MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CANDACE OSMOND!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Candace Osmond and I’m best known for my Paranormal Fantasy Romance stuff. I do, however, dabble in Thriller. I’m also an award-winning screenplay writer.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My current book(s) are a Time Travel Fantasy Romance series called Dark Tides. It follows a young woman named Dianna who accidentally breaks an enchanted ship in a bottle and is washed away to 1707 Newfoundland where she’s taken prisoner aboard a pirate ship.
I got the idea from researching Newfoundland’s heavy history of piracy. The villain, Maria Lindsay Cobham, is based on a real-life pirate who ravaged the Atlantic for years.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I grew up in Newfoundland, and we have a huge variety of legends, myths, and magical tales. Our culture is a mix of Irish, Scottish, English, and a bit of French. So, everything from the Fae to pirates to witches can be found. How cold I not end up writing Paranormal Fantasy? LOL
What kind of research did you do for this book?
A lot. It’s Fantasy, so I get away with creative liberties. But it’s also rooted in actual Newfoundland history. I wanted to stay true to it as much as I could. I spent about four months doing research before I wrote a single word.
Can you tell me about your Series?
Dianna breaks an enchanted ship in a bottle and finds herself taken prisoner aboard a pirate ship in 1707. She charms her way to earning the crew’s trust, but the captain, Devil Eyed Barrett, is harder to crack. But she soon learns that she has no choice but to earn his favor because the crew is on a mission to seek and kill their enemy; Dianna’s ancestors. In tying, she finds herself falling in love with the burly pirate king.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Book one, for sure. Everything is fresh and new. The characters are developing. Dianna has not yet come into who she’s meant to be, and the dynamic between her and the captain is so much fun.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes. I had originally planned for a trilogy. But, once I go to the end of book two, I realized I’d opened so many doors to extend the series to a quartet. Book three releases June 25th, and then the final story will be out sometime in August.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I’m a full-time writer and mom. So, I start my day by getting the kids ready and off to school. Then, I bunker down at my desktop and work on my freelance stuff (blogs, magazine articles, and screenplays). Then, the afternoon is dedicated to my laptop and my books. I write wherever I feel like at the time; the kitchen table, my bed, the couch, etc. I aim for 2k words per day. Sometimes I do less, sometimes I do far more.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
The Blackened Soul is book three in my Time Travel Fantasy Romance series and releases June 25th.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Oh, totally! Personally, I love old-fashioned names like Abraham, Dianna, Henry, etc. But what’s more important are the names of the ships. The Devil’s Heart, The Pirate Queen, The Blackened Soul…these are all titles of the books but also the names of the ships featured in each one. But then it goes even farther beyond that. The titles and ship names are also euphemisms for what’s happening in the books.
Where do your ideas come from?
Oh, gosh. Everywhere. But mostly from brainstorming with my husband who’s also a writer and mega, MEGHA talented. His ideas blow me away sometimes.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I wrote one Thriller novel a few years ago. Killer Me. It’s my favourite genre to read and I’d love to play around in it again someday.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Self-doubt. I constantly second guess myself and worry that I’ll never finish a project. So, it’s important that I have daily goals and push myself to stick with them, otherwise I can easily stray.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I have some book trailers for a few titles. I like them. They work great at events and signing. People love to stop at my table and watch them, and then we get to chatting. I love it.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
In my career, I would have to say the screenplay I wrote that won an AVN award.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Meeting new readers who enjoyed my book(s). I love connecting with people online and when they naturally came by one of my titles and felt the need to reach out, that’s the best. That stuff warms my heart and motivates me to keep going.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Sitting in a studio, making my books into movies. LOL
Have you always liked to write?
Always. From a very young age. I actually had the choice between three colleges for Creative Writing but chose an early career in Interior Design instead for fear I’d never be able to do it. That’s probably my only regret. Setting my dream aside like that.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Set daily goals. Write every day. Whether that’s 100 words or 2000 words. Just. Write. Every. Day.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I always read reviews because I like to see how readers are accepting my books. But I never respond, good or bad. If a reader reaches out to me privately, then yes. I’ll respond. But public reviews are a person’s own opinion and I respect that.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Ediiiiiits. I hate the editing process. They’re tedious, stressful, and hinder the creative spark I light when writing the book.
What are you working on now?
Finishing this Time Travel Fantasy Romance series, co-writing a Paranormal Romance book with my author bestie JJ King, and planning a big Fall book tour across the province.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Hmmmmmm I suppose so 😉 Here’s an excerpt from book three, The Blackened Soul.
The vibration of our swords colliding pulsed down my arm and radiated deep in my bones. But it was a sensation I’d grown to like. Love, even. Finn had been teaching me to use a sword for weeks now, and I looked forward to our daily lessons. They were one of the few things that removed me from the despair I felt with Henry’s PTSD.
Finn lunged toward me, sword swinging hard from side to side. I dodged the blade with ease and brought my own up to block it. His face grinned madly. “Aye, yer catching on fast, Lassie.”
“I would hope so, we’ve been at this for weeks,” I replied breathy and pushed against him.
“Some take years to master their blade,” he told me as we danced around one another in our practiced positions. “Some never truly grasp it at all.”
“Well, I need to know how to defend myself.”
“Aye, I won’t argue against ye there.” He spun around and flung his blade down low. But I caught it, hooking mine around it in a twirling fashion and forced it up and away from me. “But it would have been easier to teach ye how to use a pistol, I reckon.”
The thought of using a pistol on anyone didn’t sit well in my stomach and the image of the barrel pointing at Henry flashed through my mind so fast I barely caught it. I shook my head, but the ashes of anger coursed through my veins and I used that to fuel my swinging arm. My fingers gripped the hilt tightly and I pushed against the space that Finn occupied, forcing him into a corner and held the edge of my blade to his neck. His eyes bulged at the sudden defeat.
“I’ll do just fine with a sword,” I told him and let it drop to my side as I backed away.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
It’s one of my favorite genres to read. Plus, the readers of Paranormal/Fantasy Romance are the BEST! I do dabble with Thriller, but I balance that by not writing in both at the same time.
Where did your love of books come from?
I wasn’t exactly the sportiest kid. Plus, we moved around. A LOT. It’s hard to make friends when you know you’re going to move again in a year. So, I made friends with books.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Gillian Flynn, Neil Gaimen, Holly Black, and Ruth Ware.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
That’s so tough! I enjoyed writing Bellamy in Silently into the Night. He’s the grim reaper and has taken human form in order to find love.
I also fall in love with my secondary characters; Finn, the Scottish pirate from Dark Tides. Max (Maxine), the caustic shapeshifter from The Iron World Series. They’re always bold, witty, stubborn, and so much fun to write.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both. When I’m in a groove and scene is just flowing from my fingers, I get a rush of pumped up energy. But when the words are squeezing from my brain like half-dried out play dough…it’s VERY exhausting.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Reluctant and broody heroes.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try my best to be original. I write from my own experiences, thoughts, and emotions. But I also keep in mind the tropes that readers have come to love so much. I just put my own spin on them =)
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
JJ King is my author bestie. We do everything together. Writing, courses, touring, promos, etc. Our writing is similar, and we hang out the same genres. She pushes me to finish, she isn’t afraid to tell me when something I wrote sucks.
Aside from her, I’m friends with hundreds of other authors. Too many to list, but they all help form my little world and I constantly look to them for inspiration. I also love watching them succeed. There’s no better feeling than seeing a friend do really well, and it even motivates me to do better.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
The Death of Sleep.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I’ve done so many, it’s hard to imagine a question I haven’t answered. I’ve never been asked what my fav color is, I guess. And the answer is simple; BLACK.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Join My Street Team! https://www.facebook.com/groups/AuthorCandaceOsmondStreetTeam/
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Anytime! Thanks for having me!