Sandy Appleyard


Sandy began writing as early as elementary school. Her non-fiction writing interest was first discovered during her maternity leave in 2006. "The Message in Dad's Bottle" was self published in 2010. Her next book "I'll Never Wear a Backless Dress" was born shortly after her first was published. Sandy chose to pursue self publishing once again with her second book after countless publishers turned her down.

Her third book "Just When I Needed to Laugh" is another non-fiction, although this one is a light hearted, comedy about her children. See her blog of the same name for tidbits from that book.

Sandy entered the fiction world when she attempted her first story in that genre entitled "Blessed and Betrayed"; a romantic mystery. That book was complete in December 2011. You can also find chapters from that book in her blog. Her second romantic mystery/suspense novel was complete in July 2012 entitled "The Wife of a Lesser Man". This manuscript is currently with an editor.

Sandy just began writing a new romance novel and has plans to write a dramatic fiction and a line of chilren's books after that. Her ideas are endless and thus she keeps a diary of all her writing ideas and updates it regularly.

Smashwords Interview

What do you keep in mind as you write? An overarching question? A theme? The last line of a book?
Because I write novels that are mostly mysterious, I find it’s almost like writing a book backwards. You know how you want it to end, but you have to tie all the clues in to the beginning and the middle. So as I’m writing, I make sure all my facts are straight and in keeping with the resolution. My stories all have happy endings; I make sure of that. I also make sure I leave my readers with a tear in their eye and warmth in their heart. As long as those things are achieved, my job is done.
At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I wrote my first two books, which are memoirs, I initially thought they were all I would ever want to write. There was nothing that remained that was interesting to write about myself. Then one night I went to bed after reading Nicholas Sparks’s ‘A Walk to Remember’ and eating a whole bunch of cheese. When I awoke, the idea for my first novel ‘Blessed and Betrayed’ literally popped into my head. I recorded the idea in my phone and a few days later began writing. After that, I knew there was more to my writing than memoirs. Since then I’ve written three more books and started a fourth.
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