s just inherited her Grandmother’s house in South Florida where she’s hiding from an abusive ex-husband who’s been released from prison early. A new man in her life isn't part of her plans.
Connor McCrae is a handyman who lives out of his van. He walked away from a privileged life and loving family after being badly scarred in a vicious attack. He doesn't believe a woman’s love is in the cards for him.
What brings them together is a rundown house, a mutual attraction, and a Common Enemy.
Bobby Ray Butler is cutting a path of murder and mayhem through south Florida in his quest for vengeance. His sights are set on his ex-wife and anyone who gets in his way.
Common Enemy can be found at:
The Wild Rose Press - http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=5695
8) What’s next for you?
I’m currently working on three projects, but the sequel to Common Enemy will hopefully be my next release. Its working title is Close Enemy. The two other stories are mysteries, another new genre for me.
Finish with details of where readers can find you – website, Facebook, Twitter etc
I love hearing from readers and fellow writers.
Sandra is waiting to chat! Questions?? Comments??