You have such a busy writing life – freelancer, you write for Harlequin and you write single titles, you run an amazing online writers loop and do an intensive workshop and you have a family. How do you keep everything straight?
This made me laugh. I recently had surgery that required bed rest and I was really bad at that. Honestly, I like being busy. I get bored easily. I've had to teach myself to switch hats in an instant. This hour I'm working on a new book. The next hour might be working on a feature for my job as a TV and film critic. The next minute I might have to chime in on something as the President of the Television Critics Association. The trick is focus. Whatever is in front of me at that time gets my attention.
With all the changes in publishing right now, what are your tips for new writers?
Finish your book. A lot people talk about writing a book, but few finish and polish it. You need good critique. Your mom, dad, sister and aunt aren't the best judges of your work – unless they are Editors at a publishing house. Once you finish one book, move immediately to the next. It will be easier to deal with rejection, because you know the next book is going to be even better. And last, but not least, hone your craft. I'm 15 books in and doing pretty good for myself in the book world, but I still take classes. You never know what is going to help you get to that next level.
When you need a break from the business of work and life, do you read? Watch a favorite show?
I read a great deal. I usually stay away from the genre I'm writing, but I love all kinds of books so that isn't a problem. Television and movies are a part of my day job so that's work for me. But I do have favorite shows. I like GCB, Heart of Dixie, Secret Circle, Walking Dead and Game of Thrones to name a few of the newer ones.
What is the best part of the writing life, for you?
I love it all, except revisions. I really hate revisions. But I like that I get to work at home. I love making up worlds and the people who live in them. I love it when my work connects with a reader.
What's next for you?
The latest release is Spirited, which is a young adult anthology of ghost stories. There are 13 different authors involved and all have written incredibly diverse stories. That's in stores and available online now. And the proceeds go to a literacy charity. All of the authors donated their stories.
I have a new Southern Steampunk series beginning in October 2012. The first story, Iron Demon, is a novella. It's about a scientist, who happens to be a kick butt monster hunter. And she takes on various cases. It's kind of Sherlock Holmes meets Supernatural. The first novel in that series, Iron Blood, will debut in March 2013.
And I'm in a new Harlequin Blaze Christmas anthology with Lori Wilde and Kathleen O'Reilly, which comes out in December 2012. We've had so much fun putting it together and I can't wait for people to read it.
Thanks for coming by WordWranglers today, Candace! And, readers, you can find out more about Candace's books - and workshops! - at her website.