Sandra Cox Interview
April 16th, 2012
Book 3 in the Hunters Series
Hi Sandra! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and answer a few questions for VRB.
Thanks for having me!
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
A bit about myself…hmm….. I work as an Admin Assist during the day and write in the evening and on weekends. I’m a vegetarian. I kick box. My husband and I are empty nesters, except for the five cats and one dog. On weekends, I love to sit out on my porch with a good book.
What do you enjoy doing with your free time?
Watching movies, kickboxing and as mentioned above, I love to sit out on the porch, listen to the birds and read a good book or work on my current wip.
If you could collaborate with any author who would it be, and why?
Stephenie Meyer. I’m so impressed with her writing skills and the way she effortlessly pulls readers into her stories.
Where do your ideas for characters come from?
That’s a tough one. My character for GROUNDED came from staring at a garden fairy globe and wondering what it would be like to be trapped inside the fairy statue.
Do you ever experience writer’s block? If so how do you get past it?
I try to push through it and get something down on paper even if what I’ve just written makes me cringe. To paraphrase another writer, you can always rewrite junk, but you can’t rewrite a blank sheet of paper.
What inspired you to write in this genre?
Actually, I’m a genre hopper. I write all over the boards: paranormal suspense romance, western romance, time-travel romance, metaphysical nonfiction and lately crossover YA. I enjoy writing YA because of the intensity and energy. And I love writing paranormal. It gives me the opportunity to create worlds where larger than life heroes fight vampires and werewolves.
Of your works, who is your favorite character and why?
I can’t claim just one. Each novel I work on is my favorite at that point in time. But I do have a particular fondness for Zoe. She’s an oxymoron, a girlie-girl who kicks ass when it comes to vampires.
In the Hunter series, Zoe is a young, intelligent leading lady. Was it your aim to create a character that young adults could look up to?
I’d like to take credit for her character, but Zoe pretty much defined herself.
Besides the Hunter series, can you tell us a little about your other series/books.
Thanks for asking. I’ve got two other series out.
One is The Amulets, about modern women who wear amulets created by the gods. The Boji Stone is an amulet that has the power of healing. Rose Quartz is an amulet for creativity and beauty. And The Black Opal is about an amulet that imbues the wearer with power. The women must keep the secrets of the amulets from the modern world and protect them from a madman who wants to destroy the women and claim the amulets.
My other series is The Cats of Catarau, a YA fantasy series. In each book a cat dies and goes to Catarau, an afterlife for cats where there is no pain or suffering or hunger. No abuse or gas chambers, the equivalent of heaven for cats. In each story, a cat uses one of its nine lives to return to earth to help someone they love. In Shardai, its his owner, who grieves incessantly for him when he dies. In Akasha, it’s one of her kittens. In Makita, it’s her pal Bennie the boxer.
What are you currently working on? Can you tell us a little about it?
I’m working on Vampire.
Suzanne James is a young woman with a kick-ass attitude and a tendency to speak her mind. She falls for a vampire and the vampire falls for her. Both spend a lot of time fighting the attraction. Into the mix comes the vampire’s nemesis: his sire and half-brother who he’s royally pissed off. His half-brother is out for vengeance and he doesn’t care if it’s on his brother or Suzanne.
And if I could put in a plug….Minder, a crossover YA about a young woman who on her eighteenth birthday discovers she’s a shapeshifter, comes out at Muse It Up Publishing next month.
If you could give one piece of advice to other authors thinking of joining the Indie Author world, what would it be? What do you wish you knew then that you know?
My advice would be: get ready to promo and keep writing. I wish I’d joined more yahoo writing groups earlier on.
Do you use social media to promote your books? If so what methods do you find have been the most successful?
I do. I’ve got several blogs, I promo on yahoo groups, google + and twitter.
Is there anything special you would like to say to your readers?
Thank you. I appreciate each and every one of you. You keep me going.
And thanks to VampireRomanceBooks for having me today.