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sandra brickerSandie Bricker is an Award-winning author of laugh-out-loud fiction for the inspirational market. It was her 8th novel that opened the door to finding her way as a writer. "I'm a Christian woman, first and foremost," she says. "So it was a bit of a dream-come-true when Summerside Press chose me as one of two authors to launch the new Love Finds You line."

Favorite Bible Verse Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV): "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."


 

 Our Interview with Sandie Bricker


 

What is your favorite Bible verse? Why?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

This was the scripture verse that God whispered in my ear when I was going through my cancer treatments. I held that scripture in a vice grip, repeating the promise that I had a future over and over … until I actually did!
 
Would you please tell us a bit about yourself?

I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and spent most of my adult life in Los Angeles. I’ve wanted to write for as long as I can remember and have held down day jobs for years (entertainment publicist, travel agent, customer service, editor, you name it!), all while studying my craft and writing evenings and weekends.
 
 
How did you come up with the concept for Always the Baker, Never the Bride?

In dedicating the book to my mother, I wrote that she was the woman who made me what I am today: A diabetic with a weight problem. My mom’s joy in life was baking; cooking, too. She was kind of maniacal about it actually, and it wasn’t until later years that I figured out it was her way of exhibiting love. Side note: If you’ve met me, you know that I was the most loved person on the face of the earth! So being a diabetic who believes that cake is not just a confection, but one of the Top Five joys in life … well, you can see how I would be inspired to write a novel like Always the Baker, Never the Bride."
 
 
What draws you to write fun fiction and romantic fiction?

God. (smile)  I’ve always known that my purpose here was going to revolve around writing, but the Lord took His time revealing the details to me. Once I finally broke into the inspirational market though, and people started responding in such a positive way to my humor, it kind of all unfolded from there. I love to tell stories that are fun and light-hearted, with an often-surprising thread of truth and faith woven through. My Christian faith is such a huge part of who I am that including that faith in my novels is a no-brainer for me. It makes a lifetime of writing aspirations come full circle.

 

How much research did Always the Baker, Never the Bride take?

I probably spent more research time on Always the Baker, Never the Bride than any other book I’ve ever written. It started with watching days of those cake shows. Amazing Wedding Cakes and Cake Boss were my favorites, and after the book was written I continued watching them; I couldn’t help myself! There were also cake tastings and discussions with bakers, but the most inspiring research actually happened in my garage! Yep, you heard me right. A box in my garage housed three huge collections of my mom’s recipes. I spent hours sitting out there going through them, choosing the ones that I wanted to fit into the book, remembering my mom, the precious little foodie!
 
What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Always the Baker, Never the Bride?

I think Always the Baker, Never the Bride taught me what I never really wanted to admit: My best writing occurs when I let myself and my life unfold into the characters. Emma, my diabetic baker, had a lot of me in her. And the family circus of secondary characters that everyone seems to love so much came from one of my deepest feelings: After my mom passed away, I found myself a sort of adult orphan. No family connections can be a very lonely place. So I took those emotions and threw them into reverse, coming up with some awesome characters that took on a life all their own. 
 
What clubs or organizations are you involved with helping with your writing?

I’m a member of RWA and Faith Hope & Love, as well as ACFW both nationally and regionally. I spent about seven years co-hosting America Online’s weekly workshop for Christian writers called Heart & Soul. Since I started out as a film school grad with her eye on writing scripts for television and movies, I’m also active in a screenwriting group.
 
What do you do to keep your writing fresh and improve on it each time you write a book?

I read a lot, both new contemporary novels and the classics. I also see a lot of movies; because I’m a very visual kind of writer, films inspire my storytelling. I also have a pretty full life outside of my writing, which I believe is imperative to keeping my fictionary worlds realistic and fresh.
 
What were your favorite books as a child?

I loved Dr.Seuss … then and now! I adored the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books as a kid as well … and I still do love a good mystery.
 
Are there any other new projects on the horizon?

I’ve been contracted by Abingdon Press to write three more books in the series to follow Always the Baker, Never the Bride, which came out last fall. The first of them (Always the Wedding Planner, Never the Bride) will be out in September of this year.
 
In addition, I’m leading several teams of authors for a few upcoming devotionals for Summerside Press (the publishers of Love Finds You in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California). The devotionals are fun and light-hearted, each with a specific theme. Be Still…and Let Your Nail Polish Dry centered around spending time with God wherever you can, and Delight Yourself in the Lord…Even on Bad Hair Days leads readers toward a relationship with Jesus as their first line of defense in facing the challenges of their lives.
 
 

What message would you like your readers to take from Always the Baker, Never the Bride?

I think there is a thread of a real lesson running through Always the Baker, Never the Bride that involves following your dreams, no matter what obstacles you perceive ahead of you. I’d like to think that readers are inspired by Emma … but also by Jackson, who was so conflicted about letting go of the memory of his late wife that he picked up her dream and chased it on her behalf without really thinking of himself. That one act changed his own life, and the lives of everyone around him.
 
Is there anything else you would like to add?

I really enjoy keeping in touch with my readers. Aside from my Web site (www.SandraDBricker.com), they can also connect with me on Facebook (Sandie Bricker).

To view video trailers for each of my books, readers can visit my blog at http://SandraDBricker.blogspot.com.
 
 


 

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