Interview & Giveaway: Candace Bowen Early
TTS: The Top Shelf would like to welcome Candace Bowen Early to the blog! Tell the readers a little bit about yourself and your book Spur of the Moment.
CBE: First, I’d like to thank Misty and The Top Shelf for having me. I was born in a suburb of Chicago and currently live in South Florida with my family. I like to think of myself as an outgoing introvert.
The official blurb: Best-selling author Bronwyn Chase never quite fit in with the 21st century world around her. On a publicity trip to New York City , a mysterious woman claiming to be a mystic from Bronwyn’s past gives her a silver knight’s spur. Asked to save Euric, a man she never knew existed, Bronwyn finds herself transported to twelfth century Cornwall . Landing at the feet of an entranced Euric, she discovers the instant connection she feels to him comes from a midsummer rite gone horribly awry on the eve of her birth. Forced to face a dark wicce who plans to use Euric for her own nefarious ends, Bronwyn summons her own mystical birthright to free him.
I wrote Spur of the Moment with more than a romance in mind. The actual meaning behind the story is if you believe in yourself, anything is possible.
TTS: How did the idea for this book come about?
CBE: After writing, A Knight of Silence, I began work on the second book in the series, A Knight of Battle. Instead of getting lost in Albin and Lecie’s story, I found myself focusing more on Fulke and Reina’s. Stepping back for a bit, I was holding two medieval religious medals that I had just purchased. As I imagined what the original owners were like, the idea for Spur of the Moment just came to me. Initially, I thought of having a dirt encrusted medal which would have transported my heroine back in time when it was cleaned. Sleeping on the idea, I decided the symbolism of a Knight’s spur made perfect sense.
TTS: I like to ask this question of every author I interview because I find character creation interesting. How did you name your characters and did you shape them after people you know in real life?
CBE: For the most part, I select names that fit with the era and appeal to me. When it comes to supporting characters, I like to use the names of people I know. As for the personality traits, I do tend to fashion my characters out of people I know. Whether good or bad, if a person has made an impression on me, they most likely will make an appearance in one of my stories under an assumed name.
TTS: Music plays a part in Spur of the Moment, you have Bronwyn listening to Avalon Landing. Was there a reason for this tribute? Were you listening to them a lot while you were writing?
CBE: Absolutely. Not only do I love Avalon Landing’s music, the drummer also happens to be my cousin. Listening to music is the only way I can shut down my thought process in order to relax. Avalon Landing played a huge part in that while I was writing, Spur of the Moment.
TTS: Did you have the storyline all planned out when you sat down to write or did it take a life of it’s own beyond the initial paragraph?
CBE: Spur of the Moment basically wrote itself as I typed. I realize how strange that sounds, but it’s true. I went in with a general idea for the beginning, middle and end. The story itself took on a life of its own as I typed.
TTS: Where there ever moments where the story didn’t go the way you planned or personally wanted it to go? How did you deal with that?
CBE: One in particular. I am vehemently opposed to bullying of any kind, but I had to come up with a traumatic event for Albert to believably walk away from his profession. I chose to look at the event as a message to all adolescents under such pressure that things always get better.
TTS: What led you to writing?
CBE: Since I can remember, I have always toyed with the idea of writing. It just took a while for me to work up the confidence to actually sit down and do it.
TTS: What do you as a reader look for in a romance?
CBE: I like when a romance has an element of realism. I have read some very good novels that tend to overlook the fact that life is not all sunshine and roses.
TTS: What would you say to someone who is a bit wary about romance novels?
CBE: I think some people are under the misconception that all romance novels are created alike. My advice would be to go in with an open mind. You never know when you’ll be pleasantly surprised by something out of your comfort zone.
TTS: For our last question, a little randomness! If you could be any character from a book you’ve read or even wrote, who would you be and why?
CBE: Without a doubt, Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. I admire her strength of character. In creating such a heroine, I believe Jane Austen was a visionary for her time as well as being an excellent writer.
TTS: Once again, I would like to thank Candace for being here! Spur of the Moment is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Rhemalda’s website now!
CBE: It has been an honor. Thank you so very much for having me, Misty.
Unlike some authors, Candace Bowen Early can pinpoint the exact date her writing career began. On March 17, 2008, she witnessed deaf Actress Marlee Maitlin’s amazing performance on Dancing With the Stars. Inspired, she realized that out of the hundreds of romance novels she had read over the years, not one of them featured a deaf Heroine. Selecting her favorite time-period in history, Candace formed a rough outline to the story that would become her first historical romance, A KNIGHT OF SILENCE. Fortunate to find a home for her novel, it is now available at most book retailers through Seven Realms Publishing and was voted best 2010 Romance eBook of the year by The Gatekeepers Post.Finding inspiration in the strangest of places, the idea for her second novel came to Candace as she held two medieval religious medals. Literally written as she typed, her paranormal time travel romance, SPUR OF THE MOMENT, was born. Fortunate once again, the novel has been picked-up by Rhemalda Publishing for a February 1, 2012 release date.
Her third completed suspense romance novel, JACK OF HEARTS, surrounds the infamous Ripper murders in Victorian England. Contracted with Seven Realms Publishing, it becomes available in summer 2012.
Having just coompleted the sequel to, SPUR OF THE MOMENT, entitled, WICKED EMBERS, Candace has a pirate tale lined-up covering the daring exploits of Ireland’s Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley in, THE PIRATE’S GEM.
Her teenage imagination pervaded by the works of Stephen King, Candace is also working on a story entitled, VOODOO FIRE. Set in present-day New Orleans during Mardi Gras, the story follows a group of college kids encountering more than they bargained for when they conduct a séance beside the tomb of the infamous voodoo queen, Marie Laveau.
A native of suburban Chicago, Candace resides in South Florida. She remains a devoted Chicago Cubs and Bears fan, however.
Rhemalda Publishing has graciously offered up two e-book copies of Spur of The Moment! To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment with a valid email in the email box. Winners will be chosen at random by random.org on Wednesday February 08, 2012 at 9 PM eastern or a little bit afterward. Good luck! For more info on the book, please see below!
Synopsis: Best-selling author Bronwyn Chase never quite fit in with the 21st century. On a publicity trip to New York City, a mysterious woman claiming to be a mystic from Bronwyn’s past gives her a silver knights spur. Asked to save Euric, a man she never knew existed, Bronwyn finds herself transported to 12th-century Cornwall. Landing at the feet of an entranced Euric, she discovers the instant connection she feels to him comes from a midsummer rite gone horribly awry on the eve of her birth. Forced to face a dark wicce who plans to use Euric for her own nefarious ends, Bronwyn summons her own mystical birthright to free him.