Interview with Sandra Farris

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in the ninth grade. I used to go into the woods near my house, climb up in a tree and sit for some time imagining different scenarios. I had three younger sisters at the time and shared a bedroom, so I went where I could find peace and quiet.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was too difficult to get anything published, being a new author with no track record. As an indie author, I had so much more control over cover design, title,content, etc. My books are also out there longer and have a chance to find an audience. With a mainstream publisher it only has a small print run, and if it doesn't perform well it disappears.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
More people buy my books on Smashwords than anywhere else. I also have sales from Europe and Canada, which I don't get on Amazon.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting comments from my readers. One reader said she was so involved with the characters, she wondered what they were doing when she wasn't reading. So far they have been very kind to me.
Next would be creating the characters and their lives then seeing everything come together in a finished product.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are very important to me. Without the fans I would have no one to share my stories with, or to keep me writing. Their comments and feedback keep me going.
What are you working on next?
I have a sequel to Can You Hear the Music? and Obituary Column, both novels.
Also two short stories and a ghost story (novella) I am working on.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter, and Frank Yerby to name a few. I read a variety of other authors as well.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to travel and have been lucky enough to visit Rome, Italy; Valencia, Spain; Bankok, Thailand; Hong Kong, China; and Morocco, North Africa.
When not traveling I enjoy hiking, reading, and visiting with my family.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, barely. It was a short story for a contest my English teacher encouraged me to enter. I still have some of my first attempts at writing and I cringe when I read them. At the time I was pretty proud of them.
What is your writing process?
I promote my books on various social media sites, answer e-mails and comments people have made on the different sites in the morning then write in the afternoon. When I'm having a difficult time, sometimes I write letters to get the juices flowing, or with several projects going, as I mentioned before, I occasionally read what I have written on them.
How do you approach cover design?
My son is a graphic artist and he does all my covers. I tell him what the book is about and turn him loose.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mystery books with a little romance thrown in.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My e-reading device of choice would be my iPad. I can change locations with that, unlike my iMac desktop where I am confined to my desk.
Describe your desk
My desk is a little cluttered with notes, reference books, printer and computer. I try putting things away I don't immediately need, but everything ends up back on there. I can't seem to work on a clean desk. It's almost like when Delilah cut Samson's hair and he lost his strength. I seem to lose my creativity.
Published 2013-08-22.
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Books by This Author

Corey's Return
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 52,410. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The trials Corey faces taking her friend, an aged hobo nicknamed Lord Mayor, back to his home in Ireland do nothing to prepare her for what lies in wait.
Vernon House
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,970. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Jennifer Hayes buys and restores houses for resale, but Vernon house was different. She wanted this old Victorian house for herself. The rumors that the house was haunted didn't bother Jennifer, who is a skeptic by nature. But her skepticism turns to intrigue when she finds a letter about a murder dated 1909 in the attic in the folds of a wedding dress.
Can You Hear the Music?
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 77,710. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Young Corey James’ life is shattered when a car crash takes the life of her parents. She is forced to live with relatives she has never seen before. Verbally and physically abused by her aunt Corey runs away disguised as a boy. Helped by an old hobo, she begins a journey that takes her on a series of adventures, both perilous and heartwarming. As they ride the rails together, Andy Curruthers tea
Memory of a Murder
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,740. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
When she regained consciousness, Bailey Collins discovered a dead man behind the steering wheel of her wrecked car. A gun lay between them. Did she shoot him? If so, why and who was he? Bailey knew who she was, why couldn't she remember these details.