Sandra

Sandra

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Teesside
United Kingdom
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For fantasy writers: https://enquire.thewritersacademy.co.uk/webinar-how-to-write-a-fantasy-novel/ I did the crime one and found it very useful and informative.
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  • Are you a ...?
    Self-published author
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Crime
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    General Fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    John Lawton, Dorothy Dunnett, Ajay Close, C Brookmyre, Peter Temple, S.J.Bolton, Declan Hughes, William McIlvannay, Adrian McKinty, Karen Campbell, Andrew Greig, A.L.Kennedy etc.etc.
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Laidlaw; Troy series; Lymond saga; Dirt Music; Broken Shore; Borders trilogy; The wrong kind of blood; The shiny narrow grin; We that were young ; The Cutting Room; Dead Sharp (Len Wanner); How to paint a dead man; Sheer Blue Bliss, Electric Brae. GWTW,
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Disciplined
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Prefer to let rip and edit afterwards
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    For readers to be able to forget themselves in my characters; to give them the sort of joyous transportation that so many books give me.
    Your worst habit?
    Preferring to read rather than eat (or feed my family).
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Self-publishing makes the most sense to me
    Where do you write?
    In my office at home (but wrote one novel while riding pillion around the Highlands & Islands.)
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    'Published' in anthologies, and self-published - nothing paid for! I'm also an artist so I like (need to/insist on) designing my own covers, and have illustrated a couple.

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    J.net
    J.net commented on Sandra's wall:
    Thank you, Sandra. Loved the twist in yours, and some delightful turn of phrases to boot.
    8 hours ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on J.net's wall:
    Impressed, as ever, by the rich colouring of you story=telling in this month's comp entry, J.net - good stuff.
    11 hours ago
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    J.net
    J.net commented on Sandra's wall:
    Thank you, Sandra, re the comp. Yours evoked such a vivid image, I wanted to go to the reservoir and see it for myself. Great take on the comp, with the family skeletons literally being uncovered in the wash.
    23 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on J.net's wall:
    Yikes, bitter chill and painful, and your voice so strong and clear.
    24 days ago
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    Seagreen
    Seagreen commented on Sandra's wall:
    Thanks, m’dear. Just had a peek at yours - nice family secret coming out in the wash - and the kind you’re so good at.
    24 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Seagreen's wall:
    ' pyroclastic ' a brilliant word! and the whole of this relentless awfulness. Well-described (of course).
    24 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Athelstone's wall:
    Read your comp entry three times ... quietly horrific. And, of course, superbly told. (I'm reading Sarah Hall's 'Madame Zero' at the moment - thought of your photos when reading Mrs Fox.)
    24 days ago
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    Athelstone
    Athelstone commented on Sandra's wall:
    Love the comp entry (again) Sandra. Clever and engrossing. Great link between 'history' and weather. Topical too :)
    26 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Kate.J's wall:
    Welcome back - and what a richly-told comp entry, much enjoyed.
    1 month ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on mike's Blog "We are what we read?".
    I smiled at your mention of ‘Five Children and It,’ Mike, because I'd remembered it - small. blue and silver-titled on the spine - from primary school. Remembered trying time and time again to read it and finding the amulet got in the way. As ...
    1 month ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Kuzza's wall:
    Strong comp entry -told with clarity.
    1 month ago
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    Athelstone
    Athelstone commented on Sandra's wall:
    Many thanks, Sandra. The good news is that I can ignore the date of birth in my profile for a bit, until the Cloud starts adding another year on in a couple of months.
    1 month ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Athelstone's wall:
    Happey birthday Athers.
    1 month ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on KazGinnane's wall:
    Thanks Kaz - appreciated you commenting.
    1 month ago
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    KazGinnane
    KazGinnane commented on Sandra's wall:
    Ooh what a manipulative, malevolent MC! great comp entry!
    1 month ago

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Self-indulgent novelist, writing for my own enjoyment, but wondering whether perhaps I ought to propel myself out of my comfort zone.
I blog, irregularly, at http://sandra-linesofcommunication.blogspot.com and also host http://predictionfiction.blogspot.co.uk/ - a prompt-led weekly challenge to write 100 words in the noir/sci-fi/fantasy or horror genres, and excellent practice for tightening one's writing.

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  • J.net
    by J.net 8 hours ago
    Thank you, Sandra. Loved the twist in yours, and some delightful turn of phrases to boot.
  • J.net
    by J.net 23 days ago
    Thank you, Sandra, re the comp. Yours evoked such a vivid image, I wanted to go to the reservoir and see it for myself. Great take on the comp, with the family skeletons literally being uncovered in the wash.
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 24 days ago
    Thanks, m’dear. Just had a peek at yours - nice family secret coming out in the wash - and the kind you’re so good at.
  • Athelstone
    by Athelstone 26 days ago
    Love the comp entry (again) Sandra. Clever and engrossing. Great link between 'history' and weather. Topical too :)
  • Athelstone
    by Athelstone 1 month ago
    Many thanks, Sandra. The good news is that I can ignore the date of birth in my profile for a bit, until the Cloud starts adding another year on in a couple of months.
  • KazGinnane
    by KazGinnane 1 month ago
    Ooh what a manipulative, malevolent MC! great comp entry!
  • Knicky Laurelle
    by Knicky Laurelle 2 months ago
    What a c____ your narrator is. I'm proper-mad and I've only spent 500 words with her. Well done then!
  • Raine
    by Raine 2 months ago
    Oh, comp entry! Yikes, twisty! Very nicely done.
  • Athelstone
    by Athelstone 2 months ago
    A fabulously malevolent, sad, funny slice of life, Sandra, and a twist. Great comp entry.
  • dyslexic of dartford
    by dyslexic of dartford 4 months ago
    Thank you Sandra, very nice of you to say so.