Hi, Sandra. First question.
What books have fortified you as a writer? How?
Sandra: I use two writing books over and over: Building Believable Characters by Marc McCutcheon and The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. Sometimes, I just can’t come up with the right way to phrase something. I use these books as a springboard to get my creativity pumping.
I like to read fiction that is similar in tone to the book I’m writing. It gets me in a certain mindset. If I’m writing something more dramatic, like my current release, A Reluctant Melody, I don’t want to read a lighthearted book. On occasion, I write in a more lighthearted style and want to read books similar in nature.
–Great suggestions. I also own a copy of The Emotion Thesaurus. It’s super helpful. Now…
What secret talents do you have?
Sandra: Secret? Hmm … I’m a miniature open book when it comes to my talents. 🙂 I would never call myself an “artiste,” but I’ve enjoyed drawing and doing a little painting in my past. I also like crafts, though I haven’t much time for them anymore.
Writing definitely keeps you busy. Last question…
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Sandra: Are you sure you wouldn’t rather go out? My mom loved to cook. Me? Not so much.
Okay, how about pork barbecue, homemade potato salad, corn-on-the-cob, and buttermilk pie? Might as well go the whole Southern route and add a pecan pie to the table. Of course, there would be sweet tea for everyone but my husband. That ’Bama boy likes his unsweetened. Doesn’t that go against a Southern code or something?
No sweet tea? He couldn’t be from Alabama. 🙂 Thanks, Sandra, for dropping by!
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Kit’s alcoholism ruined more lives than his own. Now sober, he wants to make amends by opening a mission for drunkards. But the most suitable location belongs to Joanna Cranston Stewart, a love from his sordid past.
Friends of her late husband blame Joanna for his death. Although eager to flee from the rumors, she will let the walls of her rundown property crumble around her before she allows Kit back into her life.
When a blackmailer threatens to reveal Joanna’s long-held secret, will she risk losing everything she owns to Kit … including her heart?
Sandra Ardoin writes inspirational historical romance. She’s the author of The Yuletide Angel and A Reluctant Melody. A wife and mom, she’s also a reader, football fan, NASCAR watcher, garden planter, country music listener, antique store prowler. Visit her at www.sandraardoin.com and on the Seriously Write blog. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, and Pinterest. Join her email community to receive occasional updates and a free short story.