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I write suspense and light fantasy/paranormal set in the beautiful country of New Zealand. A land of myths and magic, Aotearoa (Maori for Long White Cloud) has always been a storytelling nation and it is my pleasure to share mine with you.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Sandra Dailey visits New Zealand!

Hi everyone! How did your Valentine's Day go? Were you spoiled by your significant other and vice-versa? I'm afraid my hubby and I are too practical (read: tight-asses) to splurge on the most romantic day of the year. Instead, we try to spoil each other a bit every day which keeps me a very happy woman :)

Today, I'm excited and privileged to interview my talented Wild Rose Press sister-author and friend, Sandra Dailey. Sandra is a dynamite writer chock-full of talent. Her first book, The Chief's Proposal is getting some fantastic reviews from all over the world and she hasn't stopped there for us lucky readers, with her second book having just become available on Amazon. So - read on to find out a little more about what makes this amazing lady tick, then get yourself a copy of one of her books. You won't be disappointed!    

Welcome, Sandy! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I live in North Florida with my husband. My “grown-up job” is a home healthcare provider. I spend my free time reading, doing needle work and hanging out with my kids and grandkids. My addiction is chocolate and cheese crackers. My obsession is American Football.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve been a storyteller with a huge imagination all my life, but it didn’t really hit me until I saw my first book, THE CHIEF’S PROPOSAL, on Amazon.

Isn't that the BEST feeling ever?! Do you remember what inspired you to write your first book?
I was recovering from surgery shortly after I’d moved. I didn’t have a big selection of books to occupy myself. The only one I found was the worst book I’ve ever tried to read. I grabbed my laptop and decided I could do better.

One day, you're going to have to whisper in my ear what that book was ;) I love call stories. Can you tell us about yours and your reaction?
I received an email from an editor, Cindy Davis, at The Wild Rose Press. It said she was interested in a story I’d submitted. It was the first book I’d actually gotten the nerve to submit and I hadn’t expected anything. I’d simply hoped for advice. It wasn’t until the contract came that I allowed myself to believe it would happen. I was thrilled. I called everyone I could think of and posted on Facebook. Then I panicked.

What drew you to write your chosen genre?
Caution. I love contemporary romance, but I’d like to eventually write heavier romantic-suspense.  

There is no doubt in my mind you're more than capable. As a fan of suspense, I'll look forward to that! What’s the most challenging part of the writing process for you?
Everything that comes after ‘The End’; the synopsis, editing and promotion.

*shudder* You just said the 's' word! Has anything coincidental happened in the real world while writing one of your books in terms of the characters, scenes or world you’ve created?
My stories are very similar to my life. I live in a small southern town full of quirky characters. I married for convenience and we have a blended family. My husband is my hero and our marriage is a romance with an HEA.

Which one of your books is your ‘baby’ and why?
The one I’m currently writing, whichever it may be. I have a one-track mind.

What are you working on right now?
I’m working on an untitled love triangle between a rancher’s daughter and the two brothers who came to work at the ranch. Which will she choose?

Sounds great! Latest news?
My second book, TWICE THE TROUBLE, has released early on Amazon. It will be sold at The Wild Rose Press and other retail eBook sellers on May 8th, but you can get it for Kindle now.

Where can we find you and your books?
You can find both my books on my Amazon Author Page at:

You can also find me at:

I love to hear from readers and other authors.

Thanks so much for stopping by Novel Natterings, Sandy! It was lovely having you here.  


  1. North Florida!!! I have never been to Florida, but I dream about vacationing there often. Well, anywhere warm, really. I read on another person's interview a few moments ago that they would like to retire to St. Maarten. Can you imagine??? Wishing you much success with the new release, Twice the Trouble!

  2. Thank you Niecey! I love Florida. Good luck to you too.

  3. Fascinating interview Sandra.

    I've read The Chief's Proposal and really enjoyed it. How often I've heard of authors who start writing as you did. After striking a book that was peurile and thought, I can do better than that.

    This happened to me and I found it was not quite so easy! Good luck with your new release.

    1. Thanks, Shirley. I'm glad you liked TCP. It's a tough job, but I love it.

  4. Hi Sandra, now you mentioned chocolate and cheese and crackers... i hope that's not together, as that sure would be some taste! Congratulations on your success.

    Jane Beckenham

    1. Thanks for dropping by Jane. No, not all together.

  5. Hi Sandra,

    I find the hardest part of the process all of the stuff that comes after finishing the book too. That, and writing the first chapter. I must rewrite it about 5 times before I think it's starting in the right place. Wishing you great sales. :o)

    1. Hi Katherine. I know what you mean about getting that perfect hook. Good luck to you too.

  6. Great interview, ladies!Sandra, all your books sound great, and they are definitely on my TBR list. Now, if I can just find more time to read and write. Maybe one day, I'll be able to quit my "grown up job"--love that--as a mammographer so I can write and read full time! Ah, to dream!!

    1. Exactly, Lilly. I have about 500 books on my kindle and just as many on my shelves waiting for me.

  7. Hi Sandra,
    Lovely to hear about your "call" story. The first book is such a thrill, but the next one is too, but in a slightly different way.
    Best of luck with all your ventures.



    1. Thank you, Margaret. I can't imagine not loving each one.

  8. I love the sound of your new book and the cover is so lovely. Best wishes for great sales!

  9. Hi Sandy and LaVerne! So interesting to read about the similarities between your real life and your books, Sandy! I wish you much success with your new release!

  10. Rolynn Anderson couldn't leave a comment - so here it is :)

    "Sandy, you're so lucky to live in a small town where the characters are novel-worthy. Tell me, do they read your novels and 'find themselves' in the story? Congrats on your release! Rolynn"

  11. Its so wonderful to see all your lovely faces! Thanks for stopping by everyone and Sandy - write that suspense novel! I'll be waiting for it! ;)