My guest on my blog today is my writing friend, Sandy Bruney.
Sandy has agreed to answer some questions about herself and her writing career, and especially to tell us about her most recent book, “A Question of Boundaries.” It is a fascinating book and I know, just as I do, you will admire her imagination for coming up with the setting for this wonderful historical suspense.
First, please tell us about yourself. Did you have another career before becoming a writer? If so, how and why did you come to writing?
I was encouraged to write from a young age, but never did much with it after college, being busy with work and raising three boys. I was an art teacher, then when we moved to North Carolina from Pennsylvania and I couldn’t find a teaching job, I worked in a bank. I was very bored and started writing again and when I finally quit I took a job as a stringer for a local newspaper, which led to a part-time reporting job, then full time reporter, and finally city editor. Enter a shake-up in administration and I quit and took at job as administrative assistant at the chamber of commerce. While there I juggled the job with treatment for breast cancer, which led to my first book, a non-fiction account of my journey. From then on, I have been writing steadily, mostly women’s fiction.
What does your family think of your writing?
Mostly they think I’m a little strange. The reaction ranges from enthusiastic fans to “Gee, I’m sorry I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.” My husband is supportive and that’s what matters to me.
Tell us about A Question of Boundaries. It is somewhat different from your other books. How did you come up with the setting, the characters and the idea? Was it based on real incidents?
It is both different from and the same as my contemporaries. All have strong heroines who may be misguided but find their way with the help of their friends. I first came up with the character of Caroline and meant to put her in a historical setting, but then I thought “but what if it were a different history than the one we studied in school” and then “what if she encounters friends who have paranormal abilities” and so it went. I had a great time writing it. As for real incidents, no. It’s pure fantasy.
What is your writing day like?
I try to get the “chores” out of the way first. I write two blogs, put together a monthly newsletter, and am secretary to several organization which means writing up several sets of minutes each month. I also spend some time on social media which is a must for authors. Then I write. But I’m thinking I should really sit down and write the day’s quota first and then do the rest – except when I’m writing I keep thinking about deadlines for the other stuff. A conundrum.
What advice would you give others who want to write a novel?
Do it! Seriously, if it is in your head and you can’t stop thinking about it, the only solution is to get it written. If you don’t have a master’s in English (which I don’t) you should take workshops available on line or through your local writers’ club. Keep perfecting your craft. Join a critique group if you can and don’t be thin-skinned about criticism. They are trying to help. Go to writers’ conferences and learn from successful authors. Don’t submit until you have had your manuscript professionally edited and had feedback from several beta readers. Learn how to write a query letter and synopsis. And don’t be discouraged.
Where can readers find your books?
Print and eBooks at:
“A Question of Boundaries” is an e-book only and is also available at:
How can the readers get in touch with you?
Thank you for being the first guest on my blog, Sandy. It was a delight having you and I know my readers will enjoy “A Question of Boundaries” as much as I did.
Thank you for the opportunity, Agnes. I enjoyed answering the questions.
This is the link to the trailer of “A Questions of Boundaries”