Sandra Kitt’s first mainstream novel was The Color of Love, released in 1995 from Signet Books to critical acclaim from Library Journal and USA Today. The Color of Love was also optioned by HBO and LIFETIME from a script by Sandra. Along with her next two novels, Significant Others and Between Friends, she has appeared on the bestseller list in Essence Magazine. Amazon.com has named Significant Others among the Top 25 Romances for the 20th Century, and Close Encounters as one of the Top Ten Contemporaries for 2000. Girlfriends, an anthology from HarperCollins, was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Fiction in 1999. Sandra’s 2007 release, Celluloid Memories, earned a starred review in Library Journal, and was selected by the publication as one of the Top Five women’s fiction novels for the same year.
Prior to breaking out in mainstream, Sandra was considered the foremost African American writer of romance fiction, and was the first black writer to ever publish with Harlequin. In 1994 she launched the successful Arabesque line from Kensington with Serenade. She is the recipient of a Life-Time Achievement Award in Contemporary Fiction from Romantic Times and the New York Chapter of Romance Writers of America. RWA also presented Sandra with its 2002 Service Award. In 2010 Sandra received the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award presented by the Iota Theta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. She interviewed renowned African American Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium, Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History. It is posted online at www.aalbc.com.
A native of New York City, Sandra holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the City University of New York, and has studied and lived in Mexico. A one-time graphic designer and printmaker she has exhibited her work and is in several corporate collections, including the Museum of African American Art in L.A. She has designed cards for UNICEF, and illustrated two books for the late science writer, Dr. Isaac Asimov. Sandra is also the former Managing Director and Information Specialist in astronomy & astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. In 1996 Sandra wrote the last show script for the Hayden Planetarium, narrated by Walter Cronkite. A frequent guest speaker, Sandra has lectured at NYU, Penn State, Sarah Lawrence, and Columbia University, and was an Adjunct in Publishing and Fiction Writing. She has served on the Advisory Boards for the First Step Job Training Program through Coalition For The Homeless in New York City, and The Multicultural Outreach Committee of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
Sandra’s next novel will be Winner Takes All, the first book in a trilogy, The Millionaires Club, from Sourcebooks. She is represented by Lisa Vance of the Aaron Priest Agency in New York.