Friday, August 31, 2012

FEARLESS FRIDAY meet Sammie Chandler

Author Sammie Chandler leads off the parade of the John 316 Marketing Network Author introductions.
We hope you will enjoy getting to know our special members, make new friends and find new authors to love. While each spot will have a similiar framework, each author makes his or her spot unique.
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MEET AND GREET Samantha Ryan Chandler
The tale of Samantha Ryan Chandler's life is evocatively portrayed in her book: A Love Story, How God Pursued Me and Found Me. It tells of a life that is as disturbing and unsettling as it is uplifting and, in the end, gratifying. How "A girl from Nowhere, Louisiana" finds her way from such humble beginnings to live and walk amongst presidents and the supremely rich, only to find her trust and faith betrayed by those that she loved and trusted the most. She would be tested to the point where she began to doubt her own sanity and, at the moment of her greatest desperation and doubt, she was found by God and brought back from the brink of hopeless despair. Blessed with an almost unquenchable optimism and a unique sense of humor, she relates the story of a life that will speak to those who have encountered abuse, unfairness and anguish. Her love for her children and her faith in God carried her through a crucible of fire and in the end, made her a better, stronger person, ready to carry on with a life that is again filled with love, joy and laughter. A Love Story, How God Pursued Me and Found Me will both inspire you and touch your heart.

·         ISBN-10: 1615077588
·         ISBN-13: 978-1615077588
·         Kindle edition
·         Amazon Best Seller, 2012 National Indie Excellence Book Awards – finalist
· (USA), (UK), Barnes & Noble, Christian Books, and autographed copy from website. Book cover in attachment
Your unique talent
I have an optimism about life that defies logic for the circumstances I encounter. I also have an uncanny memory...almost photographic
Share something not many people know about you
Readers would not know this as I have an extremely silly side and find humor in strange places. I love to laugh and laugh hardily out loud somewhat like Julia Roberts, quite robust.
Describe your personality:
I am very much an extrovert. When I was a little girl growing up in Louisiana, my mom would worry all the time as I would go up to strangers at gas stations and chat them up. I have never met a stranger nor have difficulty speaking at length with people I don’t know. This is why I am invited to many parties to keep conversation going!
Are you a “pet person” or prefer no pets?
I have horses that are my passion to ride. I ride Arabians which are known in the horse world as unstable and very skittish. That possibly is the attraction. If something is easy to do, then I am not interested. I ride endurance which means many miles at a time, 20-30 miles. In the past, I kept a journal of each ride and amount of miles but stopped at 10,000 miles. At this date, I would venture to guess I have clocked 15,000 miles in the saddle.
Would you rather travel or stay at home?
I am a true “gypsy” having clocked over a million air miles with one airline. While on a trip, I am thinking ahead to the next one.
Do you read more or write more?
Since my book has been published, I have little time to read; but find myself writing a great deal. There is so much work after a book hits the market than simply writing it. I have written several articles for Southern Writers Magazine. I started my next book last fall and wrote about a months worth but have not looked at it since. Before I was an author, I read a great deal of the time.
Prefer cake or pie?
I prefer both!! My sweet tooth is the size of Alabama.
Would, or do, ride a motorcycle or prefer to ride/drive a car?
Neither, I prefer to ride my horse fast through the woods. I find motorcycles scary.
How about taking the bus or walking?
I love to walk. I started exercising everyday when I was 16 and it is a lifestyle choice. I have been known to climb stairs in buildings that have elevators. I did this once in heels going down 22 flights of stairs. My three girls were taught at an early age that “walking makes great legs”.
Are you part of a big church congregation or a small church?
I am a member of First Baptist in Atlanta with Dr. Charles Stanley as pastor. It is one of my greatest joys to have this as my church. I have learned not be quantified knowledge of scripture from Dr. Stanley. The church feels small but my guess is 10,000 members.
Would you describe yourself as happy or joyful?
I am very happy and also eternally optimistic.
Do you like to telephone people or prefer to use e-mail?
I prefer email. I feel at the end of the day that I have talked for hours on end.
Do you eat at home or eat out?
I love to cook and experiment. My favorite to make is bread and of course desserts. Growing up in Louisiana, eating is a sport.
Listen to music or prefer quiet?
I love to play the piano but do not listen to music very much. I just never seem to have enough quiet time.
Prefer sunrises or sunsets?
I could say both but let me break this down for the reader. If it is a sunrise, then an early command performance is at hand to be there in time awaking early. Having raised three girls, I have seen many a carpool sunrise. My answer now is sunsets.
Samantha Ryan Chandler
Amazon Best Selling Author
2012 National Indie Excellence Book Awards - Finalist

A Love Story...How God Pursued Me and Found Impossibly True Story


  1. Thanks, Sammie. It is fun getting to know one another! I wish horses didn't scare me, because it sounds so beautiful and peaceful. 15,000 miles is fantastic!

  2. Great start to a wonderful idea. thanks for putting this together Lisa! It will be great to get to know J3:16MN authors better.

  3. I loved hearing about Sammie. You're so candid, and makes getting to know you like a dream.
    Best wishes with your work.

  4. This is great! Sammie, your book sounds like an excellent read. I too am from Louisiana, so maybe it really is the fine food that brings out the best in us. (It's working great for me!) :)
    Thank you very much Lisa for putting this all together for us. It will be fun getting to know everyone.
    Blessings to All

  5. Great interview. I grew up in Marietta, Georgia, so I know exactly where your church is. My sister's daughter went to grammar school there.

    It's great to get to know you better. I have your book on my Kindle to read.

  6. I enjoyed reading about you Samantha.