Sandra D. Bricker was an entertainment publicist in Los Angeles for 15+ years. She is now a best-selling, award-winning author of laugh-out-loud fiction for the inspirational market, and the mastermind behind the Another Emma Rae Creation series that started with Always the Baker Never the Bride. As an ovarian cancer survivor, she gears time and effort toward raising awareness and funds for research, diagnostics and a cure.
Could you please tell us a little about your book?
Always the Baker Finally the Bride is the fourth and final book in the Another Emma Rae Creation series for Abingdon Press. It revolves around The Tanglewood Inn, a boutique wedding destination hotel in Roswell, Georgia, and the books are filled with quirky characters, yummy cakes and confections, and a lot of laugh-out-loud humor.
I spend a lot of time and effort in creating awareness and raising funds toward diagnostics and a cure for ovarian cancer. I was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer in 2004, and it was a long, hard battle. However, I’ve been cancer-free for 7 years now. One of the things that really got me about my diagnosis was the discovery that we don’t even have effective diagnostic tools for women with ovarian cancer. There’s a blood test called a CA-125, but it only works in a small percentage of women. In fact, I took that test a week before they found my cancer, and the result was negative. So I shout from the rooftop every chance I get. J
Who has influenced you throughout your career as a writer?
I’ve been greatly influenced by several iconic women, like the great Nora Ephron. And in my personal sphere of influence, there are two people who spring to mind immediately. The first: Erin Cartwright Niumata, who was senior editor at Avalon Books. I sold my first romantic fiction to Erin, and she really took me under her wing and tutored me on becoming a stronger, more plot-driven writer. Second: Barbara Scott, the editor who bought this series, has to be the most profound connection. She’s just always believed in me, and she GETS my humor. She no longer works for Abingdon, but I talk to her nearly every day now. She’s one of my best friends, my prayer partner, and someone I trust.
What are you currently working on?
The first book in my Contemporary Fairytales series for River North Fiction comes out in June. If the Shoe Fits is loosely based on Cinderella. Right now, I’m writing the second one – Rise & Shine, based on Sleeping Beauty.
Is there an author that inspired you to write?
Early on, Danielle Steel and Rebecca York were my inspirations to write romantic fiction. And Frank Peretti’s novel This Present Darkness really stirred my spirit and made me think for the first time about writing specifically for the inspirational market.
What are some of your long term goals?
Early on, I studied screenwriting because of a lifelong desire to write for film and television. I still cling to that goal to this day, and my greatest joy would be to see my books converted to film and/or TV. Fortunately, I’m blessed with an agent who understands that desire and is working to make that happen. Stay tuned!