Today I would like to welcome a new “Mountain Guide” Sandi K. Whipple to our site. Sandi is the author of Twisted Engagement, Dancing with a Cowboy, and Loving Adonis. Read onto find out more about Sandi K. Whipple.
1. First, could you tell us what Sandi K. Whipple’s writing process look like?
When I’m writing, I usually have either the TV or music on with very low volume. When I catch myself grinding my teeth, I know I’ve been sitting too long. When I’m finished writing, everything gets copied to another computer and an external hard drive. I lost half a book once and don’t ever want to suffer that pain again.
2. Does Sandi K. Whipple have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
I’d give a great deal of money to see someone write like that! But no, nothing even close to that theatrical. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but when I’m writing, I’m usually in lounging pajamas and bears-feet slippers, sitting in my chair with either coffee or a bottle of water next to me, and my laptop, where else but on my lap.
3. (A) Is there one book you have written that is your favorite?
“Dancing With A Cowboy” is by far my favorite of the three I’ve written. I had lots of fun writing it. Yes, fun! There were a few chapters that had me in tears from laughing. But I kept typing. There were also a couple of chapters that had me in tears from sadness, and another from joy. I never had that roller coaster of emotions while writing my other books. I think if an author can experience such emotions while writing a story, it’s a good bet the reader will as well.
3. (B) Which of the Sandi K. Whipple characters is your favorite?
I think Lucy in “Dancing With A Cowboy” She’s smart, quick, funny, and above all, not a quitter!
3. (C) And who causes Sandi K. Whipple the most trouble?
That would be David, in “Twisted Engagement”. It was my first time writing about a truly bad and evil guy, and it wasn’t easy for me.
4. Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired Sandi K. Whipple to write?
I can’t honestly say any author actually inspired me to write. I started writing on a dare. In 2007, I was in a wheelchair for eleven weeks, and I was reading two and three of those skinny Harlequin Romance novels a day. I shared my disappointment about one with a friend and told her, “I don’t even write and I could do better than that.” She suggested, actually dared me, to write my own. So, I wrote “Loving Adonis”, and stuck it in a drawer. A few months later I wrote “Twisted Engagement”, and it too ended up in a drawer. In January 2014, the two first drafts were removed from the drawer, “tweaked” a little, and after some fine tuning, published for everyone’s enjoyment. I tell my friends, I’m just a non-award winning, non-bestselling, self-published author who has written three and a half romance novels.
5. If you could cast the characters from your latest book in the Hollywood adaptation, who would play your characters?
6. How important are names to you in your books?
I don’t think names are important. I think the characters are. But I do dislike off-beat and uncommon first names in a book. I think it makes the reader immediately wary of the character. And please don’t ask me for examples. I’d be horrified if I offended someone by quoting a name.
7. (A) Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?
In my first two books, I just pulled any old name out of thin air. For Lucy, in “Dancing With A Cowboy”, I originally called her Cindy. But after some of the trials and tribulations I put her through, I thought she was more like ‘I Love Lucy’. So I changed her name.
7. (B) Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
No, but I wish I did. I just refuse to use the names of any of my friends.
8. (A) How do you think your military service (Thank you for that) helped to frame who you are as a writer today?
I’m extremely Patriotic, and I was more than proud to serve in the United States Armyas an Air Traffic Controller. Until late 2007 I never considered being a writer. But I think once I started, military discipline, meaning either do it or don’t do it, kicked in. Finish what you start! That of course doesn’t mean write every day or a certain amount of pages or words at a time.
8. (B) And as a human being?
I think the kind of human being someone is, is complete by the time they’re 25 years old. All the military does is sharpen the edges.
8. (C) What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
That’s easy! Leaving a trail for the creation of my wonderful granddaughter Landry! She is the true light of my life.
9. How was it seeing your first novel in print after having let it sit so long unattended?
When I held the first physical copy of “Loving Adonis” in my hand, I sat down and cried. I cried because my father, who encouraged me and was my biggest supporter and fan, had recently lost his eyesight and I knew he couldn’t see it.
At the same time, I was in awe. The manuscript sat in a drawer for seven years, printed on sheets of paper, and suddenly, it was really a book.
10. What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
If you want to write, do it. Don’t worry about it being good, bad, or indifferent. Bad and indifferent can be fixed. Quitting or giving up can never be fixed because once you do it, you’ll do it again. Let the web site Preditors & Editors become your bible, and as many sites like it as you can find. Advice is great, but it’s just advice. Follow your heart and your own instincts.
11. If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living?
I’m somewhat disabled with degenerative arthritis, so professional golf is out of the question. Though I do enjoy playing golf, I can no longer play 18 holes. I was a manager in the food and beverage industry for over 25 years, but I’d rather someone pull out my fingernails than go back to that! So, to be honest with you, I haven’t the slightest idea.
12. Are you a plotter or a pantster? (Write by the seat of your pants)
I am most definitely, 100% a pantster! I write when the mood hits me. No outlines or little notes lying around. I have no rules about how many pages or how many words to write when I do write!
I’d written eight or nine chapters of “Dancing With A Cowboy”, and I was folding socks in my laundry room one day. It suddenly hit me how I wanted the book to end. I dropped everything, grabbed my laptop, and wrote the last two chapters and the epilogue. And I still had the entire middle of the book to write.
13. (a) Do you read your reviews?
Yes, all the time.
13. (B) Do you respond to them, good or bad?
I respond to the good ones and the ones that are mediocre. I always let them know I appreciate the time and effort they put into reviewing my work.
13. (C) Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Responding to the really bad ones just gives the reviewer ammo to shoot you again. Better to ignore those. Everyone has their own opinion, and most aren’t sheepish about sharing it. I’ve certainly read a few books I didn’t like. What I don’t understand, is why a person would give a bad review written with vulgar language. And why would someone give a one star rating for all of one author’s books and not write a review? I mean would you read other books by the same author if the first one or two were awful? Does another person’s opinion matter to me? Of course it does! I recently received a one star rating on one of my books, and that review was filled with not only filthy language, but condemnation for everyone who rated it any higher. It truly brought tears to my eyes. I checked the individual’s profile, and found she had slapped almost forty other authors with one star, and with even worse dialogue than mine. But it hurt so badly, I stayed away from the computer for quite some time. There’s nothing one can do about another person’s opinion or verbiage. The normal thing to do is to ignore it and move forward. Anyone who says it’s easy isn’t telling the truth.
Now, well, I find myself enjoying just the thought of writing. Almost as much as reading anyway. I found that I like writing as it occupies my time, keeps my mind moving in many different directions, and I enjoy it mostly because I do it for me!
I think reading and owning a book are two of life’s many pleasures.
14. What is your best marketing tip?
Don’t be shy is the best tip, but there are many. Marketing is a true pain in the, yep, that’s right. Most indie authors don’t have the funds for elaborate marketing. Donate a few books to the local book store. Get yourself invited to a local TV station on the morning or noon show to plug your book. Donate a few books to someone at your local radio stations. Call any and all newspapers in your area and try to get a plug in the entertainment section. Windows movie maker is free, learn to use it. Make your own book trailers with free music and photos from the internet, or use your own. Attend craft fairs and if you can afford a booth, do it. Business cards are cheap so never go anywhere without them. And don’t be afraid to pass them out. Join every social network on the internet that you can, and build a web site. Marketing is a never ending process. You can’t be shy, and you can’t be complacent. If you’re lucky enough to have an agent, you can trust they will still expect you to market!
15. What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
Writing is what it is. Publishing for an indie author isn’t really very difficult. I don’t mind either. I dislike marketing though! And it needs to be attended to almost every day.
16. Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?
I would never write about anything that would inflict injury, harm, or trauma on, to, or about a child.
17. (A) In Dancing with a Cowboy who is your favorite character?
Most definitely that would be Lucy Baumgardner. She really reminds me of ‘I love Lucy’.
17. (B) How about in your other books?
In “Twisted Engagement”, my favorite character is Sue, Lilly’s best friend. She’s a real kick in the pants. In “Loving Adonis”, it’s got to be Carl, (aka Carolynn), Angie’s friend. She’s witty and loves to imbibe!
18. Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?
Um, I guess you wouldn’t think so if you read “Loving Adonis”, but racy scenes are a bit tough for me. A friend called me from Montana after she read it. She had the audacity to ask me if the racy scenes were from experience. I just hung up without responding. We still laugh about that.
19. (A) What is Sandi Whipple’s latest book?
My latest book and so far my favorite, is “Dancing With A Cowboy”, written in 2014, published September 2014, and released October 15, 2014.
19. (B) How many books have you written prior?
My first book, “Loving Adonis”, written in 2007, was published January 2014. My second book, “Twisted Engagement”, a romantic suspense, also written 2007, was published March, 2014.
20. What are you working on now? What is your next project?
An untitled as of yet, romance novel is in the works and I’m hoping for a late summer release.
The following are some Crazy Questions That No One Ever Asks Authors, yet they are the most popular questions and answers according to my readers.
1. What has been your biggest disappointment in life?
I’ve lived a full, interesting and exciting life. I’ve been to nine different countries in Europe, and Canada, and Mexico. I think my biggest disappointment is that I haven’t seen more of our beautiful United States of America.
2. What is your greatest joy in life?
My Granddaughter, Landry!
3. What is your biggest fear?
I have a tremendous fear of snakes! I can’t even look at one in a book or on TV. I get nauseous, dizzy, the shakes, and once, years ago, I even fainted.
4. What do you want your tombstone to say?
”WAS SHE FOR REAL?”
5. If you had a superpower, what would it be?
I’d give anything, even my own life, if I had the power to bring back those I loved who have left this world.
6. If you were a super hero, what would your name be?
It would still be Sandi, but with all capital letters.
7. What costume would you wear?
A Kansas City Chiefs Jersey!
8. What literary character is most like you?
Aw, c’mon! Don’t we all want to think we’re unique?
9. What secret talents do you have?
I can, on most occasions, quickly and subtly discover someone’s Achilles’ heel.
10. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
It’s a cross between New Zealand and Australia. ‘The Thorn Birds’ took place in Australia and it was one of my favorite books.
11. If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?
How about a Peacock?
12. What is something you want to accomplish before you die?
My 100th birthday!
13. If you could have any accents from anywhere in the world, what would you choose?
14. What were you like as a child? A lonely foster child! Your favorite toy?
If I had one, I don’t remember it. But, as a young girl, I used to sneak my foster mother’s True Romance and True Confession magazines. They always had several short hot & steamy romance novella’s. I chuckle now when I remember her saying, “you’re too young to read that trash”. What? If it was trash, why was she reading it?
15. (A) Do you dream?
Doctors say ‘everyone’ dreams. I dream often.
15. (B) Do you have any recurring dreams/nightmares?
Not that I’m aware of.
Sandi K. Whipple would like all the readers to know that paperbacks purchased from her web site, via email request from the Contact Me page, will be personally autographed.
Here are some of Sandi K. Whipple’s favorite quotes:
“Most writers can write books faster than publishers can write checks!”
~ Richard Curtis ~
The two most engaging powers of an author are, to make new things familiar and familiar things new.”
~ Samuel Johnson ~
“The quickest way to failure, is to consider it.”
~ Sandi K. Whipple ~
Sometimes I forget how to spell a word, so I change the whole sentence to avoid using it!
~ I Read This Somewhere! ~
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