Interview with Sandra Bruney

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is hard work, no matter what anyone tells you. But there is a great satisfaction in knowing you have created a world, filled it with people dealing with conflicts and problems, and then being able to make it all come out right in the end--very unlike "real" life. My greatest joy is when someone comes up to me and tells me how much they enjoyed my books. It is a thrill every time.
Who are your favorite authors?
Diana Gabaldon, Anne Perry, Elizabeth George...Edward Rutherford, Ken Follett. Pat Conroy ... I'm sure there are more. This is off the top of my head.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love them! They let me know when I'm doing something right, and are honest enough to tell me when I'm going astray. I especially like fans who ask when I am going to write a sequel. That's the greatest compliment I can imagine.
What are you working on next?
I have nearly completed two books, both women's fiction/romance. While finding them a home, I plan to write another historical novel as a companion to "Riverbend."
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I wake up with the birds. I am always eager to see what the day will bring!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, and lately scrolling through FaceBook and Twitter to see what my friends and relations are doing. To relax, I play solitaire or do jigsaw puzzles on my iPad.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I subscribe to several daily newsletters. I also like to read what my fellow writers in my writing clubs are publishing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was about horses, and I dictated it to my older sister because I could not write very fast since I was just learning cursive. We both gave up before it was finished .
What is your writing process?
I have no set schedule. I am easily distracted, but I am trying to set a daily word count and stick to it. I write best in the afternoon. I go over a scene in my mind for days before I set it down.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Our mother read to us and I remember her reading "My Friend Flicka" every night and then one night she shut the book and said "If you want to know how it ends, you have to read it yourself." That set me on a lifelong path of reading. I do remember I read all the Louisa Mae Alcott books before I was in third grade. I had ambitions to read every book in our little country library and was disconcerted to find out there were even bigger libraries in the world. Didn't stop me, though.
How do you approach cover design?
Fortunately, I have a very talented son.
What do you read for pleasure?
Whatever appeals at the time. I enjoy mysteries, romance, historical, biography, whatever catches my attention. I do prefer long books as I am a dying breed who likes descriptions and detail.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have both a Nook and and iPad.
Describe your desk
It's a mess when I'm working. When I finish a project I go into a flurry of straightening up and filing. Then it starts all over again.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
We lived in the country and so my brother, sister and I depended on our imagination for play. We could be pirates, Indians, explorers, or whatever we made up. Our weekly trip to the library in town was an adventure as we picked out an armload of books that had to last the week. So I had an early appreciation for the magic of imagination and for the printed word.
When did you first start writing?
When I turned 50. I decided if I was ever going to write, I'd better start now.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Riverbend' has been on my mind for a long time. I live in a county rich with history. Our writers' club put on an outdoor drama set in the early 1800's some years back and I helped do much of he research and writing. The period fascinated me as it was a time of growth for the young country. I wanted to portray the period as seen through the eyes of both white and blacks, and especially women who were disenfranchised and lived under the rule of their husbands.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Frankly, age. I don't have time to wait years sending out queries before getting noticed by one of the Big New York Publishers. And I think indie publishers are more willing to take a chance on a new author. Having been traditionally published, I have more confidence in putting my work out there.
Published 2018-02-03.
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Books by This Author

Riverbend
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,290. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A flip of a card, a throw of the dice, a turn in the road .... Damaris Tilghman loses everything when her father gambles away their home and then commits suicide. She is resigned to becoming a servant to a distant relative, but when she receives an unexpected marriage proposal from wealthy planter Matthew Pope, she wagers her future on the outcome...unaware that she has a rival in the slave Zoe.
The Lunch Club
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,270. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Four friends face mid-life challenges, but by working together they find they can face what comes with humor and grace.
The Almost Bride
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,000. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Estranged sisters, Lily and Jill, slowly repair their relationship when Lily realizes that all along she has been in love with the wrong man.
Angels Unaware
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 120,130. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
We don't always recognize angels when we meet them. Kat finds them when she loses her health, her home and her husband. With their help, she finds independence and a new love.
I'd Rather go to California
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,290. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
A breast cancer survivor, the author embarked on a journey of self-awareness that led to physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. Cancer is a life-altering experience, but it can be a life-affirming one as well. Even if we cannot be cured, with God's help, we can be healed.