Sandy Nadeau loves to go on adventures, photograph them and equally loves to write about them. She and her husband do a lot of four-wheeling in the back country of Colorado and share those experiences with others by taking them up in the mountains. With a background in writing a column about her community for a local newspaper, she also has had several magazine articles published. She loves to write novels about adventure, mystery, romance, but most importantly sharing God’s love. She is currently a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and Vice President of the ACFW South Denver Chapter. Married for 37 years, she and her husband are loving life as grandparents to their nine month old grandson. Travel is their favorite thing to do and they don’t get to do it as often as they’d like. Adventure awaits around every corner, over every hill and mountain.
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1. Writing is such a solitary activity. How do you balance the solitude with not becoming a hermit?
I actually like being a hermit sometimes. I still meet with writer friends regularly, monthly ACFW Chapter meetings, I have many church activities. Then there’s so many other things in life to distract. Where can I sign up for more hermit time?
2. The age-old question amongst writers: Mac or PC? Why do you think your choice is best?
I don’t know if mine is best, but it’s all I know. I’ve always worked on a PC. I’m comfortable with it and (sort of) understand it. It works for me so it’s no discussion on my part.
3. You have several family writing influences in your life. What have you learned from your mom and grandmother that has helped your own writer journey?
Write from the heart! Grandma shared what was in her heart up into her final years, my mom shares stories of her life that mean a lot to her. If it comes from my heart, then hopefully that will touch the reader’s heart. That’s my goal. When I read a great story, it leaves me so satisfied and happy. I love to close a book the final time with a smile on my face. If I can do that for one other person, I’ve accomplished much.
4. What writer’s conference or conferences would you recommend to newbie writers?
By far, the ACFW National Conference. You can’t beat the teaching, the networking, the opportunities and especially meeting new friends. At the Denver conference I met a gal there that we’ve now become very close friends and we so enjoy working on our writing together. Locally, I did the Colorado Christian Writer’s Conference about 9 times over the years, so obviously that one is good too. I’ve not made it to the many other wonderful conferences nationwide. I try to catch any day long ones that I can like the Pike’s Peak Annual conference held by the Worship, Write, Witness Colorado Springs Chapter of ACFW. That is always terrific!
5. What is the most interesting writing related story you have?
I would have to say, it was when I was writing a newspaper column about our community, Hollywood came to our small foothills town. Back then I was known for the cowgirl hat I wore in my byline photo. I headed down the hill to the main part of town. We have a very old motel along the main road going through our town. Today it holds shops. But back then, it was the perfect setting for a scene being shot for Perry Mason’s The Lady in the Lake. Not a long scene. Something about a chase leaving the motel. So anyway, I joined the town folks that were sitting on a rock wall across the two lane highway. The motel parking area was packed with movie personnel, cameras, equipment, lights, and excitement. The town was a buzz! I watched for a short time while I mustered up the nerve to walk over. After all, I “represented” the media. Locally anyway. I asked the first person I saw if I could interview someone about the taping. They took me over to one of the production assistants. He took me into the motel office area and we did the interview. It was fun. He was very nice and helpful. I saw the “stars” fairly close up. One extremely popular actor came into the office looking for his sunglasses. I felt that little flutter that comes up from excitement as he walked in. A real movie star. But I was quickly unimpressed when he glared at me assuming I must have stolen his glasses and made a snide remark about ridiculous fans wanting souvenirs. I was pretty shocked at his accusation. So I looked around on the desk, saw a pair partially under some papers and said, “You mean these?” I handed them to him. Funny how he didn’t have anything to say after that, he donned the shades and walked back out to the filming. I continued without missing a beat with my interview. The production guy’s eyes reflected an apology but I’m certain he must have dealt with that attitude a lot.
6. If you could co-author a book with any author, living or dead, who would you choose?
ACK, how do I choose? Tracie Peterson (I should have listened to her years ago when she encouraged me to join ACFW in the early days of the organization. She’s one of my writing heroes.), Dani Pettrey (I’ve fallen in love with her books. Adventures in Alaska. Gotta love that.), Colleen Coble, Janice Hanna Thompson, Sandie Bricker…And Stephen Bly. He’s gone now, but he was one of my most favorite Christian authors. Oh I bet you only wanted one. Can’t. Just can’t choose one. There’s so many terrific Christian authors out there.
7. What would you write about with the author in question 6?
Something wonderfully adventurous! With lots of mystery and romance and fun.
8. You have a book coming out on the 21st of this month. Tell us what Red Gold is about.
I’m so excited that this story doesn’t have to spend eternity in a drawer like another one (or two) I’ve written. I spent many years trying to get it published. I just love it. It’s a vicarious way to live out a dream my husband and I have had. We love Colorado, we adore the mountains, we go four-wheeling as often as we can, and we love to take visitors around to explore all this state has to offer. I put the dream into a story and it just kept developing. The story shows how God is with you in every situation to help you make it through. Mandy and her husband run an adventure ranch in the Colorado mountains. They want it to grow and expand to offer more for their guests, but they run into a lot of opposition from an old grouch of a neighbor, Mr. Shonee. When a lot of mysterious things begin to happen at the ranch, they don’t know if it’s him causing the trouble, or if something more sinister is going on. Somebody is sabotaging their efforts. Then a teenage guest ends up being flung into one dangerous situation after another. Mandy has to completely rely on her faith in God to save the girl, solve the mysteries surrounding their ranch, save Mr. Shonee from himself, and discover the secret to the Red Gold. What on earth is red gold you say? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
Red Gold is due out on March 21, 2014