Also today, I have another fab Meet the Author interview for you. Today I’m talking to Sandy Day about Twitter and politics addictions, why she wouldn’t want to be stranded on an island with any of her characters (!), how COVID-19 has affected her writing, and her most recent book Head on Backwards, Chest Full of Sand. AND we’re lucky enough that Sandy is sharing her brand new cover with us – you guys are the first to see it!!
Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m a Canadian. I live in a small town north of Toronto with my elderly mom and one of my sisters. It’s a departure for me having lived and worked in the city all my life. My children are off discovering the world on their own now, and I at last have time to write.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It feels like my books have taken a life time to write. A few of them were started in the 1970s and 1980s and just completed in the last few years. Last year I took a course in planning a novel. I wrote a first draft of it in November and I’m completing the revisions now. I’m amazed at how fast it’s going. This new novel is entirely fiction unlike my previous books and I’m wondering if that’s making a difference. Time will tell!
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Ugh, none of them. Most of my characters are neurotic misfits.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
For many years my sister and I ran a gift and home decor store in Toronto. The best part of it was buying Christmas ornaments. We sold a massive amount so we would go to New York City on buying excursions. That was so much fun.
Other than writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
In 2016 I became an American politics junkie and I’ve been unable to break the habit since. I’m hoping after the current president is gone from office I can find a 12-step program for Twitter addicts.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Don’t drink so much — just write. Try to tell stories, and don’t disguise your pain.
What’s your favourite film of all time and why?
My favourite movie is Silver Linings Playbook. Sometimes I look up the final scene on YouTube just to watch it again. I love the Stevie Wonder song in the climax scene. Silver Linings contains all my favourite cinematic elements — pathos, humour, grit, dance, family drama, all in an exciting performance story. I just love it.
What is the best thing you’ve done in your life so far?
Probably everybody says this but the best thing I’ve done is raise two wonderful people, my kids. The time goes by so fast yet it feels interminable while it’s happening. Now, I’m looking forward to grandchildren so I can experience it all again, this time with a little more patience and perspective.
If you could travel anywhere (world/universe etc!) where would you go and why?
St Vincent and the Grenadines because that is where my daughter is. She was working there when the pandemic hit and is still there, safely living in paradise while riding this out. I wish I could travel there just to sit under the palm trees with her.
Do you feel it’s more important to have a) strong characters b) a mind-blowing plot or c) amazing settings?
Characters. That’s what I remember in a book. Realistic, relatable, admirable, memorable characters. They can be set anywhere, doing anything, as long as the characters are strong, the story has potential.
What is the funniest typo you have ever written?
In university I wrote an entire English paper using the words illiterate, illiterative, illliteration, instead of alliterate, etc. No spell check back them. I’m still embarrassed.
Has Covid-19 affected your writing?
Yes! It hit in the middle of writing a novel and I seriously considered resetting the time of the book so it was post-pandemic. I don’t know what that world is going to look like, or when, so ultimately I decided against it. My characters don’t practice social distancing and sometimes it makes me cringe.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
My most recent book is called Head on Backwards, Chest Full of Sand. It takes place in 1978 during the women’s liberation movement. The main character is slightly neurotic 17-year-old girl. She maintains she’s a feminist yet she’s obsessed with her boyfriend. We find out all about her pained interpretation of life when she spends the summer with her aunt on Cape Breton Island separated from the boyfriend.
The book has a new cover and this is the first time the world will see it! It’s available on all online bookstores in paperback and ebook.
final words from chelle…
Thank you so much Sandy for your wonderful interview and for sharing your brand new cover with me and my readers! It’s beautiful (I’m a massive fan of feathers and have one tattooed on my wrist!). The fact that you wouldn’t want to be on an island with any of your characters made me chuckle! I’m sad that COVID-19 has had an impact on your writing, but I’m glad that your daughter is safe in paradise (not jealous – much!!). Working in the home decor store sounds brilliant – buying Christmas decorations is so much fun!!
If you have any questions/comments for Sandy then get in touch using the links above, or drop a comment below.
Have a wonderful Saturday lovely people.