**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with GREG SANDORA
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
Before moving to Florida I spent fifteen years as owner/manager of a National Franchise Fitness Center. It was definitely a family run business, my wife and I were joined by her mom and dad and grandmother, and my mom and sister. We had a very busy location between the Maine Mall and the Portland Jetport, and a constant influx of members. My Business degree helped but I learned so much about small business and human nature from owning a business. It put us in contact with thousands of people, who visited regularly. You get to know people well when you see them all the time. After we sold the gym we moved to Florida for the warm weather or as my wife would say the sun. Maine can be pretty gray and dull a lot of the year, I haven’t missed the winters and the cold. I am still working, as a manager and hope to retire someday to finish ten books or so. My wife and I volunteer at a local nursing home, there we sing and I play the guitar for the residents. We play during happy hour and have been volunteering at the Life Care Center for about three years. I like all kinds of music and find it inspirational in helping me get ready to write.
1. How did you get started writing?
I’ve always wanted to write, and planned to get started someday. My mother loved to write poetry, thinking of her passion for books and words helped me begin. My mother’s illness made me realize I had to get going.
2. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?
I write Political Fiction and Christian Fiction. I like to imagine what is behind the scenes of politics and that becomes the seed for my stories. I love angels and spirituality so writing about God and Heaven brings me joy.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
I love when the story takes over and I go to another place. A book can take you anywhere.
4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?
I’m just getting started and plan to write much more when I retire. I can’t imagine giving it up now.
5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?
I really enjoy dinner with my wife. Breakfast is rushed, and lunch is a quick sandwich by myself, then back to work.
6. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I used to read a lot, especially books about spirituality. My favorites are basically most the authors Oprah has had on her show. I remember one summer we rented a camp with our friends, one great week watching E.Tolle, D.Chopra, M.Williamson, and W.Dyer. That was an awesome week.
7. Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?
On a mountain overlooking a large lake, sitting on the porch with a good cup of coffee, leaves changing color mid-September around 72 degrees.
8. If you were a color, what color would you be and why?
I wanted to say blue because it’s my favorite color, but it doesn’t fit my personality which is happy and upbeat. I love to clown around and tell jokes and make people laugh. This is a tough one.
9. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My next book is the sequel to Gabby, Angel of God. It should be out in the first quarter of 2015. I’m having the time of my life writing and exploring their adventures. My heartfelt thanks goes out to anyone who picks out one of my books and reads it. I love reading emails and comments from people who have enjoyed the stories.
Links to Greg’s website, blog, books, etc.
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Greg, his new release, and an excerpt from JACK CANON’S WOMEN OF THE HOUSE, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Greg is giving away an ebook copy of GABBY, ANGEL OF GOD, to a lucky reader who comments on his Interview or Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs. Don’t miss the chance to read this story! Thanks, Greg, for sharing your stories with us!