Thanks for having me today.
Tell me, what did you find most satisfying about writing A Reluctant Melody?
I enjoyed getting to know the characters. I knew a little bit about Kit already through the writing of the Christmas novella “The Yuletide Angel.
Edwina: The Yuletide Angel was a wonderful book – if you haven’t read it – you should. You will love it! I just had to make this comment. Back to you Sandra!
Thanks for the plug, Edwina! Though her name was mentioned in the novella, I knew nothing about Joanna until I began the novel. For me, she was the most compelling character. Her story tore at my heart.
How long does it take you to write a novel?
Too long. I’m a slow writer, so it can take me eight to nine months to get 85,000 – 90,000 words ready to submit. Although I edit as I go, it doesn’t mean I’m finished once I write “The End.” That’s when the real editing starts.
Are there any themes that seem to repeat in your stories?
For some reason, forgiveness is a major theme in all my stories. Maybe it’s because it is such a universal theme for all of us. We can relate to the need to forgive someone else or ourselves. In “A Reluctant Melody” forgiveness is present, as well as redemption and reconciliation.
What is the hardest part about being a writer?
For me, it’s trying to balance my writing time with other tasks a writer must do. Between building and maintaining a platform—blogging, social media and making sure readers know about my books, or any specials on them—it can almost be a full-time job in itself. Though I’m not complaining, I wouldn’t mind seeing the bottom of the well for a day or so.
Have you written a character you feel you most resemble?
I think a little of a writer goes into every major character. It might only be an opinion, a hobby or a past experience. I would say I most resemble Violet Madison from “The Yuletide Angel.” Violet is shy around others, but she has bold dreams—to open a bakery, to captain a schooner, and to win the love o Hugh Barnes. Mine was to be a writer and expose my work to the public. We both married at an older age than we’d planned. She doesn’t like to advertise her good deeds. I try to keep those things as private as possible, too.
How has publishing changed your life/writing?
My husband retired three years ago, when I was just getting going good. It would be nice to be able to relax and go places together during the day without feeling I should be working. My house used to be spotless. My garden areas were kept up. As for writing, I concentrate more on deadlines and plans for the next best story to tackle.
What would you say to your main characters if you met them in person?
I would tell Kit and Joanna how much I loved writing their story and that they will be a part of me forever. I would say thank you for reminding me that God’s grace means we don’t have to dwell on our past mistakes and His mercy means we don’t have to fear the future. Kit said it well: “God doesn’t demand perfection from us first. . .He perfects us through our faith in Christ.”
Sandra, thanks so much for sharing with us today. I have enjoyed getting to know you a little better, and I’m sure my readers will enjoy learning about you and your writing as well.
Thanks again for having me!
BIO: Sandra Ardoin writes inspirational historical romance. She’s the author of The Yuletide Angel – http://www.amazon.com/The-Yuletide-Angel-Inspirational-Historical-ebook/dp/B00OH01X50 and A Reluctant Melody – http://www.amazon.com/A-Reluctant-Melody-SandraArdoin/dp/1941103677. A wife and mom, she’s also a reader, football fan, NASCAR watcher, garden planter, country music listener, antique store prowler.
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A Reluctant Melody
Kit’s alcoholism ruined more lives than his own. Now sober, he wants to make amends by opening a mission for drunkards. But the most suitable location belongs to Joanna Cranston Stewart, a love from his sordid past.
Friends of her late husband blame Joanna for his death. Although eager to flee from the rumors, she will let the walls of her rundown property crumble around her before she allows Kit back into her life.
When a blackmailer threatens to reveal Joanna’s long-held secret, will she risk losing everything she owns to Kit . . . including her heart?