The idea for Sandcastles came to me about 5 years ago when my friend passed away from liver cancer. I’ll never forget the look in his eye the day we met for the last time. His eyes were filled with regret, and also with an urgency to communicate that as long as I’m alive, I can have fun exploring life instead of just existing in it. That last look we shared was the first seedling to Sandcastles, planted many years ago and never forgotten. The nudge to eventually write this story came after I went through a health scare similar to the one Dean did in Sandcastles. My research for Sandcastles unknowingly began when I explored Ayurveda practices to help heal myself. I believe it truly did help me heal. Health is a true gift, and I wanted to get that message across.
A strong allegory weaves through this story, one of a Sandcastle. I derive a deep joy from viewing the world through a philosophical lens. I love asking the question, how is this similar to other things? By making such comparisons, I awaken my curiosity and can make better sense of the world. Comparing a sandcastle to the temporary nature of life helps me to grasp the beauty in the fragility of both.
Editorial Review of Sandcastles
“The release of Sandcastles represents a whole new voice for author Suzie Carr. This is the grown up Suzie Carr. This is not to say that her previous novels were juvenile attempts at fiction, but there is a mature serenity present in this book and I think we will be seeing a lot more of this new adult contemporary-style fiction from this author.” Diane Marina – Amazon
“I am a huge fan of Suzie Carr’s books because she weaves complicated three dimensional characters into her plotlines with perfectly flawed heroines. I know that we all love those super human lesbians who kick butt or are beyond perfect and I do enjoy that kind of fiction, but I also enjoy characters that are likeable, but very human with moments of small mindedness or crankiness, because I can relate to them. Carr also writes beautiful flowing descriptions and gives enough detail to make the stories very interesting. I also loved the way the book began, it sucked me right in. Five thumbs up for Sandcastles. In my opinion it’s another winner.” Roris Reviews – Amazon
2015 Rainbow Book Award Runner-Up for Lesbian Contemporary General Fiction
2015 Rainbow Book Award Runner-Up for Best Lesbian Book
Lia is smart, successful, and best friends with Dean, a gay man who is just as neurotic as she. Life is smooth and flowing, unmarked by much more than a little family jealousy here and there, until she runs into Willow, an exciting enigma from her past.
Willow, a psychic, receives a sense that something is off kilter surrounding Lia. Should she tell her, even though Lia, the person she’s never been able to stop thinking about since childhood, might run the other way? It’s a risk she decides to take, and Lia’s curiosity surprises her.
As truths about life, love and uncertainties are unearthed, Lia and Willow, two women in love with each other, along with their friend Dean, learn to seek strength from unexpected places and people. Along their journeys, the three learn what a struggle it is to maintain their sandcastles as they embrace the parts of their lives that really matter.