Sandra Fitzgerald

Biography

I'm just a girl that had a dream, and turned that dream into words.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first book when my children were young. It's a children's book called 'Imagine If', that was first published in The Australia Times magazine. I played around for a while after that.

Then one night I had a dream. I couldn't shake it, night after night the very same dream kept filtering into my subconscious like an old style movie reel. Flickering the same short section of film over and over again. It's began taking over and eventually started to keep me awake, which in turn, kept my husband awake, until one night he very, very nicely, suggested I write it down.

I hesitated, spelling has never been my strong point, we've got visual processing conditions that run through our family - dyslexia and dysgraphia, they impact on how the information being absorbed comes out. Basically it means that sometimes I put words in the wrong order, skip letters, that sort of thing. So you can imagine writing a passage of any length was daunting.

In the end, with a decent shove in the right direction, (and out our bed) I stared writing. 110K words later I stopped. Took a deep breath and wrote my debut novel, 'Maggie's Five'. I've gone on to write two more since, 'Luke' and 'Luke's Five', which will be released later this year and the beginning of next.

I have also been incredibly fortunate to meet some wonderful people who have helped me out along the way. And, without a word of a lie, I wouldn't have been able to do any of this without them. Author Margaret Gregory, with her unrelenting guidance and support. Meg Hellyer and her magic editing (and spelling) skills, my local writing group, Sally Syle for her graphic art work, and my network of friends on line. You are all amazing. Every single one of you. Thank you so much.
What's the story behind your latest book?
While I was writing my first full length manuscript, a thought sprang into my head. Literally, Pop, and it was there. What would it be like to lose my most valued thing - my family.
How would someone cope with that? What would they do? How would they react?
So I started writing. I had no plan, no formula to follow. I just winged it. I looked up the five stages of grief and got to it.

Once I was done, I stared to think about the male character, Luke. Who is he, what made him who he is and so on. I planned on writing one book that focuses on Luke's story, as apposed to his version of Maggie's events. It topped 180K words, and became two books. 'Luke... the second in a LOVE story' and 'Luke's Five... the third in a LOVE story'.
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Books

Luke ...The Second in a Love Story.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,390. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When I was fifteen, my best friend introduced me to his brother's girlfriend. She stole my ability to see anyone other than her. She stole my ability to want anyone other than her. She stole me. When I was eighteen, I finally got to kiss that girl. Two days later my family and I left Australia to live in America. When I was nineteen, I met Sophie. Then everything changed.
Maggie's Five ...the first in a LOVE story
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,510. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
I had a great life. Not perfect, but really good. I was happy. I had a husband and two children. But now I've got Red. He’s using me but, that’s okay, because I’m using him too, only for a different reason. He wants sex and leverage. I want numb. But then Luke came back. Luke’s not my husband. My husband is dead, like my children. Luke came back and things are starting to change.

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Smashwords book reviews by Sandra Fitzgerald

  • Double-edged Malice on June 09, 2015

    A really nice flowing read. Margaret just give you enough to let the story unfold the perfect pace. I really enjoyed this book.
  • The Princess's Ransom on June 10, 2015

    This writer has a way of feeding you just enough information to keep you involved with the story. She teases with a line here another there and before you know it, it's the middle of the night and you just want to read one more chapter.