A Chat with Authors Sandra D. Bricker and Andrea Boeshaar



Summerside Press’ Love Finds You™ series gives readers a peek into the flavor of local life across the United States. The novels — uniquely titled after actual American towns with quirky but intriguing names — inspire romance and fun. Each fictional story draws on the compelling history or the unique character of a real place.

The first two novels in the series will be available in bookstores October 1st:  Sandra D. Bricker (“Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas”) has been with us for more than a month as we’ve hosted the “Anything For Love” contest. Today, she brings her friend, Andrea Boeshaar, the author of the second book in the series launch, “Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky,” to LifeLoveBeauty.com, and the two of them sit down for an exclusive chat.

Sandie: Thank you so much for having us! I’ve really come to love this site, with all its focus on girl power and the issues that women face, and I’m so happy to have the opportunity to share the environment with Andrea.

Andrea: Thanks, Sandie, and I’m thrilled that you asked me in for this chat today!

Sandie:  It’s been a lot of fun starting to see what the contest entrants had to say about what they’ve done for love. Personally, I’ve done some pretty crazy things, too … none of which I’m willing to write an essay about, but many of which you’ll find behind the mask of some of the heroines in my books.

Andrea:  Well, okay, I’ll fess up to something crazy I did for love. When I was seventeen (“back in the day” as my sons would say), I babysat a lot and one night I wanted so badly to see this hunky guy I had the hots for, so I persuaded the man whose kids I watched that night to drop me off at the bar instead of at home. The bar was a hangout for my high school as well as a local Catholic school (yes, Catholic kids hung out at this bar too!). At this particular bar, the guys liked to shoot pool and the girls liked to get the guys to dance with them. (Think Saturday Night Fever.) Anyway, the man whose kids I watched was hesitant to let me off in front of the bar, but I managed to convince him that my parents wouldn’t care. (HA!). So he dropped me off and I got to see my honey. Later, Daniel dropped me off about 2AM and my folks thought I babysat the whole night. CRAZY! Well, I ended up marrying this handsome fellow I liked to go meet at the bar and dance with – to Johnny Rivers’ “Slow Dancing.” Daniel and I have been married now for more than 30 years. J

Sandie:  Andrea! I’m SHOCKED!  … You know, love is the bottom line of all our books. Mine, a full-on, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, is set in the Ozarks on a church retreat where lovable goofball Lucy Binoche is hot on the trail of her dream guy. The problem is that Mr. Dreamboat and Lucy have nothing in common. He’s an outdoorsman and, as the blurb on the back cover of my book says, Lucy’s idea of roughing it is standing in a long line at Starbucks!

Andrea:  I can’t wait to read your story, Sandie! My book is what I like to call “real live fiction.” My character, Meg Jorgenson, finds that wrong decisions have caused her to hit rock bottom and, in an effort to turn things around in her life, she moves in with her grandmother who lives Miracle, a small rural area near Stanford, Kentucky. She gets a job at the elementary school, teaching 3rd grade, and is drawn into the life of one of her students, little Cammy Bayer who’s been in a wheelchair for the last three years of her young life. Cammy’s dad, Vance, is a single parent, doing his best to make it from day to day, caring for his little girl while earning a living. He, like many of the single men in town, is curious about Meg, although she doesn’t seem interested in dating. But when their lives collide because of their deep concern for Cammy’s future, falling in love seems an unlikely option – unless you believe in miracles!

Sandie:  I’ve read many of Andrea’s books, and my favorite thing about her writing is the way she paints a picture and sets a scene. Her characters have depth, and her stories have the ability to really tug at the heartstrings because of the accessibility of the people in them.

Andrea:  Thanks, Sandie. What I love about your books is the humor. I’m just finishing “Wish I Weren’t Here.” What a fun read!

Sandie: 
Thank you so much! Even my suspense books have had some degree of humor in them. It’s just a huge part of who I am, and how I cope with life. Aside from that, I think the foundation of my books has always been my fascination with destiny. God has a Master Plan for our lives, and I always find it so amazing the way He pulls together seemingly unrelated events and makes something beautiful and cohesive out of them.

Andrea: I love putting humor in my stories too, but my books are healing fiction for hurting hearts. I think so many women have been hurt in life and don’t quite know what to do with the pain. I’ve been there because it hasn’t always been sunshine and roses in my marriage. But Daniel and I recovered and now I find it rewarding to encourage other women to go past the heartache and start living – and loving – again.

Sandie: Before we close, I wanted to take this chance to thank the LifeLoveBeauty.com members for participating in the contest and for making this such a fun experience. We’ll be awarding the top 3 entrants with an autographed copy of my new book, and I hope everyone else will pick up a copy as well, and then stop by my Web site (www.SandraDBricker.com) and let me know what you thought about it. I really love hearing from my readers, so I look forward to getting to know all of you.

Andrea:
  I’ll be having some fun book giveaways, too. Just log on to my Web site at: www.andreaboeshaar.com and sign up for my FREE e-newsletter. I’ll be announcing BLOG tours and contests via my newsletters.

Sandie: Oh, and if anyone is interested in having a look at the video trailers for our books, they’re posted on www.youtube.com at the following links.

Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1ef-l86YVw)

Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xklpZID7
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Andrea, thank you so much for stopping by today and sharing this great experience with me.

Andrea:  Thank you, Sandie, for asking me in. And thank you LifeLoveBeauty.com members for allowing me drop in and visit!

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