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 without the internet, she’d be living in the stacks of the library. 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 loved spinning 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 novel. Under the title Treacherous Hearts, it was the winner of the 2014 YA Fab 5 Wisconsin Romance Contest.
Winner 2014 Writers League of Texas Manuscript Contest - Middle Grade (From Cradle to Grave)
Finalist 2015 YARWA Rosemary Contest - New Adult (Hide the False Heart)
When handsome stranger Marcus Quinn calls on Leah Sullivan’s family to deliver her brother’s dying words from the battlefield, the sparks between the quiet Civil War veteran and lonely young woman fly. To Leah’s delight, Marcus remains with them to help run their family farm.
Falling in love distracts Leah from worrying about the odd fertility “conjuring” she’d sought for her mother from the evil hoodoo woman Kali Despierre —until the babe Elijah is born “behind the veil.” The midwife calls him a caulbearer, one destined for tragedy.
Hearing of Elijah’s strange birth, Kali believes she has spawned an offspring of a voodoo god. She kidnaps the babe and heads to New Orleans, certain Marie Laveau, Queen of Voodoo, will purchase in gold this special infant.
With their hearts racing for each other, Leah and Marcus chase after Kali to save Elijah. However, through a cruel conjuring of fate, Leah discovers the devastating secret Marcus has been hiding about his past—a secret that threatens to doom not only their love and also Elijah’s rescue from the dangerous voodoo underworld.
CONTEST RESULTS writing as Sandra Havriluk
Finalist 2014 Georgia Romance Writers Maggies for Romance with Suspense Elements (Treacherous Hearts)
Finalist 2016 Utah Chapter RWA Great Beginnings Contest Romantic Suspense (Murder at Second Sight)
Winner 2015 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award in Fiction ("The Sign of the Cat" published November 2014 Highlights Magazine)
Winner 2014 YA Fab 5 Wisconsin Romance(Treacherous Hearts)
Sandra offers consulting services as a writing coach, editor, and grammar tutor, as well as ghost writing.
Contact her to discuss her professional writing services.
Finalist 2015 The Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, Single Title (Hide the False Heart)
Finalist 2016 The Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense (Murder at Second Sight)
Finalist 2015 Orange Rose Contest
2nd place - YA (Hide the False Heart)
Finalist 2014 Linda Howard Award of Excellent, Historical (Treacherous Hearts)
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