Featured Author: Sandra D. Bricker

Featured Author: Sandra D. Bricker

Sandra D. Bricker
Sandra D. Bricker

Sandra D. Bricker was raised as a Cincinnati Kid and spent her formative years dreaming about the movies and television shows she would someday write. It came as no surprise to anyone when she packed up her Ford Fiesta and migrated to Los Angeles to study screenwriting.

When, at her mother’s urging, she channeled her writing dreams from the screen to the page, a reader favorite was born! “Twenty books later,” she says, “I’d say God had another plan for me.”

In 2014, Sandie was named as the Managing Editor for the BLING!  imprint for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

The following is an August 2015 interview with Sandra.

 

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OF THE INTERVIEW

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Be in to win a print a digital set of
Jessie Stanton
books 1 & 2:
On a Ring & a Prayer
and
Be My Valentino

by Sandra D. Bricker

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(ONE set to be won – WORLDWIDE)

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Contest runs from
August 21 – September 4, 2015 NZDT

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Tell us a little about yourself.

Sandie-BrickerI’m a middle-aged chick who likes to tell stories that uplift, encourage, inspire, incite and – most importantly – bring honor and glory to God in some way, great or small.

 

What inspired you to become a novelist, and did you always want to write?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer. Mostly, I wanted to write movies and television shows, but God had a different plan for using what He gave me.

 

What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?

Emma-RaeSo many things! But the fact that it’s even still around in the face of such a challenging few years for the industry is an amazing testament to the power of the parable. It’s worth mentioning that Jesus used storytelling to teach every significant lesson he taught while walking the earth. Despite the fact that I often use humor to make a point in my stories, I take this mission he’s given me quite seriously.

 

How do you hope your readers react to the stories you write?

I like to think they’ll let their guard down while being entertained so that the truth behind the scenes can wiggle into their hearts and do some important work there.

 

What responses to your novels have affected you the most and why? 

Raw EdgesI’ve had so many positive experiences with readers and their response to my books, from powerful salvation experiences to feeling relief from the laughter they found in the midst of a storm. But the greatest impact came from my Quilts of Love book, Raw Edges, which was based loosely on my experience with ovarian cancer. Because of that book, I know of at least half a dozen women who found the disease through early detection. There’s no greater reward than that.

 

How has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ?

Writing was my greatest desire from a very young age, but yearning to use that skill within the inspirational market was met with overwhelming rejection and angst. The secular market, for the most part, thought there was just too much Christian message in my writing; and the Christian market felt I had much too great a secular edge to fit into their world. Just about the time I laid it down and gave up hope, the Lord reminded me that his timing and ways are very different from mine, and that his promises never return void. When I stood back and saw what he was able to make out of the mess, I was profoundly changed. I don’t think a week, or even a day, goes by when I don’t marvel at what God has done, and especially at how He’s done it!

 

Other than being a novelist, what other goals do you have for your life?

Cont-Fairy-TalesAs the managing editor of a new line of romantic fiction called Bling!, my creative goals have extended far beyond just writing. I’m now afforded the blessing of seeking out other writers with similar sensibilities about fiction, coaching and partnering with them to bring their work into the lives of readers, and the opportunity to reach a whole new and different demographic  than with my own books alone.

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spare time? Foreign words to me these days. I’m a big fan of visual storytelling too, so I love to watch movies and television. I also like to read other writers’ work, just for fun. Being a creative sort, I also enjoy painting ceramics, listening to music, designing graphics… You can see, I’m dominantly write-brained. I mean, right-brained!

 

What can you tell us about your latest novels?

Jessie-StantonI’m very excited about the new series of Jessie Stanton novels because it marks a transition from “Laugh-Out-Loud” to the new, next level “Live-Out-Loud” brand. I’ll always have humor involved in my stories, but with this new series I’m taking the chance of digging a little deeper and telling more meaty stories. On a Ring & a Prayer came out in the spring and introduced readers to Jessie who, after 12 years of marriage, 4,000 square feet of dream house, and a handsome husband, she spots her BMW bouncing by the window behind a tow truck. Her husband has gone, and he’s taken it all except the designer labels in her closet and the dreamy Neil Lane rock on her finger.

Book 2 – Be My Valentino – is an August release and continues their story as Jessie learns some hard lessons about the life she’s chosen, including the truth about her duplicitous so-called husband. We’ll wrap things up next spring with Book 3 – From Bags to Riches – as Jessie and Danny re-evaluate everything they thought they knew and make new decisions about the future.

 

What stories can your fans expect from you in the days ahead?

bricker-moments-of-truthI’m on the verge of setting out on a whole new phase of my writing career, with new platforms and new stories to tell in exciting new ways. For instance, I found a publishing home for the book of my heart, and Moments of Truth releases at the end of September through Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. It’s the next step for me, something very different than what I’ve done before, centering around five women who have each other’s backs, whatever the circumstance. There’s only one Christian among them, and I get to demonstrate how one little light in the midst of darkness can really reach out and touch lives in an unexpected way.

For readers who want to get more involved, there’s a website (moments-of-truth.net) devoted to the book where I’m hoping they’ll send me stories and photos of them with their own BFFs for a chance to be featured on the site. Then in October, there will be an exciting surprise for those who loved the Another Emma Rae Creation series from Abingdon Press. Other than leaving them with two key words – Interactive Novel – readers will just have to stay tuned, and stick with me, and to join me on the ride!

 

What would you like to say to your fans in New Zealand, and others worldwide?

I have such precious friends and readers in New Zealand, Australia, and across that whole section of the world. For those who know me, you also know that I have a writer crush on your countries and culture! Thank you so much for standing with me on the journey. I hope you’ll continue with me.

 

Do you have any parting words?

Just these: If you have a dream you’ve been holding onto … hand it over to our Father and see how He’ll truly amaze you with what comes next.


On a Ring and  Prayer

On a Ring and a Prayer
On a Ring and a Prayer

(Jessie Stanton #1)

by Sandra D. Bricker

  • Abingdon Books
  • Contemporary 
  • 2015
  • ISBN: 9781426711602

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Twelve years of marriage, 4,000 square feet of dream house, and a handsome husband. Jessie Stanton has it all… until one fateful afternoon when she notices her BMW bouncing by the window behind a tow truck. Her husband has gone, and he’s taken it all. The whirling tornado that cuts down the life she’s built drops Jessie onto the sandy beach of Malibu with a thud, penniless and alone. When all she’s left with are the designer labels in her closet and the dreamy Neil Lane rock on her finger, Jessie tries to make ends meet by pawning her prized ring to fund a new business venture: a small shop where her designer duds and shimmering accessories are temporarily leased out to Southern California women with champagne tastes but root beer realities. As Jessie tries to rebuild, she realizes she can’t move on, not without answers. Reluctantly, Jessie turns to beach bum/private investigator Danny Callahan for help. But is she staking her future success and happiness…on a ring and a prayer?


Be My Valentino

Be My Valentino
Be My Valentino

(Jessie Stanton #2)

by Sandra D. Bricker

  • Abingdon Books
  • Contemporary
  • August 2015
  • ISBN: 9781426711619

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It’s not every day you find out your husband is leading a double life and you aren’t legally married to him. But Jessie gets through it and for the first time in her life she’s standing on her own. Making a go of Adornments, her rental store for designer labels, in the middle of Tinsel Town is a struggle and she’s not sure where her relationship with private investigator, Danny Callahan, is heading. Thankfully, the drama is over. Or so she thinks. Jessie dresses a reluctant Danny in Valentino for undercover work at a formal affair. It might prove good for business, after all. Sure enough, a snap here…a flash there, and next thing you know, Danny’s photo is featured on the cover of L.A. Magazine! But it’s Danny who’s getting all the attention, and notoriety is the last thing he wants while undercover. Once again, Jessie is caught between a rock and a new place. Can Jessie afford to put her heart into another relationship? And has she put Danny in danger? Can she keep the business afloat? Will her faith see her through another crisis?


From Bags to Riches

From Bags to Riches
From Bags to Riches

(Jessie Stanton #3)

by Sandra D. Bricker  

  • Abingdon Books
  • Contemporary
  • March 2016
  • ISBN: 9781426793233

Purchase: 
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Jessie Hart worked so hard to put her Louisiana roots in the rearview mirror and her Adornments boutique on the map. So when renegade “husband” Jack turns up again, the new and improved Jessie catches his attention. As he fights through his residual legal battles, he makes every effort to win her back and marry her for real this time… before Danny gets the chance.

When a celebrity stylist with her own reality show makes Adornments a hot spot, Jessie’s hard work is finally paying off. But amid award shows and photo shoots, Jessie’s beloved grandfather is diagnosed with cancer and she’s nudged back to the Louisiana roots she worked so hard to escape. Now, in her quest to find the success, true love, and faith that has always eluded her, will God really lead her right back home?


Moments of Truth

Moments of Truth
Moments of Truth

(A Novel)

by Sandra D. Bricker

  • Bling! Romance
  • Contemporary 
  • September 2015
  • ISBN: 9781941103951

Purchase: 
[Amazon | Kindle | The Book Depository]

Regan Sloane was married once. Eight years, no kids, she got the house. In the years since the divorce, she’s managed to keep afloat with the only real skill she has: Writing. She hadn’t really noticed how her readership had blossomed until a well-known reviewer noticed her sweet little lifestyle blog. When had it transformed into a single woman’s go-to? With the life and loves of her four BFFs to fuel the content and have her back at every turn Regan realizes that something magical happens when women join forces. Girl Power just might be the new super power!

 

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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

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Be in to win a print a digital set of
Jessie Stanton series
books 1 & 2:
On a Ring & a Prayer
and
Be My Valentino

by Sandra D. Bricker

~~

(ONE set to be won – WORLDWIDE)

~~

Contest runs from
August 21 – September 4, 2015 NZDT

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