Today I have the pleasure of welcoming one of my critique partners, Candice Sue Patterson. It's great to have you here, Candice. How did you develop a love of story and when did you realize you wanted to become a writer?
My love affair with books started before I could read. I loved the feel of a book in my hands and using my imagination to escape to another time and place. It wasn’t long after I learned to read that I started dreaming of writing my own book one day and seeing it on a shelf next to other authors’ work.
Sounds like a similar dream as mine as a child. :) How does faith play a part in your writing?
Faith is the foundation of my writing. Weaving a Bible truth or message into the story line is challenging at times, as it adds another dimension, but it’s worth the work. Not only do I love to read Christian fiction that challenges my relationship with God for the better, but with every book I write I learn something as well. Many times, I have to learn the same lessons my characters learn.
I know what you mean about learning the same lessons as your characters. Do you listen to music or snack while writing?
Music is too distracting when I write, but I do often listen to nature sounds while writing. Since my story is set in coastal Maine, I’d play ocean wave sounds to help set the mood when I’d sit with my computer. I pick nature sounds according to the setting. This is not only relaxing but helpful in grounding me into the story. I also burn scented candles, too. If I’m writing a Christmas story, I’ll burn festive smelling candles.
Mmm. Smells good. What is your most difficult writing challenge?
I struggle writing a synopsis. For some odd reason, it’s hard for me to condense a story to its bare bones and just give the facts. I’m a detail-oriented person and I have to make myself omit them in synopsis for word count purposes. It drives me crazy! :)
I echo that. :) I don't like writing a synopsis either. Who are your favorite authors?
Asking me to pick my favorite author is like asking me to pick my favorite kid. I can’t do it. I love them all! For contemporary romance authors, I never miss a release from Becky Wade or Denise Hunter. When it comes to historical romance authors, I always enjoy Elizabeth Camden, Mary Connealy, Laura Frantz, and Karen Witemeyer.
It looks like we have some similar tastes when it comes to historical romance authors. Is there a book you read that you had wished you'd written?
Anything written by the authors listed above. They’re so talented and skilled at what they do, and I learn so much just by reading their books.
Where can readers find you?
Readers can find me at:
I just finished reading Candice's new book. You'll want to check it out for yourself. You won't be disappointed.