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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Sandra Sookoo Interview & Giveaway

Author Bio: Sandra is a writer of romantic fiction. Her portfolio includes historical, contemporary, sci-fi and paranormal romances. She loves to blend genres and spice them up and often times will add humor as well.

After catching the writing bug at the young age of ten, she’s gone on to grow her unique writing style. She’s a regular contributor for the Paranormal Romantic’s blog and blogs bi-monthly with a great group of women at Embrace the Shadows.

When not immersed in creating new worlds and interesting characters, Sandra likes to read, bake and travel. Her favorite place to spend vacation hours is Walt Disney World. It’s where dreams come true and the soul can play. That suits her just fine.

Writing is her ultimate dream job.

[Anne] When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

[Sandra] Since I was 10 and wrote my first “epic fantasy” book featuring the kids in the neighborhood. LOL

[Anne] Tell us about your latest book.

[Sandra] My book DEAD RUBY SLIPPERS is my first attempt at doing a mystery. It’s a sweet romance as well. At the time I wrote it, I was exclusively reading cozy mysteries and thought I’d take a chance. Turns out, it’s way harder than I thought so I’m not sure if I’ll write another one LOL Of course, I wanted to put my own special spin on it, too.

Blurb: Dancing may be hard…but no one expected it to be murder.

When sexy tap dancer Abigail Carlton, a.k.a. Ruby Slippers, is found dead and arranged in an artistic fashion on her coffee table, it’s up to Special Agent Quentin Banks to solve her murder.

But nothing is ever as it seems. Not only is Quentin a FBI career man, he doubles as an officer for the Institute of Magical Instruction…and the dancer’s death has super natural energy written all over it.

Quentin must find who murdered Abigail, and he only has 24 hours to do it before it’s taken over by his superiors.



[Anne] Sounds interesting! What inspired you to write this story?

[Sandra] I just wanted to see if I could try a new genre.  Always stretch the wings.

[Anne] Do you have anything new in the works?

[Sandra] LOL I always have something new. Two days before DEAD RUBY SLIPPERS came out, I had a fun, foodie vampire novella release called ROCKET’S RED GLARE. It’s Fourth of July themed and I’m pretty excited about it.

Works in Progress though, I’m writing a full length historical romance novel as well as a full length fantasy romance piece. If I thought writing mysteries was hard, fantasy is probably even more difficult

[Anne] What is your writing process like? Are you a plotter or a pantster?

[Sandra] Definitely a plotter. It cuts down on rewrites during the editing process and I like referring to the outline while the book is in progress. It’s kinda like a road map with a general overview of where I’m going. Surprises always happen in between but the end goals are the same.

[Anne] If you could be anyone of your characters, which one would you chose to be and why?

[Sandra] LOL Well, the contemporary heroines are pretty much modeled after me so I already live their lives in a roundabout way LOL So I guess it would have to be one of the heroines in my historical novels.

[Anne] Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go? (Okay so maybe this isn’t very likely to happen but since I’m asking the questions…)

[Sandra] Hmm, I’d love to visit any venue in Italy or perhaps London to visit the sites for historical purposes. Barring that, I have no idea LOL

[Anne] What type of books do you like to read when you’re not writing?

[Sandra] My reading tastes run the gauntlet and I love to jump genres, depending on my mood.

[Anne] Name three things you can’t live without (excluding spouses and family because that’s a given).

[Sandra] My e-reader, my laptop and my washing machine LOL

[Anne] What advice would you give to any aspiring writers out there?

[Sandra] Don’t give up, no matter what happens in your career. This industry is hard and mean and disheartening a good portion of the time. Believe in yourself and your ability and you’ll weather the storm just fine.

[Anne] Where can we find you on the web?

[Sandra] I’m on Facebook and Twitter. My website is http://www.sandrasookoo.com The links for the others are on the first page of my site.

Where can we purchase your books?

Buy link for the publisher: http://www.lyricalpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3_25&products_id=154

Buy Link for Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Ruby-Slippers-ebook/dp/B003HF0N2U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1276179637&sr=8-1

[Anne] Is there anything else you’d like to add?

[Sandra] Thanks so much for having me! I will be giving a random commenter a romance-themed pizza cutter and a goodie bag so be sure to leave an email address!

[Anne] That’s awesome! Thank you for joining me today, Sandra. Your new mystery sounds intriguing. I wish you the best of luck with it and all of your writing endeavors.

18 comments:

Martha Lawson said...

Hi Sandra & Anne!

Loved the interview - very informative. Sandra you are a new to me author, love finding new authors. Your book sounds really good. I am putting it on my to buy list. I love suspense with a paranormal twist to it.

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

Anne Patrick said...

Thanks for dropping by Martha. Sandra is an awesome writer! I'm sure you'll enjoy her works.

Sandra Sookoo said...

Thanks for having me Anne! :-)

Thanks for dropping by Martha. I hope you'll pick up the book :-)

Gracen Miller said...

Hey, Sandra! Saw your post at FB about this interview, so thought I'd hop on over and show some support to a fellow author.

Great interview and it's always nice to get to know other authors a little better. Your blurb makes this book sound amazing. Best of success with all your books!

I envy all you plotters! Because I'm a pantser it feels like I'm always in the hotseat when I'm writing and I never know what plotline is going to happen next. ;-)

~huggles~
Gracen

Sandra Sookoo said...

Thanks for coming Gracen! I've found plotting saves on huge rewrites later down the line LOL :-)

She said...
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She said...

Fun interview. Dead Ruby Slippers sounds good. I love reading all genres of books. I have quite an extensive library because of it. I hope you get your trip from you publisher ;). I love Disney World. I should be going again next May. I feel like a kid there. I forget all my troubles and just enjoy myself.

smg5775@yahoo.com

Tabitha Blake said...

Great interview. Its nice to find out what makes a fellow author tick. Your book sounds like a new title to add to my to be read pile.

carrie said...

Hey Sandi! Great post, love your sense of humor. Of course I could never live without my washing machine either!

Sandra Sookoo said...

Thanks She!

Thanks Tabitha and Carrie! :-)

Anonymous said...

enjoyed this posting...looking forward to reading this novel :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

ChrisB said...

I enjoyed the interview and look forward to reading your book.
red_handed99@yahoo.ca

Sandra Sookoo said...

Thanks Karenk and Chris!

Sharon Donovan said...

Hello, Anne and Sandra. Great interview, ladies! Sandra, I love love love the title. Brings an entirely new vision of ruby slippers into my head. LOL Now I'll have to run out and purchase my copy, hot off the press! I'll be interested to learn all about these dead ruby slippers. Guess who Anne's next victim...er...guest is? You guessed it, yours truly today June 18th. So drop on by for a chance to win a download of Mask of the Betrayer. Wicked wink.
Sharon
sharonad@comcast.net

Sandra Sookoo said...

Thanks Sharon!

Erotic Horizon said...

Great interview Sandra - Great cover and that blurb just draws me in..

You made me smile with your answers
As for your travels.. We would love to have you here across the pond in london..

Erotichorizon@googlemail.com

Congrats on your release...

E.H>

Sandra Sookoo said...

Thanks for coming by everyone. The random drawing winner is Martha Lawson! Please email me your mailing address at sandra.sookoo@comcast.net.

I hope you all enjoy the book!

Danielle Thorne said...

Great title! I came over to check out Anne's new book and the your new release sure caught my attention. Good luck with it, Sandra!