When Sandra Schmirler, the Queen of Curling, was released it immediately became a best seller, selling more than 25,000 copies. To put that in perspective, a bestseller in Canada is 5,000 units. While that may seem like a small number, there are thousands of books published every year and it’s not an exact science for determining which will sell and which won’t. CBC also bought the rights to the book to develop into a TV movie, but it didn’t come to fruition. I hope someday it will.
I believe Sandra’s book did well because of her athletic talents and how Saskatchewan embraces its heroes. Sandra, who was born in Saskatchewan, was adored by her province and Canada as a whole. Curling is a sport which is about as Canadian as hockey but played by everyday people who are not doing it to get rich. Sandra was so uniquely Canadian with the nickname Schmirler The Curler, along with the fact she was a world-class athlete born in a tiny town, which has the slogan, New York is big, but this is Biggar.
To me, the book resonated with people because more than anything it was a tragic love story. Curling may have been the thread running throughout the book, but I tried to write in such a way that you didn’t need to be a fan of the sport or know the