Born with wanderlust, forever living in a fantasy world, I escaped the prairies of Kansas and followed the yellow brick road on an odyssey that took me to Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Starting with a one way ticket to Iceland, I returned after a couple of decades with a Viking husband, an art degree and speaking five languages.
The Red Mirror was my first novel and the first book in the trilogy which takes you back to ancient Egypt. I view the Red Mirror Series as a culmination of my life as a shameless romantic daydreaming about the distant past, roaming ancient ruins, hitchhiking across the Sahara. Languages fascinate me. I’ve studied Latin, Classical Greek and Middle Egyptian (hieroglyphs). Spanish, French, Danish Arabic and, of course, English, are my modern languages.
My dream: Carry you back in time and bring alive the adventure, romance and mysticism I discovered just across the Red Mirror. My real dream? Have a following of readers who live my fantasies as much as I do.
I didn’t start writing until I “retired” to Las Vegas and created sandraoffthestrip.com, “a magazine blog dedicated to the adventures of an eclectic mind.” My first book, Sex and the Zen of Shopping: Live Rich by Shopping Smart, published in 2010, is a self-help manual on the philosophy of bargain shopping. I’ve also contributed memoir pieces to three Life Choices anthologies and had the honor of speaking at several Life Choices Events.
My handsome Viking husband and I raised our daughter and son in a beach house in Central Coast California where we started our own environmental laboratory and forensic science consulting company. Running a scientific company was not my passion. I did it – and I did it well – but only to pay the bills.
My mission: I’ve been a political activist and environmentalist for years and years. The political part of my life includes election to school board and service as both a city and county Planning Commissioner. Now I serve on the Parks, Recreation and Beautification Commission, and as President of the Friends of the Chapman House and Gardens of Shell Beach, hoping to make our community even more of a paradise than it is.
As much as I love writing and sharing my fantasies with you, I’m motivated by social causes and want to leave the world a better place. Please check out Dining for Women, a powerful volunteer movement I’m involved in that’s working to change the future of women in the world’s poorest countries.
If you want to know my political mind, see my twitter account @LVview. But warning! It’s an ugly world out there, especially in the Middle East and North Africa which are my passions. My author account is a happy land. Follow me there @GoreNovels.