Monday, February 1, 2010

Sandra D. Bricker's "The Big 5-oh!"

We're happy to have Sandra D. Bricker with us today.

Click on the photo to the left to visit the author's website. Read on to learn more about Sandra and her book...

1) How did this story come to you?
I battled ovarian cancer several years ago, and I was talking about that with someone. The subject came up about what happens AFTER cancer treatment; that overwhelming feeling of "What next?!" That niggled at me for a while, until one day it occurred to me that the best way for me as a writer to deal with something is to turn it on its ear and poke fun at it. And so Olivia and her post-cancer new life was born.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I'm particularly excited about the release of The Big 5-OH! because it's my first book with Abingdon Press. I'd been writing for Summerside Press already, and that felt very much like home to me. So venturing out to another house was a little daunting. But it certainly didn't take long for me in getting to know Barbara Scott and the folks at Abingdon to know that this was a perfect extension for me.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1. I started out my writing career with dreams of writing screenplays. I even went to film school to learn. And after that ... I was going to be the next great suspense author. Apparently, God had a different plan for me. :-)
2. Speaking of God's plans ... I was supposed to be on TWA Flight 800, the one that went down on its way to Paris. If not for my business partner losing her birth certificate and not being able to get her passport before the trip, I would have been on that flight.
3. I think birthday cake is the greatest invention of our time. A layered cake with sweet, creamy icing ... there's nothing that tempts me more. Nothing.Not Jon Bon Jovi, not Chinese food, not even chocolate. All worthy adversaries, but there's just something about birthday cake!

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I've recently finished and turned in my fall book for Abingdon, Always the Baker, Never the Bride. And now I've started on the next one for Summerside Press, Love Finds You in Carmel, California.

5) Parting comments?
Just that I'd like to thank you so much for inviting me to spend a few minutes here with all of you. I'm so proud of The Big 5-OH! and really excited to hear what everyone thinks of it.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
My Web site is at, and my blog can be found at


  1. Looking forward to hearing more about you. Praying GOD's richest blessings umong you.

    Laura from Fl.

  2. I haven't read anything by this author before. This looks good. Please put my name in the hat for this drawing.


    Finding Hope Through Fiction

  3. I haven't read anything by this author before and this book sounds like it is very interesting. Please enter me the drawing.


  4. Please enter my name!


  5. Sounds like a fun book.

  6. I'd be very interested to read this title. I pray that it does very well!

    Donna Winters

  7. Sounds great... please enter me!
    writer_weaver at yahoo dot com

  8. I hear The Big 5-0h! is a lot of fun, please add me to the drawing, I love to laugh. Thanks!


  9. Sandra is a new author to me.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

  10. Dawn and Sandra-
    As always, thank you for the interview of an author that I've not read before. I look forward to reading "The big 5-0h!" and it sounds like a book I will need to get for many of my girlfriends. In fact, I just might put it on our wish list for our book club. I also look forward to reading "Always the Baker, Never the Bride."

  11. would enjoy reading this fabulous book...thanks for the opportunity.


  12. This is a new author to me. Would definitely be interested in this read and finding more by her.

  13. Looks like a great book, I'd love to read it. And happy that the author 'missed' her plane on that fateful day!

    bookworm1414 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  14. sounds like a book for me, since I just turned the big 5-0 this past year LOL!

  15. I am not turning the Big 50 for five years. My husband will be 50 this month. lol I would like to read her book. My sister-in-law will be 50 soon. Thanks.


  16. I saw a guest blog by Sandra on Rachelle Gardner's blog recently, and I wrote myself a note to check out her new book. Then I got on FB and there was a drawing to win it! How cool is that?!

    Please enter me in the drawing:

    Thank you!

    God bless you,

    PS - I turned 5-0 myself last September.

  17. This sounds like a great book - I'm looking forward to reading it, one way or the other! God's best to you in your writing!

  18. I'll be looking for more of your books!

  19. HEY!! This is the SECOND blog I've read today highlighting her book. It must be fabtabulous! ;)

  20. Thank you to so many of you who entered to win a copy of The Big 5-OH!

    The winner is ... drumroll, please ... Cheri Hardaway!

    Cheri, I'll be emailing you soon for your mailing address. And thank you so much again to all of you who entered. And to Dawn for inviting me to join you for a visit.

    Blessings and grace,
    Sandie Bricker

  21. Thank you, Sandra, and Dawn!

    God bless you,