Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Another day with Sandra Ardoin and The Yuletide Angel



Welcome back for our second day with Sandra Ardoin! Sandra is a multi-published author of short fiction who writes inspirational historical romance. Her Christmas novella, The Yuletide Angel, releases October 2014 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon. She’s the married mother of a young adult and lives in North Carolina. Visit her at www.sandraardoin.com and on the Seriously Write blog. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

This week, Sandra will be giving away a copy of The Yuletide Angel to one of our U.S. visitors. Answer one of these questions in the comment section for your chance:

What is your happiest Christmas memory from childhood? 

OR

If you could change one thing about your current Christmas celebrations, what would it be?


What’s the most interesting (or unusual) thing you’ve done in the name of research for one of your projects?

I live in a town that pushes its history. It’s the home of the Confederate Salisbury Prison. Each year there’s a tour of historic homes and Confederate re-enactors camp on a city lot. One year, I struck up a conversation with a few of them and they told me some things about the Whitworth rifle, particularly about the bruise it can leave when fired. I used that bit in the as-yet-unpublished novel I was writing at the time.


Very interesting! You’ve written both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. How do you handle switching mindsets from one to the other? Does one type of writing or one audience seem easier for you than another?

My focus has always been on fiction. It’s my writing and reading love. I have done a few non-fiction pieces (other than blog posts), but I can’t say I’ve experienced a problem changing between the two. Surprisingly, the non-fiction tends to come a little easier. It may be because it’s much shorter and is generally based on my opinion.


What advice can you share with novice writers?

  • Persist: You WILL get rejected, but DO NOT give up! Each rejection thickens your skin. It doesn’t mean the end of your writing life.

  • Work With Other Writers – These days, writing for publication is not a solitary endeavor. Networking is critical and enjoyable.

  • Read and study the proper ways to write and submit. There are expectations and a system. Even if you self-publish, don’t be in a hurry.


Those are great things to remember, thanks. Reading fiction can be a way to escape reality for a while, but those stories can still teach some valuable lessons. What points do you hope readers take away from your books?

I’ve found that many of my stories lean heavily on the need for forgiveness—either by God or in a personal relationship. I’m not sure what that says about me, but it is what it is. In The Yuletide Angel, Hugh faces the need to forgive his brother, while Violet must come to terms with her purpose in helping others in the way she does. There’s also an aspect that shows how damaging alcoholism can be on family relationships.


Can you tell us about any other projects you have in the works?

Oh, yes! I’m in the middle of writing a contracted, follow-up, full novel to The Yuletide Angel. It “stars” Hugh’s brother, Kit, who is a secondary character in the novella. A Reluctant Melody is scheduled to release in January 2016.


Congratulations on that! We’ll look forward to A Reluctant Melody. Anything else about yourself, writing, or your books that you’d like to share?

I want to thank you for having me on Novel PASTimes and letting me tell everyone about my novella.

On October 15, we’ll be celebrating the release of this book with a Facebook party and some giveaways. I’d love to meet you all there! Just click the link and let me know you’re coming. (I want to be sure to have enough virtual refreshments! :-)


Sandra, thanks again for joining us.

U.S. visitors, don’t forget that Sandra will be giving away a copy of The Yuletide Angel to one of you. Answer one of these questions in the comment section for your chance:

What is your happiest Christmas memory from childhood? 

OR

If you could change one thing about your current Christmas celebrations, what would it be?


Be sure to include your email (spelling out ‘at’ and ‘dot’ to help cut down on spam) with your answer. The winner will be announced Friday morning. Good luck!

8 comments:

Unknown said...

Thank you for the advice for novice writers. My middle daughter (16yo) desires to be an author one day. She is always writing or reading. I will share these tips with her. :)

If I could change anything about our current Christmas celebration it would be to have my husband off work and to focus less on the commercial-side of Christmas and much much more on the Real Meaning of Christmas!

Blessings,
Kelly Y
kelly *at* dkcountryarts *dot* com

Sandra Ardoin said...

Yay! for young writers! It can be a long row to hoe, Kelly, but if that's what your daughter wants, tell her to keep plugging away at it and to study as hard as she can!

I hope your husband is able to be off on Christmas this year!

Anonymous said...

My happiest memory was when I was 6. I had been quite sick with flu. I was still a bit feverish and coughing a lot. We had opened all the presents under the tree. Suddenly mother said, "Oh, I forgot to wrap a present for you! It is under my bed." I ran--best as I could--back to mom and Dad's room. There, under the bed was something I had wanted for along time--a big teddy bear! And it was from my "adopted" (by love) brother from Costa Rica. He went to school with my real brother and couldn't go home holidays so my brother had told him and another guy that was from Columbia to come stay with us, that we had plenty of room. They did--and they became family. That was the one year he hadn't been able to be with us as he had gone to Korea with the Army to speed up his becoming an American citizen. Since we all called him "Nicky" (his last name was Nicholson), the bear immediately became Nicky bear. That was I had a bit of Nicky with me--even when he was so far away....

I still have the bear--he became my son's when he was 2 years old. That dear, old bear is now 60 years old. I have had to recover part of him--but he is still good!

Lizhood7116@att.net

Sandra Ardoin said...

Hi Liz. What a fun story and great memory. I especially like that you still have the bear. I wonder if Nicky ever realized how precious his gift was to you. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Hello.Glad to meet a new author. Sorry but I don't really remember things from my childhood Christmas. Don't know remember because I know we celebrated it. But a houseful of kids and hard any money back then, so maybe daddy or mom made us. As I got a bigger, I remember getting and apple or Orange in my stocking(a sock). And later I do remember that mom put little sacks under our tree with some candy and nuts. Probably someone gave mom some for us. We were a happy family , rich in love. People did that back then. I do remember something very special after I married at 16, GOD gave me a precious baby girl at dinner time on Christmas day in 1958. As to what I would change is that this Mobil home park on allows a place for 2 cars to park. So after living far away from kids and grandkids, I have never been able to have family Christmases at my own place. It always has to be at one of the kids homes. Of course we have great times tho. That book looks real interesting and love Christmas, so please put my name in. Maxie < mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Anonymous said...


Sandra, What I would change if I could, I would change where I live so I could have Christmas for my children and grandkids in my own house. It's a Mobil Home Park and not good owners. They have cars towed if they park in the street. So you only have a driveway with only one space and your own car. So have to gather at one of the kids. I've been back here 17 years, so makes me said they can't come home. But I have 4 ids here and 12 grands and 19 greats, so we have a great time. Hope I can win your book. Maxie
> mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Sandra Ardoin said...

I think those are great Christmas memories, Maxie. We used to get fruit and nuts in our stockings, too. Wow! Even if you can't have Christmas at your house, it sounds like you have a great gathering!

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