Tuesday, September 6, 2011

with Sandra Orchard

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Sandra!
Is there a story behind this book?

The story is really behind the series: Undercover Cops: Fighting for justice puts their lives—and hearts—on the line. Undercover cops are required to do things seemingly contrary to God’s Word in order to bring bad guys to justice. In particular, they live a lie. I wanted to explore the effect of their duplicity on their personal lives and faith. This particular novel evolved through many rewrites (can’t even call them revisions) into a completely different story than I’d first imagined. But the concept of the heroine being a black and white kind of person, while the hero lives in shades of gray remained in tact.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I enjoy fast-paced books that draw me into what the characters are feeling. Suspenseful plots, intriguing situations or characters, or just plain fun characters are what hook me. I gravitate to Love Inspired Suspense and Historicals because I can finish them in a night. That said, I love Dee Henderson and Susan May Warren books, and Karen Witemeyer has become a new favorite in the historical category.

What is your strangest habit?
Good question. Have you ever noticed when people are being interviewed on TV and they don’t know how to answer, they say “good question”?

I even asked my daughter what she’d say my strangest habit is, and she couldn’t think of anything. Of course…she’s a writer, too. Hmm. So non-writers probably think it’s strange that I start concocting story ideas every time I see an interesting person, or ominous setting, or unusual event.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Wow, these are good questions. They’re inspiring all sorts of ideas for details to layer into my heroine’s characterization. Ahh…still stalling… Dread is a strong word. But I do put off cleaning out the refrigerator. Some pretty scary things have started growing in some of those jars. And pulling it out to clean behind…that’s something I dread. When I first moved to this big old farmhouse and pulled out the fridge that came with the place, there was an electrocuted mouse hanging by one paw from the uncovered outlet. Ick!

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
Anything I don’t have to cook! But my fondest memory of meals growing up was the year we got a fondue. Every Saturday, we’d spend the evening cooking bits of meat and dipping them into all kinds of different sauces. Then came the fruit and chocolate dip. Yum! We’d round out the evening with games. Good times.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! 1 John 3:1 This verse has spoken to me in many ways—as a writer faced with another rejection, as a mother with an ill child, as the one not invited to the party. God’s love for us never wavers.

It’s the inspiration for the book I’m currently working on in which the heroine struggles against believing the hurtful, destructive things someone has said about her. Her inability to throw off the words is rooted in childhood hurts and perceptions that have long since faded from her thoughts, but still fuel her emotions.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Shades of Truth, the second book in my Undercover Cops series, releases March 2012. It features the heroine’s friend from Deep Cover.

A compassionate youth worker fighting to preserve her dying father’s legacy battles the justice-driven detective who threatens her mission and her heart.

Youth worker Kim Corbett is determined to save Hope Manor, the Christian-based juvenile detention facility her father founded.

Now she just has to convince the town of Miller’s Bay, and especially undercover detective Ethan Reed, who claims a manor employee is recruiting young offenders into a growing drug ring.

But with a vindictive murderer on the loose, Ethan is the least of her worries. Or maybe he isn’t, because the family secrets they uncover will get her killed if Ethan finishes the job he was sent to do.

You can purchase Deep Cover from Amazon.

Sandra is giving away a copy of Deep Cover. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Sandra Orchard said...

So happy to be here today, Esther. And super-excited, because today is Deep Cover's official release day!

Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like an amazing book. I would love to win this.

Congrats on the official release.


Kav said...

Oh Sandra -- an electrocuted mouse!!! Poor wee thing! I think I can top that though. One morning I went to pour cereal into my bowl and a live mouse plopped into the milk. You might say he made quite a splash! LOL.

Don't enter me in the draw as I have already read Deep Cover!

Sandra Orchard said...

Oh, Kav, yuck. I'll never pour cereal quite the same way again!

Hi Agent Beckster, love that handle!

Tracy Smith said...

I am really getting into more and more suspenseful reads and this one sounds really good. Please enter me.

countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

Judy said...

I love finding new authors. (To me anyway). I'm looking forward to reading Sandra's books. "Deep Cover" sounds like a good book. I'd love to win a copy.


Charity said...

Please enter me! I am a fan of the LI Suspense and this one sounds good:) Thanks!


Sandra Orchard said...

Tracy, Judy, and Charity, thanks so much for your vote of confidence! I hope you enjoy the story.

Loree Huebner said...

Nice interview.

Deep Cover is on my to read list for October. I can't wait.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Congrats on the release of Deep Cover; I'd love to win this book. Anyone who hates to clean out the fridge is a winning writer, in my book!



Sandra Orchard said...

Jeanette and Loree, thanks so much for popping over. Wonderful to see you here. Im ecstatic that I'm on your TBR list Loree. :) Jeanette, glad to hear I'm not the only one who hates cleaning fridges. LOL

ann said...

Like the mouse story.
Boy he got the shock of his life didnt he.

would love to win this book, it sounds really interesting and the kind I like to read to.

amhengst at verizon dot net

lgm52 said...

I'd love to read this book. Not familiar with this author but this book sounds great!

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Amy said...

Hi. Always looking for a new author to add to my favorites. I have just started to read some suspense stories. Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Sandra Orchard said...

Ann, Igm, Linda and Amy, it's wonderful to see so much interest. Does an author's heart good :D

Jo said...

This sounds really good and am looking forward to reading it.


apple blossom said...

my daughter loves suspense books thanks love to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Merry said...

Deep Cover is going on my wish list, it sounds really intriguing with the hero coping with his faith and his missions.

worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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