May I get you a cup of coffee? Tea? A soft drink? Or just plain water?
Sandra: Thank you, I'd love a glass of sweet iced tea.
What can you tell us about your family?
Sandra: My husband and I celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary last year with a trip to
. (I do write
historical romance novels!) I have a
stepson, two married stepdaughters, a daughter, and a granddaughter who live
nearby. We have a great time when we get together! Gettysburg
Sandra:I love to read, but now I pay attention to how authors build tension. I notice how the words they choose to describe people and settings. In other words, I guess reading has become another opportunity to learn the writing craft.
Sandra: My husband has supported me the whole way. I like to visit historic sites to discover the local history. He uses vacation time to go on research trips with me. He supports whatever I need to do. He understands that rejections break my heart at times and does what he can to bolster my courage to try again.
Sandra:I wondered what it would have felt like to find a wounded soldier on your property after a Civil War battle. It surely happened. Would you walk away and leave him to die if he fought for the other side? What if your members of your family fought for the opposite army? Does that change anything? Suppose you help them anyway and fall in love?
I pondered these questions and the story was born.
Sandra:I'm inspired by great authors. I've read several books by Mark Twain in the past year or so because I write historical fiction. This master storyteller inspires me.
I'm inspired by the courage I find in people who face insurmountable challenges and somehow find a way to get through it.
I'm inspired by those who cling to their faith when it's all they have left to hold on to.
I'm inspired by a friendly smile, a warm welcome, and how good old-fashioned hospitality feeds the soul.
I find inspiration anywhere and everywhere, if I only take time to discover it.
Sandra:I'm currently writing a romantic suspense novel. An idea just came to me and I have to write it to get it out of my system.This is my first time to write in this genre, but I'm having a blast with it. My next novel will be a Civil War romance set in Gettysburg.
Thank you so much for joining us today. Do you have any parting words?
Sandra: Thank you,
for hosting me on your wonderful site. I've enjoyed being here. The sweet tea
tasted great! Sharon
Sharon: The pleasure is all mine.
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