Monday, November 8, 2010

Sandi Rog and The Master's Wall, 4

Over the week-end Sandi and I exchanged emails. I didn't have to rely on Facebook to get my information. She has A-Cell Lymphoma and it was caused from the drug she took for MS. This is horrible. You expect a drug to help you, not try to kill you. Sandi is a strong Christian and she is fighting like crazy.

She has asked if anyone wants to do anything to help her, please buy her book. DeWard Publishing, sent out emails yesterday stating they would give an additional $1 to Sandy and her family for each book sold. You can contact DeWard or go to Amazon to purchase a book without leaving your chair. They make wonderful Christmas presents.

Remember to leave a comment to be have your name placed in the drawing on November 15.

Now more of her interview. Sandi, we love you!

 What other books have you written, whether published or not?

I wrote a historical romance about a half-breed Cheyenne warrior and a Dutch pioneer woman. I became intrigued with the Sand Creek Massacre and the fact that I grew up in Colorado and never knew about this horrific "holocaust." The idea of a Native American Christian coming face-to-face with white men who claimed to be Christians as they killed innocent people from his tribe, including children (all true according to history, by the way), really challenged me, so I had to write about it.

Not many houses want Native American stories, so that one isn't published.

 How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?

Good question. Yes, life in American is ten times faster than it was in Holland. It leaves me breathless. So, we say "no" to a lot of things. We have a family dinner with the kids and simply hide out at home. 

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?

Writing related: That I finished THE MASTER'S WALL. This story has been in me for years. Now on to the next in the series, YAHSHUA'S BRIDGE.

  If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?

A cat. So I can curl up and sleep all day.

What is your favorite food?

Indian food (India Indian, not Native American Indian). 

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?

Not knowing the craft. So, I learned it. My Native American story mentioned above was my "practice novel." It won first place in the 2005 West Virginia Novel Competition, so I don't think it turned out too bad.

What advice would you give to an author just starting out?

Learn the craft! Get your hands on Dave King and Renni Browne's book Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. Or stop by my blog where Dave and other fabulous editors hang out, and learn about the craft:


  1. That is horrible! i will be praying for her. I love indian food too...i would like to learn how to make more of it. martha(at)lclink(dot)com

  2. So sorry to hear about the cancer. Praying for Sandi & her family. Just wanted her to know that I hope her historical romance about a half-breed Cheyenne warrior and a Dutch pioneer woman gets published someday. It sounds like a very interesting story and I would love to read it!
    The Master's Wall sounds like a terrific book. Thanks for the giveaway.


  3. Amazing that she was given a drug that causes cancer! As if MS wasn't enough. Guess its is just another of the chances we take by putting chemicals in our bodies. I have had negative reactions, but certainly nothing like this. Praying for Sandy and family. In love, Pat

  4. I will be praying for Sandi. Going through cancer treatments are tough and faith in or Lord and Savior Jesus Christ really gave me strength and got me through it.

    I wish that her book about the half-breed Cheyenne warrior and the Dutch woman would be published. I would love to read it.

    Again, I will be praying for Sandi. Please remind her that God does answer prayers and he will never forsake her. Have a blessed day everyone!

  5. Also....that is too bad that not many want to publish Native american stories. I know Stephanie Grace Whitson has some stories. It sounds like a story that needs to be told. martha(at)lclink(dot)com