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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Interview with Author Tawdra Kandle and Giveaway #CMCon16

Meet Tawdra Kandle author of paranormal, new adult and contemporary romance and one of the fab authors that will be at the Coastal Magic Convention in February in Daytona Beach. 

Tawdra Kandle has been a writer since the invention of the pen. Her first published work appeared in Child's Life magazine when she was 13. After a brief, thirty-year hiatus, she published a young adult quartet, The King Series. More recently, she's released contemporary and paranormal romances in both the adult and New Adult genres. Tawdra lives in central Florida with her husband and children, of both skin and fur types. And yes, she has purple hair.

First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
Hi, Danielle! Well, I’m a romance author, of course. I write contemporary and paranormal romance, mostly new adult and adult, although I do have a young adult paranormal romance quartet. I live in central Florida with my family, both skin and fur-types.

Did you always want to be a writer?
I always did, though I think I went through phases where I tried to focus on what kind of career I could realistically have to use my writing skills. I toyed with the idea of journalism, and I do enjoy writing non-fiction at times. Ultimately, though, I focused on being a wife and mom for a good part of my life, and then I was able to concentrate on my ‘Act 2’, which happened to be a career as an author.

What kind of writer are you? Panster or Plotter?
Total pantser. I used to be defensive about that, but I’ve come to realize that learning to trust both my characters and my gut is actually a rare gift that has to be developed. I don’t freak out when I’m not 100% sure where a story’s going, because I know my characters won’t let me down.

Where do your ideas come from?
Oh, they come from everywhere in my life, but primarily from asking the question, “What if?” Most things in life can go more than one way, and it’s fascinating to consider what might be different under other circumstances.

A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.
Jackie's almost given up on love when sexy and mysterious Lucas moves in next door. But being his girlfriend could be a recipe for death.

What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
I go through phases, but right now, my guilt pleasure is new adult sports romances. I can just gobble them up!

Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
It varies. I have a few books I’ve consistently re-read throughout life, but not one in particular. Most of my favorites tend to be historical romances or bios.

What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write? Why?
The hardest scenes for me are the mundane, between-the-action scenes. I can write sex, I can write the heart-pounding stuff, but getting from point A to point B can be a challenge.

If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon and Stephen King. They have had the biggest influence on my writing and on my view of reading, and I just find them fascinating. Plus, I think they’d all be wicked funny!

Last question, are you working on anything right now?
I’m always working on something! I just finished “Death A La Mode”, the second book in the Recipe for Death series, and now I’m knee-deep in “Always For You”, the first book in the new Always Love Trilogy, which is set in Burton, the same small town where The One Trilogy took place. And early next year, my new adult sports trilogy Keeping Score will be coming out.

Jackie’s still adjusting to having a steady boyfriend—not to mention getting used to the fact that Lucas is a death broker/vampire. With the help of his ex-lover Cathryn—whom Jackie doesn’t quite trust—they’re trying to figure out why Lucas was turned—and by whom.

Jackie’s biggest challenge at the moment, though, is creating a winning entry to the annual Perfect Pecan Pie Festival, the premiere food contest in Palm Dunes, Florida. Testing recipes and running her new restaurant are keeping her busy.

But no one’s too busy for murder.

When people around local up-and-coming folk singer Crissy Darwin begin turning up dead, Lucas is pulled into the investigation. He and Jackie suspect that Crissy herself is the target. But can they solve the mystery before the killer strikes again—and without ruining the Festival?

Pour yourself a nice glass of Lambrusco, cut a slice of pie and settle in to see what happens.

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Check out what's up for grabs.

Up For Grabs:
  • 1 Print copy of Death Fricassee

To Enter: 
  • What was your favorite childhood Halloween costume, the one you remember with the greatest joy?
  • Please fill out the Rafflecopter form.
Good Luck! 

Special thanks to Tawdra Kandle for sponsoring this giveaway.
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  1. My favorite childhood costume was when I was a gypsy.

  2. The princess Barbie costume was my favorite even though it was a health hazard all those years ago.

  3. My favorite my when I was a witch.
    Theresa N

  4. favorite childhood Halloween costume?
    well we didn't have a lot of money growing up so we had to be very creative ... I often was a witch, ghost, cat or pirate but one year my mom paid for me to have make up and hair done and I went as a warrior from the future ... my hair was spiked HIGH and half my face painted with red and blue in a zig zag pattern and my mom helped me create a really cool outfit

  5. My favorite was a princess costume. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  6. I love being a princess! Always had to be one, then when I had my 2 girlsd they were always Barbie!

  7. I got to be a gypsy when I was 10 and I got to wear my mom's really big gold hoop earrings! Thinks the 1970's!

  8. Being a vampire, I wore mhy moms old velvet 70's gown and it was really pretty

  9. My favorite childhood Halloween costume was Rainbow Brite when I was 3 or 4 years old. I remember my mom sewing the costume, etc.

  10. We didn't dress up, but I think I'd make a great witch.

  11. I remember wearing a frilly nightie and robe set of my Mom's to school and twirling around thinking I was the most beautiful girl in the room... :)