Hello, and welcome to Lisa's Place, please help me welcome Sandra Russell Farris today. Welcome Sandra.
LV: When did you first start enjoy reading?
S.F.: In middle School
LV:When did you start writing? Include all history, books, screenplays, poems, etc..
S.F.I started writing when I was 15. I had a built in audience. At the time I had 3 younger sisters and I would make up stories for them. Then I started writing them down. I always had an active imagination. My eighth grade teacher was my cheerleader, she really encouraged me to write.
LV: When did you publish your first work? Screenplays or books
S.F. I didn’t publish my book until much later,2002, after marriage and raising my family. I still wrote occasionally. My ebooks are: Wind Dancers, Can You Hear the Music?, Lady Ace, and Obituary Column. All available in print and e-books. Also short story e-books: Hobo, Memory of a Murder, and In Search of Alan Hawk.
LV:Where can your books be found?
https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=Sandra+Farris (Hobo and Memory of a Murder) iTunes and Kobo.
LV: Where can readers find you?
LV: Any special awards or recognition for your writing accomplishments?
S.F. Don’t know if this counts, but my book trailer, Can You Hear the Music? won best book trailer award for March, 2012.
LV: What do you do to relax?
S.F. Read, Work crossword puzzles
L V: How do you handle stress or writers block
S.F. I usually have more than one project going and I will work on something else for a while. When I go back to the original one I can see it with a fresh eye. I find that when I have a writer’s block it is usually caused by the fact I don’t like what I have written. For stress, I read and get lost in someone else’s work. That usually helps me, too.
LV: Do you have a blog?
S.F. I stated one on my website but have fallen way behind. I’m not confident in writing blogs right now.
LV: Do you have a Youtube video trailer for your works?
S.F. Yes. The link is: http://www.youtube.com/standquietAndListen
LV: Do you have a favorite character in your books?
S.F. Yes. It is Andy, the hobo, in Can You Hear the Music?
LV: Favorite food?
S.F. A good Southern meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and biscuits. Of course I can’t eat that very often and that is probably why it is still my favorite food.
LV: Favorite color?
LV: Favorite charity?
S.F. St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Salvation Army.
LV: How do people contact/donate the charity?
262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105
LV:Any advice for new authors?
S.F. Read, read, read. If your only motivation is money don’t get into the field.
Once you have written the book the really hard work begins; Promoting your book. Research will become your friend.
LV: Advice for new screenwriters?
Answer: I don’t write scripts, although I took a short course in it. I think the most difficult is trying to convert your book to a script.
LV: Please tell me anything you’d like for your readers to know about you, your books.
S.F. I sold the movie rights to my book Obituary Column. It has been made into a movie under a different name, “The Treasure Within”, starring Robert Loggia, Sam Hennings and Melissa McGinnis. I’m not sure when it will be released. The trailer can be seen at this link: http://treasurewithinmovie.com/cast.html
I write mostly mystery books, although I have been experimenting with ghost stories. I have two short stories in that genre I am working on.
My Book covers:
Thank you very much for your time, Sandra! And congratulations on selling your book rights for a movie, that is a big dream of mine. I hope it does well. I'll definitely see that movie now! Good luck in your future endeavors.
To my readers: Sandra's book trailer is wonderful. Please go and take a look at it on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/standquietAndListen