Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Sandy Lo - The Watch Dog - Author Interview

Author Interview 

1. How did you come up with the title?
The title came pretty easily since the concept of the novel was based off a protective dog.

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The three main messages I want readers to grasp is love, acceptance and forgiveness. I think so many people waste a ton of energy on hate and holding onto grudges.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
I would say the storyline is fairly realistic. Some people may argue the ghost dog aspect, which I can understand. The ghostly happenings are definitely a bit far-fetched, though I do believe in ghosts. The rest of the story is pretty realistic, though.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I think it's too early to tell since I only finished writing the book a few months ago, but I am pretty happy with the way it turned out. 

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing the book was creating a main character that wasn't supposed to be liked right away. I really had to get inside his head and feel his inner demons so I could write him properly.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I found myself reconnecting spiritually through "The Watch Dog" and because of it. I began going to church again while writing the book.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Writing was an extension of playtime for me as a child. Being the youngest of four, I was encouraged to grow up quicker. My siblings got to pick what shows we watched, so cartoons were turned off on me. They stopped playing with toys, which made me want to play with them less. Still, I had so much imagination leftover, that I began to write stories to let it out. Writing became my form of make believe and a way for me to express myself when my older siblings talked over me.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
My favorite author is Tennessee Williams. Even though he is a playwright, he tells such in depth stories with his characters. I love how complex each character he created was and how there was so much revealed throughout each play.

9. Tell us your latest news.
I am excited to announce I am working on another book in the "Dream Catchers" series and looking forward to publishing it in 2013.

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope anyone who reads my books feels good by the end of them. I write stories of love and hope and that's what I want to give to the world.

About the Book

Garrett “Rett” Baker has taken one too many wrong turns in life that slams him into a dead-end. He finds himself forced to return to his small town life in middle Tennessee where he left behind broken relationships and bad memories. With plans to leave as soon as he saves some cash, Garrett finds himself living in his deceased grandmother’s home.

Bittersweet memories come rushing back to Garrett, and the ghosts of his past begin to haunt him. The one thing from his childhood he keeps trying to find–his long gone mutt, Brownie, seems to be what is leading him to places he doesn’t want to go, and people he never wanted to see again.

Prices/Formats: $19.95 (paperback, Amazon), $16.95 (paperback, Lulu), $2.99 (ebook)
Pages: 344
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Publisher: self-published
Release Date: December 6, 2012
Buy Links: Amazon, Lulu

About the Author

Sandy Lo was born and raised in Staten Island, New York. At the age of eighteen, she founded the entertainment publication, StarShine Magazine. While focusing on journalism and interviewing celebrities like Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and the Backstreet Boys, Sandy wrote stories; something that was always one of her favorite pastimes.

Sandy has used her knowledge, love and experience in the music industry as inspiration for her commonly musically themed books. Her debut novel, “Lost In You” was published in 2009 and inspired by her love of ’90s pop music. The book became a favorite read of “Backstreet Mom” author, Denise Solis and 98 Degrees star, Jeff Timmons. “Lost In You” continues to climb up the Amazon Kindle Sales list, attracting a reader base that loves many of the boy bands Sandy has interviewed in StarShine Magazine.

Links to connect with Sandy:
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