interview with Candace Robinson, author of QUINSEY WOLFE'S GLASS VAULT, THE BRIDE OF GLASS & other books

Today I'm very pleased to share this interview I conducted with fabulous Candace Robinson!

Candace is the author of Quinsey Wolfe's Glass VaultThe Bride of Glass and many other books. She is also a blogger, book reviewer (find her reviews at Literary Dust) and overall a great human!

I hope you all enjoy our exchange of words.

Katya de Becerra [KdB]: What book influenced you the most when you were a child (and why)?

Candace Robinson [CR]: My parents let me watch a lot of horror movies when I was small, probably not the best thing in the world. But I loved them! I don’t like a lot of the newer ones, but I still cherish the classics! When it came to reading books, I didn’t really start getting into anything until I picked up The Haunted Mask Goosebumps book. Those books were all kinds of cheesy awesome!

KdB: I seem to cause a lot of controversy with this question on my blog but I keep asking it anyway because I’m just a very controversial person I guess:) So… If you have one, what is your favorite book of all times?

CR: I know a lot of people have classics or like Shakespeare, but I seriously love Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series. Those books really got me sucked into reading again. I could never get enough of Warner!

KdB: There’s a book blogger Candace and there’s an author Candace – which one came first and how do the two interact with/influence one another?

CR: I actually started blogging first, even though I’ve wanted to write forever. Sometimes Candace and Candace finds it hard to blog now that she also writes lol! I don’t rate books under a 5 anymore. If I wasn’t a fan, I leave the rating off, but I’ll still write a review on the book or how I felt about it.

KdB: That sounds like an excellent compromise between being an author and a reviewer! So you’ve debuted in 2017 with QUINSEY WOLFE'S GLASS VAULT, which is a young adult novel inspired by fairy tales and has elements of horror and is overall filled with delicious spooky darkness we all love and crave. What was your path to publication like?

CR: So, I didn’t know what I was doing half the time! I self-published it first which was probably a mistake since it still needed further improvement! But then it got picked up by The Parliament House and I feel like, finally, I can be proud of it. Also, I had no idea how to write a query AT ALL!!! Still probably don’t lol!

KdB: Oh yeah, queries... We authors all love to hate them:) So your debut is set in Texas and you also live in Texas: what was it like to write your home state setting into a fictional reality of your book?

CR: I’ve chosen Texas pretty much any time it’s a contemporary or urban fantasy setting, because I know the area so well. I know absolutely zero about the northern states!

KdB: You’ve published the follow-up to QUINSEY WOLFE'S GLASS VAULT, THE BRIDE OF GLASS last year as well and have other books coming over the next few years. My question is: what is the secret to your amazing productivity? (Asking for a friend… And yes, that friend is me!)

CR: Well, I’m a stay at home mom. My daughter is now in school, so I can usually work fast throughout the school year. In the summer, however, is a totally different story! I can’t get nothing done!!! Also, I seriously get addicted to wanting the first draft done!

KdB: Oh yeah I know that feeling of typing "The End" on your newest manuscript!  What a thrill... Finding the right voice for a book is so important – could you give some pointers on how to get the voice right, especially in a book for young adults?

CR: It’s pretty easy for me to get the character’s personalities and voices since most of my books are character driven. I think it’s harder for me to write descriptions for the setting. There’s a book titled, What the Woods Keep, and it has amazing descriptions!! I need those skills!

Now, the one thing that bugs me in books is made up curse words. I feel like words are only words, and in real life, teens have potty mouths! So I like to make it seem real, so I will drop an occasional F bomb vs saying Frack or something like that!

KdB: Hard agree on the made up curse words. You either drop an F-bomb or you don't. (Having said that, I'm pretty sure my editor carefully deleted all my F-bombs from What The Woods Keep LOL but it's good though he let me keep all the amazing descriptions!) 

But I wonder... Do you listen to music when you write? (If yes, what's been on your play-list lately?)

CR: I don’t, but as I write, I visualize the playlist in my head. By the end of the book, I already know which songs go with the book and characters. I’ll then listen to the songs so I can get a better feel of everything I wrote.

KdB: What comes next? What are you working on at the moment?

CR: Well, I have a book with an agent that I am praying gets picked up! Then I’m working on another co-author book with Gerardo Delgadillo that hopefully the agent will also want! I do have a New Adult book titled, Clouded by Envy that will be coming out with Parliament in February 2019 and will have a companion sequel.

KdB: Any advice for all the aspiring/emerging writers out there?

CR: Probably do the opposite of what I did! If you really want to be published just keep on querying. If you want to self-publish, make sure you find a seriously awesome editor! Either route is a great route, but just make sure that book is polished!

Bonus questions!

KdB: Your dream holiday?

CR: It was New Zealand, but I went there a few years back and it was so cool! I still want to visit so many places! Iceland, Germany, Scotland, Australia, Russia, and probably everywhere else in the world!

KdB: In your writing process/routine, are you… a planner, pantser, or…?

CR: I don’t outline! I mean, I’ll have the scenes in my head, so I put them in order in my notebook. When I start writing, things tend to change along the way, so an outline doesn’t make much sense for me. And if I did outline, I would sit there all day, develop writer’s block, and get nothing done! But some people have the best outlines ever, and I wish I had that kind of creativity!

KdB: Cats or dogs?

CR: I want a Siamese cat!

KdB: Coffee or tea?

CR: Can I have some peppermint tea right now? I’m thirsty!

Thank you so much, Candace, for dropping by and answering my questions!

More about Candace: 

Candace Robinson is author of Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault, The Bride of Glass and many other books. Her days are spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books for her blog, Literary Dust. She lives just outside of Houston, Texas, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30 degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees! Candace lives with her husband and awesome daughter!

You can follow Candace on Twitter (@literarydust), Facebook and Twitter

Buy Candace's books at various booksellers here.


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