Thursday, February 14, 2013

Interview with Sandra Byrd, Author of the French Twist series

I'm ending Sandra Byrd Week at i blog 4 books with a Blogside Chat. (It's been a while since I've done one, hasn't it?!) These aren't your usual questions ... I figured you could find those answers elsewhere (like on Sandra's website!).

Don't forget about the giveaway that Sandra is hosting this week. TODAY is the last day to enter.

AND ... you can still download Let Them Eat Cake FREE and Bon Appetit and Piece de Resistance for only $.99 each! TODAY is the last day for these promotional prices. You'll kick yourself later if you miss out on this fun series ... promise. :) (You can read my review for Let Them Eat Cake here.)

i blog 4 books: Welcome, Sandra! Since Lexi in Let Them Eat Cake is just out of college and trying to find her way in the world, it made me wonder what your first "adult" job was.

Sandra Byrd: I worked at a deli and at a catering company when I was a teenager; I learned quite a bit about cooking and baking at both places. I still love baking - you can tell by these books right? After college I worked at a publishing house as an editor, and within a few years I transitioned from editor to writer.

ib4b: I can tell by the books in this series that you must love baking! What were some of your favorite books as a child?

SB: I read everything imaginable, but one stand-out is the Little House on the Prairie series. When I received my first royalty check I went to Powell’s bookstore in Portland, OR and purchased the hard cover copies with dust jackets, first editions illustrated by Garth Williams, of the Little House books. They have a prominent place in my home library.

As a teenager I discovered the historical romance pleasures of Eleanor Hibbert, who wrote under many pen names, including Jean Plaidy and Victoria Holt. I call her my gateway drug to historical books, and tip my hat to her many talents!

ib4b: I loved the Little House books too! If you could go anywhere in the world on your next vacation, where would you go?

SB: England, hands down. I’ve traveled all across my own beloved nation and many other beautiful and engaging places throughout the world but England never fails to thrill or offer new discoveries.

ib4b: I've been to Europe once and would love to go just about anywhere there. London is at the top of my list. Write your memoir in six words or less.

SB: Loved, Lost, Saved, Married, Birthed, Wrote!

ib4b: Can you tell us a bit about what you're working on now?

SB: My next traditionally published series will be Gothic Romance set in Victorian England, and the first book will be out next year.  I can't wait! It is fun to write a more romantic thread, and while I love Tudor England I will say that Victorian England has just as many reading charms.

ib4b: Ooh ... sounds great! Can't wait to check them out! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by for a Blogside Chat, Sandra!

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