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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