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Articles & Interviews For The Islands Call
Sandy has been featured in a number of publications — click below to read more.
Articles & Interviews For Drive in ’65
Box 104, Sequim, WA 98382
Born and raised in Alaska, Sandy graduated from University of Alaska and became a travel agent. After marriage, she helped run her husband’s real estate appraisal business until their children were grown, while doing freelance writing. She and her family left Alaska in 1988, and have lived in Western Washington since 1991.
A lifelong fascination with the Middle Ages stoked her interest in historical fiction, and she traveled to Italy to research a novel set in the thirteenth century Kingdom of Naples. Her passion for family history keeps the drama of the past alive for her and sometimes inspires story ideas for novels or non-fiction.
Education: University of Alaska, B.A. English; ongoing education in writing through conferences such as Historical Novel Society’s North American conference, Writers’ Workshoppe and Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington, and Rubart Writing Academy’s May 2018 session.
Publishing experience: Personal essays published in Anchorage Daily News; many newsletters and publicity materials for non-profit organizations; two years as writer and editor for Summer Institute of Linguistics (an affiliate of Wycliffe Bible Translators); freelance journalism for local newspapers and business journal in northwest Washington state; co-authored two locally produced plays; poetry published in Tidepools (annual literary magazine of Peninsula College, Port Angeles, Washington); writing and editing of several devotional booklets for my church; blog about southern Italy at www.theitaliansouth.com.
Related writing experience: Two historical fiction manuscripts nearing completion; helped found Olympic Peninsula Christian Writers Conference (www.opcwc.com) in Sequim, Washington; mentored young writers over the years.
Memberships: Historical Novel Society; Daughters of the American Revolution; Oregon Christian Writers; Northwest Christian Writers.
Honors and Awards: William Stafford Award from Washington Poets Association, 2004;
Second place in One-Act Play contest by Peninsula Original Talent Association; 2019 Cascade Award winner for unpublished memoir, The Drive in ’65.
The Drive in ’65 was published in 2020 under her maiden name, Sandra Lynne Reed.
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Sequim author Sandy Frykholm releases time travel novel
(Seattle, WA—Feb. 5, 2023) “This story came along just when I needed it,” says Sandy Frykholm. After years of research for a historical novel that wasn’t coming together, Frykholm says, she needed a change of pace in her writing. That’s when Gino Calabrese, phony astrology writer who moonlights as a fortune teller at parties, came alive for her.
Gino is a main character in The Islands Call, a time-travel adventure with a hint of romance. He’d like to be more than friends with Sara, a fraud investigator with a big secret. She is clairvoyant—a gift that has ruined important relationships in her life.
When Gino disappears on a sailing trip in Italy, Sara is the only person who knows he is still alive. While friends and family plan his memorial service, Sara struggles with how she can help Gino without revealing her own secret.
Frykholm’s novel will be available February 22 in paperback and e-book. The e-book can be pre-ordered now.
Although she began writing this story about twelve years ago, Frykholm set it aside for a few years to complete her memoir, The Drive in ’65, which was published in 2020. She used a pen name, Sandra Lynne Reed, to publish the memoir. “The choice to use a pen name was probably one of my worst decisions,” Frykholm says. “Maintaining two identities on social media and as a business person became very cumbersome.” And unnecessary, she discovered.
Frykholm has been part of the writing community on the Olympic Peninsula since the 1990s, when she was an active freelancer for local newspapers. She has also edited for other writers, and taught at conferences. In addition to book-length work and journalism, Frykholm as written award-winning poetry and plays, and mentored young writers in the area.
She will be the featured reader on February 24 at Olympic Peninsula Authors’ Fourth Friday readings on Zoom. Contact her at 360-461-6897 for more information.