Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sandra Dallas

Award-winning author Sandra Dallas was dubbed “a quintessential American voice” by Jane Smiley, in Vogue. She is the author of The Bride’s House, Whiter Than Snow, Prayers for Sale and Tallgrass, among others. Her novels have been translated into a dozen languages and optioned for films. She is a three-time recipient of the Women Writing the West Willa Award and a two-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award.

Her new novel is The Last Midwife.

Recently I asked Dallas about what she was reading. Her reply:
The last book I read was Go Set a Watchman, the novel Harper Lee wrote prior to To Kill A Mockingbird. I found the book inspiring. Not because it is a brilliant book. It isn't. If it had been published in the 1950s you probably wouldn't have heard of it. What inspires me is that the author took this ordinary story and turned it as America's best-loved novel. If she can do that, maybe there's hope for the rest of us writers who agonize over really crummy first drafts.
Visit Sandra Dallas's website and Facebook page.

Writers Read: Sandra Dallas (May 2011).

Writers Read: Sandra Dallas (October 2013).

--Marshal Zeringue