In many writers careers is the search for what to write. Romance? Women’s fiction? Fantasy? Suspense? Romantic Suspense? Or even…Adventure? Today Sandy invites us to join her in a few adventures that lead to her newest release.
So you want to be an adventure writer….
by Sandy Nadeau
When I finally realized what I wanted to write, I had no idea what I was in for. We lived in Colorado as my writing habit developed more. Living in a state like that, you (usually) end up doing a lot of exploring. Exploring leads to adventures. And those adventures are sometimes a lot of fun and oftentimes they are a bit scary.
As time went on, and more adventures were had, I began to question if it was a good idea to be an adventure writer. It’s kind of like praying for patience. If you pray for patience, what’s going to happen? You’ll have many opportunities to learn how to be patient. Now, seriously, do any of us really want lessons like that? Not me.
So what do I do? I start writing adventures, living adventures and find myself thrust head long into – you guessed it – adventures.
My husband and I set out often on four-wheeling trips up into the mountains of Colorado. After all, we lived in the foothills for thirty years southwest of Denver, so we had quick and easy access to so many amazing areas. Then there were weekend camping trips along with it. Times to test our mettle. Times to wonder if we would make it out.
We found ourselves “learning” about adventures in ways I never would have expected. Times like when we drove off to the mountains for a day trip to explore some forest service trails. It was early spring and the shady areas still had a grip on snow. The normally packed dirt roads were a bit mushy the further into the forest we went. Soon, we found ourselves at the bottom of a hill, that we *ahem* slid down in our vehicle, which taught us how to fully use our four-wheel drive capabilities. Or inabilities seemed more like it. But we survived.
Then there was the time we got a flat tire at 12,000 feet elevation hanging on the edge of a mountain where you couldn’t really even get the vehicle completely off the road. We met the nicest people hanging off that mountain, and they helped us change the tire safely as other vehicles passed by, or tried to. One of them followed us off the mountain to a nearby town to replace the tire so we’d have a good one. God sends interesting angels sometimes.
Then there was the time with friends on an especially challenging mountain pass when it started to rain. Rain on a slate hill just doesn’t bode well. We ended up sliding backward praying we were going to be able to hang onto some of the roadway and not fall off the edge. Our friends were from the “flatlands” as we call it, so this was an unusual experience for them. Once we were safe and at a flat location, we all piled out of the SUV. The husband walked over to my husband, hugged him (quite unusual), and said, “You saved our lives with your driving!”
Yep, nothing like on-the-trail learning!
Then to top off our Colorado adventures, we added an interesting one by moving to Texas while waiting for my latest book to release. There WILL be stories…
This latest story resulted from years of experiences on a fire department and rescue squad. Oh no, not me. My husband was a volunteer firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician. I just helped the auxiliary make coffee and sandwiches to deliver to the emergency workers on long calls. But we had the adventures. From a carrot barn fire where a ton of carrots lost their lives; to a destructive F4 tornado that wiped out half our community, but no lives were lost.
Tie that type of work into the scenery of Colorado and it makes for a great story. After all, as my tag line declares, “Life is an adventure, created by God”.
Why again did I pick being an adventure writer?
First Responder Ronnie Spencer has a no-dating firefighters rule. She lost her father to a fire, and won’t risk the heartbreak of losing someone else. But when Steve McNeal returns, Ronnie’s heart is tested. How can she swear-off dating a firefighter when she has to work with the one man she used to love?
When the unthinkable happens, Ronnie has doubts. How can a loving God allow tragedy to stalk her life again? As her faith wavers, Ronnie must decide. Will their blossoming relationship be quickly extinguished by the very thing she feared, or will Ronnie trust God and allow her heart to be rescued—even if that means giving it to a firefighter?
“Romance is often complicated by life and Sandy Nadeau’s RESCUE ME takes the reader through the obstacles that surround two people who have been wounded by those complications. Sandy pens a beautiful story of love overcoming all obstacles and God’s perfect love healing all wounds. It’s my pleasure to recommend RESCUE ME.” Tracie Peterson, best-selling author of over one hundred novels including the Brides of Seattle and Lone Star Brides series
Sandy Nadeau loves to go on adventures, photograph them and equally loves to write about them. She and her husband did a lot of four-wheeling in the back country of Colorado for nearly thirty years. Sandy wrote a column about her community for a local newspaper for twelve years, she also has had several magazine articles published. She loves to write novels about adventure, mystery, romance, but most importantly sharing God’s love. Her first novel Red Gold, released in March of 2014. Her latest, Rescue Me, draws from their years of involvement with a volunteer fire department in MN. She is currently a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. Married for 39 years, she and her husband are loving life as grandparents to their two grandchildren and recently moved to Texas to be closer to them. Travel is their favorite thing to do and they don’t get to do it as often as they’d like. Adventure awaits around every corner, over every hill and mountain.
Sandy has been through quite a few adventures! And really…hanging on the edge of a mountain while changing a tire? Um, no thanks. What about you? What adventures have you been on? I’d love to hear! Who knows, your story might spark a plot line.