- celebrity crush: Hugh Jackman (or Huge Ackman as I like to call him)
- current music: Coldplay
- last movie seen: Inkheart
- car you drive: Toyota Corolla (until recently, a 96 Escort, ugh)
- favorite part of the day: Prime Time
TELL US about any of your weird writing habits or idiosyncracies. (ie, What’s one “thing” you need to write, the thing without which the creative juices would cease to flow?)
I am a certified pantster. I write when my muse sneaks up behind me for an unexpected strike, usually in late evening. Sometimes I don a pair of headphones to listen to inspiring music while writing.
For some reason I can write best while a hockey game is on.
TEACH US one or two of your favorite vocabulary words.
Not sure what you mean, one of my favourites is in my first book, The Space Between. Maggie and David were on a military vessel, eating meat for the first time in weeks. Maggie bit into a burger and exclaimed she was having a 'hambergasm'.
- The last book I finished reading was Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.
- I gave it 5 stars.
- One word to describe it is like the title says: Bittersweet.
QUESTION: Will you describe one favorite memory from your childhood? Who was Child Sandra?
My family moved a lot when I was small. We lived in Chandler, a small paper mill town in Quebec when I was eight years old. One day I climbed to the top of a snowbank and looked out on Chaleur Bay. Far out in the water, two whales cavorted. I saw their tails rise from the water and splash down. I called out to my friends to see, but they didn't hear me. So, I had those whales all to myself.
QUESTION: Which of your three full novels is your favorite? Oh, come on, you must have one! OR What's been the best part about the publishing journey (honestly, the truly really best part that makes you tingle in your toes and giggle in the shower)?
That's not fair! I love ALL my children. Okay, if I have to pick a favourite, Bad Ice would be it. I've been a hockey nut since childhood and had healthy crushes on players since I was a teen. What better way to offer tribute to my heroes than to write a hockey romantic suspense?
However, I'm beginning to develop a deep affection for The Toast Bitches. I had to write it in a rush, so the experience was a blur. I recently had a chance to re-read it in preparation for its print release, and I really identify with the four women and their trials in life.
GIVE US THE SCOOP. Tell us something about yourself that’s exclusive to In Search of Giants (ie, has never been publicized in print or podcast interviews.)
I'm usually an 'open book' on my blog. I share many details about my life. I suppose nobody knows that I am an avid storm watcher. When clouds gather and the world turns green, everyone else heads for the basement while I keep my eyes peeled for funnel clouds. Tornadoes are rare in this area, but I have repeated dreams about them. I wonder what that means?
Thank you for this opportunity to share my thoughts. This was a great experience!