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Write to the Point with Sandra Ardoin December 9, 2015

Filed under: Author Interviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 4:48 pm
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Sandra Ardoin_Headshot (1)Today we get write to the point with Sandra Ardoin. Read on to see what she is up to.

Tell us about your newest book.

A Reluctant Melody grew out of my Christmas novella that released last year, The Yuletide Angel. It’s historical romance set in 1892 and is the story of Kit Barnes and Joanna Stewart, two people with a past relationship that led to betrayal, strife, and abandonment. Here is the back cover copy:

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?

What do you do when you’re not writing?

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or watching TV, cheering on my sports team (Keep pounding, Panthers!), or trying to get some gardening done. I also like to window shop, eat out, and prowl around antique stores.

Where do you get your ideas?

Everywhere. I’ll read something that will resonate with me and I’ll start seeing a character and situation in my head. Sometimes, it’s simply a line or an image in my mind that sparks an idea. I keep a notebook and try to record those ideas as they come to me, because they aren’t polite and wait until I’m in a position to write the story. J

Do you outline or are you a seat-of-the-pants writer?

I’m an in-betweener, a plantser, or whatever you want to call it. I used to be totally seat-of-the-pants, but have learned to do some plotting—GMC, major plot points, etc. I can write a synopsis that hits the high spots, but I’m not AReluctantMelody (1)one to plot out every scene. Though I admire those who can, that would drive me nuts.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

Most of us have those unpublished favorites, don’t we? It’s hard to see them rejected. Mine is the first novel of a trilogy set in Texas in the 1870s. I love the heroine—her stubbornness, strength, and the heartache she experiences. In fact the series involves three strong women I really enjoyed getting to know. The second book is finished, but without the first selling, I’ve never submitted it anywhere. Maybe one day.

Are you like any of the characters in your book?

I suppose all of a writer’s characters have something they take from their creator, even if it’s just an opinion about a theme or topic. Joanna has the joy I get in gardening and the sorrow I feel over past mistakes. That’s all I can think of right now. However, we never know ourselves as well as we believe, so someone who knows me might answer that question in a different way.

Are you working on a new project now?

I am working on the first book of a three-book series I’m hoping to contract. It’s historical romance set in Texas in 1886. I’m also pondering a novella series, but my mind is only good for one project at a time.

Anything you would like to add?

I want to thank you for having me on your blog, Melissa! After years of writing in a closet (figuratively), I love talking about my work.

Readers, you will find The Yuletide Angel in both print and e-book on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I have a Goodreads giveaway going on through December 15, so hurry on over and enter for a chance at a signed, print copy of this Christmas novella!

A Reluctant Melody releases January 11 and is available for pre-order on Amazon. We’ll be celebrating the release with a Facebook party on January 12. Please put it on your brand-spanking new 2016 calendar to attend! Come and go (or stay) from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. We’ll have lots of fun interaction and giveaways! As soon as the event page is set up, I’ll post the link to the event on my Facebook page.

Become a part of my email community to receive occasional updates and a free short story and visit me at and on the Seriously Write blog. Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

It was great hearing from you again, Sandra and what you are up to. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 



3 Responses to “Write to the Point with Sandra Ardoin”

  1. Thank you, Melissa, for letting me tell your readers a bit about myself and my new novel A Reluctant Melody. 🙂

  2. Angie Arndt Says:

    I love prowling through antique stores, too! (And “prowling” is such a good word for it!) I just wanted to give the readers here a quick recommendation: I had the privilege to read A Reluctant Melody before it’s release and I loved this story of making amends and redemption. It’s a sweet historical that tackles tough topics and I’m already looking forward to Sandra’s next book!

    • Thank you much for your kind words, Angie! I’m glad you enjoyed the book. Yes, prowling is a pretty apt term for what I do. Always on the prowl for something interesting! 🙂

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