Sandra Brown Revealed
About Sandra Brown
What is your birthdate?:3/12
Previous occupations:Modeling, TV news, weather, and hostess.
Favorite job:The one I have now – storytelling.
High school and/or college:Richland High School, Fort Worth, Texas. Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas.
Name of your favorite composer or music artist?:Elton John
Favorite movie:Out of Africa
Favorite television show:Lost
- Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
- A. Hectic, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
- Q. What is your motto or maxim?
- A. Don't just stand there, get to work.
- Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
- A. The spontaneous, unbridled laughter of children.
- Q. What’s your greatest fear?
- A. Questionnaires
- Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
- A. The Salty Dog, an outdoor bar on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
- Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
- A. Every writer who’s come before.
- Q. Which living person do you most admire?
- A. The soldier who watches the news from the US, and still goes out and fights a war for us.
- Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
- A. I can’t share here some of my overused words! Phrase: “If it was easy, everybody would do it.”
- Q. What do you regret most?
- A. When I hurt somebody.
- Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
- A. To dance.
- Q. What is your greatest achievement?
- A. Giving my children a strong work ethic.
- Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
- A. I tend to whine.
- Q. What’s your best quality?
- A. A sense of responsibility.
- Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
- A. A Calla lily. It’s strong but graceful, fine all by itself but better when grouped with others.
- Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
- A. Hey, y’all, that would be my Texas accent.
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
- A. Atticus Finch. Is that too easy?
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
- A. Henry Faber in Ken Follett’s “Eye of the Needle.”
- Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
- A. Elizabeth I of England. “Way to go, Your Majesty.”
- Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
- A. Mean-spirited people.
- Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
- A. Reading.
- Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
- A. Dancer.
- Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
- A. Kindheartedness, initiative, optimism.
- Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
- A. Texas chili with Fritos. I know that’s two things, but it’s only one dish.
- Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
- A. “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Something,” “Amazing Grace,” “Music of the Night,” and my number one, all time favorite – “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
On Books and Writing
- Q. Who are your favorite authors?
- A. Ken Follett, Anita Shreve, John Sanford, Taylor Caldwell, Evelyn Anthony. . .the list is endless.
- Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
- A. “Testimony of Two Men,” “Jany Eyre,” “The Flame and the Flower,” “Eye of the Needle,” and my number one, all time favorite – “Mila 18.”
- Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
- A. “The Flame and the Flower.”
- Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
- A. Keep your mind on your work, your head out of the clouds, and your butt in the chair.”
- Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
- A. I couldn't put it down.
- Q. How did you come to write Smoke Screen?
- A. The idea came from wondering what would happen if a woman was given a date rape drug, not so something nefarious could be done to her, but to the person with her. Not only would she have no memory of the crime -- in this case a murder -- she would also become the prime suspect. I began with that premise and played with it until the rest of the plot revealed itself to me.