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Sandy Loyd considers herself a Western girl through and through. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, she's worked and lived in some fabulous places in the US, including San Francisco and West Palm Beach. She now resides in Kentucky and writes full time. As much as she loves her current hometown, she misses the mountains and has to go back to her roots to get her mountain and skiing fix at least once a year. Otherwise her muse suffers.
Sandy is now an empty nester and writes full time. To date, she has published eleven books - four contemporary romances, four romantic mystery/suspense /thrillers, a time travel contemporary/historical romance and two historical romances that are sequels. She strives to come up with fun characters – people you would love to call friends and she always tries to weave a warm love story into her work, while providing enough twists and turns to entertain any reader.
When friends ask her what she loves best about living in Kentucky, the list is long. The people are warm and welcoming. The weather isn’t too bad. Louisville is big enough to provide a cosmopolitan feel without the downside of larger cities like congestion and traffic. But what she loves most about living there is having a thoroughbred racetrack right in her back yard. Not just any racetrack, mind you, but Churchill Downs, home to the Kentucky Derby, a horserace that’s run every first Saturday in May and is the beginning leg of the triple crown of thoroughbred horse racing.
Back when she was a newcomer to Louisville, Churchill Down’s beginning interested her, so she researched it never realizing how difficult the early 1870s were in US history. Citizens were still recovering from the War between the States as well as a recession. In her opinion, the country needed a reason to celebrate and Louisville gave it to them in the form of the Kentucky Derby. It’s been a big party from that first race when an estimated 10,000 people watched fifteen horses compete for the win that has only grown in size and popularity. 2012 was a record breaking year for the Derby when nineteen thoroughbreds raced for a crowd of over 165,000. It’s been touted as being the most exciting two minutes in sports and anyone who has watched those fast majestic animals race can surely understand why.
As a writer, she became more intrigued and decided it would be a fun topic to write a story about it. Her main goal was to show that time through today’s eyes, so the reader can appreciate the vision a few men had for their city and that of the racetrack they built. Time Will Tell, the first book in the Timeless Series, gives the reader a glimpse of what went on in the summer of 1874, when visionaries put their dreams into motion.
Currently, she's working on the fourth book in the Timeless Series and hopes to have it out by the middle of October.
Jillian: What’s the first book you remember reading?
Sandy: I went to a parochial school with a small library. I think I was in third grade and remember checking out biographies of famous women like Elizabeth Blackwell, Molly Pitcher and Clara Barton. My favorite was Molly Pitcher, because she was as brave as any soldier on the front line defending against the British. Elizabeth Blackwell is my next favorite biography because she overcame great obstacles to become America’s first woman doctor.
Jillian:What turns you off like nothing else?
Sandy: Inconsideration for others. Whether it’s drivers who don’t signal or people who push into line ahead of others. Rude people are everywhere. I think the world would be a better place if people were more polite and thought of what they looked or sounded like while being rude.
Jillian: Where do you read and how often?
Sandy: Since I spend so much time on writing, my pleasure reading is limited to before bed, at night with my Kindle so I don’t disturb my husband. I’d love to read more, but if I did, I’d never get anything done.
Jillian: What sound or noise do you love?
Sandy: I love the sound of waves crashing on the beach. It’s a soothing sound and can be loud or soft, depending on the wind, the tide and the time of the month. Except for hurricanes, I would love to live near or on the ocean.
Jillian: Describe your favorite kind of hero to read/write?
Sandy: I love a tortured hero. My favorite men are usually well-educated and have lots of options, and are still unlucky at love or have some reason for evading a lasting relationship. I really like it if I can create a diverse character that encompasses several stereotypes. The protector/provider, the rogue or outcast, and a guy with some flaw that makes him all the more loveable are just a few that come to mind.
Jillian: What’s something you’d like to tell your fans?
Sandy: I’m an avid cat lover. Although I will admit to owning a dog after he found us. I’m a sucker for strays that no one else will adopt. My latest was a scrawny, ugly cat with a crooked tail who turned out to be a beautiful full-furred feline with a lion-like mane. She’s the sweetest cat. And between the cat and the dog, I don’t know which one I could now live without.
Jillian: Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
Sandy: I’m definitely a coffee person. With half & half. I used to mix a little coffee with my half & half, but I’ve learned to just use a dollop now. I don’t need the extra calories. I’ve tried tea, but it’s just not the same. I live for coffee and if I don’t get my morning fix, I’m miserable. Yes, I know!!! I’m addicted. But I heard coffee is an anti-oxidant.
Jillian: What would you say is your most interesting quirk?
Sandy: Don’t tell anyone, but I’m cheap. This comes from growing up poor. I’m just now learning to not obsess and realize it’s okay to let go of this worry. In some ways it’s great because I love looking for bargains and saving money, but in other ways it can be stifling. I still clip coupons even though a lot of my friends consider it a waste of time.
Sandy has a question for commenters: Time Will Tell goes back to a time in history that interested me. How about you? Is there any time or place that you’d love to witness first hand if you could go back? If so, let me know. I’d love to hear about it. Who knows, it might spark you to write your own story.
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You can find more information about Sandy at www.sandyloyd.com. Like her on Facebook www.facebook.com/sloydwrites or follow her on twitter at www.twitter.com/sloydwrites.
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