Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Sandy Goldsworthy!
Sandy Goldsworthy was raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, blocks from the rocky shores of Lake Michigan. As a child, she fantasized about becoming an author. She jotted story lines in spiral notebooks and drew images of characters that never came to life. Her passion for putting pen to paper began when her high school English teacher inspired her to be more descriptive in her work. Ever since, Sandy dabbled in creative writing, searching for that perfect shade of red and that character you want to get to know.
Admittedly, Sandy is addicted to coffee and dark chocolate, and is obsessed with all things paranormal. She records more movies and television shows than is humanly possible to watch in a lifetime, and swears there’s a ghost in her house. When not writing, Sandy can be found curled up on the couch nose-deep into a book, or trying to catch up on that recorded season of some paranormal series.
Sandy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she majored in marketing. She spends her days managing corporate client programs, and her nights and weekends drafting new plot lines in spiral notebooks. She resides in southeastern Wisconsin with her husband, two children, and an energetic puppy.
Her first novel, Aftermath, was released by Clean Teen Publishing in December 2014.
Why did you choose to write your genre? Actually, the story came to me and I went with it. I’ve been a fan of paranormal for a long time, and I always believed in the unbelievable—even when I was a kid. I can still hear my grandmother’s voice—“there is no such thing, Sandy!” LOL.
But, seriously, the story in my head drove the genre. I had imagined another world, one that had immortals visiting earth and helping redirect humans when needed. Besides, I’m convinced my house has a ghost… I had to write paranormal!
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? I can’t say I ever wrote about a strange topic, but I did kill off a person in an unusual way… Of course, I write paranormal, so I had the bad guy stare down a man who eventually melted. My husband sleeps with one eye open now.
What are you currently working on? I just finished editing a short story that will be in an anthology in October. It’s a YA story about a girl trying to save her neighbor’s dog, Max. It was based on a family pet. [We’re part of the same anthology!]
I’m also working on book three in The Afterworld Saga.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? My series, The Afterworld Saga, started as a dream. Literally. I dreamed of a train derailment. As the cars tumbled down the embankment, two passengers appeared untouched—a young man and woman. It was clear that the man was in training. As the other passengers were injured or died, this young couple helped their souls transition to heaven. They later became Ben and Molly in my series. [Cool. I love it when dreams spur stories!]
What was the hardest story for you to write? In book one, Aftermath, my character learns her father died suddenly. Having been orphaned, I found that section to be incredibly difficult to write. It brought back all those feelings of shock and disbelief that I experienced when I learned my parents died. But at some level, writing the story was cleansing. Getting all of those feelings out and on paper was good. I overcame that dreadful moment, and so does my character.
What process do you use to plan your novels? That’s a great question—pantser vs. plotter? I guess I’m really a hybrid. I’ve been both in the past and found that some plotting has been helpful. But I really sketch out an overview. Ultimately, I know where the story will go—I know the ending. But I leave the ‘getting there’ part up for creativity. For me, the characters really run the story. I just jot down what they tell me.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? In my first novel, my favorite character was Molly Preston—hands down. She had class, confidence, and an arrogance that I sort of loved and hated. Being immortal, she could do anything…. But as the series progressed, I have been enjoying the character of Emma Bennett much more. In book three, I’m blown away with her and really enjoy writing her.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Absolutely! I’m sure every author experiences road blocks of some sort. For me, I find myself not creative if I’m stressed about something. I had the pleasure of meeting Candace Haven a while back and she suggested skipping difficult scenes and coming back to them another time. That has worked great for me. I’ve also picked up and found another place to write. A new setting seems to de-stress me and gets the creativity flowing again.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? To some degree, I can relate to Emma Bennett, since she had to start over—move to a new state and leave her friend behind. But from a personality standpoint, we are not the same…
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Horror. I have always wanted to write a horror story. But for now, I have too many story lines and characters in my head to start a new genre.
Which authors inspire you? That’s really a tough question. I guess I’ve been inspired differently at different times.
What novel would you read multiple times? LOL. I read the Twilight series about a dozen times.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) Princess Diana.
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What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Probably a dog… I love my dog!
What is your favorite color? Red
When you’re not writing… Writing is not a full-time career for me right now. I have a day job that I enjoy. Someday, perhaps, writing will be a full time job for me… until then, well, I’ll juggle both!
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Sandy, it was great getting to know you better!
Join me next week when Astrid V. Tallaksen will be dropping by.