Last year Sandra Bricker stopped by here to share her thoughts on vblogging. I’ve long been a fan of her writing so it’s a thrill to have her stop by again today. You’ll see by this interview why I love her so much. Her personality shines through!
Enjoy this interview.
Well, I’ve adored your writing for a long time. Your writing voice is the perfect thing to help me relax from a long day. Was your writing voice always this strong from the beginning?
Is that a trick question? I suppose I’ve always been accused of having an author voice that reads like a conversation between friends. In fact, I think one of the best compliments I remember getting is when an editor told me I struck her as “The Carrie Bradshaw of Christian publishing.” But over the years and through the projects, it’s started to come more and more easily to me. It was about the time of The Big 5-OH! that I noticed the words flowing in a way I hadn’t experienced before.
You have an enviable fan base. What are some of the best ways you’ve found to connect with people who enjoy your books?
You know, I always say my readers are the best thing that’s ever happened to me … and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. I remember the first time they started turning out and standing in line for a book signing, and no one could have been as astonished as I was. I actually thought they’d gotten into the wrong line, and when I saw one woman grinning at me and clutching a copy of Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas, I had to ask her, “Are you waiting for me?” When she said yes, I think I said something like, “Then let’s get this party started!” That’s when I realized there were dozens of people standing behind her waiting to meet me.
Before becoming a writer, I was a publicist for actors, and the primary thing I learned in those years was that it’s all too easy to tell the difference between the person who really doesn’t like their fans aside from what they can do for them and the person who values every single one of them. I swear, sometimes I feel like I’d like to take every single one of my readers out to dinner or bake them cookies or something. I suppose they can just feel that, which could be why they’re so loyal.
Changes are happening all the time in publishing today yet you’ve been able to continue working. Do you have any tips for writers trying to make a living in the writing world?
- If you’re not absolutely convicted that writing is what you’re called to do for the rest of your life, run-do-not-walk away! This life is not for the faint of heart.
- If you’ve sought confirmation and know-that-you-know-that-you-know this is your purpose, fasten your seatbelt, keep your head down and just keep on writing. Write through the rejections and the cranky days and the distractions and the financial hardships. Close your physical ears to the naysayers and open your spiritual ears to the call of God because then – and only then – if you keep writing, He’ll do the rest. He’s very cool that way.
Finally, what’s your favorite way to spend a day off?
A day off. Hmmm. A day off. Oh, right! Okay, that’s one of those stretches of time where you don’t have a full inbox, a pressing deadline (or six), and/or have had to pee for over an hour before you finally manage to break way. On those rare and wonderful days, I like to read … watch movies and eat popcorn in my jammies … brunch with friends … play with the dogs … catch up on my DVR. I’m not much of a social butterfly at all, so most of my down time activities are probably considered a snorefest. But to me … Heaven!
Where can we catch up with you online?
I’m on Twitter but most of my interaction happens on my reader page on Facebook. News and information is at my website. And for readers interested in Moments of Truth, my book that comes out in September, I’ve set up a special website where they can read about the characters and participate in a fun feature I’ll have going where I’ll highlight Real-Life BFFs, the stories of my readers and their best girlfriends. I’m hoping readers will engage because there’s almost nothing that inspires me more than Girl Power! … as evidenced in most of my books, I think.
Girl power forever! Thanks for stopping by, Sandie.
Please check out all of Sandra Bricker’s book on her Amazon page as well.