Sandra

Sandra

Female
Location
Teesside
United Kingdom
Current Status
Wet and windy and cold all day. Time for Highland Park
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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 Wet and windy and cold all day. Time for Highland Park
    6 hours ago
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    Barny
    Barny commented on Sandra's wall:
    Thanks - your story isn't exactly non-wicked either - "professional women" - LOL
    12 hours ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Newbie's wall:
    Thanks - I'd no idea. Frighteningly vivid descriptions ...
    16 hours ago
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    Newbie
    Newbie commented on Sandra's wall:
    Can't be sure it would go that far, Sandra, but I do remember the change coming over a family member when he'd taken something similar to bolster his muscle mass. There were often arguments and fists going through doors or walls. If he'd turned ...
    16 hours ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Newbie's wall:
    Your comp entry - is that true, or am I naive?!!
    16 hours ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on AlanP's Blog "How can I get your data - let me count the ways".
    Absorbing indeed ... thank goodness I'm an honest sort of person.
    19 hours ago
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    dyslexic of dartford
    dyslexic of dartford commented on Sandra's wall:
    Thank you Sandra, I've been reeding my way through all of the other entries and an (as always) staggered by the high standard of work. My entry this month is based on a character from last months story so I guess you could call it a prequel. All ...
    2 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on dyslexic of dartford's wall:
    Worryingly well-observed, your comp entry.
    2 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Barny's wall:
    Wicked little tale that, Barny!
    2 days ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on Hil's Blog "Cringe-worthy literary devices".
    Logical, informative dreams seem like a cop-out, but I get really fed-up with books so domestically grounded as to describe the table decorations.
    4 days ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on Catasshe's Blog "Rejection".
    On a very much smaller scale, I get to pick the 'winners' each week for the Prediction Fiction site I host (http://predictionfiction.blogspot.co.uk/) About 50% of the time there is little to choose between several possibilities as far as quality ...
    4 days ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on OFP's Blog "Appropriate Response".
    Day before yesterday Mary McAleese said much the same thing: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/politics/things-can-quickly-run-control-ex-irish-president-mary-mcaleese/
    5 days ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on Andrew's Blog "Editorial critique for #authorsforgrenfell".
    [You could've upped me Prop - that's the idea!]
    6 days ago
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    Sandra
    "Sandra" commented on Andrew's Blog "Editorial critique for #authorsforgrenfell".
    Go away Prop - I've already bid ...
    6 days ago
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    Sandra
    Sandra commented on Yo's wall:
    Excellent comp entry, Yo, as others have said, well-captured childhood confusion.
    6 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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  • Barny
    by Barny 12 hours ago
    Thanks - your story isn't exactly non-wicked either - "professional women" - LOL
  • Newbie
    by Newbie 16 hours ago
    Can't be sure it would go that far, Sandra, but I do remember the change coming over a family member when he'd taken something similar to bolster his muscle mass. There were often arguments and fists going through doors or walls. If he'd turned green and ripped his shirt it would have been no surprise. He was usually mild mannered and convivial. Eventually even he realised and stopped using them.

    That was many years ago and probably compounds have been improved. It could be that it was his biological make up which reacted to whatever was in there.

    He's a lovely man now and wouldn't dream of hurting anybody either then or now.
  • dyslexic of dartford
    by dyslexic of dartford 2 days ago
    Thank you Sandra, I've been reeding my way through all of the other entries and an (as always) staggered by the high standard of work. My entry this month is based on a character from last months story so I guess you could call it a prequel.

    All the best,

    D,o,d
  • tarquilla
    by tarquilla 11 days ago
    Thank you Sandra
  • Squidge
    by Squidge 11 days ago
    Thanks, Sandra - written in about ten minutes after feeling like this for several days... Quite cathartic!
  • Hil
    by Hil 18 days ago
    Thanks, Sandra. Have just read yours. Good stuff! Re your comment about language - I suppose it should go without warning: according to Debi on the SE course, if you're in PD 5, there's swearing!
  • J.net
    by J.net 19 days ago
    Ooh, nice comp piece, Sandra - gritty. Good one.
  • Hel
    by Hel 19 days ago
    Wow! A very dramatic comp piece, Sandra. With lots of unusual visual detail. I felt I was really there in the room, witnessing the scene, seeing the photo of the murder victim and experiencing the narrator’s horror.
  • J.net
    by J.net 20 days ago
    Thank you, Sandra x
  • dyslexic of dartford
    by dyslexic of dartford 29 days ago
    Hi Sandra,

    Thanks, it's nice to be back. I think that it's fair to say that I got a little disillusioned when I couldn't get the plot of my WIP past the mid point. That coupled with other demands on my time meant that I stopped writing for a while. I do have an idea for another story which I'm planning to start later in the year.

    I hope that all is well with you and my other friends on the cloud.

    Regards,

    Gary.