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Interview with Sandra Block

Ali: What is your favorite book of 2015 so far?

Sandra: I just read Blackout by Sarah Hepola. Great book. Memory is such a fascinating topic, and her take on missing memory (by virtue of a drunken hippocampus) manages to be both witty and profound at the same time.

Ali: Did you always want to be a writer?

Sandra: It sounds cliché, but yes, I always wanted to be a writer. I remember in fourth grade lying on the sidewalk and writing on a slip of paper about a plane marking across the sky like chalk. My mom said, "You're writing poetry?" And I thought, "Oh, that's what this is! I guess I'm a writer."

Ali: What inspires your writing?

Sandra: Walking inspires me. I often solve a plot hole or come up with an idea while taking my dog out.

Ali: What was the hardest part of writing THE GIRL WITHOUT A NAME?

Sandra: The hardest part was hiding the villain. I had to make him/her likable enough, but at the same time with glimmers of darkness.

Ali: What is your favorite thing about writing THE GIRL WITHOUT A NAME?

Sandra: My favorite part of writing the book was creating the character of Daneesha. She doesn't take crap from anyone, and at thirteen, she's smarter than a lot of her doctors. She kept me on my toes.

Ali: Do you have any habits while writing? For example, a specific snack food you have to have or maybe music playing in the background.

Sandra: I don't have time for habits! I take my iPad everywhere and steal writing time whenever I can. So, if I had to have coffee or a specific scented candle, I'd be in real trouble... :)

Ali: What is your favorite thing to do when you aren't writing?

Sandra: My favorite non-writing activity (besides family and reading of course) is cross-stitching. I happen to be a cross-stitching madwoman.

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