Sandra Bass Joines, Author
Romance & Suspense Along the Coast
As a young girl, I found myself just as excited to sit on the porch reading Nancy Drew Books as I was shooting marbles and playing ball with the neighborhood kids. My love of reading grew into writing silly stories to give as presents to my parents and siblings. Most of my tales had a dark side. If I’d written The Three Billy Goats Gruff or The Three Little Pigs, for instance, the troll would have brutally killed one of the goats, and the wolf would have done horrible things to one of the pigs. It would have taken the rest of the story for the other goats and pigs to figure out who killed or threatened their friends and why. Then, of course, they'd have to figure out a way to get even with the troll and wolf.
Although I love to read Nicholas Spark’s wonderful, heart-wrenching stories, I also have a passion for books by such authors as Karin Slaughter, Lee Child, Tami Hoag, Iris Johansen, Stephen King, and the team Jefferson Bass – just to name a few. One of my favorite authors is Jean M. Auel who wrote the Clan of the Cave Bear series.
When I’m writing romance, thriller-type scenes appear from nowhere. When I’m writing suspense, romance pops up. I suppose that’s why I consider myself a writer of romantic suspense/thrillers laced with a little Southern humor.
I grew up and lived along the Gulf of Mexico in Northwest Florida until the mid-eighties when I moved with my husband and three children to Colorado.
Being born and reared in a small Southern town where humor and storytelling was a part of everyday life has provided me ideas for endless stories and a bag bulging with fodder for remarkable, yet realistic, characters.
Although I love the majestic Rocky Mountains and enjoy living in the foothills west of Denver, salt water flows through my veins, and the Gulf of Mexico beckons me to return to the Northwest Coast of Florida often. Perhaps this is the reason my books are set along the beautiful, compelling Forgotten Coast of Florida.ast.
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