Author Archives: Sandy
It happened a while ago, but I thought I’d share with you. When I told my daughter that my sixth book was titled Fatal Flaw, she quickly came back with, “And I guess the sequel will be called Treacherous Tiles, … Continue reading
When I looked at how long it had been since my last post, I realised just how quickly time passes and how hard it is to keep up with so many things in our lives. Sometimes I despair of ever catching up.
My eldest brother often forwards jokes, pictures, and other various emails and usually I have a laugh and sometimes feel sad if they are heart-rending, but tonight he sent one with a lot of pictures. One of those pictures showed a huge block of concrete in a forest, possibly part of a bunker from World War II. A seed must have fallen on a small crack in the concrete and sprouted, because a tree was growing from the top of the concrete, its roots following the crack to the ground. I was struck by the sheer determination of nature to reclaim the forest. It reminded me of all the civilisations that ended up becoming an archaeologist’s dig. Now, you might think that that would be enough to make me throw up my hands and ask why I should bother to keep on imagining, and writing, and creating stories, but what has survived all those centuries and the passing of so many peoples? Storytelling!
Whether you are a native in an isolated village in the jungle listening to the elders recount tales of their long-dead ancestors, or a songwriter crafting a ballad of lost love, or a child cradled on a parent’s lap while being read a little Golden Book, you will be taking part in the oldest of traditions – storytelling.
As a writer I feel connected to that never-ending thread. Oh, I’m not saying that my stories will live on, never to be forgotten, but I feel great joy that I am connected to something that will only end when humankind ceases to exist.
Long live storytelling!
Soon-to-be-published YA/NA urban fantasy author Cheryse Durrant and I shared a stall at the Bargara Strawberry Fair today. The Fair is run by the Coral Coast Community Care Inc and supports their charitable work in the community. It might still feel like winter in the southern states, but Queensland lived up to its “Beautiful one day, perfect the next” slogan and turned on sunshine, blue skies and a balmy breeze. Lots of food stalls, craft stalls, entertainment, art exhibition, and us with our giveaway basket of books from our publisher Clan Destine Press, copies of my thriller Fatal Flaw for sale, and flyers about the fantastic prizes to be won on the Cheryse Durrant website over the coming four months.
Did I mention that there was at least a truckload of strawberries on sale? There were even strawberries dipped in chocolate, but unfortunately the chocolate wasn’t gluten free, so I had to stick with delicious berries au natural.
One of the highlights of the day was handing the prize for the Years 9-10 Poetry Competition to the winner, Jerry McGiffin. It’s not easy for young writers to maintain their enthusiasm for writing when their mates are keen on sports or movies or whatever and don’t have the same passion for creating stories and characters. I hope all parents and teachers support their children who have the desire to write.
The second highlight of the day was presenting the basket of books by the Clan Destine Press authors to the winner, Marietta McLellan. Marietta was thrilled with her prize, even driving back to the Fair at the end of the day to pick it up.
We had many chats with people who, like us, love reading. I even had some people tell me they’ve read all my books and enjoyed them. It’s such a thrill to hear that, as it makes all the hard (and often lonely) work of writing so worthwhile.
I was so looking forward to the Sisters-in-Crime event and the ARRConference this weekend, but after two days in hospital after falling foul of a Rodda virus I had to listen to doctor’s orders and stay home. Not that I … Continue reading
What a joy it is for an author when she/he discovers a reviewer has not only said kind things about their book but has also understood the various themes present in the story. So imagine how delighted I was to find Margot Kinberg’s Confessions of a Mystery Novelist website with her In the Spotlight on my third novel, Deadly Tide.
A parcel arrived two days ago. The sender was my German publisher, Bastei Lubbe, and inside were two hard-cover copies of Der Sturm der Rache (Fatal Flaw) and a delivery note. And nothing else. No clue as to what these copies represented. A year ago I received two hard-cover editions with a different cover and they came with a letter saying they had been published for the Berlin Book Club. So now I’m curious about these new copies. I love mysteries, but only if I can find out the answers
It was a great night, made even more so by having my friends share it with me. Winning the Johnno Award for “outstanding contributions to writing in Queensland” from the Queensland Writers Centre is something that really means a lot to me. During my years on the QWC Management Committee, it was always my dream to see QWC not as the hub of writing in Queensland, with spokes, like a wheel, going out to connect to writers and writing organisations, but rather as the centre of a web linking all these with QWC and each other so they can benefit from each other’s knowledge and talents.
It’s also something I have tried to achieve with WriteFest – offering the opportunity for writers and industry professionals to network, learn and grow. To see how QWC has reached out into the regions and become such a hugely positive force for writing, not only in Queensland, but throughout Australia, is truly wonderful.
Week 21: THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP
The past few years have been full of high profile reads — 50 Shades of Gray, Twilight, and more. Love them or hate them, you have to admit you have at least heard of them.
As independent authors, authors with small press publishers, or mid-list authors we all dare to dream we will be next, and well let’s face it, you never know …
With that thought I jumped on this Hop. What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s an authors’ game of tag.
One author posts, and then tags up to five other authors, who each link back to them. It has the potential to reach different audiences, and you, dear reader, have hopefully just increased your “to read” list, finding new and exciting authors you may never have found otherwise. Some of us are published, some still writing, others are just being released.
Either way, for you fiction lovers a treasure trove awaits and I’d like to thank fellow author Carol Marvell for tagging me to participate.
Click the links to find out about Carol Marvell’s books.
In this particular hop, I, and my fellow authors in their respective blogs, have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current WIP (Works in Progress) as well as some insights into our process, from characters and inspirations to plotting and cover decisions. I hope you enjoy it.
If this or any other item piques your interest, please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions.
HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS
1: What is the working title of your book?
Grievous Harm, book seven, will be published in 2013, but book eight, the one I’m working on now, is still trying to let me know its title.
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
Some years ago I received an email in my in-box that horrified me. It was a graphic photo of child sexual abuse that had gone viral and ended up in the in-boxes of thousands of innocent people. I called Taskforce Argos at Police Headquarters in Brisbane and forwarded it to them so they could track down the perpetrator/s.
John Corey is the main character in Grievous Harm, and I wanted a story that would show the depth of his character that readers didn’t get to see in Fatal Flaw. As an undercover operative he is used to seeing the seamy side of life, but when he stumbles on a paedophilia ring it brings back long-buried guilt and memories he is forced to deal with.
3: What genre does your book come under?
Thriller with a love story. Or crime with romance. Or romantic suspense. Depending on how the reader interprets it.
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Sorry, I can’t make up my mind. So many … so many ….
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
An undercover operative defies orders and helps a woman searching for her niece, only to uncover a paedophilia ring and a criminal whose actions threaten the safety of a nation.
6: Will your book be self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
Fatal Flaw is out now with independent publisher Clan Destine Press and Grievous Harm will be released in 2013.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Nine months, but I’m one of those writers who edits as she goes, so the final draft wasn’t far from the first draft.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Linda Howard writes the kind of romantic suspense thrillers that my books have been compared with.
9: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
The characters. You know that song that says I can’t get you out of my head? Well, that’s what my characters do to me – dictate what they expect me to write for them.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Now, there’s a good question. Perhaps it’s best answered by Kelly McLean in her review on Aussie Book Reviews: “All I can say is I loved this! Sandy has taken the Genre of Aussie Romantic Suspense and made it her own. Very well written, fast paced with some very interesting sex scenes . I thoroughly enjoyed it!”
Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blog, next Wednesday (21st). Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and new releases! Happy writing and reading!
Buy No Remorse: http://www.amazon.com/No-Remorse-Ian-Walkley/dp/0980806607/
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The lovely Cathryn Hein, author of rural romance books Promises and Heart of the Valley, has asked me to be her guest on her Friday Feast blog this Friday 16th. Friday Feast gives readers a idea of what the guest author writes, and a recipe they love and want to share.
I hope you will stop by Cathryn’s blog and feast your imaginations on my Chocolate Rum Pie recipe.