Born in Sydney, Australia, Sandra graduated from the University of Sydney with a B.App.Sc (Physiotherapy). Recruited to work in Chicago, she began studying acting at Center Theater and dance at Joel Hall Studios. After moving to Los Angeles, she went on to study film & entertainment at UCLA, while completing her MBA at LaSierra University.
Her talents as a lyricist led her to her husband, composer Kurt Oldman, who co-wrote and produced her debut CD, Thyme. After performing throughout Los Angeles, Sandra focused her attention on writing. Her first screenplay, Life on Mars made the top 200 of the Page International Screenwriting Competition and the quarterfinals of the ASA Competition. She wrote and directed the short animation, The Adventures of Gilbert the Goofball, which was runner-up for Best Animation at the Action on Film Festival, and her short story, Lucky Quarter, was a finalist for the Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award.
Selected to participate in the Australians in Film Writers Room, Sandra work-shopped the screenplay version of her debut YA/Fantasy novel, Cecilia: The Last Croilar Tier (The Cecilia Series: Book 1) and placed in the top fifteen percent of the Nicholl Fellowship, with the novel winning multiple awards including:
- Author Academy Awards (Winner)
- Literary Classics Award (Gold and Silver)
- CIBA’s Dante Rossetti Award (First Place)
- Eric Hoffer Award (Finalist)
- The Wishing Shelf Award (Finalist)
- Readers Favorite (Five Stars)
While completing The Cecilia Series, Sandra wrote the YA/Coming of Age, Making Friends With Monsters, which will release in 2023. She presently works for Nthibah Pictures as a development executive and is an associate producer on the dystopian/action film, “Boy Kills World.” Her favorite pastimes are skiing, hiking, and snorkeling with turtles. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and rescue kitten, Noodle.