Welcome my guest – author Sandy Loyd

NOTE: Elena K is the winner of the giveaway!

Every once in a while I get asked where I get ideas for my stories. As a writer, I’m always trying to come up with interesting characters and unique situations. That’s not an easy endeavor. Yet one thing I’ve noticed over the eleven years I’ve been writing. My best books have come from everyday happenings that I experience.

For example, I outlined one of my romantic suspense stories while on a plane going on a trip with my son and husband. My son was 15 at the time and was (and still is) an aviation buff. He was excited and talking to his father about taking flying lessons. It’s one thing to fly as a family to a vacation destination. As morose as it sounds, if the plane crashed, I’d at least be with my loved ones. But when the situation is turned around and my only child is talking about soloing in a tiny plane it’s beyond scary. I kept my fears to myself and encouraged him to follow his dream. At the same time, I took the fearful emotions and added them to a story. Of course, I didn’t follow my outline, but at least I had an idea of where to start. From there my characters emerged and so did the story.

I’m definitely a pantser.

I’ll even admit to getting one idea for a romantic suspense from watching the Dr. Phil show about a mother who was a drug addict and turned her life around to be the mother her daughter deserved. I thought that would make an interesting character. Only my character died in the first scene. Another idea came from listening to my son’s friends talk about sex. To some of those kids it’s like eating or exercising. A very different attitude from my generation. I thought it interesting, and ran with the idea.

The idea for the last book I wrote, The Promise of Tomorrow, began during a KOD (Kiss Of Death) tour I took at the Romance Writers of America’s national conference in San Antonio last July. We visited Ft. Sam Houston where the US Army trains their field medics. One medic’s experiences touched me enough to create a story based on a character who suffered a similar experience. I even got to witness a simulated attack that was totally realistic and put it in my first chapter. I believe the story is relevant to some of the issues Vets, and their loved ones, face today when they serve their country. It’s personal for me because my son has just been given a pilot slot in the US Air Force. In two years I will be one of those I wrote about. Who knows? Maybe deep down inside I wrote that book as a way of dealing with future fears. Hmm. I just came up with an idea for a new book featuring a crazy mom.

What about you? Have you had any experiences that might be the beginning of a great story? Or a great character? Leave a comment and you’ll be entered into a drawing for an e-copy of The Promise of Tomorrow.


THE PROMISE OF TOMORROW - Front Cover (for Book  Interior)

War is hell, especially for those left behind. When an IED explosion devastates the lives of Roberto ‘Cam’ Camareno and Nicole Murphy, both believe their promise of tomorrow has been shattered.

Field medic Cam helplessly watches his fatally wounded friend die in his arms, wishing he could take his place. Cam is the one who should have died, not his friend with a fiancée waiting back home. Instead of getting his wish, Cam promises to watch over Nicole. How on earth can he do that when survivor guilt paralyzes him?

After losing the love of her life and having her future blown away with his death, Nicole fears her broken heart will never heal. Even now, a year later, she still grieves. Then she meets Cam and her life changes for the better. Love has the ability to heal, but only if the heart is open to accepting love.

As these two struggle to come to grips with the past, can they find the promise of tomorrow with each other?

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SLI8492

Nook: The Promise of Tomorrow – book 5 

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1zRT8re

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-promise-of-tomorrow/id962931624?ls=1&mt=11 

About the author:

newsandypicnew (1)Sandy Loyd is 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 South Florida. 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.

As a former sales rep for a major manufacturer, she’s traveled extensively, so she has a million stored memories to draw from for her stories. She spent her single years in San Francisco and considers that city one of America’s treasures, comparable to no other city in the world. Her California Series, starting out with Winter Interlude, are all set in the Bay Area. The Promise of Tomorrow is the fifth book in the series.

Sandy is now an empty nester and writes full time, with almost two dozen books published in several genres including contemporary romance, romantic suspense, time travel romance and historical romance. She strives to come up with fun characters—people you would love to call friends. And we all know friends have their baggage and when we discover what makes them tick, we come to love them even more. She doesn’t skimp on the romance. And because she loves puzzles, she doesn’t skimp on intrigue, either. Yet whether romantic suspense, contemporary romance, or historical romance, she always tries to weave a warm love story into her work, while providing enough twists and turns to entertain any reader.

About Dale Mayer

Dale Mayer writes romantic suspense, with or without paranormal elements like TUESDAY'S CHILD (2011) and now young adult books in various genres like DANGEROUS DESIGNS (2011). Writing stabilizes her in a life gone wild! The other stabilizers? Cheesecake and her four cats! Of course, she's dreaming to think she'll get a piece cheesecake once her four kids find out she's been baking!
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12 Responses to Welcome my guest – author Sandy Loyd

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Sandy,

    Congratulations on the release of The Promise of Tomorrow! Great post. I absolutely agree that the best characters are charged with an element of an author’s real life. Congratulations on your son’s acceptance as an Air Force pilot. They’re the best of the best. I’ve got a Marine and a soldier, so may I also offer my best wishes to you as a military mom!

  2. Sandy Loyd says:

    Wow, the Marines are pretty hard core. You must be proud. I’m sure you have stories to tell about being a military mom. My prayers go with you. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Welcome, Sandy! Congrats on your new book. Sometimes, I will use something from real life for my characters. For example, my grandmother doesn’t like to wear socks, so I have a character who always goes barefoot in one of my books.
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  4. Sandy Loyd says:

    That’s a fun fact. Does she wear shoes?

  5. Edie Ramer says:

    Sandy, congrats on your release! Your book sounds amazing.

    My next book is a romantic suspense with veterans. It’s looking at the dark side, but there’s humor and love in it, too. Though the mystery concerns veterans (and I know a few), in the story the heroine’s friend is dying of breast cancer. This came from my life. We all go through things in real life, and as writers, we put it in our books.

    • Sandy Loyd says:

      I’ve also had experience with loved ones having breast cancer. My mother and mother-in-law both had and overcame breast cancer. I do know that they were lucky. Now so many more women can beat it because of early detection. Your book sounds intriguing. I can’t wait until it comes out.

    • Sandy Loyd says:

      I’ve also had experience with loved ones having breast cancer. My mother and mother-in-law both had and overcame breast cancer. I do know that they were lucky. Now so many more women can beat it because of early detection. Your book sounds intriguing. I can’t wait until it comes out.

  6. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Sandy

    Thanks so much for being my guest today. Sorry I’m late showing up, lately all my days have been this way. I wanted to say that I really love that cover! Good luck with new release!

  7. elena k says:

    this book sounds so heartbreaking! I hope your son stays safe! as for a story, one friend of mine has seen a man on the street and she really liked him but lost him in the crowd. the same night she wanted to stay home and relax until her best friend convinced her to go to a party she didn’t want to go. well she went and there was the man. they are now married. I call it fate!

  8. bn100 says:

    probably not

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