1. As you know, because I’ve only told you a million times, this is one of my all time favorite books ever. Could you please tell us a little about the book, so everyone gets an idea what this amazing book is about?
It’s about two siblings that are fairy-like creatures known as bats, but not like the type of bats we have here. They have bat wings and fangs but still look human. They escape their world and cross over through a realm into our world. Once on Earth, things go sour for one of the twins named Brenik because all he wants in life is to become human. So he makes a deal with a creature who gifts him with it. But is it really a gift? You have to read it to find out!
They have bat wings & fangs, but still look human. I love the picture that is conjured up in my mind from that description.
2. Now as we know from the summary, Brenik and Bray escape from a world called Laith. You do know you opened a can of worms and have everyone interested in this world of Laith now, right? Lol 😂
Do I? Lol! Well, in this book there will be a few flashback in that world, but most of the book takes place in 1995 here on Earth! But fear not! There will be a companion book in the fall that does take place in Laith with a whole new cast of characters!
Ooh…something more to look forward to, after Clouded By Envy!!
3. So now what Genre would you label this book? I was calling it Paranormal Romance, but I’ve noticed some calling it Fantasy. Is it Paranormal Fantasy? It’s got a little bit of everything!
You know, I don’t really know anymore what the difference between paranormal and fantasy is. I’m just going to say it’s urban fantasy since most of it takes place on Earth with fantasy elements, but it could be paranormal as well… Toughy!
That is a tough one! But with all those interesting elements packed in one book…urban fantasy, romance, paranormal…it makes it a very fun and interesting read! There’s ALWAYS something going on!
4. Now…which is your hardest sentence to write, the first or last?
I’d say the first, just to try and get things going. Once I start writing, I can usually keep going. But just pushing myself to write that first sentence is the worst!
So ending it isn’t the problem then, it’s just getting the ball rolling.
5. Ok..Then now what comes first for you, the character or the plot?
Definitely characters! All my stories are character driven so I make sure I have them with distinct and hopefully personalities that will be remembered.
Yep! I can attest to that! As someone who is a very character driven reader, and I’ve read every one of your books, I can say with all honesty that I know for a fact that your stories are character driven. I think you have written some of the best and most memorable characters I’ve read!!
6. Ok…What is your favorite & least favorite point of view; first, second or third?
Second for sure! It feels too weird to me! “You held my hand… You watched me run my hand over your arm…” Just no!!! But I love first and third both equally!
Yep, I’d agree wholeheartedly with you on that one! Although, reading in first is definitely my favorite.
7. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers, that you wouldn’t mind sharing with us?
Just get the story down. Some people, including me, have overthought things and that to me just wastes time. Get the words down and then you can go back and piece, sew, and arrange the words in an order that will make your story truly come to life!
You’ve given me this advice, and I’ve been thankful for it. Because I tend to be a perfectionist, but you told me I could go back and perfect it later. Best advice I was ever given!
8. So…What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Pretty much you can’t work with a blank page!
Well, heck, that’s good advice. Blank pages get you nowhere. You’ve got to write, write, write! Which you do, thankfully!!!
9. Out of all your book characters that have been published, or are about to be, which character would you say stands out as your favorite and most memorable to write?
Another hard question! I’d say my two favorite are from an unpublished book that hasn’t been published yet! But you have read it! So it’s our little secret for now!🤫 But for books that are already published, I’m going to have to say Brenik from Clouded by Envy, Vale from Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault and The Bride of Glass is pretty close, though!
All the more complex characters. That shows how much you love to focus on your characters, maybe add in some layers, make them more complicated. I love that!!!
10. Who is/are your favorite author(s)?
Tahereh Mafi and Sarah J. Maas!
And you have a resemblance of both of these authors when you write. I would say a little more Tahereh Mafi, but a close cross between them.
11. Ok..What hobbies do you have?
Reading and more reading! I also tend to watch movies that aren’t new and listen to music between the 70s and 90s!
And don’t forget about photography!! You take wonderful pictures, you’re very creative and have a great sense of color, lighting and composition! Check out her Instagram feed, she is very creative!
12. Ok, speaking of Instagram. How can people find/connect with you on social media?
Wonderful! Thank you so much, Candace! I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my silly questions. 😜
You are one of my favorite Authors, and interviewing you has been a real privilege for me! I’m thrilled about Clouded By Envy coming out tomorrow, Tuesday, February 19, 2019. It’s one of my all-time FAVORITE books and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!!
GO GET YOURS NOW EVERYONE!!!!📚📚📚
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My name is Candace Robinson, obviously. I spend my days consumed by words. When I’m not writing stories, I maintain a book review blog—Literary Dust. My life consists of avoiding migraines, admiring Bonsai trees, and living with my husband and daughter in Texas—where it can be forty degrees one day and eighty the next.
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