3 Questions Wednesday with Sandra Byrd

Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday! Today Inspired Prompt welcomes bestselling author, Sandra Byrd! Thanks for taking the time to join us.

First question:
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.

Click to tweet: 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!

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.

3 Questions Wednesday with Jessica Boudreaux

Good morning! It’s my pleasure to welcome blogger and book reviewer, Jessica Boudreaux, to the Inspired Prompt. Good morning, Jessica.

Can you describe yourself in three words?

Jessica: Geek, Introvert, Curious.

Curiosity is a must for a writer.  Next question…

Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?

Jessica:  London, England. There’s so much history there, and I’ve always been drawn to it in literature. Medieval London is the inspiration of a setting in the novel I’m working on now (my first), so this would be a wonderful trip for me.

Congrats on your upcoming novel. 🙂 And England’s on my bucket list also. Now for your last question.

If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?

Jessica:  “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go.”

Lovely title. Jessica, we’re so glad you stopped by to visit. Come back soon…

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Jessica: Since I don’t have a book of my own to share, I’ve decided to give away a copy of one of my favorite novels from the past few years. Kristy Cambron’s The Butterfly and the Violin is absolutely wonderful, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. My giveaway is run through Amazon, so you need an Amazon account to enter. They will ship the book to the winner. Good luck! Here’s the link to the giveaway. 

Jessica Boudreaux : I am a Christian girl who loves books, music and movies, especially classic films. I’m a tiny bit of a gamer (very tiny bit). I’m also interested in astronomy, archaeology, and history about Ancient Egypt, Israel, and the Holocaust during WWII. On my blog, I share book reviews, as well as thoughts on writing and faith. I’m a member of the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild and American Christian Fiction Writers.






March Winners

April already? Where did March go? It was a great month and we have 4 winners of print books!

Are you on our list?

Gail Kittleson’s book, In Times Like These, has been won by Caryl Kane. Congrats!

Cynthia Lovely has been picked to win either a print copy of Jacqueline Gillam Fairchild’s book, Estate of Mind or a gift certificate to tea at Her Majesty’s in Dunlap, Illinois. Congratulations!

Melanie Dickerson’s latest book, A Viscount’s Proposal, goes to Katie Merkel!

Sandra Byrd is gifting a copy of A Lady in Disguise to Robbye Faye!

A big THANK YOU to all our faithful readers for taking the time to stop by and comment.

Don’t forget. It’s not too late to leave an answer to our prompts on our Monday and Friday posts in April and be in the running for a $40 Etsy gift card. If you don’t enter, you won’t win 🙂

3 Questions Wednesday with Sandra Byrd

Author Sandra Byrd is a best-selling author who has published more than fifty books. She also mentors and coaches new writers. Please visit www.novelcoaching.com to learn more. With great pleasure, we welcome her to 3 Questions Wednesday!

First question–

What inspires you?

Sandra: Art, in all its forms, and kindness.

Kindness is big for me also. My blog promotes small acts of kindness. 🙂 Now…

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Sandra: I love those pebbled crayons – the ones that have little beads and bubbles of colors all squashed together into a mosaic. Do you remember making those when you were a kid? You’d scrape up bits of leftover crayons and melt them together? Life is such a fusion of love, joy, pain, waiting, rejoicing, sorrow and grief, hope and renaissance.  I love to write about the full human experience – and I’d want me, the crayon, to represent that!

I love this answer! The perfect crayon. Last question…

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Sandra: I knew that I wanted to be a writer at six years old, as soon as I’d learned to read chapter books. Really! Then, I thought I’d better explore. So, as a kid, I wanted three careers: to be a hair stylist, to be a waitress, and to be an author. After I mohawked my Barbie I knew I wasn’t cut out for the hair stylist career. I was a waitress in a Jewish deli when I was a teenager and I then worked for a caterer till I went to college, both of which I truly enjoyed. Writing, however, was the real passion. And it stuck.

I know your readers are glad you did. Thanks so much for stopping in! 

Sandra has graciously offered a print copy of A Lady in Disguise to one reader who leaves a comment. (U.S. addresses only)

A Lady in Disguise

Daughters of Hampshire, Book 3

In this intriguing novel of romance, mystery, and clever disguise set in Victorian England, a young woman investigates the murder of her own father.

After the mysterious death of her father, Miss Gillian Young takes a new job as the principal costume designer at the renowned Drury Lane Theatre Royal. But while she remembers her father as a kind, well-respected man of the Police Force, clues she uncovers indicate he’d been living a double life: a haunting photograph of a young woman; train stubs for secret trips just before his death; and a receipt for a large sum of money. Are these items evidence of her father’s guilty secrets? His longtime police partner thinks so.

Then Gillian meets the dashing Viscount Thomas Lockwood. Their attraction is instant and inescapable. As their romantic involvement grows, Gillian begins to suspect even Lockwood’s motives. Does Lord Lockwood truly love her? Or is his interest a front for the desire to own her newly inherited property? And what should she make of her friend’s suggestion that Lockwood or men like him were involved in the murder of her father?

Soon Gillian is convinced that her father has left evidence somewhere that can prove his innocence and reveal the guilty party. But someone wants to stop her from discovering it. The closer she comes to uncovering it, the more menacing her opposition grows. With her life on the line, Gillian takes on an ingenious disguise and takes on the role of a lifetime to reveal the true killer—before it’s too late both for her and for those that she loves.

After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published more than fifty books. Her adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne BoleynTo Die For was also named by Library Journal as a Best Books Pick, as was The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr.
A life-long lover of Victorian Gothic romances, Sandra’s new series, Daughters of Hampshire, weaves elements of that mystical, traditional genre with inspirational and literary threads. Mist of Midnight, the series’ first book, was honored with a coveted Editor’s Choice designation from the Historical Novel Society. The second book in the series, Bride of a Distant Isle, launched in March, 2016 and the third, A Lady in Disguise is just out in 2017.
A devotionalist as well as a novelist, Sandra’s best-selling devotional for tweens, One Year Be-Tween You and God  was followed up with her first devotional for adults, The One Year Home and Garden Devotions.  The One Year Experiencing God’s Love devotional will publish in Fall, 2017.
She is passionate about helping new authors develop their talent and their work toward traditional or independent publication. As such, she has mentored and coached hundreds of new writers and continues to edit and coach dozens to success each year.
Please visit www.novelcoaching.com to learn more.



Pastry, Royalty, and Mystery

I don’t know about your TBR list, but mine is growing weekly. As I meet and hear about new authors, I’m curious to read their books. That’s a lot of writers and even more books. To narrow that list down to a favorite would be almost impossible. Ack!


I’ve decided to tell you about one author I know a little better than the rest because I’ve known her for a longer period of time. This year marks eight years. I’m honored to call her mentor, friend, and one of my favorite authors.

headshot21I met Sandra when I enrolled in a two-year Apprentice Course with the Christian Writers Guild. Through bi-weekly emails, I became acquainted with her philosophies.

One of the first pieces of advice she gave to me was about vulnerability. It is a bit of guidance I carry with me daily.

Your vulnerability is what buys you the right to teach your reader, remember! – Sandra Byrd

Curling up with one of Sandra’s books is like sitting down with an old friend. I reach for my much-loved blanket, my favorite hot beverage, and climb in my comfy chair for an extended visit. It’s easy to lose myself in whatever period she writes. The sights, sounds, and smells, of her imaginary worlds, bring life to the characters in her story.

For example in the modern French Twist series, you can almost taste the delectable pastries in the Bijoux. The Ladies in Waiting series takes the reader to the uncertain times of Henry VIII’s court and ends with the reign of Queen Elizabeth. The Daughters of Hampshire is set in the adored Victorian Era.

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The last book in the DH set, A Lady in Disguise, is coming out this month, so I need to arrange my TBR list.

For anyone who loves to read, I highly recommend Sandra Byrd as an author whose books will be a delight to explore.

You can connect with Sandra on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or her Blog.

Click to tweet: Your vulnerability is what buys you the right to teach your reader, remember!

Writing Prompt: You are seated at the ACFW Conference when your favorite author joins you for a chat.