Welcome to An Indie Adventure, Sandi. Tell us, what inspired you to write your book Digging Up the Past?
Thanks for having me, LA. I heard about a contest to write a book about what would happen if magic returned to the earth. I didn’t submit to the contest, but it provided me the seed of the idea for the Tales from Atlantis
What were your experiences as a child or adult that contributed to you becoming a writer?
I have always written. I wrote bad poetry and rather strange philosophical musings about the nature of words, and I’ve always been an avid reader, and truthfully, I don’t know how not to write, although I get slow at turning things out sometimes because new things keep coming up within the work.
What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict, or emotions? Why?
I think emotions are the most difficult to write because you have to explore not only the character’s emotions but your own as well to understand what the character is going through.
What is the first thing you do when you begin a new book?
Talk to my characters (develop their bios to see where they are going in their lives), and decide on a villain.
If you were a TV, film or book character, apart from one you've created, who would you be? And why?
Probably River Tam from Firefly. She’s badass.
Give us a brief summary of Digging Up the Past:
The Spade of Apocatequil can raise the dead and grant immortality—and it’s been stolen!
When supernatural agents Riley Perez and Jason, her partner at the clandestine government agency DUE, are given the task of tracking down the magical artifact, they discover that the culprit may be one of the workers at an archaeological dig at Shady Shores.
Is it John Braden, the head archaeologist on-site, who was involved in the original discovery of the spade? Or is it Danny Roget, the anthropologist, who claims that there have been strange sightings?
Riley and Jason’s hunt for the spade is endangered by a rash of sudden, unexplainable deaths of people involved in the dig. Together with Cameron Delaney, the intriguing alpha werewolf who runs Cerberus Security, the company in charge of protecting the archaeologists at the dig, Riley and Jason must find the spade before it can be used to destroy the world!
Sandi lives in Texas with three roommates, two Yellow Labs, a Shepherd/Border Collie mix, a Great Pyrenees, a Standard Poodle, and assorted other critters. Most of the animals were rescues. Sandi’s full-time job is as the Public Information Officer for the local Sheriff’s Office, and she teaches English part time at the local Community College.
She says she has a couple of degrees from the University of North Texas lying around somewhere, and she’s been writing ever since she can remember. Sandi took time off for work and school, and previously her writing has been more geared toward short stories and academic papers.
Sandi publishes a newsletter and several articles a month in her current position, as well as teaching English at the local community college, but she has now added writing fiction and currently has several more books in the works.