Join Our Author Chat with Sandra Cleary

Anyone interested in digging up dead ancestors? Hitch a ride with author Sandra Cleary and learn how her “digs” resulted in a story she never dreamed she’d write. Based on the true survival experience of Catherine Clare Jordan, White Moccasins tells a story that might have unfolded for “Katie” in the Black Hawk War of 1832. 

**Join the chat, and you could win a signed copy of White Moccasins. **

**Congratulations to Bonnie Mae Evans, winner of drawing for White Moccasins!

Welcome, Sandra Cleary!

OK. You’ve hooked us. White Moccasins is a must-read. 

But what’s your story, Sandy? How did you learn about the real-life Katie?

What can we look forward to from Sandra Cleary in the future?

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In the Beginning

From growing up a military brat, moving every two to four years, seeing the world, I yearned to marry a military man so I could at least continue to travel. Like my mother always said, “My feet are itching, it’s time to move.” I continue to do that today!

I graduated from San Bernardino High School in California then went on to San Bernardino Valley College where the writing bug hit me when I took Creative Writing. But, alas, with bringing up children and moving I put writing aside. Now that I have more time I can’t stop writing.

Then There Were Two

I married my wonderful, supportive, enthusiastic husband in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho who immediately took me to the Azores Islands, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, for a two year honeymoon. He has since retired and we now live in Texas. Who knew with both Yankees settling in the South.

And More

Together we have six children, seventeen grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren. We have to take short vacations in order to visit all of them as they live from Tennessee to Washington to California and everywhere in between.

My short stories and articles have been published in a local magazine. My blog,, has had over twelve thousand hits.

Digging up Dead Ancestors

I’ve always wanted to know more about my past so at an early age I started looking for my ancestors. Through the years I’ve put together more information than I’d bargained for, but that’s another story. Through DNA and working diligently through Ancestry I’ve now located my biological father and a whole new family. (Tweet That!)

Looking to the Past: The Roots of White Moccasins

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In my search for my roots I discovered the story of Catherine Clare Jordan, who married Probes Eberle and reared seven children.

But before Probes and the children, there was the Black Hawk War. And Katie.

Sandra Cleary: Looking to the Future

My second book is based on how to find an ancestor through DNA.

If I can do it so can others. I owe all of this to my Lord, Jesus Christ who has guided me every step of the way.

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Lord God, You’re where we’ve come from. You’re where we’re going. And You give life meaning. Bless Sandy as she journeys among those who went before her and give her every mercy as she seeks to leave stories that bring honor to their journeys. But, above all, to You.
For Jesus’ sake 


I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Revelation 22:13



6 thoughts on “Join Our Author Chat with Sandra Cleary

  1. Marilyn R

    An amazing journey filled with unexpected blessings for Sandy. White Moccasins is calling my name with the story being based on Catherine Clare Jordan true survival experience. Thank you for sharing. Books based on lives that walked this earth are always encouraging showing the perservance and determination of all they endured during difficult times. God bless.

    1. Yes, Marilyn! And be sure to read Sandy’s story about how she discovered Katie. It’s in the book. You’re entered in the drawing! Thanks so much for joining the chat.

    2. Thank you Marilyn. I really enjoy writing about people, their struggles, and their families. It makes it really special when you think you may be related to the person you are writing about like I thought when I started writing about Katie. When I found out I wasn’t related I was too far into her story I had to finish it. Katie will always be dear to my heart.
      Sandra Lee

  2. Bonnie Mae Evans


    I’m sure you found many blessings along the journey. Delving into the past takes an incredible amount of patience and perseverance. Your story sounds very intriguing. Looking forward to reading it!

    1. Thanks for joining the chat, Bonnie! Sandy’s discoveries about her roots and how it all connects to this story is fascinating.

    2. Hi Bonnie
      Thank you for your kind words. I have made a lot of friends along the way plus the Lord has taught me patience. He is still working on that! I do hope you enjoy my book.
      Sandra Lee


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Worth the Wait: Baxter Lesson #5


Writing The Calling of Ella McFarland has required a virtue: patience. But learning to wait is hard.

Baxter, my four-month-old Cavapoo, spends a goodly portion of his day waiting. At my feet. While I write. In his 4 months of life, he’s learned some things are worth the wait.

Baxter’s in good company.

Take Abraham Lincoln, for example. Good ol’ Abe suffered one defeat after another from 1832-1858. Granted, he enjoyed some successes those years, but the big win didn’t come until the presidential election of 1860.

lincoln_president-391128_1280What if Abraham Lincoln had given up in 1832 when he suffered his first defeat for state legislator and a business failure? Or in 1835-1836 when his sweetheart died and he had a nervous breakdown? There were defeats for Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, nominations for U.S. Congress, land office, U.S. Senate, and U.S. Vice-President.

Or if Abe had given up in 1858 when–again–he was defeated for the U.S. Senate, the Emancipation Proclamation wouldn’t have been written in 1863. Nor would General McClellan have finally been removed of his command and the way cleared for General Grant to lead the Union to victory. 

Immortality as arguably the greatest American president was worth the wait.

GrandmaMosesStamp1969-public-domainThen there’s Anna Mary Robertson Moses–otherwise known as Grandma Moses–who first painted as a child using lemon and grape juice, ground ochre, grass, flour paste, slack lime and sawdust for creations. What if she hadn’t been willing to wait for the right time for her talent to emerge? After decades of marriage, child-rearing, and farming, and after arthritis had destroyed her ability to embroider, she picked up a paint brush at age 78. And the rest–including a U.S. postage stamp in her honor–is history.

Reaching icon status was worth the wait.

And, oh, how long Frederick Douglass waited! From his birth in slaveryFREDERICK_DOUGLASS_public-domain around 1818, he never knew his mother–I do not recollect ever seeing my mother by the light of day. … She would lie down with me, and get me to sleep, but long before I waked she was gone–until his death in 1895, Douglass never ceased to stand for freedom. Born into slavery, he made repeated attempts to escape and finally made it to freedom in 1838. He became the foremost voice for the abolition of slavery and stood for a woman’s right to vote. 

At the 1888 Republican National Convention, Douglass became the first African American to receive a vote for President of the United States in a major party’s roll call vote. And he died in 1895 shortly after returning home from a meeting of the National Council of Women in Washington, D.C.

Advancement toward equality was worth the wait.

Baxter’s contentment comes when he gets my attention. Abraham Lincoln wasn’t content with emancipation; his next goal was reconstruction. Grandma Moses painted as long as her fingers could hold brushes, and Frederick Douglass rested only in death.

At the moment I’m basking in the joy of the release of my long-awaited debut novel, The Calling of Ella McFarland.

But I’m also waiting for that day when all the wars and rumors of war will end. 

Some things are worth the wait. 

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27:14

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