Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft Sandra! How fun to have you here on the other side…the authors side!
Is there a story behind your book A Stranger on My Land?
While researching another novel for the Civil War time period, I found fascinating books written by Union and Confederate soldiers. One of these soldiers wrote about the "Battle Above the Clouds" on Lookout Mountain. He talked about people living in caves and the idea for this book was born.
Question: What started you on your writing journey?
I wanted to be a writer in elementary school. I even wrote my first mystery novel while in the sixth grade. Unfortunately I received little encouragement. The dream died but the stories kept coming. I wrote a devotion about a choir song and shared it several years ago. Some of the encouraging comments reawakened the dream and I began writing again.
Question: What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I enjoy reading -- and writing! -- inspirational historical romance novels. I also enjoy suspense novels, contemporary romance, and biographies. I've also read a lot of nonfiction books in the past several years as research that I've enjoyed. These contain interesting tidbits that I try to use in my stories.
Question: Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
If necessary, Adam, the hero in my story, was willing to die to keep Carrie's hideout a secret from the soldiers. He inspired me.
Question: What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
Spending time with my family and friends makes me happy. They can be a crazy bunch and often make me laugh. We have a lot of fun.
Question: What is your favorite season of the year?
My favorite season is spring because it's the farthest away from winter! Seriously though, I do love watching the world come back to life again after a long cold winter. The birds sing. The flowers bloom to decorate the landscape. It's a beautiful time of year.
Question: What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
It's hard to choose just one but the day I received a piano definitely stands out. I had wanted a piano for years but knew there was little money to spare for such an expensive instrument. By the time I became a teenager I realized it wouldn't happen. Then, for my fourteenth birthday, a truck delivered a piano to my house. It was the first time I realized you can cry just as hard when you're happy as when you're sad.
Question: Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
Many places around the country have inspired me. I traveled to Chattanooga, Chickamauga, and Lookout Mountain to research A Stranger on My Land. The museums, the people, the scenery, and the history deepened the story already growing inside my imagination.
Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:30-31 (NIV)
This whole chapter is filled with gems but these last two verses offer so much hope. I think I first heard a portion of this chapter read in a movie. It was such a powerful scene that the power and beauty of the words stayed with me.
Question: What is your current writing project?
I'm writing my first romantic suspense novel. I'm having a lot of fun with it, but, as I don't outline before I write, the characters are letting me know the story. Just last week I discovered two clues at the same time as my characters!
My favorite genre to write in remains inspirational historical romance. My next project is another Civil War romance. This one will be set in Gettysburg.
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