Sandra Warrenis a writer with very eclectic writing tastes. She’s been fortunate to have work published in multiple formats including books, magazines, journals, newspapers, audio (cassette, CD) and video (VHS, DVD) on topics spanning children’s, gifted education, parenting, how to, poetry, educational activity guides and biography for adults as well as children. Her interests remain eclectic with two screenplays, a novel and several picture book manuscripts in process. Originally from Michigan and Ohio, she’s proud to call herself a “Mountain Woman,” having recently moved to NC where glorious vistas inspire latest renderings.
Sandra’s journey into writing was most unconventional. She never aspired to be a writer and in fact, hated the subject in school. It wasn’t until one of her three daughters began having trouble that she decided to write. Thatdaughter’s trouble ushered Sandra into the field of Gifted Education which led to the publication of her first book, If I Were A Road. This open-ended story book with activities designed to enhance creative thinking, along with If I Were A Table and The Great Bridge Lowering, are still used in classrooms today, over thirty-five years later. Arlie the Alligator a story-song picture book followed which afforded Sandra the opportunity to work with a song writer, actors and a technical music engineer as she wrote and produced a CD and DVD of the story. Books and three educational video/DVD’s for gifted parents and educators followed. Not one to turn down an opportunity, Sandra ventured into the memoir/biography genre after being approached by two Army Reserve Nurses who served in the Persian Gulf War -- When Duty Called: Even Grandma Had To Go and Hidden Casualties: Battles On The Home Front. Her most recent book, We Bought A WWII Bomber: The Untold Story of a Michigan High School, a B-17 Bomber & The Blue Ridge Parkway, tells the true tale of the extraordinary accomplishmentsof junior high and high school students who initiated sales over $375,000 dollars worth of U.S. War Bonds andU.S. War Stamps and bought a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber to aid pilots in the war. The story resulted in the placement of a historical marker on The Blue Ridge Parkway. Today, Sandra continues to write in a variety of genres. Her current project, due out in 2018, is a middle-grade, Historical Fiction version of the bomber story mentioned above currently titled, She Started It! A picture book called, Spivey’s Web, is expected on the market this fall. An adult Historical fiction based on The Orphan Trainmovement in 1856 - 1929 is also nearly completed. It was first a screenplay. Sandra grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the only girl in a family of three boys. Growing up, she consideredwriting to be her worst subject in school. The thought that she’d ever see her name on the cover of a book never entered her mind. She had dreams of becoming a pre-school teacher when she grew up. Even so, sheread voraciously and lived vicariously through the characters in the books she read. All that reading paid off. Sandra loves to share her unconventional journey encouraging others to think big, follow their dreams and read,read, read, if being a writer is their goal.