I'm ending the week with another super fun and informative author interview today! Just look at this cover!
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Candace Robinson spends her days consumed by words and hoping to one day find her own DeLorean time machine. Her life consists of avoiding migraines, admiring Bonsai trees, watching classic movies, and living with her husband and daughter in Texas—where it can be forty degrees one day and eighty the next.
Lark Espinoza could get lost in her music—and she’s not so sure anyone in her family would even care to find her. Her trendy, party-loving twin sister and her mother-come-lately Beth, who’s suddenly sworn off men and onto homemaking, don’t understand her love of cassette tapes, her loathing of the pop scene, or her standoffish personality. For outcast Lark, nothing feels as much like a real home as working at Bubble’s Oddities store and trying to attract the attention of the cute guy who works at the Vinyl shop next door—the same one she traded lyrical notes with in class.
Auden Ellis silences the incessant questions in his own head with a steady stream of beats. Despite the unconditional love of his aunt-turned-mother, he can’t quit thinking about the loss of his parents—or the possibility he might end up afflicted with his father’s issues. Despite his connection with lyric-loving Lark, Auden keeps her at arm’s length because letting her in might mean giving her a peek into something dangerous.
When two strangers arrive in town, one carrying a mysterious, dark object and the other playing an eerie flute tune, Lark and Auden find that their painful pasts have enmeshed them in a cursed future. Now, they must come to terms with their budding attraction while helping each other challenge the reflection they see in the mirror. If they fail, they’ll be trapped for eternity in a place beyond reality.
Who are you and what do you write?
My name's Candace and I write YA and NA, mostly fantasy/paranormal. All the things I've written tend to have a little bit of quirkiness as well as romantic chemistry. I just love dark aspects so much and love to factor them into anything I write.
Where and when and how did the writing life begin for you?
I decided I wanted to be a writer my senior year of high school but I actually didn't write my first book, or anything really, until I was 31. Life always seemed to get in the way. That and time! It's cliche, but there seriously needs to be more hours in the day!
How has the journey to this point been? Can you give us a basic rundown?
Good question! There have been ups and down on this journey, but the good always out power the bad. With my first book, I just wanted to get published, so I indie published it way too early but since then, I've become a better writer and have started slowly learning how to market. Which marketing is still a huge challenge for me, especially when all I want to do is just write. But I've learned that being an author these days is much more than just writing, and I wouldn't give it up for the world.
What's been the hardest part of your writing/publishing experience so far? And the most enjoyable?
Definitely marketing because it's hard to know what is going to work and what isn't. The most enjoyable is when a reader just totally gets your story and your characters, maybe even better than you do. I love that!
Would you go back and change anything?
Yes! I wouldn't have rushed into publishing so fast and I would have tried to find a really great critique partner early on.
Where would you like to be in 5 years time? And 10?
Still writing. No matter what, I still want to be telling stories that are an escape to others like me.
What's one piece of advice you'd give to new writers just starting out?
Definitely don't give up. You can always edit words but you can't edit a blank sheet of paper.
And most importantly...
Ketchup or Mayo? Ketchup!
Night or Day? Night!
Inside or Outside? Outside!
Dogs or Cats? Cats!
Twitter or Facebook? Facebook!
e-book or Paperback? Paperback!
Sun or Rain? Rain!
Keyboard or Pencil & Notebook? Keyboard!
Comedy or Drama? Comedy!
Chips or Chocolate? Chips!
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