Sandra

Sandra

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Teesside
United Kingdom
Current Status
An interesting blog about the role of beta-redaers: https://awaines.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/why-i-love-beta-readers-and-what-do.html
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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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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on Hilly's Blog "Our differences?".
    Fascinating, well-written account of vivid observation.
    1 day ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra An interesting blog about the role of beta-redaers: https://awaines.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/why-i-love-beta-readers-and-what-do.html
    2 days ago
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    Heather
    Heather commented on Sandra's wall:
    Thank you for commenting on my competition entry. Nice to know I've set the scene!
    3 days ago
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    Monica Handle
    Monica Handle commented on Sandra's wall:
    Intriguing, disturbing, and with two of my favourite words - blowsy and tawdry!
    4 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Heather's wall:
    So strong, the emotion evoked by th room in your comp entry, Heather.
    5 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Monica Handle's wall:
    Gorgeous feast of place description in your comp entry, Monica
    5 days ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on Barb's Blog "The Soft-focus Medusa Meets the Chicken Thief".
    Grinning here, so heart-warming. Well done, not least for your attitude to the shit life dealt you - you certainly saw it off.
    5 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra John Dryden (1631-1700) said it: ‘Plots, true or false, are necessary things’.
    6 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra John Dryden (1631-1700) said it: ‘Plots, true or false, are necessary things’.
    6 days ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on Squidge's Blog "Got plotting problems?".
    Thanks Squidge - I am slowly subsiding under the unwieldyness of a unplotted novel. This points out problems I haven't discovered yet ;-)
    7 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Bric's picture.
    ... and coming her from reading Prop's blog, a different kind of hell. I suspected you'd have a spreadsheet of some kind to plot your journey - this is very telling!
    7 days ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on OFP's Blog "A better place in Hell....".
    A vivid jolt for those of us who've never been there.
    7 days ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on Bric's Blog "The 5 Year Writing Journey - Part 3 - How to Query".
    "I have written no new fiction in 300 days" - for me, that's a heck of a downside, but I am hugely admiring of your persistence and stamina All best xx
    8 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra Hell's bells! - 90k into my current wip I've finally perceived the need to do some plotting!
    8 days ago
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      Sandra It's usually easier if they tell me what they're up to, but they succeeded in turning this one into a spaghetti non-Western.
      8 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Steady on, Pet.
      8 days ago
    • Jenni Belsay
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      Jenni Belsay Better late than never though, eh?
      8 days ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks What's the rush?
      8 days ago
    • OFP
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      OFP Never managed it, myself. Do one for me please,,, no sugar,ta
      8 days ago
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      Sandra It's a first for me Prop (7 novels in) and requires an entirely different ending - definitely without sugar!
      8 days ago
    • Raine
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      Raine You've been winging it? Ooh Sandra, how very scandalous!!
      8 days ago
    • Sandra
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      Sandra It's usually easier if they tell me what they're up to, but they succeeded in turning this one into a spaghetti non-Western.
      8 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Sandra's picture.
    Provence, and not all BSAs, but old enough to make a noise!
    9 days 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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  • Heather
    by Heather 3 days ago
    Thank you for commenting on my competition entry. Nice to know I've set the scene!
  • Monica Handle
    by Monica Handle 4 days ago
    Intriguing, disturbing, and with two of my favourite words - blowsy and tawdry!
  • OFP
    by OFP 9 days ago
    Laughed aloud at your BSA comment re back firing in sleepy italian villages.... there must be story or at least a fond memory there...
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 10 days ago
    Your comp entry reminded my of a room I once had for a while. I was blessed with a weekly cleaning lady so it never got worse than your description, but for a little while I was back in Manchester and Park House was back in my nose.
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 14 days ago
    Thank you, Sandra.
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 14 days ago
    Wonderfully descriptive comp entry, Sandra. I felt uncomfortable reading it which shows how easily it pulled me up the stairs and into the shabby room and sordid affair.
  • Barb
    by Barb 16 days ago
    Your comp entry - I could smell that room. Great stuff.
  • Jenni Belsay
    by Jenni Belsay 17 days ago
    Thank you very much, Sandra. Yes, last month's entry and this are from murder-mystery WIP. Last month was Ellen. This month a snippet from the opening ch of the other MC, who arrives at the reserve a year later. Lovely to hear that both character intros make you want to read on.

    Your tale this month: shudder-inducing. I wanted to look away but couldn't. Brilliantly horrible x

    Ps. Much enjoyed listening to Joan Baez. Haven't heard her voice for decades but it's unmistakable. So emotive.
  • Seagreen
    by Seagreen 18 days ago
    :-)
  • bazbaron
    by bazbaron 20 days ago
    Loved the titillating glimpse into your April comp entry, Sandra.