Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Today is VETERANS DAY. As a nation we must support our veterans and all who serve in our military. It is those people who put their lives on the line protecting the freedoms we cherish.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
Aside from that, having two pen names means having two of everything else, like two websites, two blogs, two Facebook's, two Twitter’s. I think you get the idea. And I’m the worst procrastinator with absolutely no organizational skills find myself treading water all the time playing catch-up. And more often gulping water, than not.
As for my husband, Robert, he laughed his head off when I first told him I intended to write. Today he is more supportive, especially after Woman's World sent me $1000 check for short story. He's especially supportive when I work on my more sensual stories, always willing to help with my research. To be honest, though, his feedback is often very helpful. He came up with the twist in a Twist of Fate, a story that should be in print soon.
My oldest son, Jason, had a little more difficulty in accepting my romance writing, probably because I began writing for children first. When I went to see him in Arizona, I took him to the grocery store to buy food. Pickles, ketchup, and a half eaten loaf of stale bread, didn't quite make a balanced meal in my book. After loading all the necessities in the wagon at an Abco store, we picked the slowest cashier. While waiting on line to be checked out, I noticed the confessions magazines on the impulse rack. Picking up one, I began to thumb through it as my mind started to race. I can write stories like these, I thought. Meanwhile, my son was reading the magazine’s banner heading: "I was a pool slut." I turned to him and said, "I'm going to write a story for this magazine," as I proceeded to place the book on the belt with the rest of his food. My son was aghast and blurted out, "You're going to write pornography for children?" Every head turned to look at us as my son move the magazine away from his food.
My younger son refused to be caught on the subway reading one of my books. My husband told him to tell everyone that his mother wrote the book and his father posed for the cover.
I belong to a wonderful writing group and my friends have been very supportive. I have one friend in Florida who has purchased a copy of every story that I have ever written. At a recent dinner where I got together with a number of women I had graduated high school with, one mentioned she was taking her niece to Paris. Another woman jumped up and said, "You must read Candy’s book, Reverie, before you go. Her walking tour of Paris is terrific." Then another friend, who also read the story, chimed in with her two cents. "Yeah, you should really read Reverie. It was a great book. She really surprised me." That was an offhanded compliment if ever I got one.
Basically my erotic stories are more sensual in nature and definitely not porn. I don't write my books to titillate. I want readers to enjoy what they’re reading because it's a good story. My characters engage in sexual activity because it's life. Sex happens. I don't throw them in bed or on tables just for the sex. There needs to be a reason for their actions.
I don't put all my eggs in one basket, though, and still have many books listed with small publishers. The best way to find me is to check my websites. www.candycaine.com and www.candacegold.com. My books are listed there.
I'm not any nicer to my characters writing as Candace Gold. In Reverie, I nearly drove Nikki O’Connell crazy. And in The Promise, I made Lucia Pallaccio a pawn in a human game of chess between two wiseguys. In Autumn Leaves, I take away practically everything Kate Douglas loves. Of course, there's always a happy ever after when writing romance and that ultimately saves my butt. Even so, I'd still have to watch my back. But then again, I do give my characters a lot of great sex…
My women characters are strong-- or at least find the strength when they have to. They are independent like Claudia Brown, yet soft when they need to be. My men are handsome, yet not perfect. Sometimes I wish my husband were more like some of my men. This reminds me of an instance when I was writing Autumn Leaves and my husband had forgotten to do something really important. I angrily mentioned that I wished he were more like Peter, the male protagonist in the book. His reply was classic: "So rewrite me."
In a way, there's a part of me in all of my women, because I pull their strings. They see the world through my eyes and I put the words in their mouths. My friend in Florida was even able to figure out which stories were mine in a confessions magazine which have no bylines. Aside from knowing my voice, she picked up on the characters actions.
I work in a library and one of the Friends of the library read a book of mine. She grabbed me one day and said, “I recognized you. I could tell you wrote that book. It was as if you talking.”
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Like the fabled Phoenix, the new trade center rises from the ashes of 9/11 in lower Manhattan. Here are some pictures:
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Whenever I think of the uniqueness that is America, I always think of how such a miracle happened. A loosely knit group of colonies went up against one of the greatest military and naval empires of the time and declared their independence. The miracle was that they won. Lee Greenwood's song also inspires me.
HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, AMERICA!
Saturday, June 15, 2013
After being sick all week with a nasty cold--or at least I hope it's a cold--I just learned that Candy Caine's THE RECONSTRUCTION OF CARLA MILLHOUSE is now in hard copy as well as digital!
Not only has Carla been reconstructed, so was her cover.