Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Author Sandra Orchard

Angie here: Today I have the joy of sharing a good friend of mine with you all. She's been to some cool events with me like ACFW's conference, Margie Lawson's intensive writing retreat, and oh so many emails over the last few years ;-) Let's have some fun visiting with Sandra Orchard and her new book! 

Here's us at our writing intensive with Margie.

This is our group at Margie's house. Sandra Orchard is right there in front between Vicki McDonough and Margaret Daley :-)

See? This is who she is...

Angie: Sandra, do you tend to watch a lot of crime shows? Or read a lot of suspense?

Sandra: I don’t watch a lot of TV, because I’d rather use the time to write or read, but yes I do favor crime shows or mysteries. I like watching Castle and then reading Lee Lofland’s blog (author of Police Procedures & Investigations) to find out if I caught all the “cop mistakes” the show made. I’ve gotten pretty good at it. I don’t like watching gritty crime drama.

Angie: Do you know how you want the story to end and build backwards?

Sandra: Well, I write romantic suspense for Love Inspired so the guy gets the girl is a given. <big grin> But no, for the most part I write sequentially. If I deviate from my outline and write myself into a corner, I’ll sometimes jump ahead to a scene I know I want in the story and work from there to see if a solution presents itself and then go back and fill in what I skipped.

Angie: What are your top 3 strengths?

Sandra: As they pertain to writing, they’d be tenacity (i.e. stick to what I start and hold firm to the course despite the way things look sometimes), love of learning, willingness to be taught.

Angie: Do you have a weakness God seems to use a lot?

Sandra: I often lose my way when writing a story, which keeps me in a prayerful mindset, seeking God’s direction for my next step, and reminding me that apart from him and the wonderful friends he's brought into my life, my writing would quickly falter.

Angie: Has being a published author changed your lifestyle in any way?

Sandra: Yes, I’ve always been a fairly private person. I wasn’t on Facebook. I read blogs, but rarely commented. I didn’t write one. Since publishers expect their authors to be available to readers in as many ways as possible, it’s been a steep learning curve for me to jump into social media and blogging. I’m still trying to find my way in it, but enjoying it very much. The downside is I struggle to switch my mind out of that mode and back into writing/revising mode each day.

Angie: Tell us about your new book:

Sandra: You can get a pretty good idea of the main plot from reading the blurb, but a special aspect that doesn’t address is the role of the heroine’s sister. Originally, I’d planned to have the construction project that the hero had to work undercover on, be a facility to help struggling women have a hand up. But then a Christian Horizons spokesperson shared at our church about their work with the mentally challenged and how much their clients enjoyed being involved in church activities. Before I left church that day, my heroine’s sister had already formed in my mind. An eighteen year old mentally challenged girl who wants to spread her wings. The construction project became a group home, and the stakes were raised by giving their mother a terminal illness. But mostly, I wanted to show the girl being included in the church’s worship team as an example of the enthusiastic contribution everyone can make, no matter their circumstances. And I just fell in love with my hero all the more for how naturally he interacts with the girl.

Angie: That's really cool. We do have a similar disabled woman who often does worship team at our church. So your story resonates with me. If you were really in the book, how would you react versus your character? 

Sandra: That’s a tough question. I relate much better to my male characters than the female ones. I like how my heroine stands up for herself, but I’d probably give into my attraction to the hero a lot sooner than she does. So he lied to me…he’s a really nice guy!

Angie: What other genres would you like to write?

Sandra: I’ve written a romantic mystery and I have a couple of ideas for historicals I’d like to write one day, but for the moment I’m focusing on the romantic suspense.

Angie: Where can readers find your books?

Sandra: Deep Cover is in stores for another week or so. (wherever Love Inspired titles are sold.) It is also available in both regular and large print, as well as Ebook format, from your favorite online retailers and directly from Harlequin at

About the book, Deep Cover:
Identity Guarded:
 Maintaining his cover cost undercover cop Rick Gray the woman he loved. Sweet Ginny Bryson never really knew Rick. He never gave her the chance. Not then, and not now, when he’s back with a new alias to gather evidence against Ginny’s uncle. The man’s crimes led to Rick’s partner’s death, and Rick wants justice to be served. But his investigation is stirring up trouble, and Ginny is smack dab in the middle. Someone wants Ginny to pay the price for what her uncle has done. But how can Rick protect her without blowing his cover, jeopardizing his assignment…and risking both their lives?

So who is Sandra really?
 Sandra Orchard lives in rural Ontario, Canada where inspiration abounds for her romantic suspense novels set in the fictional Niagara town she's created as their backdrop. Married with three grown children, when not writing, she enjoys hanging out with family, brainstorming new stories with fellow writers, and hiking or kayaking in God's beautiful creation. She’s an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers, The Word Guild, and several RWA chapters. In 2009, she won the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. The following year, Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense bought Deep Cover and has since contracted two more books for her series, Undercover Cops: Fighting for justice puts their lives—and hearts—on the line.

In celebration of the launch of her Undercover Cops series, and to show her appreciation to her new readers, on September 30th, using, she will choose one name from her combined lists of newsletter subscribers, Facebook fans, and blog participants. The chosen individual will receive a $25 gift card for their preferred online book distributor. The winner will be announced on her blog on October 1st. If you’d like a chance to win or simply wish to connect, here’s how to reach her:

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  1. Angie, thanks for having SANDRA. I have enjoyed meeting her on your blog and other blogs and hearing more about Deep Cover. I am very anxious to read her book!

  2. Oh, Jackie, that's music to my ears. :)

    Thanks for having me here, Angie.

    Angie prayed me through a lot of rough spots on my writing journey. I appreciate her soooo much.

  3. Sandra, welcome!! What a great interview, Angie. I think the books sounds wonderful and can't wait to read it. I squealed when I saw it at my grocery store!! :)

  4. Yay, Jackie, I know you'll love it. Missy, I have to run by my store today and see if it's there!!

    Thank you, Sandra, for being here with us today and for being my friend through thick and thin.

  5. Hi Sandra! How wonderful that you and Angie are friends! I am reading Deep Cover right now. I'm around half way through and want to know who's creating all the trouble! :) Love that you mention Hamilton in your book ;)

  6. Missy, that's so awesome. Did you grab everyone who passed by and exclaim this is my friend?!

    Maybe, you could try that Angie...big grin

    Eva, it's so fun to be able to slip in some Canadian locales :) Next book, I even managed to slip in the acronym for my local writing group. LOL I'm pleased to hear you're not sure who's creating all the trouble!

  7. Angie and Sandra--great interview. Like Sandra, I don't watch much TV, but I do love Castle.
    Thanks for being here today, Sandra.

  8. Sandra, you are everywhere, girl!

    Just had to drop in my two cents!


  9. Thanks! Susan. Now, I think I have to go into seclusion or I might never meet my next deadline. Yikes!