Monday, June 13, 2016

Sit With Me and Sandy Nadeau a while

It is my great pleasure to shine the spotlight today on author Sandy Nadeau, and her book Rescue Me.
Hi, Sandy, welcome to Whispers in Purple. It’s a delight to have you visit.
What five words best describe you?

Thank you for inviting me. Five words...hmmmmm. Christian, Wife, Author, Mom and Grandma.

Tell us something few people know about you.

I would eat popcorn for a meal once a day every day. If I could. Well, I could, but I shouldn't.

If you were a book, what would the title be?

God's Work in Progress

When you’re not actively writing, what do you like to do? Hobbies, etc.

We recently moved from Colorado to Texas to be near our daughter and family. Back in Colorado, I would have said: camping, hiking, day trips in the mountains, woodworking, gardening. Now, living in Texas, I would say: playing with my two grandkids (soon to be three), exploring the great state of Texas, finding new friends, camping, and then play with grandkids more.

What do you say to people who ask how you come up with ideas?

I'm a writer. My brain is weird.

LOL! I think that comes with the territory, Sandy. The ‘normals’ in our lives just don’t get it. Smile

What was/is the most difficult writing obstacle you’ve encountered and how did/do you overcome it?

Facebook. Shut it off! LOL At this point since moving almost 5 months ago, it's just been hard to feel settled enough in our new house. We're close to done now, so I'm hoping I'll find my groove again and get busy.

Plotter, panster, or hybrid?

Panster . . . on a wing and a prayer

Tell us a little bit about Rescue Me. How did you come to write it?

My husband was a volunteer firefighter and also worked on the rescue squad back in our days in Minnesota. I could write a lot of books on the things that happened during those five years. I helped out on the auxiliary, so we experienced a lot of emergencies that fueled the story line.

Then living in Colorado for 30 years supplied the location ideas. Rescue Me was originally written as a novella that was grouped with three other writers. We had this idea to do a four in one series of stories about emergency workers. We tried to sell it to a few places, but never got a contract, so the four of us took our stories and went our separate ways. 

I believe three of us got contracts. But before that happened, I had to pretty much rewrite the book. It was just under 20,000 words, and I needed it longer to sell it elsewhere. Adding to the middle of a book was the hardest thing I've done yet in writing. It seemed to take me forever. While doing that, I managed to get my first book, Red Gold, published. Then Pelican Book Group accepted Rescue Me when it was finally done. Well, done is relative. Edits happen. So far, since the book released 3 days ago, I know of two people that lost sleep when they couldn't put it down, so I guess I might have successfully added.

You received an exciting endorsement for Rescue Me. Thanks for letting me share it here:
“Romance is often complicated by life and Sandy Nadeau's RESCUE ME takes the reader through the obstacles that surround two people who have been wounded by those complications. Sandy pens a beautiful story of love overcoming all obstacles and God's perfect love healing all wounds. It's my pleasure to recommend RESCUE ME.” Tracie Peterson, best-selling author of over one hundred novels including the Brides of Seattle and Lone Star Brides series
That is so special, Sandy! I know and admire Tracie. An endorsement from her is quite a feather in your cap. Makes me even more eager to read your book!  Congratulations!
Please complete the following:
  • · Book Title: Rescue Me
  • · Publisher: Harbourlight an imprint of Pelican Book Group
  • · Release Date: June 1, 2016
  • · Genre: Romance
  • · Series/Stand Alone: Stand Alone
  • · Target Audience: Women 25-50
· Back Cover Blurb:
First Responder Ronnie Spencer has a no-dating-firefighters rule. She lost her father to a fire, and won't risk the heartbreak of losing someone else. But when Steve McNeal returns, Ronnie's heart is tested. How can she swear off dating a firefighter when she has to work with the one man she used to love? When the unthinkable happens, Ronnie has doubts. How can a loving God allow tragedy to stalk her life again? As her faith wavers, Ronnie must decide. Will their blossoming relationship be quickly extinguished by the very thing she feared, or will Ronnie trust God and allow her heart to be rescued--even if that means giving it to a firefighter?

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Sandy Nadeau loves to go on adventures, photograph them and equally loves to write about them. She and her husband did a lot of four-wheeling in the back country of Colorado for nearly thirty years. Sandy wrote a column about her community for a local newspaper for twelve years, she also has had several magazine articles published. She loves to write novels about adventure, mystery, romance, but most importantly sharing God’s love. Her first novel Red Gold, released in March of 2014. Her latest, Rescue Me, draws from their years of involvement with a volunteer fire department in MN. She is currently a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. Married for 39 years, she and her husband are loving life as grandparents to their two grandchildren and recently moved to Texas to be closer to them. Travel is their favorite thing to do and they don’t get to do it as often as they’d like. Adventure awaits around every corner, over every hill and mountain.

Thanks, Sandy, for being my guest today. It’s been great getting to know you.

It's been fun, Peg. Thank you. Blessings to you.

1 comment:

  1. Great interview Sandy,

    Good luck and God's blessings