Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Stalking Sandra Byrd (and giveaway)

Today's stalking victim is a talented Tudorphile who takes extra time for her teeth! Please welcome to the stage a prolific author with a bright, white smile:

The one place you insist must be kept clean?
My teeth. (See reference to 2012 Dodge Challenger, below.)
(Right on!)

Pet peeve?
Unkindness. I can tolerate just about anything else.
(You are much kinder than I. I flip out over hair in the bathtub!)

Favorite memory from a writers' conference of event?
At my very first conference I pitched the Secret Sisters books, my first series for tweens, to some well known editors. I -- nervously -- met with Steve Laube, who was with Bethany House at the time. Came to find out he attended the church we once had attended in Phoenix, and I was able to ask after the well-being of a young girl whom I'd mentored and taken under my wing years before, but had lost track of. We spent the time talking about her, and not my books, but that was okay. It reminded me that life is much, much bigger and more personal than publication. And the books got published (by WaterBrook Press) anyway.
(A great reminder for us writers!)

Best fan moment?
Seeing someone reading my book in the airport. It's the readers!
(How cool is that?)

Your brand of toothpaste?
I could say something arty like Rembrandt, or green like Tom's of Maine, or even hipster like Organique -- but the plain truth is that I use Crest Pro-Health brands 2-3 times a day. I could have purchased the muscle car I want with the amount of money I spent last year on dental care so I'm being a bit overcautious.
(The teeth always win and yet you've not become an anti-dentite? Amazing!)

Three things on your desk?
Coffee. A phone charger. The Leaning Tower of Research books.
(Coffee? In Seattle? They drink that there? wink, wink.)

Favorite souvenir from your travels?
My "Keep Calm and Carry On" print from London. Every writer needs one in her office.
(Note to self: get copy of print, STAT.)

A sentence from your rough draft that didn't make the novel:
It was a dark and stormy night.

The name of every book you've ever published (so we can track 'em all down):
LADIES IN WAITING: To Die For (Available now!), The Secret Keeper (June, 2012)
FRENCH TWIST: Let Them Eat Cake, Bon Appetit, Piece de Resistance
LONDON CONFIDENTIAL (teens): Asking for Trouble, Through Thick and Thin, Don't Kiss Him Goodbye, Flirting with Disaster
SECRET SISTER SERIES (tweens -- soon to be available on ebooks!)
GIRLS LIKE YOU (nonfiction tweens)

If you could spend one week in any time in history, it would be?
I'm really into sixteenth century England right now, so I'm pretty sure I'd like to travel back then, hang out, and see if I got it right! I'd probably hold off on the roasted swan and jellied eel, though.
(Eww. Eel? Nasty. I don't even want to know what the jelly's made from.)

And in that week you would trade places/assume the identity of?
Meg Wyatt. Of course!
(Of course!)

Your favorite not-quite-a-curse-word (in case you're forced to eat the eel):
"What the Bev?" It stands in for "What the Heck?" Long story, but I do get a lot of strange looks and people wondering if I mean Beverly Hills or Beverly Cleary. But it's neither.

Besides, "What the Bev?" what sounds might I hear if I was eavesdropping outside your kitchen window?
A Kitchen-Aid running and a dog begging. And maybe the nanny-beeper on my fridge going off to remind me that I'd left the door open.
(Thank goodness you didn't say, "The shrieking eels!")

One lousy job from your past:
House cleaning. And I accidentally set the house on fire.

Worst writing (or life) advice you ever received:
"Write for yourself." Um, no. That would be a diary. When you write to publish you write for readers. If you write about something that both of you are interested in, though: jackpot!

What would you like God to say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Well done good and faithful servant!
(And, scene.)

Stalkers can also find you in these places:
Please visit me online at my website; you can also link to me on Facebook and Twitter from there. I hope your readers will also sign up for my e-postcards (where I am also giving away two Kindles) so I can keep in touch!

Awesome, Sandra! Thanks for letting us stalk you!

And now, for our own GIVEAWAY DETAILS!!!!

Leave a comment on this post between 8/16/2011 and 8/26/2011 to enter to win: My copy of Sandra's newest novel, To Die For and an **autographed** bookplate to put inside it!


  1. Serena and Sandra, this interview made me laugh out loud! I am officially changing my not-quite-a-curse-word from "dagnabbit" to "What the Beverly Cleary!?" LOLOL!

    Now Sandra, how did you get "heck" out of "bev"??

  2. Love this interview - so fun!!! ;) You're awesome, Joy!

    And Sandra, thanks for sharing your great responses! Definitely some good advice for writers - and for life in general. ;)

    I would love a chance to win this book!! Thank you!



  3. Fun interview!

    I mostly use Crest Pro-Health, too. But, only because it's usually free at CVS. ;)

    I'd love a chance at To Die For. I just went and put the French Twist series on my wishlist, too. :)

    bluerosesheart at yahoo dot com

  4. Thanks for stopping in Amber and Tammy.

    Amber, this was Serena's interview, not mine. She did a great job didn't she?

  5. This books sounds great. I don't normally like to read about that time frame but this book sounds so different. Thanks for the review, earlier and now the interview. Please enter me. Thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  6. Great interview Serena! It made me smile several times(too early in the morning for an LOL from me!). I will definitely have to check out some of Sandra's books.

  7. Thanks all, for stopping by so early this morning! Now don't forget to brush your teeth!

  8. I would love to read your series. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.Tore923@aol.com

  9. What a great job on the interview, Serena. Thanks Sandra for letting us readers in....also thanks Serena for the giveaway. i'd love to win! mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

  10. I loved these interviews. Sandra is such a great author....and I loved To Die For...

    (not an entry)

  11. Entertaining interview...and the book sounds awesome!

  12. Just finished brushing my teeth and thought I'd check in with y'all. (Christy Janes said I could use that word for 24 hours.) Thanks for stalking me, Serena. It's so fun to meet your blog readers!I hope everyone who gets a chance to read it enjoys the book.

  13. LOL! Oops!

    Joy, you're still awesome, but Serena's awesome, too! ;)

    Love you guys!


  14. Loved the interview. Signed up for the e-postcards.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  15. For anyone who hasn't visited Sandra's website, it's really pretty and a fun place to hang out!

    Thanks for stopping by and all the sweet comments -- I especially want to thank Sandra Byrd for taking time out of her busy "new release schedule" to answer my questions, send me photos, and leave comments for us here! Congrats again on the new book!


  16. I definitely like to win this book. The story sounds fascinating and the interview was fun!

  17. fantastic! luved the interview ")
    thanks for a new recommendation!
    and your giveaway generosity...

  18. It must be so cool to find someone reading your book. I can't imagine!
    (not an entry)

  19. a wonderful interview/posting...loved it :)

    thanks for the chance to read sandra's latest novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  20. I very much enjoyed this fun interview! Look forward to reading the book. Enter me in the giveaway please.

    Blessings to you and your book.

    plb1050 at gmail dot com

  21. I would go back to England, but it would be the Victorian times. Great interview. Thanks!

  22. What a fun interview!

    "A sentence from your rough draft that didn't make the novel:
    It was a dark and stormy night.

    That made me giggle. :) This book sounds so good...I'd love to win it. Not sure if you take Canadian entries but if you do here's my e-mail:

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

    I'm a new follower Joy, feel free to come visit my blog at...

    Cathy :)

  23. Thanks for entering everyone! Welcome aboard Cathy and Faith. We're a fun bunch over here. :)

  24. I want to know how she set fire to a house she was cleaning! How could that not warrant a follow up question?! :D

    I've put "To Die For" on my wishlist, as I'd love to read her take on Anne Boleyn.


  25. I just found your blog...and I'm loving it. :-) I really enjoyed the interview. It's incredibly fun. I am adding these books to my "to read" list and I can't wait to read them.



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