Sandi’s debut rural crime thriller Tell Me Why won the 2015 Davitt Award Readers’ Choiceand was also shortlisted for the 2015 Davitt Award Best Debut. It spearheads a series ofgritty, authentic rural crime novels with romantic elements. The next instalment, BlackSaturday, will be out soon. Sandi has won multiple prizes in the Scarlet Stiletto Awards forher short crime fiction. Several of her short stories have been published and shortlisted inother competitions, while her articles have been published regularly for over ten years. Sandilives in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges with her husband and furry family. Visit her website here.
What are you working on now? Describe it in 15-20 words or less.
I am putting the finishing touches on the third novel in my series, with the working title Into the Fog, in which three Daylesford children disappear during a treacherous storm from a police camp, and have started the fourth instalment.
What is your favourite quote?I have two equal favourites:
‘You know it’s never too late to shoot for the stars. Regardless of who you are.’ (Nickelback)
‘That which does not kill us makes us stronger.’ (Friedrich Nietzsche)
What is the best book-to- movie you’ve ever seen, and why? And the worst?One of the best, is a book-to- television show: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. It is afabulous adaptation of Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher series. Kerry’s creativeinput into the translation of her books to the small screen – including the casting –shines through, making the show much-loved by existing and new fans. But I can’tthink of a bad example right now!
What’s the last thing that made you laugh?
I laugh a lot. It doesn’t take me much, and so many things in life are worth smiling and laughing about, aren’t they? But the very last thing that made me laugh was watching our two cats play-fighting, which ended up in a love fest of them cleaning each other at the same time.
In a letter to your 16-year- old self, what advice would you give?
‘Keep believing in your writing dream, Sandi. You will take a winding path, working as banker, paralegal, cabinetmaker, office manager, executive assistant, personal trainer and journalist, and almost join the police force at different stages. This will bey our “writer’s apprenticeship” and it’ll give you loads of inspiration and fodder for your stories, and you’ll always think that if writing hadn’t been your true dream, you would have been a police detective. So hang in there, rake up maturity and life experiences, this gives you the resilience that eventually reaps the reward of being a published author.’