Bio: Sandra Robbins, former teacher and principal, is an award winning, multi-published author of Christian fiction who lives with her husband in
Tennessee. Angel of the Cove, her first book in the
Harvest House Publishers historical romance series Smoky Mountain Dreams,
released in August, 2012, and was recently named the 2013 winner in the Single
Title Inspirational Category of the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. This
award is given by the Birmingham Southern Magic Chapter of Romance Writers of
America for excellence in writing romance. In addition in 2013 her Love
Inspired Suspense books Shattered
Identity and Fatal Disclosure
were both awarded the HOLT Medallion in different categories of the Virginia
Romance Writers of America contest to honor outstanding literary talent.
Dangerous Waters the first book in her Cold Case Files Series released the first of August and will be followed by Beyond These Hills, the third book in her Smoky Mountain Dream series in September.
Why did you become an author?
I had always had a dream that one day I would write a book. It suddenly dawned on me one day that I kept putting off what I had always said I’d do. So I decided to finally face up to the goal I’d set for myself years ago and follow through. I think we often do that in life. We have good intentions, but many times we don’t follow through. I’m so thankful I did.
And your readers are, too. If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream job?
Before becoming an author, I was a teacher and then a school principal for many years. So I would have to say I’ve been blessed to have both my dream jobs. I loved working with children, and I have many happy memories of those years. Now I love connecting with readers who enjoy my books. There’s nothing else that could give me as much as pleasure as what I’ve experienced with these two jobs.
If you could have lived at another time in history, what would it be and why?
I’ve always liked reading about life in the South before the Civil War, especially life along the
I wonder what it would have been like to board one of those big paddlewheelers
in Memphis and float down river to New Orleans. Then I think
of all the modern conveniences I would be giving up, and I’m thankful for this
time in history. It makes me wonder how
life will improve for generations to come.
That’s a good question. What place in the
have you not visited that you would
like to? United
There are actually two places I really want to visit. One of them is New England in the fall when the foliage is at its peak, and the other is
. I’ve wanted to go there ever
since I saw the movie Somewhere in Time.
How about a foreign country you hope to visit?
I’ve been very fortunate to do a lot of traveling and have visited some very interesting countries. However, my grandson is now living in The Netherlands, and I’ve never been there. I would really like to go there and see the tulips in the spring, the windmills, and various places I’ve read about such as Corrie Ten Boom’s house. I would love to tour the place where she and her family hid Jews from the Nazis during World War II.
We hosted an exchange student for almost a year from The
. I’d love to visit
there. What lesson has the Lord taught you recently? Netherlands
The Lord teaches me lessons every day. One of the things that He’s still working on with me is to make me accept the fact that all things happen in His time, not mine. I may be impatient to hear from a book proposal that I’m hoping will sell, but I have to remind myself that I can do nothing do speed up things. If God wants the words He’s given me shared with others, He’ll pick the time to make it happen.
Tell us about the featured book.
Beyond These Hills is the third book in my Smoky Mountain Dreams Series. The year is 1935, and the government is buying up all the land in the
to establish the . In Cades
Cove, a remote mountain valley, the residents don’t want to sell the land their
family has lived on for generations. As the Martin and Jackson families lead
the fight to save their land, Andrew Brady, a young government agent sent to
convince the last holdouts to sell, arrives and finds himself attracted to
Laurel Martin who is determined to stay in the Cove. These two must find their
way to each other and a new life in Christ that awaits them. Great
Please give us the first page of the book.
Beyond These Hills
The speedometer needle on the pickup truck’s dashboard eased to thirty miles an hour. Laurel Jackson bit back a smile and glanced at her father. With his right hand on the steering wheel and his left elbow hanging out the open window, he reminded her of a little boy absorbed in the wonder of a new toy.
The wind ruffled his silver-streaked dark hair, and a smile pulled at the corner of his mouth as the truck bounced along. His eyes held a faraway look that told her he was enjoying every minute of the drive along the new road that twisted through Cade’s Cove.
If truth be told, though, the truck with its dented fenders wasn’t all that new. He’d bought it a few months ago from Warren Hubbard who’d cleaned out a few ditches in Cades Cove trying to bring the little Ford to a stop. The good-natured ribbing of his neighbors that he kept yelling “Whoa” instead of pressing the brake had finally convinced Mr. Hubbard he had no business behind the wheel of a truck.
Her father didn’t have that problem. He took to driving like their old hound dog Buster took to trailing a raccoon. Neither gave up until they’d finished what they’d started. Mama often said she didn’t know which one’s stubborn ways vexed her more—Poppa or Buster. Of course, her eyes always twinkled when she said it.
The truck was another matter entirely. She saw no reason on earth they needed that contraption on their farm when they had a perfectly good wagon and buggy. To her, it was another reminder of how life in Cades Cove was changing.
could imagine what she would say if she could see Poppa now as the speedometer
inched up to thirty-five.
Land sakes, Matthew. If you don’t keep both hands on the wheel, you’re gonna end up killing us all.
But Mama wasn’t with them today to tell Poppa they weren’t in a race, and he was taking advantage of her absence to test the limits of the truck. At this rate, they’d make it to Gatlinburg earlier than expected. When she was a little girl, the ride in their wagon over to the mountain village that had become a favorite of tourists had seemed to take forever. Now it took them less than half the time to get there.
She glanced at her father again and arched an eyebrow. “You’d better be glad Mama stayed home.”
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Readers can find me at my website http://sandrarobbins.net or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
Thank you, Sandra, for sharing this new book with us.
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