Interview with Sandra S. Kerns

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kindle Fire. I've never used any of the others so I can't really compare. With the Fire I get a great view of covers.
Describe your desk
My desk, hmmm, in a word, messy. I start out neat and organized, but a day or two into the week and it's messy again. I work much better when it is neat and organized. Unfortunately, I seem to have an issue keeping it that way.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in central (sometimes called upstate) New York. I'm the youngest of five children and that probably influenced my writing more than where I grew up. Rather than fight for attention I escaped to my own world (my story or someone else's).
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of the 'action' of writing is watching my characters come alive. Quite often they take off in different directions than I had planned for them.

The greatest joy of the publishing of my writing has been having people enjoy my stories. I love sharing them with others.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Without fans, I wouldn't have any sales. Without sales, I wouldn't know if anyone was reading my stories and enjoying them. For others to enjoy my work is a huge thrill.
What are you working on next?
The book I'm working on is the next in the Masters Men series - though a step away a little. It is the first book about one of their sisters (the elements), Blaze. I'm having a blast researching for this book. You might think that is normal, but to me, research should be considered a 4-letter word :) This time it is so much fun I'm having a hard time getting to the point of putting the story on the page. It should be out this summer.
What is your writing process?
I don't really consider this a process, but here goes. 1) An idea pops in my head from various inspirations, i.e. TV, friends, family, driving down the road, and so on and so on. 2) A character starts running with the idea. Sometimes it's the heroine first, and sometimes it's the hero. 3) That character finds another one and brings them into the mix. 4) The characters run around in my head for days/weeks/months (it depends on if I'm in the middle of another book; which I usually am). 5) The characters won't let me sleep so I start typing a scene or two. The next thing I know I'm 100 pages in and can't get enough until I type The End.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romantic Suspense; Futuristic/Time Travel/Fantasy; Action Suspense.
When did you first start writing?
Whenever I have time to fit it in right now. I'm retiring from the day job soon, so then it will be a more regular schedule that will probably start around 6am.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
To be honest, I got tired of waiting for a traditional publisher to make an offer. I saw many books bought that I didn't agree with and regretted spending money on. Then I saw many books by Indie authors that I really enjoyed! My critique partner and I decided at the exact same time to go Indie and haven't regretted a moment.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords was my first attempt to publish. It was amazingly easy and uplifting. If you can follow the directions from the FREE Smashwords Guide, you can do it. Mark Coker is very supportive. I actually met him at a conference. After talking to him at workshops and dinners, I got the sense that his biggest thrill is helping authors achieve their dream. That says a lot about his company.
Published 2014-04-28.
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The Unsuspecting Heiress
Series: Master Security. Pre-release—available October 23, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,290. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Two lost souls. Bess, a young woman with a style of her own, alone in the world after the death of her parents, searches for answers to a past kept hidden from her. Ryder, needing a purpose while adjusting to injuries received in the Army, returns to the hometown he couldn’t wait to leave. Will each find what they seek or will danger from the past put both their lives in danger? Preorder today!
Misha's Minefield - Surviving War Was The Easy Part
Series: Master Security. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,700. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Acclimating to civilian life was okay until…His past smiled at him…And his present exploded! Blindsided by his past in the form of Jasmine Beckett, Misha's self-control sails away. Maybe living not just surviving is possible. When a string of burglaries hits close to home and her roommate threatens her, he accepts trouble has found him again. Can he save her when he's failed others in the past?
Mischief at Mellowbend
Series: Master Security. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,960. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
His solitude disappears. Her determination is challenged. Their lines get crossed. Poe is living his dream until ominous problems threaten his new life. Brynn relishes the challenge of breaking through his emotional fortress. As sparks fly between the two, more trouble comes to Mellowbend. Will sparks be enough to unite them? Buy it today and cast your line to catch a great read.
A Chance Event
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,500. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
In the middle of a winter storm, Charlene Caldwell, is mugged and knocked unconscious while leaving work one night in the middle of her busiest season. Dr. Martin DelaHardt, late to meet his detective sister for coffee, watches over the victim while his sister chases the perpetrator. Buy A Chance Event now and be the first to see the romantic possibilities.
A Risky Assignment
Series: Master Security. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,040. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Burke is getting his life back together in Colorado after returning from the military. Stella is living her dream. Tres Masters brings them together when Stella's dinner club is vandalized. Burke's not happy to be responsible for her, but it's her happy attitude that just might kill him. Stella's determined to show Burke life has more ups than downs. He's doubtful when vandalism turns to threats.
Securing the Rancher's Heart
Series: Master Security. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,630. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Western
Marley decides to install security after someone tries to break-in and she shoots at them. With her season opening barbecue less than two months away she needs to act fast. When she enters the office of Master Security she comes face to face with the man who unknowingly stole her heart in high school. Guns aren't the only thing shooting sparks as the two work toward securing her guest ranch.
Mastering the Brides
Series: The Masters Men. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,500. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Mastering the Brides is a Christmas novella wrapping up the popular Masters Men series. The sisters, Blaze and Brooke come home to have a double wedding, but someone has other plans. Troubles start piling up like snowbanks as soon as their plane touches down at DIA. Order now and help them show their brothers and everyone else they learned their Master lessons well.
The Masters Men Collection Part 2 Box Set
Series: The Masters Men. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 216,970. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
The Masters brothers never backed down and their sisters learned the lesson well. This set includes Her Master Diver, Her Master Match, and Her Master Protector. Sister Blaze takes you to the ocean, brother Jonathan fights for his kids lives, and baby sister Brooke shows you the ER and Cocoa Beach, all with the brothers on the sidelines ready to help at any minute.
The Masters Men Collection
Series: The Masters Men. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 239,060. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Meet the Masters Men and get 3 novels and a novella for less than the cost of 1 book! The Masters brothers will protect and serve, no problem. But a relationship with a woman? No way. That requires more than they're willing to give. Then they meet women more stubborn than they are. Sparks fly in Colorado when the Masters men learn that what it means to really live and not just survive.
Her Master Protector
Series: The Masters Men. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,360. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Detective Manus Laughlin’s only witness to a murder conspiracy is fighting for his life. The good news is Brooke Collins is the nurse assigned to him. The bad news, her sassy attitude, strong-arm care tactics, and wounded heart are tempting. When there’s an attempt on her life, keeping his distance isn't an option. Protecting her and his heart could be a losing battle.
Reconstructing Roman
Series: Colorado Dreams and Desires, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,320. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Roman Smirnosky and Kaia Beecher’s dreams are very different. He prefers solitude and she craves new relationships. Kaia is starting a new life and Roman is trying to forget his past. They are thrown together by past and present events that could prove deadly. Sparks fly while they try to solve the mystery. Will sparks turn into fire? Or, will the past catch up with them and take yet another life?
Her Master Match
Series: The Masters Men. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,970. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Jonathan Smitt's in marketing, that's good, but he may have to sell his sanity to keep his kids. He's not interested in women or love, but threats, prove what he wants and needs are two different things. Nikki Bradford doesn't believe in unicorns and wishes. Her heart belongs to work. Her past may take that as well, but she's not afraid to fight. She's helping Mr. Smitt if it kills her.
Butterfly Bride
Series: Colorado Skies. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 38,120. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Two years have past since Artemis told Emma he would call and she said she would answer. Artemis has finally worked up the courage to propose, but even if she says yes, will it ever happen? Someone is sabotages their friend’s bar and tries to ruin Clandestine Investigations where Emma now works. Will they ever make it to the alter or will one of them pay the ultimate price to save the other?
Harlan's Haven
Series: Colorado Skies. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,230. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Discharged from the Army with a piece of shrapnel threatening to pierce his spine, Harlan Granger returns home from Afghanistan. The peace and quiet he so desperately needs to heal and think isn't to be found in his hometown. Trouble has found it's way to Bluff's Corner, and it’s centered around his brother’s business. His brother’s pixie-like neighbor has his trouble radar going off the charts.
Her Master Diver
Series: The Masters Men, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,490. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Blaze thought leaving school would get her life back on track. It seems to be working as she's invited on the dive of her dreams. Then life throws her into a storm, a break-in, hit and run, sabotage and murder all center around her. Can Blaze and her charismatic project manager unravel the problems surrounding the expedition, or will her Masters men brothers have to fly out to save the day?
Eenie, Meanie, Minie, No!
Series: Colorado Skies, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,330. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Can dead men make phone calls? Can children's rhymes be threats? It's happening to the Eenie Meanies in Pinecrest, Colorado. You'll never look at high school cliques the same.
Gathering Clouds
Series: Colorado Dreams and Desires, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,620. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Chef and ex-con Theo DeLeon returns to Colorado to work and be left alone. Fate doesn’t cooperate. He’s offered a job as head chef at a restaurant, but believes it is more about his having killed a man, than his culinary skills. Gabrielle needs a chef or she’ll lose her restaurant. Taking a huge gamble, she offers the job to a disillusioned ex-con. Could her heart be his next victim?
Last Chance for Love - A Masters Men Christmas Story
Series: The Masters Men, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 37,540. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
The Masters Men are decorating for Christmas. They have a lot to celebrate between the birth of Ace and Gina’s first child, Tres and Izzy’s twins, and the upcoming birth of Dos and Copper’s fourth; not to mention no major family tragedies for a year. Then again, no one has heard from Smitty since he left the decorating party at Gina’s Aunt Camille’s house.
The Butterfly Connection
Series: Colorado Skies, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,270. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Murder, encryption, and corporate espionage bring two strangers together to break codes and years of silence to solve a very personal case. Can the two of them put aside their distrust of others and themselves long enough to find the real murderer? Can the passion they discover along the way survive the truths they find?
A Daring Proposal
Series: Colorado Dreams and Desires, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,120. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Jed Sampson and Chaney McBride have a troubled past. Fate steps in and throws them together again at her sister’s wedding. Chaney needs a husband and Jed needs a wife. Could they be the answer to each other’s problems? Can they help each other survive ranch problems, a custody battle and a kidnapping? Can they forget the past or, will secrets they keep hidden from each other keep them apart?
Callaghan's Conundrum
Series: Colorado Skies, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,240. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Pinecrest, Colorado Detective Sam Callaghan doesn’t know it, but he’s walking into the weekend from hell. The sniper he stops while running an errand turns out to be the upside of the long Memorial weekend he faces. His past and his present collide in a gut-wrenching crash when the only person injured by the sniper, turns out to be the last person he ever expected to see again.
Rose of Steele
Series: Colorado Skies, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,380. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Garrett Steele's life is threatened as he leaves an undercover job in New York. He goes to Colorado to see a friend who can help. The friend's sister complicates matters. Carly Rose owns the Wild Rose Bar. She's fighting a take over when Garrett walks back into her life. The take over is child's play to fighting her feelings for him. Can she win him over before they're both killed by his enemy?
Dream Stalker
Series: Colorado Skies, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,310. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Two years after the killer who stalked her dreams killed everyone she loved, Janine Chase believes he's back. So is Connor, the detective determined to catch him for murdering his brother. Janine's connection to the killer could get Connor killed but can she let him go a second time to save his life?
Her Master of Hearts
Series: The Masters Men, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,030. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
ADA Ace Masters is battling as much outside the courtroom as in it. The major battle being with his brother's partner who decides she has to play bodyguard. Why is he second-guessing himself and his instincts when it's obvious Gina is the one who needs a bodyguard? And why does her agreeing with his no marriage plan upset him so much?
Her Master Detective
Series: The Masters Men, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,450. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Izzy is happy tutoring and living quietly until she is the victim of a hit-and-run. Detective Tres Masters is intrigued by the soft-hearted, but strong willed beauty. Despite his no relationships rule he is intrigued. When he starts receiving threats that put her in danger keeping his distance is out of the question. Her life is in danger and it's his fault. Or is it?
Her Master Defender
Series: The Masters Men, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,150. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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Sent home to recuperate from a mission gone bad, the last thing Major Dos Masters needs is to be responsible for the safety of someone else. When the massage therapist across from his brother’s security office starts to walk into a vandalized office, he doesn’t have a choice. Copper Kerrigan has a no military man rule. But can she barricade her heart against this wounded soldier?