Sandra Madera

Biography

Sandra Madera currently resides in New York and is a recent college grad, obtaining her bachelor's degree in science. However, her true passion has always been reading and writing. She has been writing short stories since she was a child. She recently published her first full-length YA novel entitled Restraint and, its sequel, Lament. She also wrote the follow up novel to a fan favorite Weeping Willow entitled Wicked Magic: A Weeping Willow Novel. She is currently working on her next novel. For free YA short story downloads and for information on upcoming novels visit www.sandramadera.com and http://sandra-madera.blogspot.com.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started writing as a preteen when my mother got me a typewriter. I also had a word processor which was the closest thing to a computer and printer at the time. I was about eleven when I sat down and wrote the first draft of Overboard. I never finished it. The problem I had back then was not a lack of ideas but that I never saw a project through to the end. At around fourteen, I began the first draft of Restraint which was called Legacy back then. My friends ate it up and kept asking me to write more chapters. So, although the theme was romantic and I wasn't keen on it, I knew I had something.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was in the second grade. It was a school-wide project in story writing, and I wrote a story about zoo animals playing baseball. I don't remember it being that great, but I won a prize for it. The funny thing was I handed it in months before I had won...so I won, and I forgot the details of the story I wrote.
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Books

Malcontent: A Restraint Novel
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Series: Restraint Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,210. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Before there was a Laura or Linda Carter, there was Louise May. Born to a family that owed its riches to a sovereign vampire clan, Louise May is caught between her obligations as a familiar and her heart. (YA Fiction Novel, intended for ages 16 and up).
The Collector
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Price: Free! Words: 12,240. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
Seeking fun and exploration, Kyleigh travels to Scotland on an invitation. However, unsettling dreams plague her on her stay at a castle on the Highlands, leading her to believe everything is not what it appears. (YA SHORT STORY, 2014’s Yearly Novelette)
Shattered
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Price: Free! Words: 22,990. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
After a tragic accident, Miranda is devastated by the loss her twin sister. However, it isn’t long before she begins to wonder if her twins death was an accident at all. Now, she must find out who wanted her sister dead, because she is next. (YA SHORT STORY, 2013's Yearly Novelette)
Wicked Magic: A Weeping Willow Novel
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Series: Weeping Willow Series, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,000. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
After a time of peace, Willow's world is turned on its side when Nalin is captured and taken into the Underworld. (YA Fiction Novel, intended for ages 16 and up).
Lament: A Restraint Novel
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Series: Restraint Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,860. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
Stranded in a foreign land, two sisters, Linda and Laura are on a quest to regain their fortune and rebuild their once normal life. However, the past they fought so hard to flee has caught up with them and each must face the consequences of their actions. For Linda, the price may be too high. Something seeks her demise. (YA Fiction Novel, intended for ages 16 and up).
Overboard
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Price: Free! Words: 16,820. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
Brenna's summer vacation on a ship sailing to the Florida Keys turns deadly when her best friend goes missing... (YA SHORT STORY, 2012's Yearly Novelette)
Restraint: A Novel
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Series: Restraint Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 70,660. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
Tragic circumstances bring two sisters, Laura and Linda, to a foreign land where they are stripped of their fortune and are at the mercy of their estranged uncle. However, strange happenings force Laura to believe their current situation was no accident. Something is after her. (YA Fiction Novel, intended for ages 16 and up).
Weeping Willow (Part Two)
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Series: Weeping Willow Short Stories, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 12,030. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Now that she knows her true identity, Willow has landed herself in a heap of trouble. Taken prisoner by Callan, King of the Dökkalfar, and jailed as an abomination to the Elven race, Willow struggles to gain her freedom in a world where she is hated. Time is running out for Willow. She must discover her true purpose, changing the fate of two kingdoms. (YA SHORT STORY)
Sangre Falls
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Price: Free! Words: 7,100. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
(3.00 from 1 review)
Alexis Adeluna has a secret... She is a vampire. While exploring one of her favorite haunts, she finds a body and discovered a gift she never knew she had. She can see and hear the dead. Now, she can't rest until she finds the killer. (YA SHORT STORY, 2011's Yearly Novelette)
Weeping Willow (Part One)
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Series: Weeping Willow Short Stories, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 12,490. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.00 from 4 reviews)
Chloe Dennis always felt awkward in her own skin. Being teased at school has always left her feeling alone.... Until, she dreamed of another world.... Until, she dreamed of a handsome stranger. Chloe is about to discover who she really is and what is worth fighting for. (YA SHORT STORY)

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Smashwords book reviews by Sandra Madera

  • Insight on May 02, 2014

    While I did enjoy the book, I just felt like there were a lot of confusing plot concepts. However, I enjoyed the dynamic between Willow, Landen, and Drake. The characters were so well written that it was easy to get into the story. I found it intriguing how Willow was drawn to Drake, hence making the love triangle complete. I loved the romance between Willow and Landen. It was sweet and made me green with envy. Landen is certainly worthy to be added to anyone's book boyfriend list. It was a little redundant with the picking up and dropping off of Willow's friends to the Earthly realm. The plot could have been more subtle. I felt like there were a lot of moments that Willow was placed in a position of fainting from being overwhelmed. The overdramatic elements, however, kept the story moving and were enjoyable as I was reading. This book can be information overload. There are so many concepts that are brought together it feels like a lot when you are reading it. Sometimes simpler is better in terms of the journey. This book was loaded with themes and concepts and kept going when it should have ended. There was enough in this book to make two novels, but overall, it is a book worth reading. I should add that there was no erotica in this book which was a plus. It is a true YA novel and all romance is fitting for the age level. - Sandra Madera http://www.sandramadera.com http://sandra-madera.blogspot.com