Friday, October 24, 2014

Author Interview with Sandra Dailey

I am happy to introduce to you another author from The Wild Rose Press, and one from my line...Crimson Rose. She is a talented writer with a great sense of humor. Please help me to welcome Sandra Dailey, the author of Common Enemy


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Hi Chrys! Thanks for inviting me to your blog. It’s nice to get out of the cave and see sunlight now and then.

I'm glad you could be here. Tell us about your current release.

I’d love to. This is the blurb for COMMON ENEMY:

Jordan Holbrook is the single mother of a five-year-old daughter. She’s just inherited her Grandmother’s house in South Florida where she’s hiding from an abusive ex-husband who’s been released from prison early. A new man in her life isn't part of her plans.

Connor McCrae is a handyman who lives out of his van. He walked away from a privileged life and loving family after being badly scarred in a vicious attack. He doesn't believe a woman’s love is in the cards for him.

What brings them together is a rundown house, a mutual attraction, and a Common Enemy.

Bobby Ray Butler is cutting a path of murder and mayhem through south Florida in his quest for vengeance. His sights are set on his ex-wife and anyone who gets in his way.

Genre: Romantic-Suspense
Length: 272 pages
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Release Date: February 22nd, 2014

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Also available in print!

1. I love how the man's face on the cover blends into the background. Is this book part of a series?

I wouldn’t call it a series, but I am working on a sequel called CLOSE ENEMY. The heroes of each book are twin brothers.

2. How did you pick the title for your book?

When Connor and Jordan first meet, they’re complete opposites in every way except the enemy they have in common.

3. Why did you choose the setting for COMMON ENEMY?

I’ve lived in various parts of Florida most of my life. The most dangerous place I know is in the Everglades. I could tell you stories that would curl your hair about things that have happened there. People living in the surrounding cities don’t have any idea. I decided Bobby Ray would use that setting during some of the time he stalked his pray. The fictional town of Mayville is based on a small town I lived in on the northern border of the glades.

4. I've lived in Florida most of my life, but I've never been to the Everglades. How did you come up with the names for your hero and heroine?

I have a funny habit of giving all my characters Irish names. I’m also attracted to names beginning with C. I often have to go back and change several names. I believe I got Jordan’s name from a friend of my granddaughter. Bobby Ray uses two names because that’s what serial killers do. Haven’t you noticed?

5. Oh, I have! What would women find irresistible about your hero?

Women are shocked and sometimes put-off by Connor’s scars. Jordan was immediately attracted to his inner beauty; integrity, kindness, generosity, and strong work ethic. If you scratched the Mona Lisa the painting would be ruined but she’d still be Mona.

6. What are a few things we would find in or on your desk?

The usual; a full coffee mug, notebook, pens, tissues, lotion, incense, and a set of women’s western spurs.

7. Is there a teacher (or teachers) you would like to personally thank for his/her influence?

Yes there is, Mrs. English with the big black hair and thick glasses. She said I was a no-good menace to society who would never do anything with my life and would probably die young from a drug overdose.

“Here I am, Mrs. English, a soon-to-be great-grandmother who still doesn’t do drugs. You gave me the incentive to go for gold no matter what anyone said.”

8. I'm sure glad I didn't have her as a teacher! If you could give your book to anyone in the world to read (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Mrs. English, of course. Do you need to ask why?

9. You're right, Sandra, I don't need to ask why, but I will ask you to share three random facts about yourself.

1.    I’m the only writer I know who is dyslexic and doesn’t know how to type.
2.    I have a Facebook account and I don’t even like cats.
3.    I have three secret boards on Pinterest of sexy, hot guys. I titled them: makeup, recipes and fashion to keep the Pinterest people off my back.

10. You're a riot! Now please share your advice to new writers.

Study, research, and learn everything you can about your craft. Also, keep notes as you go. You never know when a person or place is going to show up in your story again.


A little more about me:

Sandra Dailey lives in North Florida with her husband and house plants. She has four children, ten grandchildren with two more on the way, and a goldfish named Clementine. She has a passion for needle crafts, reading and writing. Her addictions are chocolate, coffee, and football. She loves to hear from fellow readers and writers. Her first two books, The Chief’s Proposal and Twice the Trouble are contemporary romances and also available in eBook and print. She is currently hard at work on Close Enemy and a couple other surprises.

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Thank you for letting me interview you, Sandra. You thoroughly entertained me!

Please, leave Sandra comments and love. :)


65 comments:

  1. I don't type well, does that count?
    There's more in those everglades than alligators, huh?
    Congratulations, Sandra!

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    1. Thanks for leaving Sandra a comment, Alex!

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    2. Gators and snakes are preferable to so of the swamp people. ;)

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  2. lol have to keep those pinterest people away. Seems like a great way to come up with the title to.

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    1. I've never used Pinterest, but I have been tempted.

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    2. They've removed some of my greatest pictures :(

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  3. Secret pinterest boards? Love it!
    Nice interview, ladies! And Sandra, loved your book! Looking forward to the sequel.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed Sandra's interview, Katie!

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    2. Thanks Katie! Glad you came by.

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  4. What a great interview Chrys. Notice how her hero is a Handyman? ;) Chrys knows what I'm talking about. Sandra your book sounds like something I would really enjoy. I'm bummed your hot guy boards are secret! Please share with moi!! Great to meet you Sandra and I love your author pic.

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    1. Haha! I hadn't noticed that until you pointed it out. Gotta love those Handymen. ;)

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    2. Nothing better than a man who's good with his hands!

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  5. Sandra and Chris, enjoyed the interview. I love the Everglades anyway, even if it's blood curdling.

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    1. I feel like I'm missing something. I have to see the Everglades some time.

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    2. We must be sisters, mud in the blood.

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  6. Awesome interview. Now I'm almost scared to learn what things people might be hiding in their secret pinterest folders. ;)

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

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    1. LOL! You never know what they might have in those folders. ;)

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    2. =) I'll take poor awesomeness--especially where it involves cheese.

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  7. What a horrible teacher! You sure showed her.

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  8. Hmm, this is my kind of reading material. I'll have to check out more from the publisher too. Congrats Sandra, nice to meet you.

    Have a good weekend Chris and Sandra.

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    1. The Wild Rose Press has a wonderful section of books. Have a great weekend, Dolorah! :D

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  9. Ooh, that is a cool effect, the way his face blends with the background. Sounds like a great book!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie. The cover artist is a genius. The challenge will be making Close Enemy's cover as good.

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  10. Congratulations on your publication, Chrys!

    And this one's a great cover for an intriguing story.

    Happy weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Robyn!

      And yes, the cover for Sandra's book is awesome!

      Have a great weekend! :)

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  11. I've often wondered if I have mild dyslexia because I'm constantly mixing up the letters of words and giving other words the wrong double-leteers.

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    1. It's possible, Michael. If you can, you could get tested for it to know for sure. :)

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    2. I don't know your age, but back in the sixties no one had heard of dyslexia. You were thought to be 'slow'.

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  12. Great interview! Mrs. English must have been a real trip! I've never been to the Everglades, either, but I'll bet there are definitely some fascinating stories about it. Scary ones, too.

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    1. I bet the Everglades are full of stories...and secrets.

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    2. You can find plenty of old missing person reports down there. Not much evidence is left to find. I like to think Mrs. English was able to visit at some point...JK

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  13. I LOVE the names of you Pinterest boards. Smart. I'll have to look for them I am looking for a man for a new story. I can't see his face yet. I have actually your book in my TBR and looking forward to reading it. Great author photo, by the way.

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    1. It's just little old me... Thanks for dropping by.

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    2. I have her book on my TBR list, too. I've been desperately trying to catch up with all of my reading. Sandra, I'll read Common Enemy as soon as I can! :)

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  14. This was very entertaining, Sandra...love your personality! What a great blog...

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Ash!

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    2. Ash, you flatter me. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better too.

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  15. This has been mentioned before, but the cover art is fabulous. I love it. Just perfect for the story you described!

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    1. Thanks Cherdo. I told Debbie Taylor, (artist), that I wanted dark, sinister, swamp, evil stalker. She's a great talent.

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  16. Not very good at typing especially of late with a poison finger (now better)

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  17. Fun interview.

    I'm not dyslexic, but I can't type. I use two fingers and a thumb (one finger for the arrow thingy which makes capital letters, the thubm for the space bar and the other finger for everything else)

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    1. I used to use just two fingers. Actually, now that I'm paying attention, I still do mostly use fingers, but every once in a while a third or fourth is use. HAHA

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  18. Oh ... and I make quite a few typos!

    Thumb ... thumb ... thumb ... right, got it now.

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    1. Patsy, that's why editors were born. Keep pecking away!

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  19. The everglades could be a really great setting for a creepy story!

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    1. You're right Sherry. There's beauty in it to the point of exotic, but so much hidden danger. It makes a writer's mind go crazy.

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  20. I'm sorry, I'm a little late coming in here, but I think the novel is a very good one. Great job, Sandra!

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    1. Oh, there's no such thing as late, Ilona! You're right on time! ;)

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  21. I'd stay away from that guy on the cover. He's got eyes that say, "Vicious." Congrats on the book and good luck!

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    1. Yes, it's hard to figure out if he's a good guy or a bad guy.

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  22. Sorry I am late to this post but it was my birthday weekend for the past few days=)
    I love the cover and premise of this story! It sounds really suspenseful. What a lovely interview, Chrys, and I wish Sandra the best of luck with Common Enemy!

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    1. No worries, Gina! Happy (belated) Birthday!

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  23. Fun interview, Chrys! It's great you're doing this series of interviews. :)

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    1. Thanks, Loni! I have more coming as a lot of authors signed up for them. :)

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