Sandy Nadeau loves to go on adventures, photograph them and equally loves to write about them. She and her husband did a lot of four-wheeling in the back country of Colorado and shared those experiences with others by taking them up in the mountains. Her writing experience includes a community news column in a small newspaper for twelve years, magazine articles and two novels with adventure, mystery, romance, but most importantly sharing God’s love. She is currently a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and has two books out. Married for a whopping 40 years, she and her husband are loving life as grandparents to their three grandchildren after the big move to Texas. 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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- What inspired your latest story?
Quite a few things led to the story’s creation. My husband was a volunteer firefighter and also served on the rescue squad for a number of years back in our days in Minnesota. A lot of the ideas came from that. At first, four of us writers had the idea of doing four Christian romance novellas all based on emergency workers. We tried to sell it, but we didn’t get any takers, so we went our separate ways with our stories. Mine was the firefighter hero with the heroine working on the rescue squad. So there I was with a novella, but needed to make it longer in order to market it better. So I had to add to the middle, which was really hard. But then the story sort of built up with more meat in it, with the help of a lot of brainstorming with writer friends and my hubby.
Describe your decision to become a writer.
It really wasn’t my decision. I always liked to write, my mom and grandmother wrote. When that gift is in you, and I do see it as a gift from God that I get to do this thing I love, you can’t NOT write. I think it’s more a matter of learning to do this writer thing the right way rather than just deciding to be a writer. I don’t know if that makes sense, but that’s how it went for me. I pursued what I felt God wanted me to do. I did take a home correspondence course in 1983 on writing, but it took a long time with raising our daughter to pursue much with it beyond magazine articles. I did write a community news column for twelve years back in Colorado.
- What is your writing process like?
I’m an SOP writer (Seat of the Pants). I was never good at outlining and I find so often that the characters start off in directions I didn’t expect so my planning is a waste of time. And I really dislike wasting time. It’s really an amazing thing as you are typing along and feeling like you are going a certain way, when your fingers suddenly start having a life of their own. Or you try to type something about a character and it just won’t come out. So then you sort of “let go” and the words go as the character dictates. That’s the only way I can describe it. It’s just weird and incredibly fun!
- Who would you cast as the hero and heroine of your latest release?
I pictured a guy like Ben Bass from Rookie Blue to play Steve. Handsome and fit.
And Jennifer Aniston would be good for Ronnie.
Now if someone would just give me a movie contract and cast these two…
Her Latest Novel, Rescue Me, can be purchased here