Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes bestselling author, Sandra Byrd! Thanks for taking the time to join us.
Who is your favorite author?
Sandra: I love reading in many different genres, eras, and places, but if I had to choose one favorite, it would be Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Although I’d read many books before I read her series, her books were the ones that truly made me want to write books, to bring people and stories to life for others while discovering them for myself. Her characters quickened on the page, her story pacing was perfect, and her descriptions – especially her food descriptions! – allowed me to feel like I was right there with her.
I read them to my kids, too, and we ground wheat with a coffee grinder, and I put a penny and an orange in their Christmas stockings, just like Laura had received. Later, when I read about the difficulties, she faced in getting published and how much help she needed from excellent editors, I resonated with her even more.
With the first royalty monies I received, I purchased the hardback version of the whole Little House Series, first editions with Gareth Williams illustrations. I placed them on my bookshelf with my tattered childhood paper copies, side-by-side.
A classic and a favorite that never grows old. Next question…You’ve been chosen to write a biography about your favorite historical person. Who would that be?
Sandra: Luckily for me, I have already written about some of my favorite historical characters in my Ladies in Waiting Series: Anne Boleyn, Katheryn Parr, and Queen Elizabeth I. It was a wonderful privilege in that I knew them so well at the outset of the series, but also great fun as I delved even more deeply in Tudor England, the Reformation, and the lives of powerful, but historically silent, women.
One of the more intimidating tasks for me was to write dialogue in the voice of Queen Elizabeth I, who was a powerful, no-nonsense woman. I hoped I was saying through her what she would say for herself!
One of the more pleasant tasks was showing their softer, more vulnerable sides, thought the eyes of their close friends, real-life ladies in waiting. I would love to introduce you to these historical favorites, too: Sandra Byrd’s Ladies in Waiting Series
I’m always amazed when the dialogue in historical novels is so authentic. That can’t be easy. Last question: If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Sandra: I love all of my heroines, but I’d spend it with Lexi, my character, who is an extraordinary cook and baker, who is also finding her path in life. Why? Oh, the food. We’d cook and bake all day. If you want to take a peek at some of the things we’d likely make together, please check out the photos of recipes from the series, here: Recipe Photos from the French Twist Series. Then you can pop over here to buy the books and cook with us! French Twist Series, by Sandra Byrd
I love trying recipes from the books I read! Thanks for stopping by.
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About Sandra Byrd
Bestselling author Sandra Byrd continues to earn both industry acclaim and high praise from readers everywhere. The author of more than fifty books, her work has received many awards, nominations, and accolades including the Historical Novel Society’s Editor’s Choice award, two Christy Awards nominations, Two Library Journal Best Book selections, and inclusion on Booklist’s Top Ten Inspirational Books of the Year list. As an editor and an in-demand writing coach, Sandra is passionate about helping writers develop their talents and has mentored hundreds of writers at all stages of their writing careers.
You can find more information and social media links on her website.