New York Times best-selling author SANDRA DALLAS, the author of fifteen adult novels, two young reader novels, and ten nonfiction books, was dubbed “a quintessential American voice” by Jane Smiley, in Vogue Magazine. Sandra’s novels with their themes of loyalty, friendship, and human dignity have been translated into a dozen foreign languages and have been optioned for films.
A journalism graduate of the University of Denver, Sandra began her writing career as a reporter with Business Week. A staff member for twenty-five years (and the magazine’s first female bureau chief,) she covered the Rocky Mountain region, writing about everything from penny-stock scandals to hard-rock mining, western energy development to contemporary polygamy. Many of her experiences have been incorporated into her novels.
While a reporter, she began writing the first of her nonfiction books. They include The Quilt That Walked to Golden, recipient of the Independent Publishers Assn. Benjamin Franklin Award, and Sacred Paint, a biography of artist Ned Jacob.
Turning to fiction in 1990, Sandra has published thirteen novels, including A Quilt for Christmas, and two children’s books, the latest Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Skies. Sandra is a three-time recipient of the Women Writing the West Willa Award, for New Mercies, The Bride’s House, and True Sisters. She is a two-time winner of both the National Cowboy Museum’s Wranger Award, for Sacred Paint and The Quilt Walk, and the Western Writers of America Spur Award, for The Chili Queen and Tallgrass. The audio version of Tallgrass won two Audio Publishers Assn. Audie Awards. Prayers for Sale was given the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for Historical Fiction. She is the recipient of the 2014 Eleanor Gheres Award from the Denver Public Library and the Pikes Peak Library District’s 2014 Frank Waters Award.
Sandra lives in Denver and Georgetown, Colorado, with her husband Bob. She is the mother of two daughters, Dana, a lawyer in New Orleans, and Povy, a photographer in Golden, Colorado.