Author Interview with Sandy Bazinet

Today we welcome Sandy Bazinet.

Book ‘Em:  Tell us about you and your life outside of writing.

Sandy Bazinet:  Family always comes first. I also take long walks each day and enjoy yoga. I love going to the movies, but I insist on always getting popcorn. I also love graphic design.

Book ‘Em:  Which books have you written? What are they about and why did you choose to write them? Do your books have a message? Are they fiction or nonfiction?

Sandy Bazinet:  Most of my books are fantasy fiction. I also have a self-help book about coping with emotional vampires. And I have a children’s book that my very talented daughter illustrated.

Book ‘Em:  Do you have a work in progress?

Sandy Bazinet:  I’m working on a number of books right now. But most of my current writing time is devoted to a romance novel. It will be my first in the romance genre.

Book ‘Em:  What was the most difficult section/piece you ever wrote? What made it difficult?

Sandy Bazinet:  In one of my novels, I tackled the concept of good and evil. Since I feel that my writing is inspired, I didn’t know how the story would enfold, or if I’d be able to resolve the conflict in the best way possible. In the end, I was satisfied with the result and a point of view that might be beneficial to someone else exploring the concept.

Book ‘Em:  What sort of research do you do for your work?

Sandy Bazinet:  I try to find out as much as is needed when I write about a place or an experience, but I don’t delve into history and culture like some of the historical romance writers I have read.

Book ‘Em:  Which books and authors do you read for pleasure? Is there an author that inspires you?

Sandy Bazinet:  I don’t have a favorite. I try to find a connection to every book I read. Sometimes it’s there, and sometimes it’s not. No matter, I appreciate that a writer has given me an opportunity of expand my world.

Book ‘Em:  Was there a person who encouraged you to write?

Sandy Bazinet:  For me, it was more of an inner need that kept pinging me to write.

Book ‘Em:  What would you say are your strengths as an author?

Sandy Bazinet:  I love every part of the writing process, including editing a book a number of times.

Book ‘Em:  How often do you write, and do you write using a strict routine?

Sandy Bazinet:  I write every day. I don’t have a schedule, just a desire to enjoy the stories that I’m writing.

Book ‘Em:  Five years from now, where do you see yourself as a writer?

Sandy Bazinet:  I see myself knee-deep in writing, enjoying the stories I write more than ever.

Book ‘Em:  If you could offer one piece of advice to a novice writer, what would it be?

Sandy Bazinet:  First and foremost, write for yourself! Let some deeper voice speak to you and help you to explore your heart and soul! Afterwards, you can edit and polish your story for others to read.

Book ‘Em:  What would you consider the best compliment a reader could give your book?

Sandy Bazinet:  I would love if someone said, “You’re book changed my life for the better.”

Book ‘Em:  Provide an excerpt of your writing that you would like to share with our members.

Sandy Bazinet:  This is the beginning of my book, DYING TAKES IT OUT OF YOU:

The worst moment of my life is a good starting place. I’ve had a lot of worst moments, but this one was a chart-topper. It was the kind of worst moment that made the others look kind of nostalgic. Even being a five-year-old kid and having my dad pound me into the ground seemed comforting in comparison. In my worst moment of worst moments, I was lying prone, trying to breathe, trying to still my heartbeat. It was the only part of me that still functioned. But the pounding in my ears didn’t shut out the sound coming from the bathroom. A man was washing his hands, making sure he didn’t have any blood on them, my blood. This guy had medical degrees. He knew his way around bodies. He knew how to study them, dead or alive. He’d be back in a minute, to study mine again.

What thoughts does a person have at a moment like that? Does a person pray for a miracle? Maybe, but my thought was a simple one.

Oh god, he’s turned off the water. He’ll be opening that door any minute.


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