Please share a bit about your journey to become a published author.
I started blogging in 2011 when my late husband, Mike was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). I called my blog, ALS With Courage…it just came to me…it was a no-brainer. Mike was incredibly courageous and I wanted to inspire friends and family with stories of his courage, determination, faith, hope and awesome attitude. My stories were being read all over the world and people were encouraging me to write a book. I thought I would someday.
One day, I woke up and “someday” became that day. Once I decided to write the book, I wanted it to be complete before Mike died. The very final edits of Hold On, Let Go were made the day he passed. He helped me every step of the way and saw it to completion. I worked with Julie through a live workshop – it was extremely beneficial!
How does the writing process work for you? Do you schedule a time every day, work madly when inspiration hits or ?
I want to be that person who schedules a time every day to write, but I’m the other. I write when inspiration hits. I’d like to be both.
What did you find most difficult about the writing and publishing process? What was the easiest?
The most difficult was being the primary care giver for a man with ALS and writing a book with a strict deadline. I had to be very disciplined, diligent, focused and flexible. All the editing stages were gruelling – reading it over and over… The easiest was working with Julie and others from Influence Publishing…they were amazing!
What title (or titles) have you released? Please include a short synopsis of what your book is (or books are) about.
My book is called, Hold On, Let Go – Facing ALS With Courage and Hope. It’s described as a “stay positive in difficult times” story. It takes the reader from pre-ALS diagnosis to Mike’s complete paralysis, and reflects on his strength and determination; on our hope and faith in God; and the sorrow and joy of learning to let go. By the end, the reader ultimately knows this is an incredible love story most of all.
Do you have any new books in the planning or writing stage?
Yes, I think it’s time to write a continuation…the next chapter so to speak. My continued story of grief, hope, love and trust. I also still write for my blog, ALS With Courage
What would you like readers to know about you?
I am a fitness instructor and an Education Assistant. I have 3 grown children and 2 amazing grandchildren. I recently got married to a man who got to know me first through reading my book. His wife had recently passed away from cancer when he read it. Months after, he reached out to me to thank me for sharing Mike’s and my story. He said it helped him in the healing process. We are grieving together and enjoying a wonderful new journey of our own.
Website – www.alswithcourage.com
Blog – ALS With Courage
Facebook – Hold On, Let Go/ALS With Courage by Nadine Sands
Instagram – @nadinesands
LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/in/nadine-sands-34890ab0/