What is my greatest achievement in work?
I have two careers. I am a manager/hydrogeologist during the day and an author on nights and weekends. I became a hydrogeologist after finishing my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Geology in 1998. From there, I worked for two engineering firms for ten years, became a licensed Professional Geologist, and began working for a state agency that strives to protect water supplies and the environment. My greatest achievement was when I became the Geohydrologic Data Manager – a position where I supervise the work of 14 staff members who study aquifers and obtain the data needed to protect water supplies for future generations.
I am also an author who has just released a mature young adult and older psychological thriller titled, The Caging at Deadwater Manor. Inspired by true events, this story is about a teenager who finds herself locked away against her will in a psychiatric hospital by her father who’d like nothing more than to keep her there forever. The inspiration for this story came from my father who worked at a psychiatric hospital and made a disturbing discovery in the attic. This novel reached the #1 Hot New Releases bestseller list on Amazon on the first day of release.
What is the best thing that I love about my work?
Working in an industry that protects water supplies is very rewarding. I love that I’m making a difference for future generations. In addition, my geology specialty led me to starting a website, where I feature geoscientists around the world who share their careers and advice for students. I love meeting scientists from many different countries, reading and editing their guest blogs, and helping students worldwide. Rock-Head Sciences can be found at http://www.rockheadsciences.com.
I love all aspects of creative writing, but I especially love when a character follows me around for a while, begging me to bring him or her to life and starting an incredible story. I love to write dark, creepy stories that make you turn the pages and stay with you for days afterward – something that makes you wonder if it could happen in real life. I also love writing about history and will be releasing a historical time travel later this year. In all of my books, I strive to intertwine real-life events in some way since research is another passion of mine.
Where would I most like to live?
Though I will probably never move there because I’m extremely spoiled in Florida (i.e. no snow), I would love to live in the mountains. There’s something about them that draws me. They not only give me lots of geologic events to study, but they also provide a beautiful view with a connection to nature. I love watching birds, stars, and animals, and seeing wildflowers, viewing a variety of natural settings such as the backdrop of the Grand Tetons, and canoeing across glacial lakes with my husband. It’s where I feel at peace.
I have to say, though, that I love my current home. I’m up in an enclosed porch, nestled in the arms of old, crooked oaks and an antique writer’s desk with a view.
What role does art play in my life and work?
My first dabble in art was oil painting. I have several landscape paintings around my home and have given a few away to family. I love to draw and sometimes will sketch scenes to depict what I’m seeing when I write. I’ve recently taken on photography as well. I also love to play classical flute for my family and can be found strolling around art and antique shops.
What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to working on?
As a manager, I’m looking forward to working with a top performing team. There are major deadlines ahead of us, but I know we will prevail, as always. I have to say, our team is the best it’s ever been, and I enjoy every day that I get to watch them grow and succeed in their careers.
I have completed a second book, which will be a series. The series is titled, Time Lands and the first book is called, The Hunger. This is a young adult historical time travel about a girl from today that meets a guy from Ireland who’s barely surviving the Great Irish Famine. Remember the names, Carly Matthews and Liam Healy – they’ll be bringing you into their world and all the adventures that go along with it.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
I live it. Everyday, I strive for more. It isn’t that I want to – it’s more that I have to. In some ways, it’s kind of a curse because my mind never stops, even when I’m relaxing. In other ways, though, I’ve reached numerous milestones with an ambition that never stops. I’m happiest when I’m creating, whether it’s a new initiative for my work in geology or a novel that will take readers to new places to explore. Travel with me, whether it’s on my science blog or in my books.
How can you contact me?
Science blog: http://www.rockheadsciences.com Author website: http://www.sandiewill.com Book website: http://www.deadwatermanor.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rockheadsciences and http://www.facebook.com/authorsandiewill Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rockheadscience and http://www.twitter.com/SandieWillBooks Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/sandie_will
The Caging at Deadwater Manor by Sandie Will Amazon paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1540517373 Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XRJMJBB YouTube Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/JVnKTfjzWqs