What started you on your writing journey?
It seems I’ve always been on this journey. When I think of “me,” I think writing and books and notes and a love for it all. The first “novel” I remember writing was a journal of a caveman and his family in the fifth or sixth grade. Wish I still had that, but I’m sure it wouldn’t be near as wonderful as my memory insists! Lol.
What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Family, responsibilities, things I enjoy. Life is important to me, and when I’m asked to watch my grandbaby, or have the opportunity to visit him--well, there’s no question. I do and I go! When hubby wants to do something special, I agree. When I can have one or all my family visit for dinner or whatever, I do so. We love to travel. We love our church. We enjoy so many things, how can you say no? J
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I loved all my characters! Normally, minor characters can be taken or left alone, but in this book, I have invested interest in them all, even the bad ones. But let me talk a little about Tyrell Walker, the main male protagonist.
Raised as an only child, with a rebellious father who succeeded in everything he attempted, and a mother who wanted to serve God, but found the pressure from her husband to conform to his wishes too much to resist, Tyrell grew up seeing the results of a couple who refused to accept God and his ways and who died from the results of self-will.
That haunted him, and held him back from extending the love he felt for Emma Jaine. Fortunately, at the death of his parents, his grandparents gave him a home and a firm education in the ways of God. Their example and love created a desire to follow in his ancestor’s footsteps in ministry.
Tyrell is a real gentleman, and although he’s reserved, he’s also a tease--having learned that from his grandparents and his brash cousin, Ben Hardy. He’s handsome, well-spoken, with a voice that is to-die-for. But he’s too conservative at times, knows his own mind a little too much, and a bit reserved in trusting most people. He’s patriotic, a good example, caring and a strong
Thankfully, Tyrell learns that God’s plans are always the best. And that because his parents’ marriage wasn’t the best, it didn’t mean his had to be the same.
If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
I enjoy so many different styles from gospel to certain oldies to select country to jazz and opera, that it would depend on what mood I’m in.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Not sure this is “quirky,” but one time when we did mission work out in
, we enjoyed visiting the witch doctor’s home
(nice home!) and meeting his wife. Then we sat on a blanket out in the field
and helped her shuck corn. The peppers they put into their soup was one of the
mildest, yet it caused the tears to rain down our cheeks. New
Another time some of us “enjoyed” deep fried sheep’s intestines. We’ve experienced so many different, strange, and wonderful things in our life, I feel eternally grateful for the many blessings and memories we’ve made.
Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Oh, my, let me list the things . . . Lol. Here are a few:
And I would certainly put this--the most hated one on my list!--off forever, but unfortunately, it’s not possible! Carrying in sacks from the grocery. Yeah, I hate that one. J
Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)
I have two that have stood out to me through the years:
14, verses one through three: Saint John
Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house our many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you until myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.
How comforting to know I can trust in what God has prepared for me. I need to do my part in being ready for what he has prepared, and he will do the rest.
And Psalms 27:
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
What a God! I can safely trust that he will be my strength, my light and my salvation!
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
With Music in Their Heart released November 1, 2014. It’s a WWII romantic suspense, and a novel I personally love. The first book in a series of three. Emma Jaine Rayner learns that what she thinks should be for her father and two younger sisters is not always right or what God wants. Tyrell has to realize that because his parents failed in their marriage doesn’t mean he has to be a failure. God has all things in control, even plans that was not of Tyrell’s making.
After that, I’m hoping to release the second book in my
and Alex Davies series, called Bat Crazy. It takes place in Denton New Mexico and plops and Alex right down in the midst of
caves and a murder and vampire bats. Denton
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Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart