Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Interview with Candace Campbell, author of Broken

Today we are interviewing Candace Campbell, author of the contemporary romance novel Broken (book #1 of the Abducted Beauty series). 

Describe the plot of your book in a few sentences.
Abducted Beauty book series is about finding love, faith and hope to move on from tragedy.
You can’t change the past but you can change your future. Love heals all wounds.

Who (age, gender, etc) do you think would most appreciate this book?

I think women who have a love for dark love stories, between 18-35 would like the Abducted Beauty book series.

What inspirations contributed to this book?

This inspiration for this book came from the TV show Criminal Minds. I love how they use physiology of the mind to find the criminal. But I feel that the show only shows the criminal’s side and I always wonder what happens to the victims. So this book series is all about the victim’s point of view and what each girl has to go through in her journey to finding herself and falling in love after being abducted. Broken was supposed to be a stand-alone novel but I fell in love with each sister and had to continue their stories and I am so happy I did because each book just keeps getting better.     

Who was your favorite character to write?
That’s a hard question because this series has four main characters it’s hard to pick my favorite. I love each sister for who they are. I love Veronica’s pure heart and her gentleness, she has this need to protect her sisters because she was never protected and she never felt loved until she meets Edwin. I love Claudia’s wild adventurous confidence. I love Amanda’s innocence. I absolutely love Natasha’s obsessive control freak personality.

How long have you been writing?
I started writing after my dad passed away from cancer so it’s been about three years that I have been writing.

What is your favorite book?
Oh my goodness I have so many. I can’t pick just one book or one author.

What genre do you read most frequently?
Romance, always romance. I am a hopeless romantic. I also enjoy paranormal and erotica every once and a while.  

How do you think you've evolved as a writer since when you first started?

Writing is like anything else the more you do it the better you will get. I find the more books I read the better I write I learn from other writers what works and what doesn’t work. But I write what I enjoy and I hope others enjoy it too. I once talked to a writer who was working on a book she found boring she had a hard time writing it and I said why write it if you don’t like it who else will? She went back and rewrote the book until she was happy with it. I think that’s the most important part. Feeling happy with whatever you do in life. I love writing because it fun creating a fake world and characters is just an awesome experience for me. I am happy with this book series it’s much better than my last. I think it’s because it’s meaningful nd I put my heart and soul into it.

Are there any aspects (e.g. character building, world building) of your writing that you've been practicing?
Well I am Dyslexic, and I have a comprehension and communication disorder as well as ADD. So reading and writing in school were always very difficult. But I am constantly working on learning and getting help to keep writing. It’s not easy to do, but I will keep writing and hope in time it will only get better. In the mean time, I count on others to help me with editing my books.

As a writer, one would assume English was your favorite class in school. If that was not the case, what was and why?
No, I was horrible in English. Spelling and grammar were very hard, in fact. Because of my learning disabilities my teaches looked past the spelling and grammar parts of my school work, which didn’t help me when I started writing novels. The first person that looked at my book told me it was a mess. But I didn’t care. I keep trying to make my books better and better. Getting them edited over and over until they are ready for my readers. My favorite class in school was drama and art. I loved to be creative that’s something that comes so natural to me. 

How do you feel about the increasing popularity of eBooks?
As an eBook author, I think eBooks are awesome. There better for the environment, and it’s a lot less of a cost to produce eBooks and cheaper for readers to get their hands on the newest novels.

What are your goals as a writer for the next ten years?
Honestly I don’t need to become a big-selling author. I just want to write and have people read and follow my work. I hope to inspire other people with disabilities to try new things and follow their dreams. But yes I hope to be successful enough to one day write full time.

What is the most impactful experience you have had with a fan?
On my website I had a fan post that I was inspirational to her as someone who has learning disabilities. I have been in contact with the young girl and have encouraged her to go to college and not to let her disabilities hold her back from trying new things. I believe there is a great success in trying something even if you don’t succeed at least you tried. No one can take away the love you have in your heart so give your passion everything you got.   

Have your family and friends been supportive of your writing?

It’s a hard thing being a writer I think a lot of my friends and family are scared to let me down if they don’t like my books but everyone encourages me even if they don’t read all of my books. My mom’s my biggest fan; she reads everything she is so proud of me.

Is there any aspect of writing you don't like (e.g. editing)?

Being Dyslexic makes everything about writing is hard so I don’t worry about the grammatical aspects of writing I just let the story come out of me naturally. I write with love in my heart; it’s fun and therapeutic. I worry about editing later so that my work is not corrupted by my frustrations of editing.

Have you ever had writer's block? If yes, how'd you deal with it? If you have not had writer's block, why do you think you haven't?

When I am in writer’s mood I never have a problem I can write a whole series in a few months but I take long breaks until a story comes to me. I wrote two series, 12 books, in two years but I have not written in a year. I don’t have anything to write right now and I’m not going to push it. I’m working on editing, creating book covers, I think once what I finish with the novels I am working on and put them out into the world I will go back into writing again.

Do you write with a computer, typewriter, or pen and paper? Why do you use this tool?
Always on a computer. It just works for me. I can type pretty fast and spell check is nice to have or all my words would be backwards lol.

What do you have in mind for your next project?
I have another book series coming out hopefully this year. Called "Moments. It will also be a romance novella series. It’s not as dark and twisted as "Abducted Beauty." "Moments" it a sexy fun book series with lots of drama and excitement. I am very excited about getting it out and I hope it does well.

Is there anything else you'd like potential readers to know about your book?
Broken is the first book in the Abducted Beauty series, and it is free on Smash words. It’s the shortest book -- the other books are full books. It’s the introduction and history to each sister’s life. As you read each book, it will get more intense and more exciting. Please let me know who’s your favorite sister and why.

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Get the book on Smashwords:https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/467850

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