About

Receiving and reading her first Nancy Drew mystery book as a pre-teen, Sandy knew instinctively that she wanted to become a writer. Journaling through teenage angst, young adult drama, marriage, children, divorce and work provided her with varied future storylines. Sandy's life changed dramatically in September 2003. Her son, Tyler Jordan Richards, born June 4, 1987, passed away from injuries sustained in a car accident on September 21, 2003. He was 16 years old and had been driving for three months. Through music, reading and journaling, Sandy slowly began living her "new normal" life. A new normal...radically changed world; the world of parents who have lost a child.

As part of her healing process, she took on the challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel in thirty days. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November 2010 launched her quest to put into words the true story of her love, loss and healing. The result of her work is chronicled in A Far Cry...From Home — A Mother's Journey of Love, Loss and Healing...Through the Eyes of an Angel. Her hope is that by sharing her story that she might bring comfort to other parents who have endured the loss of a child.

Sandy has since published two children’s books, award-winning Grammy Do... and Green Snakes on the Ceiling. More children’s books are in the works along with a fictional romance novel to be released in 2019.

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Awards

Readers' Favorite
Bronze Medal

Internationally awarded to Grammy Do in 2017

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Honorable Mention

Awarded to A Far Cry...From Home in 2014

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Five Stars

Awarded to Green Snakes On The Ceiling in 2018

Story Monsters
Story Monsters Approved

Awarded to Grammy Do

National Indie Excellence Awards
Finalist Award

Awarded to A Far Cry...From Home

International Book Awards
Finalist Award

Awarded to A Far Cry...From Home

New England Book Festival
Honorable Mention

Awarded to A Far Cry...From Home in 2014

Books

Green Snakes On The Ceiling

Green snakes on the ceiling... What?! Orange toads on the door... How!? Red crabs in the freezer... Where?! Blue fish on the floor... Why!? Your youngster will giggle with glee as they learn colors and counting with critters in comical conditions!

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Grammy Do

Whether you are a Grammy, Nana, YiaYia or MeMaw, grandmothers share special memories with their grandchildren. Grammy Do is a rhyming story with whimsical illustrations that portray the special bond between a grandmother and her grandchildren.

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A Far Cry...From Home

Reeling from initiation into a club for which no one seeks to belong...forced into a membership that lasts a hundred lifetimes...a club that is reserved for parents thrust into surviving the death of a child...paying dues with the extreme price tag of a shattered heart; A Far Cry...From Home enlists the insight of an "angel" as he portrays the true story of his mother's journey through love, loss and healing. The journey of a love so strong that nothing will stand in her way to keep the deathbed promise she made to her sixteen year old son. The journey of a loss that changed lives forever. The journey of healing that is exhausting and painful, yet cleansing and full of hope.

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Projects

Eye Of Fear: An Anthology

Stories by best selling and award winning authors: Lauren Algeo, Marisa Oldham, Angie Martin, Sloane Kady, Gledé Browne Kabongo, Shay Lynam, Heather Osborne, Sandy Richards, and Jalpa Williby.

These deliciously frightening and reflective tales of phobias will cause your heart to race and your body to perspire. Many individuals suffer from mental illness, and some suffer silently. The authors take mental illness very seriously, so they decided to use their talent to help. All proceeds will be donated to National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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The Radiant Project

The Radiant Project hopes to create leaders by supporting people in getting in touch with their own personal power, and thus their own personal responsibility. They empower these leaders to be unafraid to shine their light, and use that light to create a loving, connected world, starting with their own self-love, then their relationships, and their community.


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