Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including DEADLINE (2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), and CHILL FACTOR, all of which have jumped onto the Times bestseller list in the number one to five spot.
Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into thirty-four languages.
Brown holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She served as the president of the Mystery Writers of American in 2012 and was named ITW’s Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jen: Tell us a little about your upcoming releases.
Sandra: Love’s Encore is a reprint of a book released back in 1981.
In one reckless night, Camille Jameson’s life was changed forever: a tall, handsome stranger, an evening of romance — and enough regrets to last a lifetime. Two years later, Camille is a successful interior decorator with the opportunity to restore one of Mississippi’s proudest plantations. She arrives excited and eager to face her greatest professional challenge to date — until Zack Prescott saunters through the mansion’s front door and back into her life. He is exactly as she remembers, except for the knowing look in his eyes that reminds her of what they once shared. Now, forced to live in unbearably close quarters, Camille and Zack will discover if they have the courage to face the past — and, perhaps, build a future together …
Eloquent Silence was first published in 1982 and is also being reprinted.
Lauri is a dedicated young teacher for the deaf. Her past conceals a wound still unhealed, her present is a facade, and she uses her career to hide her loneliness. Drake, daytime TV’s most popular star, has two secrets — the daughter he believes may never have a normal life and the dead wife he can’t forget. Jennifer is the beautiful hearing-impaired child who may become a pawn between the man and the woman she needs most. Now, in a chic New Mexico arts community, the three are given a chance to be a family…but first each must find a voice to express the deepest fears and greatest needs of the heart.
Jen: At what age did you discover writing? Tell us your call story.
Sandra: I was actually in my 30’s. If anything, I wish I’d started writing sooner. At a writers’ conference I met Mary Lynn Baxter who owned an independent book store in Lufkin, TX. She read one of my manuscripts and then recommended it to Vivian Stephens, the editor who started Dell’s Candlelight Ecstasy line.
Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Sandra: A little of both. I create an outline, a road map if you will, and how my characters get from A to Z is up to them. I’m just along for the ride.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Sandra: Yes, of course. Discipline is so important when you’re self-employed. I usually arrive at the office around 10 AM, check my email, catch up on social media, and then write from 11 till 3 or 4. After another quick mail check, it’s fingers to keyboard again till 6 or so.
Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?
Sandra: The most challenging aspect is the solitude and of course, being self-employed. There’s no one standing over you cracking a whip — or giving instruction. It’s just you and your keyboard. Whether the writing gets done (or not) rests solely on your shoulders.
Jen: Who has influenced you as a writer?
Sandra: Besides my father? Vivian Stephens, one of my first editors. Very early on she said, “If you get the world’s attention, you better have something important to say.”
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you reading now?
Sandra: This list could go on forever! I’m a big Elizabeth Hoyt fan and love historical romance as well as historical fiction but I read everything and widely! I’m also a big fan of Harlan Coben and Lee Child.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Sandra: Besides read? Watch TV and of course, movies. I’m really enjoying all the great period pieces on right now (Black Sails, Downton Abbey, Turn etc.).