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Sun Lakes author pens Parisian romance novel

June 22nd, 2022 SanTan Sun News
Sun Lakes author pens Parisian romance novel
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Sun Lakes author Sandra Givens has once again proven herself as one of the East Valley’s more prolific authors.

The California native has just published her sixth novel, “Night Flight to Paris,” which focuses on a single woman who finds love and adventure during a solo trip to the City of Light.

Her protagonist, Sophie Jones, is literally ready to board a plane to Paris when the girlfriend who was supposed to join her calls and cancels out.
She had never traveled alone before but quells her initial panic by remembering her affirmations:

“You can do this. You are brave. Take control of your life. Get on the plane!”
Shortly before takeoff, a handsome stranger takes the seat next to her and what happens after that is something you’ll have to read the book to find out.

Though Givens was not at all happy with the restrictions that the pandemic imposed on her for nearly two years, her muse helped her get through the rugged parts. Last year, she published “Love at the Ranch” and revised her first novel, “Running Horse Ranch,” which had earned a following from romance fiction fans.

The new book “took a bit longer because there was more research involved and I didn’t pressure myself,” she said, explaining:

“Some of my stories have come together quickly, others not so much. The writing is fun and usually gives me pleasure, but the formatting and other technical stuff I see as a necessary evil.”

Though her latest novel took her longer than normal, Givens had the time, given that COVID-19 and its restrictions hampered her travel.

“Travel for me is still slow – mostly back and forth to California to see family and friends,” she said.

To an extent, Givens’ latest novel drew partly on the travel adventures she has shared with a friend named Ellen – after whom Sophie’s missing companion, Ellie, is named.

“She and I have had some wonderful adventures,” Givens said. “I love Paris but she does not, so I got to thinking ‘could I? would I travel alone?’ That may have been the inspiration for the book. Of course, I write love stories, so the love interest is a handsome and somewhat mysterious Frenchman named Rafael DuBois, AKA Rafa.”

Givens said she it’s been a while since she’s been to Paris, though she yearns for a return trip to Africa.

“When I was getting ready to go to college, I wanted my parents to send me to France to the University of Grenoble,” she recalled. “That didn’t happen. I blame my travel bug and the desire to speak French on my Uncle Max. He was a ‘jet jockey’ for the Navy, as he called himself. He had great stories and also told me that French was the language of diplomacy. I studied it but am by no means fluent.”

Givens, who earned her B.A. in English from California State University at Sacramento, is is a recipient of the International Association of Business Communicators Award of Excellence. She also is member of the Romance Writers of America.

She also is an author who never stops keeping her eyes and ears open for a potential storyline from her real-life activities.

“When my PC was in the shop for a few days, I started with a new idea, handwriting notes in one of those black-and-white notebooks we all had in school,” she recalled. “I can’t let an idea disappear just because my PC isn’t available.”

That means she’s already hard at work on her next novel, tentatively titled “Danger in the Desert.”

The next one has a working title of Danger in the Desert.

Givens said that sometimes people who recognized her name from one of her books ask her where she gets her ideas.

“I don’t want to seem crazy, but truly, the story ideas just come in my head,” she laughed.
As for writing, she told the SanTan Sun News in an earlier interview, “I find that it’s a good way for me to escape the ugliness of what has happened in this country. I can put the news aside and go off in a fantasy land.”

As for her tendency toward romance fiction with a dash of myserty, she explained, “I guess I’m a hopeful romantic – always wanting a happy ending. Who doesn’t love being in love? And being loved.”

All her novels are available on amazon.com.