The biggest transition in my relationship with books occurred, however, when I, much to my surprise, became an author. I had started having dreams about people I didn’t know. I started looking forward to my dreams every night. Then I realized that I was daydreaming about these people as well. I'd just be sitting there, and these people and their antics would pop into my mind. Finally, I gave in and began writing their story down, something I had never dreamed of doing.
After I wrote my first book Maggie Mae, I had do idea what to do with it. After trying the traditional route for a little while, my husband pushed me in the direction of ebooks, and I’ve never looked back.
My books invariably feature strong women. My husband, Michael, and I have raised two strong daughters, Pilar and Shandelle, and they inspire the characters in my stories. As a matter of fact, Pilar was the main character in my book A Brother’s Love, and Shandelle is the main character in my new release Soul Mates. Justice for Emily was the most difficult book I’ve written, and that was because Emily was the victim of a sadistic, cruel, and abusive husband, who just happened to be the Chief of Police. One of my readers described this books as a “good mystery laced with sex, violence, ghosts and spirits.” The only thing her summary left out was the strength of the two women in this story: Emily and Rachael.
I’ve had fun with all the books I’ve written. I think the fact that I insert real events into my books, things that have actually happened in my family’s lives, is like having a private joke. Knowing that Michael Rogers in Maggie Mae is based on my husband tickles my fancy. I am a very lucky woman!
Although I write romance novels, they always contain a paranormal twist. My latest, Soul Mates, has the added element of time travel accomplished through the magical arts. I imagine my future writings will always contain romance with strong women and men of character, influenced by events that reach beyond what we consider normal, and perhaps seasoned with a little touch of whimsy.
Blog: Sandy's Spotlight
In the beginning of time, one soul splits into two. Lifetime after lifetime, the two souls are reborn and seek to reunite. Like a beacon of light from heaven above, their light shines for each other. Without the other, there is only darkness. A wonderful blessing that can only come from a deeply-bonded love, the sharing of one soul can also be a black curse if something disrupts the moment of their coming together.
Ireland 1323 - Donovan, chieftain of the Clan O'Brien, has unsuccessfully searched his entire adult life, to the detriment of his clan and all those around him, for that elusive possession that will bring his soul peace. He doesn't know what it is, but he will give up everything to find it. One day, he is summoned by the Wizard and told the secret of his obsession—his soul mate. She is no longer living in his time, but there is a way to bring her back to him.
Phoenix 2013 - Shandelle and Ian are embarking on their new life together. She is everything Ian ever wanted but never realized he needed before he met her. Shandelle is a generous soul who lives to make Ian and everyone around her happy. Unfortunately for them both, evil is stalking them. The blood bond duty of a close friend brings betrayal and evil into their lives. How were they to know that the death of a six-year-old girl in the early fourteenth century could have such grave consequences on their lives today?
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
My husband, Michael, is the inspiration behind Soul Mates. I was in bed at that point right before sleep and thinking about how lucky I am to have such a wonderful man in my life. We were high school sweethearts and we'll be married for 35 years in September.
We're one of those couples that always seem to know what the other is thinking. I started to wonder how many other lifetimes we had spent together to have such a close, loving bond in this lifetime.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
Soul Mates is really quite different than anything else I've written. I worked on it off and on for a period of about two years. This is a time travel romance and it was so important to me that it flowed from current time back to the early 14th century easily. I knew I could potentially ruin the story that I truly loved if the time transitions were not done properly, so I really took a lot of time with it.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
My very favorite thing about writing is the freedom it gives me to open up my creative side and write a story that I hope will take people on a journey and let them have a fun vacation from their daily hassles. I know, as a reader myself, that one of the best parts of my day is picking up a good book and getting lost in it.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
When I had my first conscious thought about becoming an author, I didn't realize how many hats today's authors wear. I would love to sit at my computer all day and just write. I have so much fun doing it but after the book is done, the hard work starts. Since I made that decision to become an author, I've also become a web designer, a blogger, a marketing executive, an accountant, a social networking fiend amongst other things.
I, like every other author I know, have a morning marketing ritual that I follow every day of the week. So I guess, in short, my answer to your question is, my least favorite thing about writing is not having as much time to write as I'd like.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Hmmm. Interesting question. I'd be Rachel McAdams for one day while she was filming The Notebook with Ryan Gosling. No further explanation is necessary. LOL
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
LOL. I LOVE this question! I don't even have to go look. About two years ago, I was browsing through the salad dressing section at the grocery store and came across a bottle of Raspberry Walnut dressing. Sounds good, right? WRONG.
I had big plans for that dressing. I was going to marinate some chicken in it and serve it to my husband. I could just hear him saying, "You've outdone yourself!"
Unfortunately, it was so bad when I tasted it that I just put it in the door of the refrigerator and tried to forget about it. I probably should have just thrown it away then, but I had never really eaten it and I thought that maybe one day in the future, I just might be brave enough to try it again.
That bottle of Raspberry Walnut dressing taunts me every time I open the fridge. Maybe it's finally past its date.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I currently have four books out.
Maggie Mae, a steamy contemporary romance with a ghostly paranormal twist.
Justice For Emily, a steamy romantic suspense with a ghostly paranormal twist.
A Brother's Love, a romantic suspense with some pretty cool psychic abilities relating to animals.
Soul Mates, a steamy paranormal (Magic)/Time Travel romance.
I currently have two books in the works:
Carley, a contemporary romance and sequel to my first book, Maggie Mae.
Till Death Us Do Part, a steamy romantic suspense.
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