Welcome back, Sandie. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
I had the wonderful good fortune to write a book called Always the Baker, Never the Bride, which was published in the fall of 2010 by Abingdon Press. In the first two weeks of its release, the book went into its third printing. Something about that book, about those characters, about the premise…it just appealed to readers. Consequently, Abingdon came back to me and said, “You know those other two books we’ve contracted? How about we push those out a couple of years and you do another three books to follow up Baker?” It was a dream-come-true! I loved the characters in the first book, and I hadn’t been ready to say good-bye to them, so getting to continue their stories was such a blessing! So this book, Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride, takes my readers further into the story.
If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Oh good! My historical buddies aren’t left out! Loree Lough and Andrea Boeshaar are at the top of that list. And you,
Lena! And I think I’d add my former agent and historical author, Tamela Hancock Murray. Ooh, and how about Rita Gerlach and Miralee Ferrell? Only six? Okay, there’s my six.
That is a fun group. I’d love to come to that party. Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
J That’s the greatest challenge at the moment. Writing all these books and meeting my deadlines and staying creatively charged.
Tell us about the featured book.
Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride is the second of four books in this series that Abingdon has dubbed “Another Emma Rae Creation.” It revolves around a Type A personality named Sherilyn, Emma’s best friend from childhood, and her doctor boyfriend Andy. The two of them met, fell in love, and decided to move back to
and get married in a very small space of time. Their funny and tender-hearted story revolves around making all those adjustments that come when you rush into something, even when you know it’s right. Atlanta
Please give us the first page of the book.
Sherilyn hadn’t been to
in years, but its rustic southern charm hadn’t waned in the least. Roswell
Barrington Hall stood proudly at the highest point in the small town, on the south side of the town square, looking every bit the plantation home of its youth with its stately white columns. The shops at Roswell Mill bustled with people, and the crisp scent of fall clung to the sweet breeze wafting over the nearby
. Leaves had only begun to turn with glimpses of what was to come. Sherilyn knew that, by next month this time, the greens and golds and burnt reds of Chattahoochee River autumn would be welcoming her home at full mast. Georgia
was technically her home. She’d lived there for five years while attending Georgia Emory University and carving out the beginnings of her career, but it hadn’t taken long for her to make her way back to . What were the odds that she’d meet the man of her dreams there, and that he would hail from Chicago ? Atlanta, Georgia
Her ties to the place, albeit temporary, had been strong ones just the same, and something had always whispered that she would one day return. But to marry, rebuild a career, and settle in for the rest of her life? That, she never could have imagined.
However, if there was one sure thing in Sherilyn’s future, Andrew Drummond IV was certainly it. She’d known him just seven weeks when Andy proposed, and Sherilyn couldn’t have accepted any faster.
Mrs. Andrew John Drummond, The Fourth.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
At my blog: http://sandradbricker.blogspot.com
At my site: www.SandraDBricker.com
On Facebook: Sandie Bricker
Once again, this was a lot of fun, Sandie, but then our visits always are.
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