Sandy Appleyard


Some have said that if you see me on the street (usually with a book in hand or a laptop fired up), I appear a cold, hard-fisted person. However, once we’ve spoken for five minutes or less, you’ll have laughed at least once. That is, provided you appreciate sarcastic, self-deprecating wit.

My first short story was penned in middle school and I was hooked ever since.

I graduated with honours from Humber College and began working as an Administrative Coordinator for a large, multinational corporation shortly afterward. Quickly learning that the corporate world, despite the love I had for my job, is a slow killer of creativity, I chose to quit during maternity leave in 2006.

Difficulty thinking outside the box soon evaporated when I received something that didn’t come in one: my first child. While at home with the baby my imaginative energy got the better of me and my first memoir was written. It had been a dream of mine to write about my late father, who passed away from alcoholism in 1992, and it took me two years to compose a fifty-page manuscript, but I did it.

After my second daughter was born in 2008 I had more fuel to write, and felt it necessary to voice the challenges and inherent gifts I acquired during my struggles with Scoliosis. Hence, my second memoir was born. The words flowed out of me with such ease I shocked myself.

My love for words grew with each book I read and every word I wrote. I soon realized I had no more material to write non-fiction, which led me to take a stab at fiction. The next two books were such a revelation: it became more and more clear what my true calling was. The rest, as they say, is history!

Smashwords Interview

What do you keep in mind as you write? An overarching question? A theme? The last line of a book?
Because I write novels that are mostly mysterious, I find it’s almost like writing a book backwards. You know how you want it to end, but you have to tie all the clues in to the beginning and the middle. So as I’m writing, I make sure all my facts are straight and in keeping with the resolution. My stories all have happy endings; I make sure of that. I also make sure I leave my readers with a tear in their eye and warmth in their heart. As long as those things are achieved, my job is done.
At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I wrote my first two books, which are memoirs, I initially thought they were all I would ever want to write. There was nothing that remained that was interesting to write about myself. Then one night I went to bed after reading Nicholas Sparks’s ‘A Walk to Remember’ and eating a whole bunch of cheese. When I awoke, the idea for my first novel ‘Blessed and Betrayed’ literally popped into my head. I recorded the idea in my phone and a few days later began writing. After that, I knew there was more to my writing than memoirs. Since then I’ve written three more books and started a fourth.
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Where to find Sandy Appleyard online

Where to buy in print


She Only Speaks to Butterflies
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,890. Language: American English. Published: April 15, 2015. Category: Fiction » Christian » Romance
Sherry’s daughter Denise doesn’t speak. The town they call home is suddenly ravaged by fire, adding another challenge for Sherry; keeping her daughter safe. When a new face arrives in town, residents wonder if it will be a help or a hindrance; but only Denise knows. And she can’t tell anyone.
The Wheels of Change
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 75,990. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 17, 2015. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Simon Cross is a type-A personality advertising executive, who has a penchant for sleeping with married women. When one lover’s husband learns of the affairs, Simon finds himself at the mercy of a madman. The advertising executive develops a very different view of life and the people around him, but not before things are radically changed in ways he never dreamed possible.
No Thanks, Mommy, I Peed Yesterday
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,150. Language: Canadian English. Published: October 2, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Parenting
She thought she'd laughed a thousand times...then she had kids. This kids-say-the-darndest-things style memoir will keep you laughing for days! Fun for all ages.
The Wife of a Lesser Man
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,530. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
A police chief and his wife have been happily married for 20 years; then he has a heart attack and they realize their life together will never be the same. His return to work brings new challenges. A serial killer is on the loose and his wife takes up drinking and flirting with another man. Just as the case is about to be cracked, a clue is revealed that changes everything.
Blessed and Betrayed
Price: Free! Words: 49,120. Language: Canadian English. Published: November 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Victoria's been led to believe a lie all her life. When she learns the truth, will she let it set her free?
I'll Never Wear a Backless Dress
Price: Free! Words: 16,720. Language: Canadian English. Published: September 18, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Physical impairments
A memoir on living with the back deformity known as Scoliosis.

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