Meeting Sandra Jensen – Hysteria 2015 Judge

Update: Unfortunately, Sandra has had to pull out of judging for personal reasons.

Sandra’s fiction has received a number of awards including winning Red Room’s 2010 Scandalously Short Story Contest and the 2012 bosque Fiction Competition. She also received highly commended for the 2012 Bridport prize. Sandra has just completed her first novel which won the 2011 J.G. Farrell award for best novel-in-progress adjudicated by Gillian Slovo. The novel, Ten Virtuous Acts, is a literary adventure set in Sri Lanka during the civil war. When not writing, Sandra advocates for and rescues stray animals in Bosnia-Herzegovina

What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

sandra jensonI have been embraced by Robert Downey Jr.

What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?

“In Sandra Jensen’s Write or Die, we witness the breathless confession of Dale, foul mouthed and virtually illiterate, yet imbued with a sense of righteousness and a poetry of vision reminiscent of a figure from Faulkner. A small tragedy is minutely examined within the grinding routine of a poor farming community, the tension of every moment diamond-hard and clear.”

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?

Mia Wasikowska

What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?

Not diverting myself by saving dogs in Bosnia via Facebook.

What was the most important thing you learned at school?

Not to go. (I left when I was 12).

Are there any habits you wish you didn’t have?

Saving dogs in Bosnia.

Finding Sandra Jensen

You can also find Sandra on her website at:; on Twitter by the name of @SandraAJensen  and on Facebook at

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