Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Visit with Sandra Orchard...

by Patricia Bradley

Sandra Orchard is an award-winning author of Christian romantic suspense. She writes for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line and Revell Publishing. I met Sandra on-line a couple of years ago and have really enjoyed getting to know her. Today I want to welcome her to Stitches Thru Time.

1. How long have you been writing?
I started my first manuscript in the autumn of 2004 and signed my first contract almost 6 years and as many manuscripts later. (3 of those 6 eventually sold)
Wow! That's pretty fast in the publishing world.

2. What do you like most about writing, and what do you like least?

Brainstorming the story and revising it once it's written. Funny, huh? The actual writing, more often than not, is hard work. Although the days that the words just come, or that new twists flow effortlessly from my fingertips are magical. Before contracts and deadlines, there seemed to be a lot more days like those. ;)

3. What do you do in your spare time? (Answer this one after you get up off the floor.)

Wait, I'm still rolling on the floor laughing. To be honest, I used to be a well-rounded person. I used to do a lot of construction projects and various crafts, painting, sewing, knitting, gardening. And to be fair, it wasn't just writing that squeezed those activities out of my life. I started having back trouble, not to mention the eyes just couldn't see those little cross-stitch patterns as well as they used to. Whew! Glad I got that confession off my chest. Now, to answer your question…I play with my grandchildren (which is starting to include crafts <wink>) or I read. 

4. What's your new book about?

It's about a young woman who has inherited her grandparents' house, the only place she ever felt truly happy, except someone doesn't want her there. Here's the blurb: 

Someone wants to stop Becki Graw from claiming her inheritance. Police officer Joshua Rayne is just as determined to keep his beautiful neighbor safe. She may not be the tomboy Josh remembers, but she’s just as stubborn. Becki is intent on keeping her grandparents’ remote farmhouse-no matter the danger. Becki’s feelings for her childhood crush may be rekindled, but she’s seen too much to risk opening her heart. As the threats against Becki escalate, the list of suspects grows longer. Josh must convince Becki to trust him with her heart-and her life-before a madman ends their chance at happiness…permanently.

You'll find fun extras liked deleted scenes and location pics at:

You can learn more about Sandra’s books and bonus features at or connect at

Now a quick question...what question would you like to ask Sandra?


  1. Thank you for introducing Sandra Orchard to me. A very interesting interview! I am definitely curious to read Fatal Heritance.

  2. Thank you for sharing this great interview! I look forward to FATAL INHERITANCE! Sandra, where do you do most of your writing? Do you follow any type of writing schedule?

    1. Hi Britney, I hope you enjoy the novel! I do most of my writing at my computer desk. Although this particular book, I wrote out by hand and my daughter typed it for me. Then I did edits on the computer. I write faster by hand (less tempted to edit ;) ).

      I write every day but Sunday. Some days I'm at it for hours and hours straight. Other days, it's a couple here and a couple there. This past week, it's felt non-stop as I had line edits to finish, a proposal to revise (still working on that) and the third book in my Port Aster Secrets book to continue writing--that last one never happened, either.

  3. Melanie, She is a very interesting person! And writes the best books.

  4. Britney, I can't wait to read Fatal Inheritance, either!

  5. Hi, Sandra!

    Enjoyed learning more about you & your writing, & would love to read your books!

    I'm thinking your physical problems may have been divine intervention that offered you the opportunity to start writing again - what are your feelings about it?