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Sandra Alanzo

Sandra Alonzo

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Author Interview with Sandra Alonzo, Author of "Riding Invisible"
Created By: BookBundlz

1. If you could have coffee with any 3 authors, living or dead, who would they be?
a. Joyce Carol Oates because she’s an amazing and versatile writer.
b. Augusten Burroughs because he writes good stuff, and must be hilarious in person.
c. Isak Dinesen (aka Baroness Karen Blixen) who wrote Out of Africa, and had an amazing life.

2. If you could only take one book, food item and drink with you to a deserted island what would they be?
a. The book I’d bring along would be War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, mainly because I’ve never read it before and it has a lot of pages. If I finished, I’d use the pages to start campfires.
b. A gigantic can of chili, not too spicy, with lots of beans for protein.
c. Assuming there’s fresh water on the island, I’d bring along a huge jug of tomato juice, not that it’s my favorite, but it’s filling.

3. What are your secret indulgences?

4. What about you would surprise your readers?
When I was a teen, I had a secret ambition to become a dental technician. I ended up becoming a teacher instead.

5. What is your perfect day as an author?
Write, and do it well.

6. If you could be any fictional character who would it be?
Hmmmmmm. How about Fancy Nancy in Jane O’Connor’s picture book series? I love Nancy’s attitude about life.

7. What are the book(s) you are reading now?
a. The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow (in my car.)
b. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
c. The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Learner (suggested reading for a writer’s retreat I plan to attend.)

8. What was your favorite book as a teenager, and why?
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, because I loved the characters

9. (Aside from your own) What book(s) have you read that you think are perfect for book clubs?
a. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
b. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
c. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosney
d. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

About Your Book:

10. Where did the inspiration for your book come from?
RIDING INVISIBLE is based on events in my life. I grew up with horses, I had a younger brother with childhood onset schizophrenia, and I’ve ridden on many of the trails described in the book.

11. They say every book written is the author telling a personal philosophy. What personal philosophy are you trying to get across?
Living with an emotionally disturbed child is extremely difficult for the family.

12. Writers are often surprised by something that happens in their book. Perhaps a character says or does something you did not think they would, or something you thought would only be a couple of paragraphs turns into 10 pages. What surprised you about your book?
The m.c., Yancy, is able to forgive Grass, the girl he meets in Palmdale, even though she is usually mean and ultimately responsible for his demise.

About Your Writing Process:

13. What is your writing process like? 
I just write! I write a lot, whenever I can. Ideas constantly pop into my head at strange times, like when I’m driving or riding my horse. If I don’t jot down the idea immediately, it’s often lost. Most days, you’ll find me on my laptop, typing away. I usually follow the same process I used for RIDING INVISIBLE, which means revising, rewriting, and recreating the novel two or three times. Even though it doesn’t come easy, it’s what I love to do.

14. What gets you in the mood to write?
Waking up in the morning.

15. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Never give up, keep writing, keep trying, work to improve your craft, and submit your work whenever possible. Again, never give up!

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