Thursday, April 21, 2011

Interview with Sandra Worth

I had my first Sandra Worth experience with her newest novel, the fabulous Pale Rose of England (my review is quite gushy).  I'm thrilled to offer my interview with Ms. Worth as well as a chance to win a copy of Pale Rose of England (see end of interview for details). 

What was the plot of your very first piece of fiction?

Thank you for having me here on your fabulous site, Audra! This is an interesting question – first time I’ve been asked that. It was a rags to riches saga about a Greek immigrant (never published).

Do you have any writing rituals or routines?

I need time in the garden, whether it’s early morning or late evening, short or long (but the longer, the better!). It’s not only restful, but natures inspires me. When the scenes pile up, I go inside and write.

Was Pale Rose of England the original title of your book?

It was. Seemed very appropriate because that was what people called Catherine in her day.

As you were writing Pale Rose of England, was there a particular scene or character that surprised you?

Believe it or not, it was Catherine who surprised me. Before I sat down to write her story, I didn’t know how I would portray her strength through all the challenges she faced. She was indomitable. But somehow she came.

You’ve traveled extensively for research; is there a place or historical artifact that is your favorite?

Several, actually. As far as places are concerned, the island-fortress of St. Michael’s Mount in southern England, Bamborough Castle on the North Sea, and the medieval city of Bruges are places I’ll never forget. But the Peloponnese in Greece is also an area that lingers in my mind in a meaningful way. I’m looking forward to going back to Greece and spending a lot more time there one day.

When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?

I do a lot of traveling for research and pleasure, and seeing new places and historical sites is always pure joy for me. In the summer months I can’t get enough time in the pool and garden, and in winter, there’s the opera and symphony. But the family is the center of my life year-round, and so is reading. I do keep busy and there never seems enough time.

Read any good books recently?

I read Cecilia Holland’s new novel, The King's Witch, for endorsement and loved it. It’s on the crusades and is due out in June. I also tremendously enjoyed Kostova’s The Historian.

Thank you, Audra, for this great interview! It’s been fun.

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My thanks to Ms Worth for her time and Amy Bruno with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for facilitating this!  Learn more about Sandra Worth and her books at her website.

GIVEAWAY! Thanks to the publisher, I'm thrilled to offer a copy of Pale Rose of England to one of my readers! Open to US readers (sorry!); closes 5/6.  Just leave a comment and email address to be entered.


  1. After your "gushy" review, I really want to read this, so throw my name in the hat!

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  2. She's correct about time in a garden. It gets you mind working and is insperational.
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  3. @Lilypad: I know -- I actually love weeding -- it's v therapeutic and meditative!

  4. Wow...sounds good! I can't wait to read this book!!!

  5. Great interview :) She sounds so fascinating, I am glad to have head about Catherine now

  6. Just finished my first Sandra Worth novel...Lady Of The Roses. Love this author!

  7. I am very interested in this book because of what Sandra Worth saying that Catherine surprised her in the book. That she was so strong the author was wondering how to show her
    strength in the book. Yet when she was writing the Catherine's strength shown through.

    Please enter me for this giveaway.


  8. I dearly love Sandra Worth and her books. I have been lucky enough to be able to chat with her here and there on many subjects and she is so friendly, outgoing and intelligent. Even though I have never met her, I feel as though she is a friend. Truly a lovely lady! I would love to win a copy of her fabulous book!

    Connie Fischer

  9. I love historical novels & would love this one! Very good interview; particularly liked the question/answer about her travels.

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  10. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  11. Thanks for this great giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. This sounds like a great story. I'd love to win a copy.

    Thanks for the interesting review and giveaway.
    onebookshy at yahoo dot com

  13. I'd love to win this for my fiancée.


  14. Nice review and interview with the author...I would like to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the giveaway...

    - arch


  15. please count me in...thanks

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