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SANDRA ORCHARD UP-CLOSE AND PERSONAL 5 BOOK GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY - Desperate Measures



ABOUT AUTHOR: Sandra Orchard is a multi-award-winning author of both mysteries and romantic suspense. Her most recent books include: Desperate Measures, the final instalment in her Port Aster Secrets mystery series with Revell Publishing; and Emergency Reunion from Love Inspired Suspense. A mother of three grown children, Sandra lives in Niagara, Canada with her real-life-hero husband and writes full time…when not doting on her young grandchildren.  

Learn more about Sandra’s books and bonus features at www.SandraOrchard.com or connect at www.Facebook.com/SandraOrchard

How did you come up with the idea for Desperate Measures?

Sandra: Since I proposed the series several years ago, I don’t recall where the initial idea came from, but three chapters in to writing it, I realized that I had way too much story to tell if I also wanted to tie up the overarching mysteries I’d introduced over the course of the series. So I decided to keep that Kate would still try to be solving a mystery involving her assistant, but instead of bringing in more new characters, I tied this one very tightly to Kate’s own quest to unravel the mystery of the plant her father allegedly stole all those years ago. I had a lot of fun bringing Edward (aka Jim Crump from Deadly Devotion) back for the finale, and letting the attraction between Kate and Tom finally develop more fully.

Nora: I didn't read the first book in this series. I didn't feel like I was missing anything except a deeper relationship with your characters! I liked this engaging, suspenseful read!

What was your favorite scene in Desperate Measures? Which was the most fun to write? Which was the hardest? Why?
Researching the finer art of being a cop

Sandra: Okay, this is going to sound terrible, but writing Desperate Measures drove me bonkers. I had so many balls to keep in the air and loose threads to weave together that I literally wanted to kill the heroine. So I did. Maybe. Although the scene may not be my favorite in the book, the day I wrote it was my favorite writing day. Writing the hero’s reaction to the news was the most fun to write. I know. I know. I’m mean. Mean. Mean.

Nora: LOL!!!


Sandra: The hardest scene to write was the final scene. I’d spent years with these characters and I wanted the series’ ending to be compelling. I hope I succeeded. I was never quite satisfied with that final scene. But after many, many, many edits, I was much happier with it.

Nora: You did it well! You did have so much to conclude at the end. It was powerful like a 007 movie!
   
Can you tell me of two “Wow” moments you've had in your writing career? What made it a wow for you?
Winning Daphne MdMaurier Award

Sandra: Winning the Daphne DuMaurier Award of Excellence for Mystery/Suspense was a huge “wow” moment that affirmed that my writing craft and story-telling abilities had reached the publishable level. I wasn’t at the award ceremony, but the category coordinator ever so sweetly called me from the actual ceremony to give me the news. It was loud and the connection was breaking up, so I didn’t clue in until a writing friend emailed to congratulate me, that not only had I won the inspirational category, but I’d won the overall award, too. It was fun to get to celebrate all over again.

Nora: Congrats

Sandra: The second biggest “wow” moment was telling my daughter about my first book contract. It probably sounds odd that the “wow” wasn't the actual call from my agent, but that’s because she didn't call. She emailed. And when I saw that email in my inbox, I thought it was another rejection, since I’d assumed she’d call if it was good news. Needless to say I was over the moon, when I finally got around to opening the email, but it was way more exciting to share the news with my daughter when she got home from her first day of college. She’s an aspiring novelist so she understood just how big a deal this offer was. She squealed and jumped up and down and hugged me, just like a winning Family Feud contestant. It was awesome. I’d homeschooled my kids, so it was extra-special to receive my first book contract on my youngest daughter’s first day of college—my graduation day.

Nora: Very cool!

What keeps you sane in the middle of craziness? Hope in the middle of stress and Life’s storms? 

Grand-baby fun
Sandra: Number One knowing that the Lord is holding me in the palm of his hand through it all. Number Two my very supportive husband and children. Number Three (and sometimes this is my go-to strategy) playing with my adorable little grandchildren. Their laughter and smiles and hugs are the best antidote to a stressful day. (As long as I can give them back when they start crying ) And of course, when all else fails, or even if it doesn't, there’s always chocolate. J

Nora: I'm with you!

Tom (the leading man in your novel) operates under the assumption that people are rarely what they seem. What problems arise from having this attitude toward everyone with whom you interact?

Sandra: You can’t take anything anyone says at face value. It makes you perpetually suspicious and distrustful of everyone and therefore, unable to count on them, let alone trust them. It also casts your own honesty into question, since if you believe that about others, it stands to reason that it’s likely true about yourself.

Nora: So True!

In your research for this series did you uncover any fascinating things about plants, herbs, and herbal teas that you didn't include in this novel? IF so, can you share you insights?
 My husband discovers poison in Deadly Devotion

Sandra: Researching plants for this novel was a blast. I discovered tons of things. I mention in Blind Trust that Verna Nagy is growing catnip for a hair rinse. I tried this. It’s supposed to make your hair soft and shiny, but I personally didn't like the smell to try it more than once, but in researching it, I discovered that there a number of other herbs that can be used to hide your gray or dye your hair without the harsh chemicals of commercial preparations. I discovered that turmeric is effective at reducing inflammation. I actually started using it myself and have noticed an effect. I discovered that cayenne pepper is a potent remedy for heart trouble. Mistletoe extract will slow a racing heart. My friend used this remedy based on the recommendation of an elderly herbalist, very much like Grandma Brewster in my book, and it worked so well that my friend’s specialist asked what she was using! I discovered lots of interesting poisons, too, but I’ll keep those to myself…you understand.

Nora: I found the herbs and plants aspect of this novel very interesting! Love the picture of your husband's face! LOL!

Can you give us a sneak peek into what you are working on now? When will it be out?
 Grand Basin in Forest Park, St. Louis, researching my next series
Sandra: I am super excited about my next mystery series with Revell. The heroine, Serena Jones, is an FBI art crime detective working out of the St. Louis headquarters, who frequently travels for undercover operations. Amidst her cases, she’s also on a personal secret mission to find the art thief who murdered her grandfather. She has a fun sense of humor, and a zany aunt who likes to stick her nose into her cases, and an overprotective mother desperate for grandchildren who’d prefer to see her quit and settle down, and a hunky apartment superintendent who shares her love of art and old movies and who willingly takes care of her cat while she’s out of town, and an equally hunky, overprotective FBI partner.

The series opens with Serena in the middle of an undercover operation turned dicey and her thought: I should’ve listened to my mother. I had so much fun creating the characters in these stories, and many are real characters, and of course, creating all the twists and turns in the mystery that my readers have come to expect. A Fool and His Monete, A Serena Jones Mystery book one. releases March 2016.

Nora: Sounds like another exciting ride Sandra!

Out of all the sounds in the world which are your favorite?


Sandra: The sound of waves lapping on the shore—nothing more relaxing to me, except if we add in the cry of a gull or loon. And the sound of a child’s laughter—to bring a smile to my face. I have a video of my grandson at about 8 months belly laughing at his big sister and whenever I need a boost, I play it.

Nora: GREAT Video!! Wonderful laugh!

We all live busy lives and all of us are in different seasons of life; that as a given what part of your day requires the most patience from you to get through? Causes you to pray the most? Why?

Sandra: My writing time. More days than not, my writing doesn't seem to flow as quickly and smoothly as I’d like and often requires far more hours than it should to meet my daily goals to stay on deadline. The upside of that dilemma is that it keeps me on my knees, continually reminding me of the source of my inspiration, and compelling me to pray for guidance in writing the story and for future readers.

Nora: Oh, Yeah!

What Three things would you not want to live without? (Besides family that’s a given)

Sandra: Heat! Although readers are reading this interview in June, I answered the questions in February, when the outside temp was -24 and our indoor temp was struggling to stay at 68. It made me VERY much appreciate the little portable heater I bought for my office this winter.
Me with my children (a few years ago) Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens
I’m assuming food and shelter would be givens, too? I consider myself pretty adaptable and not overly attached to things, but if giving up writing weren't an option, I wouldn't want to live without my laptop and gravity chair, unless of course someone would type up what I wrote out longhand as my daughter used to. 

Although…I’d still want the computer for edits. Unless…I could do them on paper and the typist inputs those too! See…I’m adaptable. J

Nora: LOL!

Have you seen a good movie in the last couple of years that grabbed your attention and your heart? Do tell!

Sandra: Oh, you would not believe what a lousy memory I have for movies. My own family doesn't believe it and they live with me. I usually remember a scene or two of a movie and that’s about it. I’m not much of a movie buff, either. We usually watch them on DVD, years after release. Now…my daughter did give me the humorous TV series, Due South, about a Canadian Mountie in Chicago, as a DVD set, this past Christmas. The hero is super-polite, always holding doors open for others, and saying “thank you kindly.” I thoroughly enjoyed watching the series with my family and we were all inspired to think of others first. The hero’s actions certainly equipped my son well for how to treat a date.

Nora: I haven't heard of this movie. I'll have to check it out!

ANY FINAL COMMENTS FOR READERS, SANDRA? 
Thank you for taking the time to read this interview. I hope you enjoy reading the Port Aster Secrets series as much as I enjoyed writing it. Be sure and stop by my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SandraOrchard website at http://www.SandraOrchard.com/bonusfeatures to check out the fun extras I've created such as location pics, deleted scenes, study questions, even a recipe for catnip tea.
Sandra

Thanks for stopping by and helping us get to know you and your books. I’m thrilled about the Giveaway Opportunity at TBCN starting the 20th of JUNE at www.bookfun.org . Looking forward to it to reading the participation between you and readers! It’s always so much fun! Everyone has to be a member of TBCN in order to participate. It’s Free and easy. Participate as your schedule allows.

I’m thrilled about the Giveaway Opportunity at TBCN started the 20th of JUNE at www.bookfun.org . LAST DAY to enter June 30th.

Looking forward to it to reading the participation between you and readers! It’s always so much fun! Everyone has to be a member of TBCN in order to participate. It’s Free and easy. Participate as your schedule allows.

SEE YOU THERE!!

Nora :o)

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Interview Sponsored by: Revell Publishers

16 comments:

  1. Great interview. Enjoyed reading it. Thanks.

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    1. THANKS for stopping by Eleanor! This is a fun suspenseful read!! I thought it was fascinating how she used herbs and things in this story. I hope you both stop by TBCN www.bookfun.org and ENTER the Drawing for 5 copies of this book there. CLICK on the link ABOVE the Book Cover. Must be a member to enter the drawing. But Membership is Free and Easy!

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    2. THANKS for stopping by Eleanor! This is a fun suspenseful read!! I thought it was fascinating how she used herbs and things in this story. I hope you both stop by TBCN www.bookfun.org and ENTER the Drawing for 5 copies of this book there. CLICK on the link ABOVE the Book Cover. Must be a member to enter the drawing. But Membership is Free and Easy!

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  2. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this interview! Thank you. Now I'm heading over to the home page to enter the contest. ;)

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    1. GREAT!! See you at TBCN. Sandra is having a FUN discussion.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this interview. I'm with you on the sound. I love listening to lapping water. It's so restful. I loved the beautiful pics.

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    1. This was fun I liked the pictures she shared too!

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  4. Good interview! I have read all three books and posted reviews of them on Amazon, Facebook, and other sites. It was great to have this opportunity to get better acquainted with Sandra Orchard.

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    1. THANKS for stopping by. I only read this book. I'll have to check the others out for sure!! Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. THANKS for stopping by. I only read this book. I'll have to check the others out for sure!! Thanks for stopping by.

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