Is there a story behind your book, The Last Lonely Christmas?
A lot of my stories come from problems I’m trying to solve in my own life. I’ve been faced with the problem of spending holidays alone and having to decide if I wanted to suffer in silence or do something about it. I hope the reader notes that the heroine of this story solves her problem before the hero steps in and changes her life.
What distracts you from writing the easiest?
The demands of everyday life can easily keep me from writing. I work full time and have a family, so finding a few hours to write can be a challenge. I’ve learned to stop measuring my writing by how many words I produce each day. Instead, I focus on inching my way toward the finish line.
What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
Although they’re not writers for the
Christian market, my
favorite authors are Deborah Smith, Dorothea Frank Benton, Suzanne Elizabeth
Phillips, and Jennifer Cruisie.
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
The heroine of “The Last Lonely
Christmas” is a capable young
woman who can solve almost any problem in her life. But when the only solution
is something she can’t provide for herself, she learns she must learn to rely
on others. This is so much like me it’s a bit scary. I’ve often taken
self-reliance to the extreme.
What is your favorite season of the year?
I live in the
Houston area, and we are
notorious for our steamy, hot summers. It’s no wonder then that my favorite
season is autumn. When that first cool breeze blows through in October, I feel
like the whole world is sighing in relief. In fact, I decorated my bedroom in autumnal
colors so I could enjoy the season year-round.
What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
People who visit central
for the first time
sometimes comment that the land is vast and empty. It’s true that this part of
the state has few forests but the wide-open vistas and massive sky are familiar
to me. I revel in the feeling of openness. Whenever I visit the dense forests
in the eastern part of Texas ,
it feels gloomy and claustrophobic. To each her own, I suppose, but those empty
prairies are home to me. Texas
Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Any time I have to make a phone call to someone I don’t know, I grit my teeth, say a quick prayer, and dial the number. I find that communicating in writing or face-to-face is so much easier than trying to talk to a disembodied voice. I love email and texting but I’m afraid they’re only enabling my reluctance to talk on the phone!
Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?
My favorite place to travel is any place I haven’t been before. I love learning new things and visiting a new place or a different culture is ripe with opportunities to learn.
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
My books “The Captive Bird” and “A Thousand Little Blessings” are both about forgiveness and the powerful healing that comes when one forgives. Another common theme in my stories is women who do not know their true worth, but learn that they are much more than caregivers or good workers.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I have several books currently in print. You can read about all of them at my website www.clairesandersbooks.com. Also, friend me on Facebook and you’ll receive notices of my new releases.
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Sandra M. Hart