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On this beautiful sunny morning in Southern California, I am having coffee with the wonderful Sandy Mauck. Sandy’s More Than She Dreamt is one of my favorite books that I have read this year! Come, pull up a chair, let me pour you a cup of coffee and let’s get to know more about Sandy Mauck!
Will you tell us about your books?
My first fiction novel is More Than She Dreamt. I love the era of 1900-1910 and it takes place right in the middle. It can be technically called a sweet romance but with many strong scriptural life messages woven within. I have found this is my best way to communicate the Christian walk. Many of the reviews I have been getting are making me smile, as they are catching the message in the heart of the story. And they seem to be loving my characters. I have tried to bring hope for the beaten down along with the beauty of a new life. Humor is a part of who I am and that will be a part of every book I write. There is also some action because of evil enemies, which I found to be really fun to write.
My very first book was a small non-fiction book that I wrote for ministry to single moms. I had been a single mom for seven long years with four children. It is called Psalms for Single Moms. It was published for free on-line twenty years ago, long before e-books. I am working on a revised edition with the use of my favorite calligrapher, Mindy Sato’s beautiful work for my poetry within the book. It will be a free book on my site when it is ready.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I love answering that question because I had to really come to terms with it in my writing life. I sat in plotting classes trying to make myself a plotter. I thought I was hopeless and went home a bit discouraged. Then I read Steven James’ book, Story Trumps Structure and wanted to run through the hills like Fraulein Maria! Haha! Now I happily let my characters run the show. Not that they didn’t already. They are so much happier that way and I think they like me better, too, and that’s a good thing.
Will you tell us about your journey with Christ?
First of all I will say I cannot even imagine making a life’s journey without Him. I was 18 when I became born again and I have never turned back, despite every obstacle and crisis and I have had many. He has brought me through a nightmare first marriage, cancer, loss, seven years as a single mom with little income, and so on. But He got me through and I know I would not be alive if it wasn’t for His love and keeping power. He is first in my life and I give Him every morning before I start my day. My heart is to encourage others to look to Him and walk the walk He has called them to walk.
What are your hobbies?
Right now that almost sounds funny. A writer has little time for hobbies and some of my favorites have been set aside. I love to crochet and have
done many projects through the years.
I am also a professional artist having once had my own gallery. But I have been on hold for a long season mostly due to writing. I plan to connect my artwork with my writing, in the future. If I can keep up with all my ideas!
Can you tell us about your current work in progress?
The next in the series of the Rose Arbor Brides, is coming along. It is More Than She Imagined. It takes some of the characters from More Than She Dreamt and weaves a new romance set at the time of the great San Francisco quake of 1906. My heroine, Audrey is whimsical and quirky with two suitors, a big discovery and the quake that sends her lovely art tour into a wild ride.
I am also working on a warm-hearted Thanksgiving story, which may be a novella. Hopefully out by Thanksgiving, it pulls together a small charming but lonely handful of people into a surprising holiday dinner. And of course there is romance. Always.
Sandy Mauck writes Historical Romance in the light of the gospel and with the heart of her Savior. Slip into a comfy chair with a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate and travel back to the first years after the turn of the century.
Enjoy faithful Christian characters who have come through a spiritual wilderness into a place of hope. Stories of charming romance sprinkled with humor and topped with redemption. And be sure not to put the cup too close to the edge of the table because there are enemies lurking about.
Sandy lives in her own happily-ever-after with her Bible doctrine writer husband in the west they love. They have five children and nine grandchildren. She enjoys crocheting (a different kind of yarn) and is also a professional artist.
Visit with Sandy at her website at www.sandyfayemauck.com