Sandy Kirby Quandt is an inspirational writer, University of Central Florida grad, former elementary school educator, and follower of Jesus with a passion for history and travel; passions which often weave their way into her stories and articles.
She has written numerous articles and stories for publications including WOW – Women on Writing, Pockets, Sparkle, Standard, The Lookout, Power for Living, Kyria, Today’s Christian Woman, Alive! and Mature Years, and online for Inspire a Fire, and Christian Devotions. WORDaction Publishing purchases Sandy’s word puzzles and articles for their Standard magazine. Her story, “The Friday Night Dateless Club” appeared in OakTara’s anthology, Falling in Love with You.
In 2020 Sandy was honored to be awarded an Honorable Mention in the Children’s/Young Adult Fiction category of the 89th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. In 2017 she was awarded 9th Place in the Children’s/Young Adult Fiction category of the 86th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. In 2016 she was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Children’s/Young Adult Fiction category of the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. In 2020 she was awarded the Blue Lake Christian Writer’s Retreat Living water Award in the Young Adult category. At the 2017 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, Sandy was awarded First Place for her Flash Fiction, Young Adult, and Middle Grade entries. She also won First Place in Children’s Literature at the 2016 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.
No Easy Choice, Sandy’s young adult historical fiction novel set in eastern Kentucky during the 1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic and the end of World War I is complete and looking for the right publisher. When faced with death, understanding what is important becomes clearer.
Also completed are a contemporary middle grade novel, Big Granny was a Tuskegee Airman AKA The Missing Congressional Medal, based on the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, along with a non-fiction book, We Were There, Too-The Women of the Tuskegee Airmen. Both books are set and ready to go. To understand the present, we must look to the past.
As the daughter of a career Naval officer, Sandy was born in Morocco, Africa on the USAF base near Casablanca. Since then she has lived in seven different states. She feels privileged to have traveled to five continents, and hopes to someday check the remaining two off her list.
After being chosen to represent her school district at Boeing’s Educators in Space intensive week-long program at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, Sandy was honored to receive the prestigious Right Stuff Award.
For several years Sandy and her husband, Pilot, traveled to Alaska for the annual Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Volunteering at the Skwentna check point was a highlight of their trips to the Land of the Northern Lights.