Author Spotlight: Sandra Orchard

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Today's spotlight: Sandra Orchard

Today’s spotlight: Sandra Orchard


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Hi Sandra! Thanks so much for taking time to drop by my blog! I didn’t realize you lived in Canada. Getting a little cold up there?orchard_sandra


Yes! I live in the beautiful Niagara region of Ontario, Canada. After my youngest daughter marries this month, my household will consist of my hubby and I and our Alaskan husky, Bella. But we have four grandchildren five and under, so I’m sure our nest won’t feel empty. <wink>


I love your book’s title: “Another Day, Another Dali.” So what inspired this story?


Another Day, Another Dali is the second installment in my FBI art crime mystery series with agent Serena Jones. The theft of a Matisse from a Venezuelan museum that went undetected for more than two years, because a forgery was hung in its place, was the inspiration for this story.


When Serena’s grandmother asks Serena to investigate the switch of a valuable Salvador Dali painting, Serena hopes tracking down the original will also mean finally measuring up to Nana’s expectations. But when the evidence points to members of the owner’s own household—friends of her grandmother’s—it becomes increasingly clear that Serena won’t be winning any popularity contests.


The Dali isn’t the only painting that’s fallen prey to the forgery-replacing thief either, raising the specter of a sophisticated theft ring–one with links to dirty cops, an aspiring young artist, and the unsolved murder of Serena’s grandfather. And of course, Serena’s zany aunt is still as eager as ever to help her solve her cases, as are the two handsome men in Serena’s life…or so it would seem.





Sandra, answer this question: “My great adventure has been…”


Spending the past four months at my three-year-old grandson’s side as he recovered from a near fatal lawn tractor accident. For weeks, his organs wouldn’t even fit back in his swollen body, he lost a leg and some ribs and a lot of skin and muscle and suffered a severe break in the femur of his whole leg and his heel, but tens of thousands of people worldwide continuously prayed for his healing, including many of the dedicated medical personnel who worked so hard to save him and help him get better. And Jed’s bright smiles and laughter and tenacity have filled my heart to overflowing and been such an inspiration to so many.


I’d dedicated Another Day, Another Dali to Jed when I first handed in the manuscript last October, more than 7 months before the accident, because he inspired a scene in the book in which Serena has to babysit an active little toddler with a one-word vocabulary. It seems incredibly fitting that we’re celebrating the release of the novel dedicated to him at the same time we’re celebrating Jed’s release from the hospital.


Oh Sandra, my heart started pounding as I read about Joel’s accident. Thanking God that your little grandson is heading home, safe and sound. Wow…what a year you’ve had. What a month you’re having! So aside from a cup of good, strong coffee, what helps you get all of your “brain cylinders” firing so you can write well?


I never acquired a taste for coffee. A brisk morning walk with my dog helps wake up the creative juices.


Why do you write?


To entertain, encourage, educate and inspire hope.


How would you describe your writing style?


fast-paced, keep-you-guessing, laugh-out-loud stories, with a dash of sweet romance


What was your biggest break?


I’d have to say winning the Daphne DuMaurier Award of Excellence for the revised version of a novel Love Inspired Suspense had already rejected, because thanks to that, when I met the line’s new editor two months later at an ACFW conference, I was able to secure her agreement to read the revised manuscript. She too rejected it for the line. But… she detailed why and asked me to send her another story. I immediately applied what I learned from her critique to another finished manuscript and submitted it. And Deep Cover, my debut novel of 2011, was the result.


If you could write any book–on any topic–and be guaranteed a publishing contract, what topic would it be? (Or genre?)


A children’s book, because while my son was in the hospital this summer cuddling his preemie baby, he called me and said if I wrote picture books he’d read them to his son. J


Blessings to you, Sandra, with your daughter’s wedding AND grandson Joel’s recovery, in the midst of a new book release (phew!). Thanks for dropping by and sharing your life. Know that I’ll be praying for your family this month!

So how can readers connect with you?

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