Monday, June 3, 2013

Fliterary welcomes author Sandra Orchard

Welcome to Fliterary! We love making new friends.
Let’s sit together on the swings and you can introduce yourself:

 Thanks so much for having me.  What can I tell you about myself? Let’s see. I’m a mother of three grown children, grandmother of one, soon to be two, and wife to the most supportive husband. I hail from the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. I have an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from McMaster University, and taught high school math before staying home to raise and home educate my children. I used to do a lot of renovating and crafts and painting before taking up fiction writing, but now…I write full-time when not doting on my grand daughter.

You have a new book out, what’s it about? 
Deadly Devotion is the first book in a three-book romantic suspense/mystery series called Port Aster’s Secrets. Each book will have a standalone mystery, but the romance and an underlying suspense plot will arc the series.

In book 1: Herbal medicine researcher Kate Adams knows her friend didn’t commit suicide, as the police suspect, and is determined to prove it. But standing in the way is Detective Tom Parker who has the niggling suspicion that Kate might be the killer.
     When Kate’s investigation unearths a web of suspicious goings-on in the sleepy town of Port Aster, will Tom believe her innocence and catch the real murderer before Kate becomes the next victim?

Where can we buy it?
 Any bookstore will order it in if they don’t stock it. Or online shoppers can find it at:
Book Depository (free worldwide shipping)

If we invited your main character to sit with us, how would she/he react? 
Kate would be delighted to sit with you and share one of her unique blends of herbal teas. Unless you’re a cop, she’s not comfortable around cops, ever since a pair hauled her father away when she was ten.

What would they say? What advice would they give?
She is anxious to solve her friend’s murder, so she’d probably share a few theories she has. She likely wouldn’t talk to you about guys…as most women enjoy doing. The one she’s attracted to happens to be the cop who refused to reopen her friend’s murder case so she’s not going to want to go there.
        Since her friend purportedly died from drinking tainted tea, Kate would stress the importance of knowing what’s in your tea, and would especially want to ensure you know the difference in marigolds!

If any one person from history could sit with us, who would it be and why?
Oh, Kate would want him to be Culpeper who wrote Culpeper’s Complete Herbal, originally published in 1653. It was the first herbal medicine book written in English instead of Latin.

Why did you choose to be a Christian writer and what does it mean to you?
I write Christian fiction because I want my stories to be not only entertaining, but thought-provoking, inspiring and uplifting.  Reading about characters facing difficult situations and seeing how they work through them and confront challenges to their faith has inspired me in countless ways. I’d love to know my stories do that for others.

What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t be in a hurry to get published. Take the time to master the craft, build relationships with other writers and enjoy the journey. And persevere.

Where can we find you on the web?
My cyber home is at  I blog there every Monday, and you’ll find fun bonus features for all my books such as deleted scenes and location pics.
I also love to connect with reader on Facebook at:
And I’d like to invite readers who wish to be notified of my upcoming releases to subscribe to my newsletter

Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit!
Thank you for having me!

About the interviewer: 
Lisa Phillips is a wife, mom of two and worship leader. In her spare time *snort* she's an author of Christian Romantic Suspense. Her first book, The Ultimate Betrayal will be released by Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense, summer 2014.
You can find her on Twitter (always) @lisaphillipsbks and at


Sandra Orchard said...

Thanks for having me here today, Lisa. And huge congrats on signing with Love Inspired Suspense!

Lisa Phillips said...

You're welcome! Anytime you want to come back, we'd love to have you.

And thanks!