Friday, November 11, 2011

Welcome to The Word Place, Sandra Koehler (writing as Alison Chambers)

 What genre is the primary focus of your writing? Do you write anything else?
I write romantic suspense, but I also write political thrillers with a lot of romance in them.
Where do you publish?
The Wild Rose Press and independently on and Smashwords.
What is your most important and most frequently used resource as you write? (This does not necessarily have to be a print/online resource.) 
I use Roget’s Super Thesaurus.  It has more than 400,000 synonyms and antonyms and I find it the best Thesaurus ever.
What resource has been the least helpful to you? Would you recommend it to another writer with a different focus?
 I am still having difficulty finding the value in Facebook and Twitter, though I know other authors utilize it  a lot. Takes a bit more practice, I guess.  But I do love blogging and find it  helpful  in getting your  message across.
Do you consider a special writing place a resource? Why?
In front of my computer. The words just flow more naturally there.  I’m not sure why.  Maybe because they are already in print and it’s easier to visualize them on the page.
Can you share a resource you are using/have used for a specific current/past work?
I utilized the non-fiction book “Rebel Gold” to get the treasure hunt idea for “The Secret Sentinel” published by The Wild Rose Press last year.  It really set my imagination to soaring.  So many non-fiction books or articles, especially those with a historical bent, can help an author dream up good ideas.
Do you have any other resources you would like to share?
When I first started publishing on Amazon, I began to receive some excellent information through a newsletter that is now called Taleist (  Other helpful resources (besides your blog, The Word Place, which never fails to teach me something new) include:  Kindle Boards, including the Author Tag Exchange, and Dana Lynn Smith’s The Savvy Book Marketer (which I think I learned about from you).
Do you have a  secret resource that you would never share? (Think chefs and top-secret recipes!)
Yes, the formula for my plotting strategy and how I like to keep readers in suspense (a dash of this, a pinch of that…)

Thank you, Judy, for giving me the opportunity to post on your fantastic blog!

The Secret Sentinel
Three lost keys to untold riches. Three cryptic rhymes. A secret society's deadly plot.  When museum curator Savannah Rutledge steals her father's treasure map to impress her boss, Winston Gale, and his handsome son Eric, she unleashes a Pandora's box of horror. Her father is killed and she is framed for murder. To atone for her father's death, she sets off on a cross-country chase for the treasure that ends with a dangerous showdown in the Superstition Mountains near Phoenix. To get there she and a sexy stranger, Antonio Desada, follow a perplexing trail of clues that lead them to the keys that will unlock the mystery. Constantly moving, they must elude the police and the vicious Gales, hot on their trail once they realize they're missing a critical part of the map. Seductive and mysterious, Desada also provides the keys to a treasure of another kind. Will Savannah find the treasure—and love--before it's too late? 
Available from
5 Stars-Night Owl Reviews--"Look out Nora Roberts...there's a new author on the horizon."

The Montezuma Secret
Murder and passion meet head-on in the steamy jungles of Belize.  Hunky Trey Zacco, gritty survivalist and host of the Miami-based Holiday Channel’s hit "Wildman" series and glitz and glamour girl, Erica Kingsley, host of the channel’s "Lap of Luxury" show, are thrown together in the steamy jungles of Belize as a publicity stunt. Erica’s father, Arthur Kingsley, the owner of the Holiday Channel, has proposed the angle, not only to boost ratings, but also as a way to toughen up his spoiled daughter. And Kingsley wants them to search for Montezuma’s lost gold, presumably moved to Belize from the Guatemalan jungle. Zacco cannot hide his resentment at having to share the spotlight with the flighty fashionista Erica, and he locks horns with her every step of the way even as both try to ignore the strong physical attraction growing between them. But when Arthur Kingsley’s plane crashes in the jungle, Trey and Erica launch a desperate search to find him. And when, one by one, members of the camera crew are killed and the equipment sabotaged, Trey and Erica find themselves stranded in the middle of the jungle where no rescue crew can reach them. 
Now Available on Amazon and Smashwords! 
Only $.99
Five Stars on Amazon and Goodreads—“Exellent writing…the words leapt off the page…a wild, sultry ride.”

And check out my political thrillers on Amazon and Smashwords:  “Stand in for a Dead Man,” and “Time of the Eleven.”


Sandra Koehler said...

Thanks Judy for having me as a guest! Sandy/Alison Chambers

Calisa Rhose said...

I'm just discovering this blog and its wonderful posts. Thanks Alison for a great interview.

S.G. Rogers said...

Thanks for sharing your resources, Sandra. I always like to pick up new tips.

Sandra Koehler said...

Judy, you always provide us with something new and wonderful. I've learned a lot from you, so thank you!


K9friend said...

Another wonderful interview. I love a good thesaurus! I'll have to check that one out.

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Sandra Koehler said...

Glad I could help!