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How many hats fit on one head? Sandy’s an award winning author, wife, mother, horsewoman, economist, teacher, and spiritual seeker.


Background Information

Sandy Nathan knows the worlds she describes in her writing. She draws on her personal studies in meditation, spirituality, and mysticism as well as her experiences in Silicon Valley corporate culture, breathing life into her characters and giving them depth and dimension. Sandy has won multiple national awards for her books. The mother of three grown children, Sandy and her husband live on their California horse ranch.

This gives an adequate view of Sandy Nathan, but you may get a livelier one from this question and answer session about her new book, Numenon: A Tale of Mysticism & Money.

 Q & A WITH SANDY NATHAN:

Where did you get the idea of a series of thrillers about the richest man in the world and a great shaman?

From God. Also from the strands of my life. Most of what’s in the Bloodsong Series comes from the threads of my life, as interpreted by my unconscious mind and shaped by my editors.

The series exploded in my brain after a cataclysmic and healing meditation retreat and thirty years of personal work. Heal that trauma! Clean up that mess!

I started writing the Bloodsong Series in 1995. I was fifty years old: It took me fifty years to have something worth saying. It’s taken me thirteen more to write it properly.

Are Will Duane and Grandfather based on real people?

No. They grew up inside of me as characters. They bear similarities to people I’ve known or read about, but they have their own life inside me. I wish they were real. I’d love to do dinner at Will’s.

Are you real?

Yeah. It says so on the label attached to the back of my neck.

Actually, this is a good question. BECOMING AND BEING REAL are the main things I write about. Becoming my Self is my goal in life.

Why did you call it The Bloodsong Series?

My surgeon asked me that as he wheeled me into the operating room. I said that, “It almost killed me to write it, so why not?” (The surgery went fine.)

The actual reason is that my blood sang, danced, and did cartwheels during the years I’ve worked on the series. I hope yours does the same. This is visceral, bloody spirituality.

Why are books about vampires so popular these days?

Beats me. I think people should read about bloody, heart-singing, mind-searing spirituality. The vampire deal does nada for me. Books about spiritual growth and recovery from addiction are compatible with action, violence, sex and sensuality. Read my stuff and find out. Better: Try it and find out.

Live your heart’s song, not its drippings.

Do you have any advice for your readers?

Lead the life that’s yours instead of faking someone else's.

What kind of music do you listen to while writing?

None. The song of my soul, the music of the spheres, and the chugging of my computer sound automatically when I write. That’s enough. I get hostile if anyone comes into the room making any noise. Since I write in the family room most of the time, I have become a problem, like our dog who bites anyone near his dish. We’re working on it.

What do you wear when you write?

I usually wear complete Peruvian Paso horse show regalia suitable for the highest levels of competition. This includes a white shirt and jeans, poncho, wide brimmed Peruvian hat, belt, spurs, fancy neck scarf, jewelry and a harmonica.

If that’s in the wash, I wear a tutu and pointe shoes.

Who’s feeding me these questions? What difference does it make?

I write round the clock and wear whatever I’m wearing.

Birth Place
San Francisco, CA USA
Accomplishments

I hold Master of Arts Degrees in Economics & Marriage, Family, & Child Counseling. I was a PhD student at Stanford's Graduate School of Business and am a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the honorary society in economics.

My writing has won eight national awards.
As an Advance Reading Copy, my second book NUMENON won:
* BEST BOOKS AWARD in VISIONARY FICTION, USA Book News
* INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARD in RELIGIOUS FICTION

My first book, STEPPING OFF THE EDGE, won:
* 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award, Finalist in New Age (Spirituality/Metaphysics)
* Bronze Medal Winner in Self Help, 2007 IPPY Awards
* 2007 National Indie Excellence Awards, Finalist in Memoir, Self Help & Spirituality
* BEST BOOKS OF 2007, Finalist in Memoir (USA Book News)

Additional Information

Hello, everyone! I've just put up my new blog, YOUR SHELF LIFE: How long will you last?I wanted to let you know that the first post on my new blog YOURSHELFLIFE.COM is up.The blog is open for business, so to speak. You can jump to it on its link below. The need for this blog came to me the other day when a friend told me about the horrendous trials she’d been going through. She described her misadventures and then said, “I kept thinking about that horse show you wrote about where you worked really hard preparing, and you kept losing and losing …” That could be almost any of them, I thought. “And then finally, at the end––you won the prize for the best barn in the show!” Oh, yeah. That one. I wrote about the horse show on an earlier post on this blog, but its lessons continued to reverberate in my mind. I realized what motivates my writing: I want to create material that will encourage, enlighten, and uplift people for a long time. I recognize that books by newly published writers are likely to stay on the bookstore shelves for six months, if that. I also realized that if I need encouragement and to be reminded of my goals, so do my fellow writers. That’s what this blog is about. Increasing your shelf life in a rough industry. That covers your work and you. I’m going to have how-to exercises and guest bloggers. Maybe podcasts. You’ll be surprised. So will I. So hop on over and take a peek, YOURSHELFLIFE! Happy holidays! Sandy

Contact Information
Vilasa Press
PO Box 1316 
Santa Ynez CA 93460  
Contact Author: Sandy Nathan


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