Since she can first remember, Sandra Danby has loved reading. Hardback, paperback, e-book, new or pre-loved, borrowed from the library and friends, magazines and newspapers, she reads them all. She grew up on a small dairy farm at the bleak edge of East Yorkshire where England meets the North Sea. At the age of four she was making magazines full of her own stories. When missed by her mother, she was usually found in a corner with her nose in a book. She devoured everything from the Famous Five and Secret Seven to Swallows and Amazons, from Little Women to George Orwell and Mary Stewart. All this reading led her first to a degree in English Literature in London, then to journalism. Now she writes fiction full-time… and still reads at every spare moment.
Ignoring Gravity, Sandra’s debut novel, is about two pairs of sisters, separated by a generation of secrets. Rose Haldane is confident about her identity. She pulls the same face as her grandfather when she has to do something she doesn’t want to, she knows her DNA is the same as his. Except it isn’t: because Rose is adopted and doesn’t know it. Finding her mother’s lost diaries, Rose begins to understand why she has always seemed the outsider in her family, why she feels so different from her sister Lily. Then just when she thinks there can’t be any more secrets… Ignoring Gravity is to be published by BNBS Books, a new crowdfunding publisher, which has set Sandra the target of achieving 250 pre-orders in order to win a publishing contract. Pre-order now, and help her win the deal!
The sequel to Ignoring Gravity, Connectedness, again features Rose Haldane. Sandra investigates the nature of identity and the role our family history plays in making us who we are. Controversial artist Justine Tree confronts the truth of her past when she asks Rose to find her lost baby. The story sweeps from the wild windy coast of East Yorkshire to the hot streets of Malaga, Spain. Will Rose ever discover the truth and is Justine telling her the whole story?
Sandra’s flash fiction stories, all under 500 words, are published online at Ether Books where you can read them for free. Ether is an app for your mobile which enables you to read stories by new and best-selling authors while you are on the move. Many stories are free. As well as short stories and flash fiction, you can choose from poetry, biography, essays, travel, sport and recipes. Featured writers include Hilary Mantel, Maggie O’Farrell, Louis de Bernières, and Sir Paul McCartney.
Childless author Sandra was surprised to be asked by Australian editor Kasia James to participate in an anthology of writings about motherhood. The Milk of Female Kindness: an Honest Anthology about Motherhood is available from Amazon and includes one short story and one flash fiction by Sandra, inspired by our relationships with our own mothers.
10 facts about me:
1 Yorkshire-woman and proud of it!
2 Twitter novice, just finding my way. I’m sure I’m missing loads of tricks.
3 Live to write… not write to live.
4 5ft 1in tall… the only time I feel small is when I want to get that book off the very top shelf in the bookshop.
5 Big tennis fan, go Andy Murray!
6 Lover of trees… and green. Nature in tooth and claw.
7 Want to go to… Australia.
8 Will never again… go scuba diving. Terrifying!
9 Don’t go often enough… ski-ing.
10 Love… sitting in the garden on a sunny afternoon with a good book.
You can connect with me at:
Writing blog – http://sandradanby.com/
Sandra’s blog about her life in a quiet valley in Spain – http://notesonaspanishvalley.com/
Facebook author page – https://www.facebook.com/sandradanbyauthor
Twitter – @SandraDanby
Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/sandradan1/
My personal motto:
“If you want something doing well, do it yourself!”
- A typical work day begins with… tea and more tea.
- I lose track of time… when I am writing, when I am reading, time just seems to disappear.
- I have always… been a multi-tasker, lots of irons in the fire and balls being juggled.
- I have never… jumped out of a plane. I don’t do heights.
- Home means to me… my wonderfully comfortable bed and crisp white sheets.
- I am inspired by… people who succeed in life despite illness or disability or the rubbish that life throws at them, very humbling.
- I would like to meet… Andy Murray. I’m a tennis nut, what can I say.
- My worst character trait… impatience.
- My best character trait… perseverance.
- The best advice I was given… “If you think it’s finished, it probably isn’t. Keep polishing until it gleams.”
Buy / pre-order / read links
Buy The Milk of Female Kindness at Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/
Pre-order Ignoring Gravity here – www.britainsnextbestseller.co.uk/
Read Sandra’s flash fiction for free at Ether Books – http://catalog.etherbooks.com/Authors/1037
To download the Ether app – http://www.etherbooks.com/