Nancy Bandusky

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I suffer from deep-seated control issues and the thought of someone drastically altering my stories makes me ill.
What is your writing process?
I have a general idea. For example, in Take A Stand, I had the idea of Christian persecution in the United States. Emma existed before any other characters and then Sean came along and took over the story. I'll see scenes in my head and I work to link them together. I have a general idea of how the story will go but all three that I've written so far (and the final one in the trilogy) have gone in different directions than originally planned.
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Where to find Nancy Bandusky online



Fight The Good Fight
Series: The Challenge Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 139,160. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Suspense
What was right is wrong; what was good is bad; what was the goal is still the same – to fight the good fight.
Run The Race
Series: The Challenge Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 105,030. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Suspense
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Despite the hardships, the suffering and pain, and even the persecution, there is only one thing to do: Run the race.
Anniina Tatter - Not Just Cloth and Stuffing
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,040. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
After an attempt to be helpful puts Anniina Tatter in danger of never finding her new family, she embarks on an adventure.
Take A Stand
Series: The Challenge Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 106,550. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Suspense
(4.00 from 5 reviews)
When the United States government outlaws Christianity there are three choices: obey, hide, or take a stand.

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Smashwords book reviews by Nancy Bandusky

  • Promises - A Short Story on Feb. 16, 2013

    Interesting premise - poor execution. The grammatical errors (singular vs. plural, verb tenses, coordinating parallelism) start before the short story begins and continues through the "about the author" section at the end. All of this was distracting during the reading experience. The storyline is contrived with the use of too many character perspectives - including a bartender's two sentence thoughts - for such a short story. The "surprise" at the end is a cheat because of the multiple perspectives. In a short story (especially) every word is important. The reader is provided with far too much detail on the bar setting which is completely irrelevant to the plot. Descriptions of people are vague and actually non-existent for the main character - Julie. Elements are introduced (motel, train station) which the reader must just accept as they are never elaborated on. The details of the cover are hard to see as it is so dark.
  • Masked Rider: Origins on June 06, 2013

    The Masked Rider: Origins is an enjoyable read for mystery readers who don't want the "dark" that is found in so many novels today. The humor, ample throughout, keeps the reader from taking anything too seriously and instead provides for a few hours break from the 21st century hassles. With one minor exception (see below under spoiler alert), this novel is family friendly with enjoyable squabbles between the family members. The novel centers around a tough, independent female rancher (the youngest child) who takes the reader through a number of events, numerous characters and a bit of unwanted love interest before sifting it all down to the mystery at hand. The twists and connections of seemingly unrelated facts makes for a solvable mystery and a fun read. A few areas did pull the reader from being immersed in the novel. One was that the Westin family is supposed to be on hard times, yet they eat what seems to be extravagant foods (due to their cook's preferences) for a family in the 1800s. Also a location was referred to repeatedly as the grotto that no one frequented. Since no one ever does frequent it except Holly, being told once was enough. **** Spoiler Alert **** While I consider the novel to be family friendly, some readers may take issue with the disturbance of a grave/corpse. This is brief and handled respectfully. There was one area that I felt cheated and that was when Holly caught one of the bad guys - Bernstein - the reader wasn't there. One minute Holly goes off to take care of something and the next time the reader "sees" her, she has him captured. The rest of the novel was good at "showing" the reader, but here the author didn't show and neither did she even tell.
  • From Hell on June 16, 2013

    This is a thought provoking novel which will have the reader reaching for his Bible before he is through. The story involves a man who dies by his own hand and ends up in hell. An angel rescues him and the two make stops along the way before reaching the man's true destination. The voyage to provide an opportunity for the man to "learn" gives the reader plenty of twists as fascinating topics are explored. Due to the many theological and debatable concepts presented (unforgivable sin, works vs. faith, 2nd chance after death, justification, and sanctification) it would prove beneficial to have a Bible within arm's reach. That said, this would be a good novel for a group to read and would easily lend itself to interesting discussions. The novel does have grammar errors and in some places necessary words are missing. This interferes with the reading experience as the reader is jolted out of the story, having to reread to get the author's intended meaning.
  • Wandering Koala Saves Christmas on Oct. 18, 2013

    This is a message driven comic appropriate for all ages and all seasons but even more so as we move toward CHRISTMAS. The artwork is good - doing the job of showing the story. In the short comic, there is not much opportunity for background information about the characters (as a limited comic reader I find this a common frustration with comic books unless one has started from the beginning) but what is presented is enjoyable. I read the comic on a Nook Simple Touch - thus it was all in black and white. All the artwork shows up clear and is easy to distinguish the scene. On my Nook, there was a slight fading out of the words at times, but not completely and was thus still readable.
  • All My Money Says Is Bye-Bye on Nov. 16, 2013

    Take a bumbling private investigator wanna-be and an elderly lady that isn't as useless as society would lead us to believe, add in a hot-shot youngster (in comparison) and you have a team ready to track down the killer after a theft investigation balloons into multiple murders. The author cleverly uses first person perspective for both the detective rookie as well as the elderly woman at the "scene." This provides for some humorous moments when each mentally reflects on the other. They have interesting exchanges - although the telling (not showing) becomes a bit tiresome regarding the same mystery elements. The novel does delve into the guilt, anxiety, and tiresomeness of caring for the elderly. While this assists with understanding both lead characters, the concept goes on too long and slows the pace of the story. There is mild to moderate profanity throughout the novel.
  • God: The Interview on April 16, 2014

    This novel is written in the form of a television show transcript between the television host and God (or someone claiming to be God according to the host.) The story is this exchange and not much more. The man interviewing God is a confusing character. He states he is a heathen yet he is upset God didn't answer his prayers in the past. The main item that is quite apparent is his definite lack of belief regarding who he is interviewing, with no change at the end. With the opportunity of a lifetime - getting to interview God - most of the dialogue meanders around with the interviewer arguing his point and "God" evading a straight answer, refusing even to clarify his already clear statement of creation in Genesis chapter one. The god of this novel requires prayer in order to "beat" Satan which makes god appear to not be all-powerful. The concept that humans were created so the angels could decide which one is right - God or Satan - via a "contest" sets an unappealing tone. Who is really in control is questioned since a committee of angels (both good and bad) must be consulted before actions can be taken. Although the premise was interesting - an interview with God - it wasn't quite clear where the author was going with it. A range of topics were mentioned but with very limited follow through (an angel being evil incarnate, angels sinning and being forgiven, and Satan's ability to "wreck" God's work). All of these topics needed to be examined further. As it is they were just stated, leaving the reader wondering if the fiction contains any fact.
  • A Gift of Fire on June 20, 2014

    I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review. This futuristic novel, set on a far-off planet, is engaging from the start. While the story starts in the present day of this "future," there are flashbacks to provide the reader with the history necessary to understand how and why things are as they are. There are several delightful characters which interrelate as the story progresses, allowing the reader to learn about the two different cultures. A good story provides enough information to enjoy while at the same time creating a little "spark" of desire for more ... this novel succeeds. However, there were too many minor characters (given names) which added to an already full cast to keep straight. Also, the author does make constant grammatical errors, but because of their consistency, once the reader "accepts" them, the errors do not distract from the story.
  • In Justice on Jan. 30, 2016
    (no rating)
    The topic of this novel was of particular interest to me and thus I eagerly downloaded the free ebook. While it would not have affected my choice to read this book, it wasn’t until the “About the Author” section that the author confirms this is not a complete story but rather continues in a sequel; this is pretty obvious to the reader as the pages near an end without an end of the story in sight. While the story held my interest because of the topic, there were major problems with the presentation that distracted the reader from what otherwise would have been an engaging story involving current issues. The novel grabs the reader’s attention from the start but then quickly drops the “showing” aspect and replaces it with “telling” - while possibly an attempt to educate the reader and move the story faster, it fails by pulling the reader out of the story with a lecture. The novel does pick up half way through when more “showing” and less “telling” occurs. However, throughout the novel there are grammar/punctuation errors and inconsistent time jumps with converging characters which make a poorer reading experience. Despite the novel’s problems if the current situation regarding religious rights concerns you, this novel is well worth the time and effort.
  • No Turning Back on Dec. 19, 2017

    This novel brings together two different groups of people and shows how grace and love can be found in the least likely places. At the beginning the novel moves the reader quickly into a dangerous crisis in the prison, but the pace slows as the story covers the same ground again and again with little development in the story or characters until the ending when once again the pace picks up leading to a rewarding conclusion. Christian concepts of forgiveness and grace are woven throughout the story. A particularly impactful moment involved one character explaining to another character how a choice made outside the will of God will have a result that will be outside the will of God too.
  • When He Said Goodbye on July 09, 2020

    This is a good clean novel with an interesting premise - the husband is missing, along with pretty much all the money. While the wife continues to believe something is keeping her husband from returning to her, life goes on. She manages two part-time jobs to make ends meet, deals with her 2 children away at college and still angry at their father for leaving, her parents living out of state, and a new minister arriving at the church where she works. While I enjoyed the story, it did slow down quite a bit and didn't really build to any important revelations, even when there were important revelations. There was more telling than showing but still a worthwhile read.
  • Reckless Association on Oct. 31, 2020

    Note - I received this as a free download during Smashwords COVID-19 give-away. The premise of the story is bad boy in the process of turning his life around meets good girl who has some issues of her own. The first part of the novel plods along in the typical on/off relationship that so many romance novels follow. However, the main characters, Reck and Sophie, become more much developed when faced with an impactful event in their lives; it is at this point that the novel takes off in dealing with the issue, dealing with each other, and in dealing with life. The one major issue I had with the download is perhaps a technological issue. I downloaded the epub version and read it on my Nook. There is an instance in Chapter 15 and Chapter 16 where a sentence just stops abruptly - no ending punctuation to indicate this is intentional but rather appears that something did not make it through in the conversion process.
  • The Parting Gift on Nov. 11, 2020

    Note - I received this as a free download during Smashwords COVID-19 give-away. This is enjoyable read with characters one can easily like. Everyone has pain in the past but with love, forgiveness, and God, the future can be more than one dreamed possible.
  • My Years With Capone on Jan. 23, 2021

    Interesting yet confusing at times - even at the first few pages. It was billed on Smashwords as Nonfiction-True Crime/Nonfiction-Biography (and still is as of the date of this review) and in the actual book under edition information it states "nonfiction". However, a few pages later under downloading information, it has the disclaimer that all the characters/events are fictitious and do not represent an actual person. So which is it?? The book is done in interview style, which was both entertaining and annoying. There was plenty of information provided but it is told in a disjointed way; this makes it difficult to follow and retain. Keeping the numerous people (characters?) straight was difficult in part because the author doesn't help the reader by clarifying when the "interviewee" uses a different name: in Chapter 8 the brother that becomes a sheriff is identified as Vincenzo and in Chapter 15 the same sheriff brother is called Jimmy. (One is the brother's first name and one is his middle name.) Note - I got the epub version for free during a Smashwords sale.
  • Mail Order Bride: Blinded By Love (Brides Of The West: Book 1) on April 07, 2021

    A sweet "clean" romance. The characters are enjoyable with strong family values. This appears to be the "whole" story for these main characters; about 2/3 of the way through, a subplot develops which may be the introduction of the next book in the series. Whether or not the main characters in this story continue in the next book remains to be seen. There are a few grammatical errors (including the wrong date) and one obscenity.
  • Bittersweet Second Edition on May 02, 2022

    This is a touching historical romance. The main character, Anna Lea Pepper, is a feisty southern woman, with two children to care for while her husband fights in the War Between the States. A lot happens in this short novel which means one could easily read it again and still enjoy it. There are quite a few characters which can get a little confusing at the beginning, but once the story really gets going, it is easy to settle back and enjoy it all. Told from a Southern woman's point of view, this story expresses the difficulties women had at that time period, especially during the war. A Christian worldview is present within the story. This is a clean romance with no descriptive sex scenes and no vulgar language.