My guest this week is debut author Sandra Orchard. Sandra has dreamt big through the years, blessed from inspiration by friends and family. A debut author this coming September, Sandra has sold not just one novel to the Love Inspired Suspense line but three! Congratulations, Sandra. A special bonus . . .
From Friday, August 5th-Sunday, August 7th, if viewers would like to leave a comment on this blog and then go to Sandra's GoodReads Giveaway page you can be entered to win her debut novel DEEP COVER:
Maintaining his cover cost undercover cop Rick Gray the woman he loved. Sweet Ginny Bryson never really knew Rick. He never gave her the chance. Not then, and not now, when he's back with a new alias to gather evidence against Ginny's uncle. The man's crimes led to Rick's partner's death, and Rick wants justice to be served. But his investigation is stirring up trouble, and Ginny is smack-dab in the middle. Someone wants Ginny to pay the price for what her uncle has done. But how can Rick protect her without blowing his cover, jeopardizing his assignment...and risking both their lives?
Deep Cover is the first book in the series, Undercover Cops: Fighting for justice puts their lives—and hearts—on the line.
First, a few questions for Sandra:
What surprises came along on the family, social, and career level upon publication of your first novel?
Aside from a website and participating in online forums from ACFW and RWA, I had no presence on the web. Getting set up on Facebook, building a blog, planning a blog tour was all a huge learning curve for me, and very time consuming. I always prioritize family time, but if they were just hanging out watching a movie, I'd slip away to work on the marketing stuff.
You've recently volunteered at Write!Canada. Can you tell us a bit about this opportunity and the organization?
I was "special assistant to the director" and I still get a kick out of the title. It sounds so prestigious. Basically, I answered questions, offered advice and encouragement, and helped people find where they needed to be. It was a wonderful experience. Write!Canada is a smaller conference that takes place at a retreat centre—beautiful setting. It feels like a reunion every time I attend. The fellowship is awesome. It is hosted by The Word Guild, an organization for Canadian writers (both fiction and non-fiction) who are Christian.
I love your Journey Tales on your website when you share other authors' stories of the journey to publication. Now that you've published, can you look back at any specific childhood experience or perhaps a life-lesson from any particular person that helped to tighten your perseverance on the road to seeing your writing become available for purchase?
My parents instilled in me a belief that I could do anything I set out to do. They were always very supportive of all my endeavors from orienteering in junior high (I placed second in the North American championship, and the Ontario Summer Games) to my senior high pursuit of darkroom photography (yeah, okay, a cute guy was head of the photography club at the time…grin). Consequently, I had an innate confidence that my perseverance would eventually pay off. Although, I admit to sometimes breaking into song ala The Sound of Music … "I have confidence in confidence alone…" But more often, I spent a lot of time on my knees, praying for assurance that I wasn't squandering my time.
Dare to Dream and Enjoy the Journey by Sandra Orchard
"I wasn't going to be one of those people who died wondering what if? I would keep putting my dreams to the test - even though it meant living with uncertainty and fear of failure. This is the shadowland of hope, and anyone with a dream must learn to live there."
- Alex Haley