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Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Sandra Harris, author of the Sci-Fi Romance ALIEN, MINE.

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THE BLUTHEN HAVE ONE CONSUMING PASSION: THEMSELVES.

IN THEIR EXPANSION ACROSS THE GALAXY, THEY WILL GO TO ANY LENGTHS TO DOMINATE SPECIES THEY ENCOUNTER.

Torn from modern day Earth and stranded on the far side of the Galaxy, Sandrea Fairbairn must use every particle of courage she possesses to adjust to her new life and live for tomorrow/a new day.

Eugen Mhartak, a general in the Tri-Race Alliance Army, refuses to bow to the merciless Bluthen. Haunted by the loss of far too many innocent lives he has vowed to drive the ruthless invaders from Alliance space.

The strength and valour of Eugen Mhartak attracts Sandrea as no man ever has, but she struggles to read the enigmatic general’s heart. Determined to help him triumph over the Bluthen she uncovers a diabolical plot against the Alliance.

Drawn by the courage and exotic beauty of Sandrea, Mhartak battles to overcome the barriers of cross-cultural differences that separate them and claim her ardent interest. He must conquer his deepest fears to be the man she needs. When his principles are betrayed by his own government and he is faced with the impossible prospect of taking Sandrea’s life in order to save his home planet, Mhartak desperately searches for a way to keep safe both his world and the magnificent woman who has stolen his heart.

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Welcome Sandra!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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Thank you for hosting me. J I have been bookkeeper, PA and document designer in my working life and for the last couple of years I’ve been able to focus solely on becoming a published writer. I love to write science fiction romance, have always been mad keen on sci-fi and often lamented the fact that romance in a ripping science fiction adventure was scarce as hens’ teeth. The first sci-fi book I discovered that included romance was Anne McCaffrey’s Restoree. Today it is still one of my favourite books.

I have a deep and abiding interest in astronomy. My husband receives email alerts from NASA when the International Space Station is tracking by. Armed with binoculars and with half the kids in the neighbourhood we watch the ISS when its orbit takes it overhead our little piece of paradise. I also like to garden and go boating.

I like to think I have a talent in choosing presents for people (of course others might argue this). :)

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I write at my desk where my computer is or I take iPad and bluetooth keyboard out into our garden.

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

My husband bought my desk from Harvey Norman for my birthday one year. Lately, with all that has been going on in my life, it’s become something of a disaster area, (as you can see from the picture) though no hazmat suits required. Yet.

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Sandra’s Writing Desk

 

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

I have just about all I need on my computer—wordprocessor, web browser for research and iTunes for when music is required. The other ‘must have’ usually lies snoring behind my chair. She would be our 10yo Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

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Sandra’s Charles Spaniel

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

My 27” iMac.

 

5. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

Coffeeeeee. I have a rather swish coffee maker (another present from my husband—maybe he’s the one with the gift giving talent!) and ice cold water.

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Sandra’s Favorite Picture

 

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

I have a number of favourite authors. Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams (especially his Dirk Gently series), Annie West, Anne McCaffrey. Writing was something a friend suggested we both have a crack at, quite a number of years ago now. I started, life interfered, yet once begun, no matter how little time I had to devote to writing, I could not stop. I will admit to giving up a few dozen times, I believe my longest period was for about half an hour. :)

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

Just the coffee . . . and (I believe this can be attributed to quite a number of writers) during winter I often stay in my PJs until late morning, slaving over a hot keyboard. I haven’t received any complaints yet, so I guess nobody minds. :)

 

3.  Do you write everyday?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

My writing style is a bit like stepping-stones across a pond. I’ll have an idea, write madly until I get those scenes down then I stop, do some research for the next section, have a good think about it, tie some themes together then crack on again. This process can be repeated five or six times. It’s what works for me. I’ve tried the ‘must do’ word count and writing times, but it’s like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. I am quite a methodical person (despite the evidence of my desk) and I enjoy all aspects of the writing cycle, distraction isn’t usually a problem for me. I do take time out for walking my dog and getting the odd bit of washing done when it piles up too high to climb over. I’m afraid I don’t ‘get’ FB or Twitter, so spending time there isn’t in the running.

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Sandra’s Garden

4. Why do you write?

A good question, the answer to which I can’t quite put my finger upon. Must be something in the blood. I do get great enjoyment from writing, so maybe it feeds part of the soul.

 

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

Find your writing style and stick with it. It doesn’t matter what it is so long as it’s productive. Award winning Australian Romantic Suspense author Helene Young often quotes Douglas Bader (and I’m misquoting him here) ‘Rules are for fools and the guidance of the wise.’ Yes there are writing rules, but they’re not set in concrete. Learn the rules and learn how to bend, and when to break, them.

And don’t give up on yourself.

 

 

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Sandra Harris on the web:

Website    Facebook   Twitter   Author Page

Born in the far north of Australia, yearly cyclones, floods and being cut off from civilization for weeks at a time were the norm. An outrageous imagination helped occupy Sandra’s mind.

An abiding interest in astronomy and a deep-seated need to always see the good guys win naturally influences her writing. Not satisfied with the amount of romance in science fiction novels she set out to redress the balance.

She currently lives in sunny South East Queensland, Australia, with her husband and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who doesn’t seem to realize she comes from royalty and should act in a more appropriate manner.

 

Thanks  for giving us a glimpse into your writing life, Sandra!

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

 

 

 

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47 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Author Sandra Harris”

  1. Great interview. I love meeting another coffee lover. And I loved Sandra’s garden. Good luck with your book, Sandra.

  2. mooderino says:

    An iPad and a bluetooth keyboard…. could this be the future of writing?

    mood

    • Sandy says:

      Hi, Mood, they’re very portable and the bluetooth keyboard is so much easier to use than the virtual one on the iPad. I wouldn’t say they’re great to edit on, but when you’re feeling inspired and the words are flowing all you need is a text app. Thanks for dropping by. :)

  3. Nas says:

    Lovely writing space, thanks for sharing, Sandra.

    Thanks Nutschell.

  4. We like some of the same authors. Not sure why I write either. I must like the punishment.

    • Sandy says:

      LOL, Alex, some days when I’m bashing my forehead against a metaphorical wall it does seem like punishment. But when I crack that problem, all seems right with the world.

  5. mauricem1972 says:

    What a cute dog and a huge screen!

  6. Julie Luek says:

    Sandra, so very nice to meet you. I love this series. I love to see how others write and what their space looks like. It’s just such a fun glimpse. Thanks for sharing Nut and Sandra. Love your garden, by the way.

  7. Emily R King says:

    What a cute dog and lovely garden! Great getting to know you, Sandra!

  8. DEZMOND says:

    oooh, a guardian dog of the writing space :) We usually see cats at that function :)

    • Sandy says:

      She does think she’s a fierce beastie sometimes, Dezmond. LOL, I now have a picture of cats walking across your keyboard when they deem they require some of your attention. :) (With the odd tail swiping your nose)

  9. Great to learn more about you, Sandra. Your garden is lovely!

    Hi, Nutschell!

  10. I enjoyed reading about you, Sandra. I’d like to steal your garden, and my daughter called dibs on the puppy. LOL

    In answer to your question, Nutschell, Google Reader is gone. Many bloggers have switched to Feedly. 😉

    • Sandy says:

      Thank you, Melissa. The white wisteria on the fence is getting buds ready for spring—and they smell divine when they open. KC the Cavalier has a very sweet nature though she’s very bold, all the kids love her.

  11. Ahhhh, the puppy is adorable. Bored looking, but adorable.

    I love your writing advice, Sandra. If something works for you, even if it doesn’t work for anyone else, stick with it.

    • Sandy says:

      Hi, Stina, LOL that’s not a bored look, that’s a ‘you’re not going to make me move are you?’ look.

      Thanks re the writing the advice. I think being productive is the end goal, so go with what works for you.

  12. Wendy says:

    Fascinating interview. We love many of the same authors, plus we have the same computer :) Oh, and your little ‘must have’ is a cutie!

    I will you well, Sandra.

    Hi, Nutschell!

  13. mshatch says:

    I love Sandra’s desk and that is one adorable dog! I love King Charles Spaniels; they are so sweet.

    • Sandy says:

      Hi, MS :) she is adorable—and she knows it! It’s lovely sitting down at my desk knowing the man of my life gave it to me. Gives writing romance a special significance. :)

  14. Jemi Fraser says:

    Great interview ladies! I really enjoyed Sandra’s book & recommend it! What a cute dog! :)

  15. Dana says:

    What a fun feature! I definitely need to come back and read more. :) I think I must be a bit of a virtual peeping tom (thomasina?). 😉 Not in a weird way, of course, but I do love getting a peek at the writing spaces of other writers. I really enjoyed this interview.

  16. Sandy says:

    Thanks, Dana. LOL, I’m a bit of a lurker on a lot of loops and blog sites too. :) Glad you enjoyed the interview and the great questions.

  17. I’ve been seeing Sandra’s book around the blogosphere.
    What a cute spaniel!

    • Sandy says:

      Good to know the promotion is getting out there, Theresa. Thanks for the update. :) We found a darned paralysis tick on KC the spaniel this morning. Damn things. It’s the beginning of tick season down here so vigilance and Advantix is required.

  18. Karen Lange says:

    It’s great to meet Sandra! :) Thanks to both of you for making this possible. Love the garden picture!

  19. Meradeth says:

    I’ve had my eye on this book for ages–definitely time to grab a copy! Great interview, and I loved the pictures :) What an adorable dog!

    • Sandy says:

      I hope you enjoy ‘Alien, Mine’, Meradeth. :) We think KC is adorable as well, and she’s a great writing companion. As I type this she’s lying under the piano stool behind me, gently snoring.

  20. Lex Cain says:

    I really enjoyed the interview, Sandra. I loved Anne McCaffrey’s books so much when I was younger, and I think part of it was because she included romance in them. (All my favorite authors include a romantic interest.) Your King Charles Spaniel is adorable! Good luck in all you do, Sandra! :-)

    • Sandy says:

      Glad you enjoyed the interview, Lex. I think that is also one of the reasons why I enjoyed Anne McCaffrey’s books so much. :) Thanks for your good wishes!

  21. deniz says:

    So nice to meet you Sandra! Your writing method sounds a bit like mine. Semi-pantsting!
    Aww, such a cute puppy! We’ve been thinking about getting A King Cavalier spaniel too…
    Lovely garden :-)

    • Sandy says:

      Hi, Deniz! :) Glad you found your writing style. Cavvies are such great dogs, ours loves to go walking in the koala park and tracking wallaby spore or going out in the boat and chasing fish in the shallows—not that she catches any, but it’s great fun!

  22. Julie says:

    It was nice getting to know you Sandra! You have a wonderful writing space, and a beautiful garden. Thanks for the great interview Nutschell!

  23. Pyjamas are a wonderful writing tool! And your garden looks lovely, Sandra. My pile of weeds doesn’t inspire much :-)

    • Sandy says:

      LOL, PJ’s are great, aren’t they, Annalisa? Believe it or not the garden benefits from my writing. When I’m in need of doing something basic to let my mind mull over some knotty plot problem, I usually head to the garden and potter around.

  24. Ooh, I’d love to have a computer screen that big! And what a cute little dog 😉

    • Sandy says:

      The big screen is an absolute boon when having several windows open at once, Rachel. It makes life a lot easier, especially when I’m managing a contest. And thank you for the lovely compliment about KC. :)

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