For today’s interview, we are joined by Candace Knoebel, author of Born in Flames Trilogy. Welcome to Books and Bindings!
Books and Bindings: Hi Candace, thank you again for joining us here for an interview. Tell us something about yourself and your background.
Candace: Hello! Thank you for having me. I am a stay-at-home mom to two little ones, both under the age of six. They make the world go round. I love music, art, dancing, laughing, good food, scary movies, midnight premiers, lace, Pinterest, Tobuscus, 30 Seconds to Mars…typical normal stuff I suppose. Oh, and I own a pair of Heely’s that I love to roll around in and have a fetish with dying my hair.
As far as a background, I have written four novels, two of which are published. I am an avid reader and love all things fantasy and paranormal. That’s me in a nutshell.
Books and Bindings: Do you read much and if so, who are your favorite authors?
Candace: I read as often as my writing allows me to. I try to squeeze in a few books in between my projects, but never during them because I don’t want anything to influence or affect my writing. As far as favorite authors, I love J.K. Rowling, but I don’t stick to any particular author when selecting a new read. I try to keep up with my ever-growing TBR list.
Books and Bindings: Do you recall how your interest in writing started?
Candace: I’ve always loved writing poetry and have always had a very active imagination. It was always in the back of my mind that I wanted to write, but the urge to actually sit down and do it came when I couldn’t find anything good to read and decided to write something for myself. Shortly after I started, I knew it was what I was supposed to be doing.
Books and Bindings: When and where do you prefer to do your writing?
Candace: I am limited to where I can go because of my children, so it’s typically in the living room. I write whenever I can and whenever the urge is there. Most of it happens at naptime or at bedtime.
Books and Bindings: What inspired you to write your first book?
Candace: Being bored. I felt restless in life…like I was on the wrong path. Words have always flowed onto paper easily for me, but normally in my journal which helps me sort through my problems. But when I started Born in Flames, the words flowed out as a story versus venting my personal frustrations. I can’t tell you why…the stars aligning? I just know that I am grateful for that night when the characters came to me and I had the weird idea to actually try and write them out.
Books and Bindings: Tell us something about Born in Flames and the Born in Flames Trilogy.
Candace: Born in Flames is a fast-paced fantasy that will catapult you into a world where you race against time to save the fate of two realms and an impending prophecy promising death. Aurora Megalos is the main character who discovers that she is not only a part of this prophecy, but part dragon as well. It is the beginning chapter of her journey to becoming the Progeny and fulfilling her destiny of defeating an ultimate evil.
The trilogy progresses into an all out war by the third book that threatens everyone Aurora loves and both realms she lived in. From the first book to the last, you watch her go from an ordinary girl with ordinary flaws to who she was meant to be-the savior of the worlds.
Books and Bindings: How did you come up with the title for your book and the series?
Candace: My friend and I shot ideas back and forth until something finally stuck. At first, Born in Flames was actually titled Fate. But it was too short and not really on point. After we settled on Born in Flames, the other two were pretty easy since the theme of each book was clear. First she is born into her new life, then she embraces it, and lastly, she rises above the destruction that follows in her wake.
Books and Bindings: Who is your favorite character from the series? Why?
Candace: My favorite character is Zane-the bad-guy-gone-good. I feel for him and his situation. He has this longing to be accepted and to find the love he never had growing up, and in Aurora, he thinks he has found it, but her heart belongs to Fenn. I admire his blatant honesty and his loyalty to the ones he loves, despite feeling like the black sheep.
Books and Bindings: How about your least favorite and what makes them less appealing to you?
Candace: My least favorite would be The Fates. I don’t agree with their way of ruling and rule breaking. In some ways, it plays into the real life issues with the misuse of power in our government.
Books and Bindings: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing your book and bringing it to life?
Candace: I guess finding new ways to describe the way a character is feeling without having to say it would be my most challenging feat to overcome. When I first started, I really didn’t know the ins and outs of writing. I was naive. Since it has been published and I have worked closely with my editor and publisher, I have come to learn so much. That is also the best part though, having something to overcome…to grow in.
Books and Bindings: Could you share with us something you’ve learned from writing your book?
Candace: Don’t be scared to go with your gut. If something you wrote doesn’t quite read right, then most likely it is wrong. Don’t leave it…even if it seems impossible to fix or you are at your wits end. Seek a second opinion and take some time away from it if need be.
Books and Bindings: What are your thoughts on receiving book reviews (both the good and the bad)?
Candace: I think they are a valuable source to a writer. The good are obviously what we want to hear, but not all will be that way. I am not afraid of bad reviews. All writers have something to learn and you typically learn that from the bad. But not from the ones that are down right mean and have nothing really to do with writing and everything to do with someone’s bad day and even worse attitude. Those who post malicious reviews… well, I don’t think they realize how silly they look while trying to get a laugh at someone else’s expense.
Books and Bindings: What can we except from you in the future?
Candace: A paranormal romance. Now that the trilogy is complete (Embracing the Flames is published and From the Embers is in editing), I am free to work on my NaNo entry from last year. Starfall is the title. I am very excited about it.
Books and Bindings: Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring writers out there trying?
Candace: Basically, don’t give up. If you continue writing, you will continue growing and becoming better at your craft. Don’t let a no from a publisher or agent sway you either. We have all been rejected and it doesn’t necessarily mean the quality of your work is poor. It could be bad taste on their part.
Books and Bindings: And before you go, is there anything else you’d like to say to your readers?
Candace: For those that have read and supported the trilogy, thank you so much. You are the reason my dream is possible and enjoyable. For those of you who are interested, what the heck are you waiting for?! Just kidding, you all are wonderful.
Thank you so much for taking the time from your busy schedule to do this interview with us, it was fun!
Candace: No, thank you!
About the Author:
Candace Knoebel had dreamed of being a dancer ever since she could remember. With a love of all things art, she saw herself moving to New York and pursuing her passion as an artist. But all that changed on October 10th, 2002 when she met the love of her life. Her dreams diverged and after marrying her high school sweetheart and having two beautiful children, she realized she missed her creative side.
Growing up alongside the Harry Potter series, Candace found herself missing the epicosity of a story that pulls you in and won’t let you go. In 2009, she began dreaming up characters that would mold her first novel. Through lunch breaks and late nights, after putting her kids to bed, she built a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. She found her calling in life and knew this was more than dancing could’ve ever meant to her.
Once complete in 2010, she began the grueling process of finding a publisher. With relentless determination, she was finally able to realize her dream in December of 2011 when 48fourteen offered her a publishing contract. With a HUGE yes and a happy dance, she continues her Trilogy.