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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Second place in One-Act Play contest by Peninsula Original Talent Association; 2019 Cascade Award winner for unpublished memoir, The Drive in ’65.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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An epic road trip brought to life in the memoir: The Drive in ‘65
(SEATTLE, WA – July 9, 2020) In May of 1965, eight Alaskans packed up a nine-passenger van and hit the road to discover their great country, the United State of America. Sisters Winnie and Phyllis drove 22,000 miles in fourteen weeks, showing their five Alaska-born children—and their mother—much of Canada, 26 states, and Mexico as far south as Mexico City.
Pacific Northwest writer Sandra Lynne Reed was thirteen that summer, and the Drive in ’65 was a formative experience for her as well as her sister, brother, and two cousins. In her memoir The Drive in ’65, which will be available for sale July 31, she recounts the adventures, history, lessons of a long summer on the road. Weaving in events of 1965—civil rights demonstrations, the space race, and the escalating war in Vietnam—Reed presents a snapshot of a significant point in American history. These events form the backdrop for a summer of firsts: sunburns, fresh-picked fruit, ocean swimming on both coasts, historical sites, and natural wonders. The musical sound track of that summer included the Beatles, Herman’s Hermits, Bob Dylan, and other stars of rock, folk, and Motown music.
The book covers other historic events like the earthquake that shook Alaska in March 1964 and nearly derailed the family’s plans. Despite many hardships resulting from the quake, the courage and determination of her mother and aunt carried the plan to fruition.
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- The events in The Drive in ’65 took place when you were thirteen years old. Why was it important to you to write this story?
- When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
- How long did it take to write this book?
- You wrote this book about your own experiences. Was there anything that
surprised you about the process?
- How did you remember details after fifty years?
- Why did you publish this book using a pen name?
- Do you plan to write another book?