This is day 2 of Mystery Thriller Week! I hope you’ll be joining us all the way through, as we meet a variety of authors with some fantastic books. Today we’re getting to know Sandra Block, author of the Zoe Goldman Series.
A little about Sandra:
Sandra A. Block graduated from college at Harvard, then returned to her native land of Buffalo, New York for medical training and never left. She is a practicing neurologist and proud Sabres fan, and lives at home with her husband, two children, and impetuous yellow lab Delilah. She has been published in both medical and poetry journals. Little Black Lies is her debut, and The Girl Without a Name in the next novel in the series. The third, The Secret Room, is coming out in April.
Getting to Know Sandra Block
What is your favorite childhood memory?
In second grade, I sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” at a summer camp talent show, and got a standing ovation from the whole audience…I still remember them all chanting my name! Life has its share of ups and down, self-confidence crushers and rejections. So, I feel lucky to have been given this silly, perfect moment early in life, to hold as a memory forever.
Would you prefer a weekend camping in the woods or in a luxury hotel with a spa?
Are you kidding? I’ll take the sea-weed/coffee/mud/chocolate wrap followed by a massage and a 5-five start dinner, thank you!
If you were to place yourself as a character in a novel, would the story be Mystery/Suspense, Fantasy, or Romance?
I think I’d be in a romance. Seems weird, because I write mystery/suspense. But, I would never be as quick-thinking or clever as my protagonists, which would leave me in a world of trouble, and why not spend three hundred pages falling in love with someone with perfect pectoral muscles?
If you won a paid vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Hawaii. It’s on my bucket list.
Do you prefer the country or the city?
The city. Give me a trendy/tasty restaurant, cool indie bookstore, and a night at the theater, and I’m a happy gal.
What is your favorite rainy day activity?
Reading! (I mean, duh…) But since I have kids, that’s not usually realistic. So, we tend towards anything that releases ya-ya’s. This includes bowling (a nice exercise in humility for me), swimming at the JCC, or hitting the trampoline at SkyZone.
Do you prefer cats or dogs?
I don’t have anything against cats, but I do love my dog. I mean LOVE my dog, in a slavish, inordinate manner that’s probably unhealthy. But, she never talks back, enjoys walking in the snow, and loves me back unconditionally. So, #don’tjudge.
What is your favorite food? Least favorite?
Favorite food…sushi! Bring it on! I could eat sushi until I am physically ill. As for least favorite…probably pork. I’ve never actually eaten pork, so I don’t know for sure. But, I’m not planning on starting now.
Now let’s take a closer look at Sandra’s books:
In the halls of the psychiatric ward, Dr. Zoe Goldman is a resident in training, dedicated to helping troubled patients. However, she has plenty of baggage of her own. When Zoe becomes obsessed with questions about her own mother’s death, the truth remains tauntingly out of reach, locked away within her nightmares of an uncontrollable fire. And as her adoptive mother loses her memory to dementia, the time to find the answers is running out.
As Zoe digs deeper, she realizes that the danger is not just in her dreams but is now close at hand. And she has no choice but to face what terrifies her the most. Because what she can’t remember just might kill her.
Little Black Lies is about madness and memory – and the dangerous, little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
In what passes for an ordinary day in a psych ward, Dr. Zoe Goldman is stumped when a highly unusual case arrives. A young African American girl, found wandering the streets of Buffalo in a catatonic state, is brought in by police. No one has come forward to claim her, and all leads have been exhausted, so Zoe’s treatment is the last hope to discover the girl’s identity.
When drugs prove ineffective and medical science seems to be failing, Zoe takes matters into her own hands to track down Jane Doe’s family and piece together their checkered history. As she unearths their secrets, she finds that monsters hide where they are least expected. And now she must solve the mystery before it is too late. Because someone wants to make sure this young girl never remembers.
The Girl Without a Name is a powerful novel of memory and forgetting, of unexpected friendship and understanding…and of the secrets we protect no matter the consequences.
Due for release in April.
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