About Canadian Author Sandra Benns

“Pinch me. Just pinch me. I’m living the dream.” – Sandra Benns

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sandra Benns, a new Canadian author breaking onto the literary scene this year, has found her voice crafting stories relating to the plight of urbanites in the big city of Toronto, Canada.

Her characters live in neighbourhoods such as Forest Hill Village, the older pocket of the city around the Danforth, as well as the suburbs such as Scarborough. Both her new trilogy (7 Russell Hill Road, 49 Parkwood Avenue and The Irish Nanny) and her new series (Hazel G and The Delamere Boys) focus on a timeline of the 1930s through to more contemporary times of 2016.

Before publishing her novels, Sandra enjoyed a long career in education – curriculum design and administration of post-graduate courses in law & ethics and TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language Teacher Training). She also enjoyed time in front of the classroom, teaching medical terminology, anatomy and ESL (English as a Second Language).
 
When asked how she balances her writing schedule, her work and family life that includes two small granddaughters, she smiled and shook her head, “Pinch me. Just pinch me. I’m living the dream.”

A Note To The Reader From Author, Sandra Benns

Dear Reader,

First, I’d like to thank you for your interest in my stories. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did while crafting them.

You’ll notice that all my books have a healthy dose of historical background, on which I base the fictional characters and story. This rather dry research certainly has a purpose, although I admit, it doesn’t peak one’s interest particularly. But it does lend the story some weight — some credence. We all know that fact is way stranger than fiction, so when a writer is telling a tale that seems a little unbelievable, the historical background can keep the character grounded somewhat, in order that we can empathize just a little as we read along.

The other benefit to adding historical fact to a piece of fiction is that it makes our timelines gel. For example, we know that the great depression took place in the dirty thirties, when men made twenty-five cents per hour, if, in fact, they could get a job. We know that First Nations women didn’t get the vote in Canada until 1960, and that ‘the troubles’ took place in Strabane, Northern Ireland in the mid-sixties. For all you vintage car aficionados, you know that the 1964 Buick Electra hardtop had fins out to there and looked best in the Magic-Mirror Turquoise with the Casino Cream interior.

I invite you to click on ‘Contact The Author’ which is located on the footer of each page, and send me a note if you find that my research isn’t up to par or if you have an interesting little tidbit that I’ve missed. But enough about the dry, and sometimes boring research.

What I really want to know is what you think of my characters. Are they believable? Can you see yourself in them? When you read the story, did you cry for them? Did you laugh out loud with them?

I appreciate hearing from you. And meanwhile, I wish you all a great read.

Cheers, Sandra

Thank you for supporting Sandra's writing journey

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