Monday, July 16, 2018

Candid Moments with CFRR author Sandra Ardoin

Thank you, Sandra, for providing a candid shot of yourself.

Today we welcome Author Sandra Ardoin to the blog! Grab a snack and pull up a comfy chair for today's chat!

About Christian Fiction Readers Retreat...

In what ways have you participated in CFRR?
SA: This will be my first opportunity to attend a reader retreat, but what could be better than discussing fiction with others who get as lost in a story as I do? The author panels should be fun too. I expect to leave having learned from more experienced authors and with connections to other avid readers like me.

Rachel: There really is no better way to describe it! 

What part of CFRR are you most excited about?
SA: I’ll be the one walking around with my jaw hanging at seeing and meeting oodles of people who love fiction so much they’ll take the time and expense to come to such an event. And I’ll have the chance to play fangirl when I meet some of my favorite authors.

Rachel: It's the best! Jen Turano left me speechless when I got to first meet her!

Are you a hugger?

SA: If a person is an enthusiastic hugger, I’ll participate, but I’m not big on hugging and am not particularly demonstrative. Go figure for one whose genre is romance, right?

Rachel: Well...there are loads of huggers at CFRR, so prepare yourself hehe!

Just for fun...

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?

SA: That’s easy…Australia, especially Sydney. Several years ago, I wrote a novella set there and got hooked on the research. The only drawback is the plane ride. I’m not a frequent or avid flier.

Rachel: Long airplane rides are the pits...I have flown to South Africa 3 times..My recommendation...Books...and a neck pillow! Australia would be worth it!

If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?

SA: A zebra? I add the question mark because if you’d asked for any ol’ animal, I would have said a horse. Maybe a miniature horse—too small to be ridden yet treated like a family pet.

Rachel: Hahaha! I have seen miniature horses at the the petting zoo area!!!

If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?

SA: I think I’d work for a garden shop. Shh… Don’t tell the ones I visit, but I’m the one who picks off the dead foliage so the plants look more appealing and will find good homes.

Rachel: LOL...My house is known as plant hospice. Green thumbs, I have not!

If you could have any accents from anywhere in the world, what would you choose?

SA: My romantic side says French, but my practical side says a Scottish brogue—not so heavy as to be incomprehensible, but enough to roll the “r”s.

Rachel: Oooooh! Either of these would be awesome!

About reading...

What's your favorite genre to read?

SA: I read various genres, but mostly historical and romantic suspense. Any story with mystery/danger/adventure goes to the top of my must-read list.

Rachel: Yes! I am getting more into the suspense reads and am loving them!

When reading, do you block out the world around you or seek a quiet retreat?

SA: I need quiet to sink into the story and feel as if I’m there with the characters and a part of their lives. If the TV is on or someone wants to talk to me, it takes me out of the story world, and I get cranky. No one wants to see me cranky, so I retreat to my bedroom and read—alone and thoroughly happy with my imaginary friends.

Rachel: This sounds like a grand plan to me!

How do you organize your books?
SA: I alphabetize books in the bookcase by author last name. The TBR books on my nightstand are stacked by order of receipt. Many of them I check out from the church library or are influencer copies, so I need to read them in a timely order. I haven’t figured out how to organize books on my Kindle. Any suggestions?

Rachel: I like it. I have my kindle books sorted by author. I tend to be OCD with my bookshelf...everything needs to be alphabetized lol!

How often do you pleasure-read?

SA: I slink off to my bedroom almost every night and read for about an hour before bedtime. A novel generally goes wherever I go. I’ve been known to read while brushing my teeth or waiting for the light to change at an intersection. It’s why I prefer print books. They can be opened on a moment’s notice.

About writing...

How many books have you written?

SA: Written? If that includes the ones I keep hidden in a secret place, never to be found when I die, I’d say a dozen. So far, two have been traditionally published—A Reluctant Melody and The Yuletide Angel.

Rachel: I think all authors have those stories hehe! 

What genres do you write?

SA: I write historical romance, though I’ve dabbled with contemporary stories. My favorite time period is the second half of the nineteenth century. While I’m not so na├»ve as to believe people sinned any less than we do today, we do perceive that time as a simpler lifestyle with clear standards of right and wrong manners and behavior. At the same time, there was so much growth and invention going on. I enjoy creating strong women who take on unusual roles.

Rachel: YES! This is one of my favorite eras! 

What are you working on now? What is your next release?

SA: I recently finished a contemporary romance and am working on other ideas while the Lord and I discuss what is next for me from a publishing standpoint. That might be seeking another traditional contract or indie publishing a novella I’ve written. I’d like to do both.

Rachel: YAY! Sounds exciting! 

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
SA: Hmm… I’ve never stood on my head to write, but if it works, I’ll give it a go. I do find the shower to be a tremendous place for working out problems I’m having with my story. Otherwise, I’m in my office and at my desk five days a week, typing sentences between sips of coffee.

Rachel: Coffee is a MUST!!!!

What are your must-have writing supplies?
SA: My morning coffee is a definite “must have.” Have I said that already? I also need my laptop (of course), a calendar (two, actually), and a door on my office.

Rachel: Haha! Coffee and a door....yes please! 

About the author...
Sandra Ardoin engages readers with page-turning stories of love and faith. She’s the author of the heartwarming novella, The Yuletide Angeland the award-winning novel, A Reluctant Melody. Rarely out of reach of a book, she's also an armchair sports enthusiast, country music listener, and seldom says no to eating out. Visit her at www.sandraardoin.comSubscribe to receive updates and specials. Connect with her on FacebookTwitterGoodreadsPinterest, and BookBub.

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  1. Great to learn more about Sandra Ardoin. :-)

    1. Great to have you here, Melissa. Are you going to CFRR next year? I'd love to meet you!

  2. Hi Sandra. It was fun learning more about you and your writing. I'm looking forward to meeting you at CFRR 2019

    1. mother-in-law's name! What a great name you have. Thank you for reading the interview, and I look forward to meeting you too! :)

  3. Hello Sandra, I enjoyed learning about You and Your writing today. You will see me soon on your FB page. This is my first time on this post's page and enjoyed it very much.

    1. Aw...such sweet words, and I look forward to interacting with you on Facebook. There are so many fun authors to learn about through these posts. :)

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  4. My profuse apologies for being late to the party!! I've been inundated with word count, preparing for an upcoming release (yay!), and putting together a future surprise for my email subscribers.

    Thank you for having me and I look forward to meeting everyone at CFRR in 2019!

  5. Sorry to miss CFRR. Sounds like great fun! Awesome interview, Sandy and Rachel! Happy Wednesday. :)

    1. Ooh, I so wish you could join us, Dora! What fun!