Sandy Appleyard

Biography

Some have said that if you see me on the street (usually with a book in hand or a laptop fired up), I appear a cold, hard-fisted person. However, once we’ve spoken for five minutes or less, you’ll have laughed at least once. That is, provided you appreciate sarcastic, self-deprecating wit.

My first short story was penned in middle school and I was hooked ever since.

I graduated with honours from Humber College and began working as an Administrative Coordinator for a large, multinational corporation shortly afterward. Quickly learning that the corporate world, despite the love I had for my job, is a slow killer of creativity, I chose to quit during maternity leave in 2006.

Difficulty thinking outside the box soon evaporated when I received something that didn’t come in one: my first child. While at home with the baby my imaginative energy got the better of me and my first memoir was written. It had been a dream of mine to write about my late father, who passed away from alcoholism in 1992, and it took me two years to compose a fifty-page manuscript, but I did it.

After my second daughter was born in 2008 I had more fuel to write, and felt it necessary to voice the challenges and inherent gifts I acquired during my struggles with Scoliosis. Hence, my second memoir was born. The words flowed out of me with such ease I shocked myself.

My love for words grew with each book I read and every word I wrote. I soon realized I had no more material to write non-fiction, which led me to take a stab at fiction. The next two books were such a revelation: it became more and more clear what my true calling was. The rest, as they say, is history!

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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Where to find Sandy Appleyard online


Where to buy in print


Books

Would You Still Love Me?
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,670. Language: Canadian English. Published: June 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
A dramatic story about a young actress who, in her youth, falls in love with an actor, and later seeks him out. But when he falls in love and marries her, he doesn’t marry the real her, just a sanitized version. After she’s involved in a near-fatal plane crash, he learns who she really is, as she remains comatose in hospital. Once he's learned the truth, will he still love her?
To Hide in Holly Springs Boxed Set
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 101,490. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Layla Dixon never dreamed of being a small town girl. Living in New York City is the only life she ever wanted. Until something happened one September afternoon that only Tasha Dixon’s teddy bear knows about. This is a boxed set, including all three books in the series. To see full details for each book, please view the long description. This is a suspense series for both young adults and adults
To Hide in Holly Springs Book Three
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,980. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
Layla's return home does not mean all is well. Uncle Jack works tirelessly to help bring his family to safety, all the while learning of a twist that turns the case into something much more shocking than he originally thought. While Layla strives to keep it together at home and with her friends, both the teen and her Uncle must keep the case as quiet as possible. Layla for her own reason
21 Days for Liza
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,380. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
Liza is a twenty five year old girl with one thing missing in her life: a man. Up until now, she’s lived her life by-the-book. When she learns she has three weeks left to live, everything changes. Suddenly she's dating, having sex, and entertaining at her roommate’s lingerie parties. It seems now that she's dying, she wants to live life in the fast lane.
A Coupling Conspiracy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 48,320. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
Linda and Larry's New Year's parties have become drab over the years, unbeknownst to them. As Linda stands in her living room, watching her friends gather for the festivities with pasted on smiles, something occurs to her...everyone she cares about is miserable. Until Linda and Larry come up with a plan...a coupling conspiracy...but will it work? Or will fate take over and sabotage their plan?
When Will Knocks at Your Door
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,050. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Her bad-boy lover is no good for her, but she doesn’t realize how much until her house is ransacked and she’s left for dead. Overcome with grief, Ripley begins seeing her life as hopeless. Her father steps up. But he doesn’t anticipate his plan backfiring. Suddenly Ripley's heart is on the chopping block again. Her life begins to change, and it all starts when Will knocks at her door.
Don't Mess with Daddy's Girl
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,570. Language: Canadian English. Published: February 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A serial killer, a stock broker, and a police chief’s daughter clash in this mysterious tale of greed and love. Michael is forced to choose between his most precious asset and the love of his life, when a serial killer tries to take what matters most to him. Police chief Mark Tame and his team hunt for clues with Michael’s help, when they realize that the killer is linked to Michael.
To Hide in Holly Springs Book Two
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,650. Language: Canadian English. Published: February 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
A seemingly well-balanced New York family, the Dixons mesh well with the residents of Holly Springs. But when asked why they made such a dramatic move, their story is too practiced. Layla makes friendships selectively. A ghost haunts her. Worst of all, everyone thinks she's fine when inside the teen is falling apart. And suddenly Layla goes missing, but strangely her cell phone is left behind.
Seven Lies, Four Truths
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,470. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When your dream means changing someone else’s life, what lengths would you go to to make it come true?
To Hide in Holly Springs-Book One
Price: Free! Words: 38,020. Language: Canadian English. Published: December 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
When Layla Dixon is the first to pack her bags, bound for Holly Springs, North Carolina, all eyebrows lift with suspicion. They figure recent evidence of a teenage brawl is the reason for Layla's sudden change of heart, but only her best friend Carla and a hidden camera in Tasha Dixon's teddy bear know the truth. This is the first book in a three book trilogy. There is a cliffhanger at the end.
Betrayal Only Comes in Green
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,260. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
His wife is dead. His only son is a drifter. He lives alone in his quaint San Bernardino town and likes it that way, until well-known Nevada criminals discover something about Saul Jessup that makes him rather interesting.
The Message in Dad's Bottle
Price: Free! Words: 17,170. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Addiction and recovery, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Abuse / domestic partner abuse
Growing up with an alcoholic father was difficult. Dealing with losing him was even harder. I was once interviewed for this book and the headline was very poignant in describing the book's context: "Writing book 'better than therapy' says author." Honestly, if I help one person who has suffered or is suffering with the disease, whether they have it or someone they love has it, I'll be fulfilled.
She Only Speaks to Butterflies
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 60,580. Language: Canadian English. Published: April 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Christian » Suspense
Sherry’s daughter Denise doesn’t speak. The town they call home is suddenly ravaged by fire, adding another challenge for Sherry; keeping her daughter safe. When a new face arrives in town, residents wonder if it will be a help or a hindrance; but only Denise knows. And she can’t tell anyone.
The Wheels of Change
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,840. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Simon Cross is a type-A personality advertising executive, who has a penchant for sleeping with married women. When one lover’s husband learns of the affairs, Simon finds himself at the mercy of a madman. The advertising executive develops a very different view of life and the people around him, but not before things are radically changed in ways he never dreamed possible.
No Thanks, Mommy, I Peed Yesterday
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,190. Language: Canadian English. Published: October 2, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Parenting, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Humor / General
She thought she'd laughed a thousand times...then she had kids. This kids-say-the-darndest-things style memoir will keep you laughing for days! Fun for all ages.
The Wife of a Lesser Man
Price: Free! Words: 54,060. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Mark is Chief of Police for the LAPD. His return to work after a heart attack is eventful as his team hunts down a serial killer. Mark is used to unexpected situations at work, but when he finds himself amidst a shocking mystery at home, his hands are tied. Being pulled in all directions, Mark thinks the situation could not be worse…until he learns the next bullet has his wife's name on it.
Blessed and Betrayed
Price: Free! Words: 52,420. Language: Canadian English. Published: November 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Victoria’s lived a lie all her life, and she finds out at the worst time: when her lover proposes marriage.
I'll Never Wear a Backless Dress
Price: Free! Words: 17,110. Language: Canadian English. Published: September 18, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Physical impairments, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Medicine
A memoir on living with the back deformity known as Scoliosis.

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