I love interviewing debutant Authors about their books their thoughts and stories, because their advice and path of publications and writing books is a road map for others who seek to get published –
Today we have the pleasure of interviewing with us on ‘A living series talk’ – Sandie Will a young adult novelist who lives in Tampa Bay, Florida and works as a manager and geologist by day. She has written two novels and is currently working on her third. Her first novel, The Caging at Deadwater Manor, is a young adult psychological thriller released on March 31, 2017.
I met Sandie via Facebook and continuing our Author friend relationship we discussed our work. And I still remember the moment. One evening of January 21st this year when Sandie showed willingness to take services of Al’s Promotion I was super excited about the collaboration.
And as always I started to research on the genre after I discovered via our conversation that the title and subject was based on true events and a psychological thriller aswell!
After a few days of scanning all that was available on Google about Tampa, Florida and the haunted places the experience was spine tingling. I was curious and discovered that, the city of Tampa has been called “the damnedest city this side of Hell.”
I tried to collate few information but was surprised to witness all that was collected vanished. May be a technical issue I researched again for the second time but no success.
A bit of anxiety is good as it keeps you on your toes.
At the same time it may be risky to adhere with high doses as we may find ourself clinged into unexplained. An openness to experience also anomalous experience was surprised filled since, all info collected was disappearing from my disk. But finally after a hard try I was able to put up some interesting facts that would be listed in the end of this interview.
The job of the conscious mind is to form a story out of all that we see, hear, read and reflects the perpectual image gelled with logical reasoning to find about the unexplained.
Life as we experience and live is not just a series of unexplained and unconnected thoughts or events.
It is a coherent narrative unfolding in an vast and profound universe.
But sometimes we have unusual experiences that don’t tally with logical reasoning and expectations, perhaps this experiences even contradict what science has taught us is possible. In our attempts to accommodate such unexplained mysteries, we often turn to unproven forces or entities.
Thus, I start my interview with authors encounter with the subject line and genre.
I’m glad Sandie to have you with us today: Welcome to A living series talk.
Thank you! Inderjit for your kind welcome, and I’m very pleased to be here as well.
Let’s begin! As I’ve already mentioned few words in our introductory segment about you but our readers would be profound and are always curious to know more about their authors.
What was your experience working on this genre?
The Caging at Deadwater Manor is a mature young adult/new adult psychological thriller for ages 16 and older. The idea for the story was inspired by true events from my father, who worked at psychiatric hospitals during short periods of his career. He shared patient routines, treatments, hospital layouts and stories with me, but the book primarily evolved from a discovery he made in the attic…something that unnerved me enough to bring this book to life. Though the story is fiction, I’ve intertwined much of the information shared by my dad into the story, as well as research I performed while writing this book. I learned from this experience, that I love to write dark, creepy books that stay with you for awhile.
Well that’s a great choice of you and I am sure readers are really excited about the book, those who haven’t yet purchased please check out the links in the concluding paragraph of this interview. Let’s switch to our next question.
Have you ever faced writer’s block or burnout? If so, how did you deal with it?
I haven’t faced either. Since I’m an Indie author, I don’t have any timetables to worry about and I can write at my own pace. So, if I don’t want to write for six months, I don’t. I think this helps with the writer’s block and burnout because I have no pressure. I work full-time as a geologist and manager, so I don’t need writing to pay my bills at this point. I would like to retire as a writer, however, and hopefully bring in an income from my novels afterwards.
That’s interesting Sandie! How do you balance being a wife, mother and a novelist?
I’ve had a lot of training! 🙂 I’ve been a wife for almost 30 years! My boys are grown and not living at home, so there’s little to do for them anymore. Because I went to college for many years, taking one class at a time for the most part, I became accustomed to researching and writing often. I finished my Master’s degree in 2010 and that’s about the time I started writing novels. I needed to fill the void that I was used to, but I also noticed that it wasn’t necessarily a hobby to write. I needed to write. There’s really no choice for me at this point.
Sounds great! I wish you good luck for all your upcoming projects. Can you give us a sneak peek into the next book/project?
I have finished a young adult historical time travel for ages 12+, which I plan on releasing later this year. It’s about a girl from today who meets a guy from Ireland who’s suffering through the Great Irish Hunger in the 1800s. This will be a book series titled, Time Lands, and the first book will be called The Hunger. Each book will take the reader back in time to learn new histories — ones not necessarily concentrated on in school. I also love writing this type of novel because I find it fascinating to learn how people lived in the past and the reasons for their struggles.
Wow! That’s interesting Sandie, I’m sure after the success of your debut book that marked as ‘Bestseller’ on Amazon charts, readers would be eagerly waiting for your next release. What is your advice to aspiring writers?
Releasing novels is a business, yet I see many authors giving their books away for free. I think the whole “free book” phenomena for Indies has gotten confused somehow. It’s okay to give a book away if you’re trying to gain customers for your real business such as coaching or consulting to reel people in. I get this. But when you’re an author, and your product is the book, I don’t agree with giving it away for free. I hear some authors have had luck with giving the first book away in a series and customers bought the rest of the series, but for those of us who don’t have a completed series or only have one book, I don’t think this is a good trend. We spend hours and hours writing, and hours and hours promoting. We should be compensated on some level in order to continue. My book is reasonably priced and of high quality. I’ve had them professional edited and used a professional artist for the cover. I’ve spent thousands on promotions. I simply cannot give it away for free. The over saturation of free books is affecting the livelihood of authors and we should ban together to stop this trend. I was able to climb to #1 on the Hot New Releases best sellers list on Amazon while charging $2.99 for the ebook on the day of the launch. One of the ways I did that was to grow my followers and gather a virtual team to share my posts on launch day. Plus, I hired Inderjit Kaur to do my graphics which were beyond eye-catching! Charge for your books! You deserve it!
Thanks Sandie for sharing your insights and advice with our readers! How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Sure here are the links below;
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About the Book
On a cold, January evening, fourteen-year-old Jeannie Kynde is told that her beloved mother drowned in the murky waters along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Her distraught father turns on Jeannie, no longer the caring father she once knew.
Four years later, Jeannie is finally old enough to escape her father’s clutches, but he has different plans. He imprisons her at Deadwater Manor, a psychiatric hospital with an unscrupulous past. Will she be locked away forever?
If you like young adult/new adult psychological thrillers, you’re sure to love this new novel! It was inspired by true events that occurred at a nearby psychiatric hospital in the Tampa Bay area.
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Thank you once again for joining us today Sandie!
Thank you my dear friend for this incredible opportunity.
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Some of the haunted places listed here:
The Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn 1915 Republica de Cuba Tampa, FL 33605
The “Hotel Hell” as called by locals, was once a medical clinic and hospital. So, there’s bound to be tons of spirits that still haunt the 110-year-old building.
Loews Don CeSar Hotel
Loews Don CeSar Hotel 3400 Gulf Blvd.St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 Known as “The Most Haunted Hotel in Tampa,” the Don CeSar is a tribute to the architect’s long lost love. He is said to search the halls for her. Take the tour and maybe end up seeing him yourself!
Tampa Theater711 N. Franklin St.Tampa, FL 33602 Former Tampa theater projectionist, Foster “Fink” Finley loved the theater so much that he made it his ghostly home. He often plays pranks on the staff by stealing an odd thing here and there. Fink died of a heart attack in 1965. Do you think you could ever love something so much, you want to haunt it?
Britton 8 Movie Theater cinema treasuresorg Britton Plaza 3938 S. Dale Mabry Highway Tampa, FL 33611 For unknown reasons, random spirits have allegedly been seen in this theater. Ladies’ room doors have opened and closed randomly, voices have been heard throughout the halls, and some have been reportedly seen on the balcony and in auditorium 3.
Sulphur Springs TowerUS-41, Tampa, Fl 33604- This tower was built in the place of a tower that used to be a mark on many pirate treasure maps at the time. The legend says that many pirates who died near the tower still haunt it looking for the treasures.
Old Federal Courthouse 601 N. Florida Ave, Tampa, Fl. The building dates back to the late 20th century at the height of organized crime and Prohibition. Charlie Wall, a prominent gangster at the time, was once called to testify on organized crime in 1950. He was murdered 3 days later after he revealed, in detail, what went down in the crime. He allegedly can be seen on the front steps of the courthouse. Now, the building is the Le Meridien Hotel!
Old Tampa Book Company Old Tampa Book Company 507 N. Tampa St, Tampa, Fl The owners have said that some chairs they inherited sometimes move all on their own! One time, the store’s alarm went off but there were no signs of entry anywhere in the building. And, one owner found a pair of scissors covered in blood! So, pay a visit and see for yourself what these spooky spirits have to say!
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