Author Sandra Byrd is the best-selling author of over two dozen books written for adults and teens. Her latest series is the London Confidential books written for teens. The first book in this series, Asking for Trouble, is about Savvy Smith, a 15-year-old girl who moves to London, England with her family. Between getting used to a new culture and a new school, Savvy works to get a position as a reporter on the school newspaper. In Through Thick and Thin, book two, Savvy sees her opportunity to become a full-fledged reporter. Savvy may have to sacrifice everything of importance to get what she wants, though.
The Christian Fiction Examiner recently had the opportunity to talk with Sandra Byrd about her faith, writing, and what’s on the horizon for Savvy Smith.
Examiner: Did you grow up in a Christian family? Could you share about your acceptance of Jesus as Savior?
Sandra: I became a Christian at the age of 19 at a camp that I went to in Colorado, as part of a Baptist Student Union. I had thought I was a Christian before attending camp, but little did I know … I met a young man there who shared the gospel with me, the people who brought me to the camp also took me to church and shortly thereafter I accepted Christ, while sitting on my dorm room bed. My life changed dramatically, and most of my friends wanted nothing to do with me after my salvation, but God provided good, Christian friends in their place. I married the young man I met at the camp and the people who took me are still like spiritual parents today!
Examiner: What’s the best thing about living in Seattle? The worst?
Sandra: Seattle is so beautiful, there really is no lovelier place on earth than Washington state. But we pay for it with months of rain. If you can tolerate the long rainy season, you are rewarded with the most beautiful state in the union. Our coffee and seafood is pretty good, too. And I live down the road from the Deadliest Catch guys!
Examiner: I noticed you had Philippians 1:6 (being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.) in the header of your blog. What does that Scripture mean to you personally?
Sandra: Writers often refer to their manuscripts as works in progress. We are working on something, understanding that the project will be revised based on the input of others, new understanding on our own, the needs of the community, maturity, editorial requirements, etc. In the same way, we as Christians are works in progress. We let others have input into our lives as we walk our journey, letting them disciple us. The Lord Himself disciples us if we remain moldable. But the beauty of it is, our growth is based on His faithfulness, not our works. So in a sense, we are HIS works in progress! And Jesus Himself will bring to pass, in our lives, what He began. What reassurance!
Examiner: What will be your next book release?
Sandra: London Confidential Books 3 and 4, Don’t Kiss Him Goodbye and Flirting with Disaster, will launch September 1, 2010. Be sure to sign up for my e-newsletter so you’re aware of when they’re out!
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All of Sandra’s books can be purchased at several locations. Why not try one of the stores listed here?
Holy Family Christian Books & Gifts
2990 Churn Creek Rd # C
Redding CA, 96002
100 Butcher Street
Rio Dell, CA 95562
Expressions of Faith
9495 Main St Upperlake
Upper Lake CA, 95485
Family Christian Store # 263
2790 Santa Rosa Ave Ste G
Santa Rosa CA, 95407
LifeWay Christian Store # 4685
201 Seminary Dr
Mill Valley CA, 94941
Western Christian Books & Café
1618 Franklin St
Oakland, CA 94612-2806
1239 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122-4407