. God has really
been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon? Sandy
I hope to sell a new romantic suspense at the ACFW conference in September. Now that we’ve settled into our new life in
Texas, I hope to keep on
writing and getting books out there. I’m really excited about this next story.
Good. I hope to see you there. I’m going, too. Tell us a little about your family.
My favorite subject! I’ve been married 40 years to a man who became and remains my very best friend. We have one daughter who married her best friend. We were blessed when they adopted two babies thirteen months apart who are now 4 and 3. Then we were blessed again when our daughter gave birth to a baby boy. He’s now 10 months old. We moved from
to Texas just
last year so we could be a part of our grandkid’s lives. And we haven’t
regretted it one minute. One other family tidbit: my mom just turned 90 years
young a month ago. We all got to be in Wisconsin
to celebrate with her.
That’s awesome. Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
I write contemporary, so I tend to read more to the genre I write. But I also love historicals, so one of those slips in from time to time. Always from the inspirational market.
I write a lot of historicals, but the book that release on Kindle later this week is a romantic collection, and my book is contemporary. What are you working on right now?
As I mentioned, I have a romantic suspense going. Many years ago, back in my small mountain town in
I wrote a community news column for the local paper. I did that for twelve
years. When brainstorming with a friend on what new project to start, she
suggested I glean from that position. So I have my poor heroine getting herself
into all sorts of trouble due to her job of finding the facts and the bad guy.
My working tag line for it is: She knows she’ll make her deadline, but what if
it’s her own?
I tend to have a lot of ideas rolling, and I had also started one on a female woodworker. I really liked the way that story was going too, but I had to pick one to concentrate on.
What outside interests do you have?
My grandkids! They occupy most of my time and I love it. I am trying my hand at growing veggies here in TX, but that is a learning process. Maybe next year will go better. I also enjoy woodworking, crafts, crocheting (I just helped out with my church’s VBS crocheting different pieces of coral for the “coral reef” in the play. It turned out amazing! A lot of hands helped it come alive.) I LOVE to travel and we camp as often as we can.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
We spent thirty years living in
Colorado. My husband and I loved to go
four-wheeling and exploring, so we discovered a lot of places that most people
don’t get to. Not a day went by that we didn’t appreciate where we lived. We
never took it for granted. Since it is such a beautiful place, and adventure
can be found at every turn, there’s no better setting when I include a lot of
adventure in my books. There’s a lifetime of stories in those mountains.
My latest historical, which released in December—A Heart’s Gift—is set in
If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and
That’s a tough question. There’s so many. Several from the Bible, but I’ll probably meet most of them in heaven. So maybe, sticking to my adventure theme, I’d love to spend time with one of the explorers who took the chance on heading west to discover lands never seen before. I’d love to find out about their motivations, their hopes, and their fears at the time. The dangers they faced. The fun they had and their reactions to the amazing beauty they discovered along the way.
Imagine being the first person to see a mountain range.
What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
Grow a thick skin first, then you can roll with the punches of a very hard business.
What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
The ladies Bible study I attend is going through a guide about Nurturing a Heart of Humility by Elizabeth George. Of course, it’s mostly about Mary, the mother of Jesus, who had such a heart of humility. Yesterday, it really struck me that even back in the biblical days, people rejected Jesus. Especially in His home town. As we look at the world today, it’s a lot of the same thing. People rejecting Truth, rejecting Christ. With the daily news, social media, computers, the rejection is more known. It breaks my heart that so many turn their faces away from truth. Proverbs 1:7 tells us that fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. It’s not saying we should be afraid of God, but saying that if we believe in Him and have a reverence (fear, respect) then He will reveal more and more to us. Knowledge. It leads to growth!
What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Grow that thick skin!
Join ACFW or another great writer’s group and learn. And network.
Write. Then write some more. Then write even more. Keep writing until you have it figured out. Which means, you will write forever! But love it.
Rescue Me is a special story to me. My husband was a volunteer firefighter for over 4 years. He also became an EMT and served as the Director of Emergency Medical Services for our small town in
Minnesota. (That was a lot of years ago.) In
the story, the heroine lost her firefighter father in a bad fire as he tried to
save another firefighter. Ronnie struggles through accepting that loss and
understanding why God would take her dad while he was doing something so
heroic. One of the problems she has is that she followed her dad into that line
of work by becoming a rescue squad person. She had been dating Steve, a
firefighter, until her dad died. Then she swore off dating firefighters to
avoid the kind of loss her family suffered. But Steve isn’t ready to give up
their relationship and he works to help her through her grief and anger at God.
It’s filled with adventure and emergency calls all set in the Colorado foothills. And falling in love
Please give us the first page of the book.
It opens with Steve in a precarious situation where HE needs rescuing. Ronnie and the team have to come to his rescue. Here it is:
“I can’t believe this.” Steve McNeal reached down again to try to move the rock that trapped his foot. Pain shot through his entire leg and cold dots of perspiration chilled his forehead. He rested against the granite boulder trying to ignore his throbbing ankle and to slow his heartbeat. Of course this had to happen. How could he have been so stupid as to try to scramble between the boulders alone? How many times had he scaled this boulder field? A shortcut to the trail.
Bracing both arms against the cold, rough granite on either side of him, he pushed with his free leg against a flatter area of one boulder, trying to get some relief from the pressure on his trapped foot. No doubt about it. This was a definite problem.
Steve scanned the sloping hillside that held the trail, which wound around the boulders that now held him hostage. The view was limited from his position, but at least he’d made his way down facing forward so he could look out instead of at the rock behind him.
Unbelievable. Ten feet from the ground, the trail right there, freedom so close and yet absolutely unattainable. Ow! He had to get his foot out. Or quit moving.
How could there be no one on the trail today? He twisted his upper body to look up at the boulders. “Anybody up there?” He quickly straightened. Ouch, OK that hurts. He reached into his pocket and pulled out his cellphone for the tenth time. Still no bars. What did he expect? Suddenly he’d have signal?
Cell towers were not a popular thing among the dwellers of the foothills southwest of
“Lord, a little help here?”
It might as well have been a voice from heaven. Relief let some of the tension out of his shoulders. He strained to see the face that peered over the edge of the rocks above.
“What’cha doin’ down there?”
“Hey kid, I’m uh…stuck. Can you go get some help?” Steve’s arm slid against the granite and a little skin peeled off as he tried to look up at the boy. More pain burned a path through his leg, and he gritted his teeth to keep from moaning. His forehead tightly furrowed. He didn’t want to look like a sissy in front of the kid.
“Who are you talking to?” A female voice asked.
“There’s a guy down there.”
“Oh, my. Are you OK?”
Seriously? Do I look OK? “No ma’am. I appear to be trapped by a rock. Can you get a call out for help?” Steve couldn’t see much of her between his position and only her eyes peeking over the edge.
“I don’t have a signal. We’ll go where we can get one. Hang in there.”
Not much choice. “Thanks.”
The footsteps moved away. Back to the quiet of the woods. Steve tried to remember where the cell signals could be received in the park. He never really paid attention while out here. Making a call was the last thing he wanted to do while hiking. He hoped they wouldn’t have to go all the way to the parking lot. They’d have to wait for the crew, and then get back up here. That would add at least thirty or forty more minutes to his confinement than he cared to think about.
He dreaded which of his colleagues would be on duty today with rescue, not to mention the fire department. Was Ronnie on today? As the climbing expert on the department, it was likely she’d respond. He liked seeing her anytime, but not under these circumstances, given the choice. This ranked right up there as his most humiliating moment. Well, maybe not, but at the moment it felt that way. The fact that she wouldn’t want to see him didn’t help.
It’s a fun opening. There’s several light-hearted moments in the book. And I’d like to mention, Rescue Me was endorsed by Tracie Peterson, author of over one hundred much loved books. You can read her endorsement on Amazon.
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