Sandy Richardson
Most Recent Book Title
His Mother! Women Write about their Mothers-in-law with Humor, Frustration, and Love
Book Description
In narratives, essays, and poetry, 18 women from across the world disclose the true relationships they share with their mothers-in-law.
Additional Book Titles
Wild, Wonderful 'n Wacky, South Cackalacky: True Stories about Life in South Carolina -- to be released May 15, 2018
The Girl Who Ate Chickenfeet (fiction, middle-grade)
Location (city/state/country)
Sumter, SC
Author bio
Sandy is an honors graduate of USC and a retired teacher of English and Studio Arts. Her passion for writing and reading began in childhood, and she now writes full time and her study, bedroom, and den hold all the books she has read, is reading, and intends to read. Her husband declares she is a book hoarder, but she prefers the label of “collector.”

Sandy’s first novel The Girl Who Ate Chicken Feet was published in 1998 and received the Bank Street College award of one of the Best Children’s Books of that year. The book was also nominated for the South Carolina Junior Book Award that same year.

Since then, Sandy’s work has appeared in several anthologies, magazines, and educational texts. Following her passions for reading and writing, she founded Southern Sass Publishing Alliances in the summer of 2016, which released its first anthology, His Mother! in September of that year. In the fall of 2017, His Mother was a finalist in the nonfiction anthology category for Best Book Awards 2017 sponsored by Bookfest.

The University of SC Sumter has sponsored four of Sandy’s writing courses and workshops over the last fifteen years: Women Writing, Writing Family Stories, Leaving a Trace, and Fiction Writing in which she had the treasured opportunity to share her love of story and writing.

Sandy and her husband are life-long residents of Sumter. They have two children, a much-loved daughter-in-law, and two cats that fill their lives and hearts with blessings galore.

She is currently at work on two middle-grade novels.
Professional Speaker Topics
Writing fiction, Writing for middle graders, Writing nonfiction, Writing Family Stories, Compiling an Anthology of Fiction or Nonfiction,
Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

"Favorite quote about writing: The bigger the issue, the smaller you write. Remember that. You don't write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a Kid's burnt socks lying on the road. You pick the smallest manageable part of the BIG thing, and you work off the resonance." Reynolds Price.

One of My Favorite Personal Quotes: “Do not be dismayed at the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as “they” say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.”
L.R. Knost.

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