**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Author, SANDY LOYD
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 fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
I currently live in Louisville, Kentucky. I quit my day job, which included a lot of traveling, when my son asked me why I had to leave all the time. Thankfully we were in a position to cut back and do without my salary. I’m lucky in that I sit on both sides of the room when there’s a discussion about stay at home moms and career working moms. I see the value in both. I treasure the time I’ve spent over the years with my son. But now that he’s in college, I’m glad I discovered writing when I did.
I’m an outdoorsy person and I’m fairly active. I take Zumba classes and Yoga classes and am an avid skier, both water and snow. Kentucky has the best lakes, but I go back home to Utah for the best snow on earth.
1. How did you get started writing?
I never saw myself as a writer. Like a lot of writers I know, I’m a voracious reader. About nine years ago, I just didn’t like the direction my favorite genres were taking. One book angered me so much, I threw it across the room and thought I could do better. Then I gave it a try. It was harder than I ever thought possible, but I kept at it. In less than a decade, I’ve learned so much on my journey to becoming a published author.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write in several genres, mainly because I read several genres and have tried different things over the past nine years. Mostly, I’m known for my contemporary romance novels. I’m building a name for my contemporary romantic suspense novels right now. Soon, I hope to publish a time travel story I wrote in my first year. It’s taking me a long time to rewrite because my skill level has increased tremendously since then. Before Time Will Tell is ready, it needs to be at the higher level.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
Hearing from the readers who love the story or the characters I’ve created.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Editing, especially work that I wrote early on. I remember at a conference I once attended where Cherry Adair gave a speech about rewriting earlier work. She likened it to weeding in a dead garden. Well, her analogy is a good one, except, I see such beautiful flowers that could bloom in my story if I can ever pull all of those darned weeds.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
From observing friends and their situations, or from current events. Also, I still travel quite extensively. Now when I arrive in a new city or country, I’m always thinking of a mystery or story that could take place there.
6. What is it that makes your writing different from all the others in your genre?
I’m a little old-fashioned, especially in how I view romance. I’m not sure that makes any difference or not, but it’s a generational phenomenon. Younger people view the world differently. I don’t focus my writing for the younger audience. There are plenty of great authors who do. I started to write because I had a hard time finding material I liked. I don’t like a lot of gore or violence. I like the chase between hero/heroine. I like twists. I like humor and I like romance. In my romantic suspenses, I try to unveil a good mystery or puzzle while creating an emotional connection with the characters. I want to fall in love and I’ve read too many traditionally published RS’s that speed up the romance due to what I call the Ludlum factor, where it’s unbelievable for the characters to overcome all the obstacles thrown at them, let alone find the time to fall in love and leave me with that warm, wonderful feeling of happily-ever-after.
7. Are you an avid reader?
Yes. I’ve always read. When I was a kid, money was tight. We lived across the street from the main library and I’d spend my summer days there escaping to far off places in my mind.
When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
Romantic suspense. I’ve found so many indie-pubbed authors who write what I love to read. Also, I can’t forget contemporary romances. Again, I’m almost an exclusive indie-pubbed reader in that genre too.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
I’ve recently released Deadly Misconceptions, a romantic suspense story set in a fictional town outside of Frankfort, Kentucky. Deadly Misconceptions is my interpretation of what happens when people believe the lies others are living. Deadly Misconceptions is an interesting mystery/suspense full of the type of twists I love. And of course I provide a heartwarming love story too. It’s free on Kindle from March 11 through March 15, 2013.
Links to Sandy’s website, blog, books, etc.
Contact Sandy – www.sandyloyd.com.
The link to Amazon for A Matter Of Trust – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BH7GOCI
Amazon author page – http://www.amazon.com/author/sandyloyd
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Sandy and her novel, DEADLY MISCONCEPTIONS, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Sandy will give away a Kindle copy of DEADLY MISCONCEPTIONS to all of her lucky readers!! The book will be FREE on Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B6E4B2C for everyone March 11-15th so snag up your own copy as a gift! Thanks, Sandy, for sharing your story with us!