Here’s 4 things you need to know about the wonderful Sandra Byrd:
1. She knows how to write a story…in any genre too. As I’ve mentioned, I absolutely loved her Ladies in Waiting Series and French Twist Series. Totally different eras, people, stories lines, but each fantastic.
2. She’s really awesome and one of my favorite authors.
3. In case you don’t believe #2, here’s this: She helps so many authors as a writing coach, how great is that?!
4. She’s 100% legit and you should read all her books. For real. Do it.
After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published more than forty books. Her adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named by Library Journal as a Best Books Pick for 2011 and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr, was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012. Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I will publish in April, 2013. Sandra has also published dozens of books for tweens and teens.
A former textbook acquisitions editor, Sandra has published many nonfiction articles and books. She is passionate about helping new writers develop their talent and their work toward traditional or self publication. As such, she has mentored and coached hundreds of new writers and continues to coach dozens to success each year.
Now on to the interview!
1. What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined 5 years ago?
Ebooks! Holy smokes. Who would have imagined that we’d be carrying our books around on a small tablet, or that they’d look so good, or that we could simultaneously read a book and also look up a picture of Queen Elizabeth I online? I love it.
It also makes way for lots of really high quality Indie books that might not have made it to the market otherwise. Readers are the new gatekeepers, as it should be.
2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
I would trust my instincts sooner, and not second guess so much. A lot of time is wasted wondering, should I have? What if? Not that it’s not a good thing to learn from past mistakes, but spending too much time on what’s already passed prevents a person from moving on and it can be really self-focused.
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
The births of my children, without a doubt.
4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
Love more and judge less. Tell others what they are doing right, not what you think they are doing wrong. Replace a critical word with an encouraging word. All of this applies to self talk, as well as what we say and do to others!
Thank you so much Sandra! In case you missed it, she has a new book out (released just last week) and it is fabulous! And guess what?? She’s giving away a copy!! If you haven’t read any of her books, then you’re in for a treat! And if you’re like me, you’ll be looking to book the next flight to London after you read this series.
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