When she’s not wearing her story-telling hat as Anne Armistead, historical romance author, she’s Sandra Havriluk, middle school English teacher, children’s writer, wife, mom of two grown daughters and a rescue mutt named Jackpot.
She earned her English literature degree from the University of Georgia and her MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University and is a member of the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Romance Writers of America (RWA) and the Georgia Writers of Romance (GRW), and the National and Georgia Sisters in Crime (SinC) organization.
She remembers the old-fashioned days before computers, iPhones, and air-conditioning, which may be why historical fiction is her favorite genre. However, she’s not complaining about technology, for she’d be living in the stacks of the library without the internet. In the words of this Southern woman, bless its little heart.
As a child, she actually looked forward to her doctor and dentist appointments because she loved to read the Highlights for Children magazines always in the waiting rooms. Seeing her own stories published in this magazine is a childhood dream come true.
Her love of storytelling came naturally from her daddy, who spun tales of his growing up in the South. She cherishes a collection of his hats,which she believes brings her a touch of his storytelling magic.
Dangerous Conjurings is her debut historical romance. Under the title Treacherous Hearts, it was the winner of the 2014 YA Fab 5 Wisconsin Romance Contest.
Eighteen-year-old Leah Sullivan lost both her brother and her childhood sweetheart on the same Civil War battlefield. Left a spinster, she dutifully cares for her parents while trying to survive on their farm in Georgia after the South’s surrender. With her now-barren mother believing a fertility spell to be the only way she can bear another family heir, Leah acts in secret to obtain the mojo from the dangerous conjurer Kali Despierre.
When handsome veteran Marcus Quinn comes calling to deliver her brother’s last words, sparks fly between the mysterious soldier and lonely Leah. To her delight, Marcus accepts her father’s offer to remain as a hired hand. Although they are falling in love, Leah keeps from Marcus what haunts her: will her mother’s “conjured” babe be cursed?
Her fears seem realized when Elijah is born with the birth sac covering his face. Suspicions plague such newborns, known as caulbearers. The strangeness of Elijah’s birth convinces Kali that she has conjured a special voodoo babe. She kidnaps him and heads to New Orleans, certain the Queen of Voodoo, Marie Laveau, will pay gold for him. Rumors abound that the Queen sacrifices infants to the voodoo gods on October 31, the Day of the Dead, only weeks away.
Leah, with Marcus at her side, chases after Kali to save her brother from the voodoo underworld. The couple’s passion heats up while sleeping under the stars only inches apart and surrounded by peril. However, through a cruel twist of fate, Leah discovers the devastating secret about Marcus’s past that breaks her heart and jeopardizes her brother’s rescue.
Will Leah’s love for Marcus be powerful enough to overcome his betrayal? Or will dangerous conjurings doom their future together?
CONTEST RESULTS writing as Sandra Havriluk
Winner 2015 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award in Fiction ("The Sign of the Cat" published November 2014 Highlights Magazine)
Finalist 2015 The Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, Single Title (Hide the False Heart)
Finalist 2014 Georgia Romance Writers Maggies for Romance with Suspense Elements (Treacherous Hearts)
Sandra offers consulting services as a writing coach, editor, and grammar tutor, as well as ghost writing.
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Winner 2014 Writers League of Texas Manuscript Contest - Middle Grade (From Cradle to Grave)
Finalist 2014 Linda Howard Award of Excellent, Historical (Treacherous Hearts)
Winner 2014 YA Fab 5 Wisconsin Romance(Treacherous Hearts)
Finalist 2016 The Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense (Murder at Second Sight)
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Finalist 2016 Utah Chapter RWA Great Beginnings Contest Romantic Suspense (Murder at Second Sight)
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Finalist 2015 Orange Rose Contest
2nd place - YA (Hide the False Heart)
Finalist 2015 YARWA Rosemary Contest - New Adult (Hide the False Heart)