Sandra Harper

Sandra Harper is the author of the play, Magpie's Tea Room, which enjoyed a successful run in Los Angeles at The Ventura Court Theatre. She has written a cooking column, "The California Cook" for the newspaper, Skirt. A script reader for Pathe Studios and Springcreek Productions, she also wrote and produced fashion and rock videos for Elvis Costello, Chaka Khan and Vidal Sassoon, amonf others. Ms. Harper recieved her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Southern California and has completed a children's book, The Witches Club.

Books by this Author

Over the Holidays
High Tea


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. She who perseveres wins

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. People see my curly hair before anything else

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Hands down....people talking loudly on their cell phones

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Daisy often our enemies come in beautiful packages.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Peanut butter

Author Voices

December 28, 2009

Am married to a New Englander who longs for snow beginning in November. Luckily, there's plenty of it here in Mammoth, California. While Husband and Son freeze on mountain and stand in lift lines, I sip my tea, savor a delicious brownie from the Looney Bean, and give thanks for indoor heating and free internet access. Have a good book, good friends, good family. What else does one need for a Merry Christmas? Can now totally slack off till January 3rd. Won't you join me?

December 23, 2009

Have been woefully neglectful of my Christmas Countdown and I do apologize. Would like to say that I'm so busy caroling, decorating, and joy mongering that have not had time to write and reflect - but that is patently not true. I have, however, noted some unusual behavior in my house these past few days. Husband brought home Christmas tree, unprompted, and strung it with lights. My son, back from college, joined us for dinner three nights in a row. He did mention something about horrible dorm food, but still, I was very grateful for his presence. Even more amazing, he purchased and wrapped a Christmas gift for his father without twenty reminders. As it... see more

December 15, 2009

These endless stories about holiday weight gain are just silly - everyone knows the only practical way to manage holiday stress is with peppermint bark and chocolate. In fact, it's entirely possible that Christmas cookies are preserving my mental health. If I wasn't indulging in vast quantities of sugar, how would I cope? I know from experience that on January 2nd I will be sick of sweets and craving a savory vegetable soup. Until then I have Marion's English Toffee bars to tide me over. As long as I loosen my jeans.

December 14, 2009

My neighbor Herb has no less than 10 Christmas teddy bears, 8 angels and 6 nutcrackers - just in his breakfast room alone! If you multiply that by five hundred you can imagine the rest of his house. Oh, and add a working Lionel train set complete with smoke. Rain or shine, recession or boom time, Herb is always jolly at this time of year. Have decided that he must have been born with a Merry Christmas gene. How else to explain this steadfast cheeriness? And how else to rationalize my lack of it?