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What 3 words would you use to describe Sandra Orchard, the author, to a reader, and which would you use to describe Sandra Orchard, the wife, mom, grandmom, and friend?
As an author, Sandra Orchard likes to entertain her readers with fast-paced stories, likes to keep them guessing, all wrapped around intriguing characters. It’s really about trying to provide a good read!
As far as the family-oriented Sandra, and the friend Sandra, she’s industrious, dependable, and easy-to-talk-to.
What is it about the blend of suspense and romance that appeals to you?
I love the extra challenge of weaving a mystery around my romance that will keep readers guessing and that will surprise them.
You quote Elbert Hubbard (an American writer who was killed aboard the RMS Lusitania, sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland in 1915) on your website: There is no failure except in no longer trying. How has this inspiration worked in your day-to-day struggles?
I first added that quote to my website as an unpublished writer as reminder that no matter how many rejections or unflattering critiques I received, they all served a purpose in honing my story-telling skills. They didn’t tell me I was a failure as a writer. That would only happen if I quit. Being published and having more books under contract doesn’t change the I-don’t-know-if-I-can-do-this feeling when a story isn’t coming together the way I’d hoped, or my beta readers don’t like what I’ve written. Perseverance and leaning on the Lord are my mainstays.
Have you seen a common theme develop among your novels?
Deception vs. truth seems to be a big one. It was the primary focus of my Undercover Cops series with Love Inspired Suspense, and looms large in the Port Aster Secrets series as well.
Are there any major differences (other than length) in writing a short contemporary novel and a longer single title?
The longer novel allows for deeper character development, more rabbit trails, and more subplots. Funnily enough, I actually prefer reading shorter novels, and I’ve finally figured out why. I tend to read novels, whether long or short, within a few days, so for me, if the author keeps reminding me of things I already know about the characters or plot, I feel like the story is dragging. Of course, the reminders are probably helpful for readers who are only reading a chapter or so every couple of days. Not so much for readers racing through the book. I don’t tend to remind my readers of things, which is probably why Publisher’s Weekly said of my 90,000 word Deadly Devotion, “Fans looking for a quick read and unique mystery will surely enjoy it.”
What’s the story about the goat on your website?
LOL, my first response was “Goat? What goat?” Then I remembered the pic of my girls and I (many years ago) taking our horse, goat and dog for a walk down the road. My eldest daughter bought the horse with her babysitting money, but it was lonely without any other horses around. Our horse expert friend told us that goats make wonderful companions for horses (and were much less expensive to upkeep), so…we bought our youngest daughter a goat for her birthday. To be honest, I think the goat is more attached to the horse than the other way around. The poor thing bleats and bleats if he’s left behind when the horse is taken out for a ride.
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Sandra Orchard is an award-winning Canadian author of romantic suspense with Revell and Love Inspired Suspense. She is an active member of ACFW, The Word Guild, and Romance Writers of America. To find out more, and to read interesting bonus features for her novels, please visit www.sandraorchard.com or connect at www.Facebook.com/SandraOrchard
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