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Now let's revisit novelist Sandra Robbins, author of Alabama Brides (Barbour Publishing, October 2011).
Sandra Robbins and her husband live in the small college town in Tennessee where she grew up. They count their four children and five grandchildren as the greatest blessings in their lives.
Until a few years ago Sandra was working as an elementary school principal, but God opened the door for her to become a full-time writer. Her first book Pedigreed Bloodlines was a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier contest for excellence in writing mystery. Final Warning, a romantic suspense, was a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Contest, a Holt Merit Award winner, and a finalist in the ACFW Carol Award. Mountain Peril, a romantic suspense, was also a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Contest, and The Columns of Cottonwood, a historical romance, was a finalist in the ACFW Carol Award.
When not writing or spending time with her family, Sandra enjoys reading, collecting flow blue china, and playing the piano.
Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
--I am an avid fan of musical theater, and my favorite performance was getting to see Yul Brynner perform in The King and I.
--I received my Bachelor’s Degree in music with a major in piano.
--I love to travel, and I think the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited is Monte Carlo.
--My favorite foods are hamburgers and chocolate chip cookies.
--I laughed out loud once when a nurse asked me if my twins, a boy and a girl, were identical.
One of the greater geniuses of the medical field, eh? Maybe it had been a long day in the maternity ward.
Please tell us a bit more about the plots in Alabama Brides.
Alabama Brides is a collection of three books written for Barbour’s Heartsong Presents Romance line.
In The Columns of Cottonwood, Savannah learns that there’s more to home than a plot of land, as Dante searches for God’s answer to his dream.
In Dinner at the St. James, Tave’s love softens the heart of a wounded man, leading him to sacrifice everything for her.
The third book in the series is Blues Along the River, and in it Victoria witnesses first hand God’s redemptive power in her family as He remakes her husband into the man of her dreams.
What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?
The stories about Savannah, Tave, and Victoria, the three heroines in the stories, are set in the years after the Civil War when steamboats plied the Alabama River and a new way of life was emerging in the South. As these women struggle to adjust to a changing world and find love, they find their only hope for a renewed future is in the love they have for God, family, and the land. They each learn that the plans God has for each of them is better than anything they could ever have imagined.
If you were the casting director for the film version of these stories, who would play your lead roles?
I would choose AnnaSophia Robb to play Savannah.
Anne Hathaway to play Tave.
And Zooey Deschanel to play Victoria.
Here’s a hint for your well-to-do fans and loved ones: If you could have any one writing-related gift for Christmas this year, what would it be? The sky is the limit!
I would ask for a wing to be built onto my house for a large office with all the latest technology installed and stocked with all kinds of office supplies I would need for writing. I would also have an adjoining room for my personal library filled with all my favorite books.
I like that one! Think I'll add it to my Amazon wish list.
What is the last book you read that you would recommend?
The last book I read is The Queen, by Christy award winner Steven James. This is his fifth book in the Patrick Bowers Series, and it’s a page turner. For those not familiar with the suspense writer, his books feature a great character who is an FBI agent. The book is a techno-thriller, and I recommend it to any reader who enjoys this genre.
What are you working on now?
I am working on a three book historical romance series that is set in Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains. The first book tells the story of Anna Prentiss who comes to the Cove in 1894 to spend the summer with a legendary mountain midwife and finds love and God’s plan for her life. It will release next year from Harvest House. I am busy working on the second in the series, Mountain Homecoming, that tells the story of Anna’s daughter. The third book is about Anna’s granddaughter and ends with the Cove residents selling their land to the government for the Smoky Mountain National Park and leaving the valley they love.
Where else can readers find you online?
Readers can find me at my website at sandrarobbins.net, at my blog sandrarobbinsbooks.blogspot.com, and on Thursdays at theborrowedbook.blogspot.com. I always enjoy receiving emails from my readers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?
What three books, besides the Bible, have influenced your life more than any others you’ve read?
Thank you, Sandra, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Sandra has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 21. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Sandra's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.
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