Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thursday Coffee Talk: Candy Caine 7.08.10

This week On TCT, I am pleased to welcome to House of Muse, erotic romance author, Candy Caine aka Candace Gold! Candy writes for Lady Leo Publishing and is afflilated through Arrow Publishing with their Apple Distribution program. Please welcome Candy to House of Muse!!

Tell us a bit about how you got started writing:
Believe it or not, I began my writing career writing for children. I guess the really big thrill came when the Chicken Soup people sent me a postcard asking if I’d like to submit a story for Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul. I was already writing for adults at this time but wrote a simple story off the top of my head and was surprised when it was selected by a panel of kids. I guess, had I not been in a convenience store in Arizona and plucked a confessions magazine off the impulse rack as I waited to be checked out, I might be still a children’s writer today.

 My favorite genre will always be confessions. With confessions you’re limited only by your imagination. Since it is written in the first person, you can try out new careers. In one week, I was a hooker, travel agent, teacher, librarian and a doctor. I write all types of romance from sweet to suspenseful and usually end up blending several genres together. Though I’m usually wrestling with the here and now, I also have a paranormal coming out next year with Lyrical Publishing. And then there’s the erotica which Candy Caine is known for. That’s my husband, Robert’s, favorite by the way. He likes to make certain the writing is authentic.

Can you give us a sneak peek at your latest release?
From Grandma’s Handyman:

When Shawna Washington finds the man she's been living with in bed with another woman, she scratches his name off her Christmas list and leaves him. However, she discovers getting him out of our life is not so easy. She takes a vacation to visit her grandmother thinking it will help her stay away from men and their tangling relationships. Only grandma has her own agenda. She tries every way possible to fix Shawna up with her handyman, Roy Smith. Does Grandma’s plan work?

A question I like to ask my readers and my guests-what is your definition of the "perfect" hero or heroine?:
As for my definition of a hero, aside from having gorgeous eyes, he is selfless and caring, yet strong. Far from perfect, he has flaws that keep him human. Great body, though. He’s got integrity, but willing to tell a white lie if it is necessary. He’s also willing to sacrifice or give up something near and dear to him for the sake of my heroine and though his determination may waiver at times, he remains steadfast in this cause. He’s the one who stands behind someone encouraging and supporting them when no one else will. That brings up his loyalty and gallantry. My hero does the deed with a modest style that is unique to him. However, above all he has compassion which actually makes him the man he is, for without it, he’d only be a hunky-looking tin man taking the wrong route to the Emerald City.

As for my heroines, to be honest…I’m totally jealous of them. They are beautiful and intelligent. Somehow they always survive all the trauma and disasters I throw at them. And the ones in my erotica, definitely have more fun in bed than I do. Enough said.

**Question for our readers?** Leave Candy your thoughts and you might win what Candy is dishing out! ;))

If you could tell the writer what kind of plotline you’d like her to incorporate into her next story, what would it be?

More from Arrow Publication's interview with Candace can be found at: Straight From Arrow
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Learn more about Candy and her books at :

Thanks for coming by HOUSE OF MUSE Candy and all the best to you in your writing!!


Linda Henderson said...

I always like the rich man meets poor woman. Woman meets inappropriate man. Lovers reunited. And one of my favorites, good girl meets VERY bad boy.

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Candy said...

Thanks, Linda. These are really good suggestions and I have done similar confessions when I was writing for the Confessions Mags. Everybody loves a good Lovers Reunited story.

Amanda McIntyre said...

Hi Candy, I have to admit I love a reunited loveres story as well-but love the bad boys, too.

What types of confession style stories have you written? Are they similar character/plot types used also in full novel writing?

Does the writing have to be tighter? What is the average word count?


Candy said...


I've written over 200 confessions and I think I've touched every possible type and theme. One time one of the stories I wrote and got published mirrored the life of a girl whose own life was on Primetime. That was scary.

I've taken several confession style stories and turned them into novels. Confessions are basically short stories written in the first person. It can be from the male or female point of view and I've done both. The word count is usually up to about 8,000 words.

♥ Dawn said...

Hi Candy,

I just wanted to stop by and say that you are awesome. :)

Candy Caine said...

Why thank you! I'm actually blushing. And thanks for stopping by. it's always great to see you.

Genella deGrey said...

It's the 'Mandy and Candy show! LOL
Just stoppin' in to say hi -
Great interview, girls - Candy, sounds like you have a very fertile imagination! :D
Happy writing!
Hugs -

Candy said...

Thanks! And a big HI! right back at ya!

Rae Winters said...

Candy, great interview. My brain is fried right about now from writing. I can’t think of a suggestion. You’re doing such a great job.

Candy said...

Hey girlfriend! You're scheduled to go next. Thanks for your support. I can't wait to see yours. Congratulations on capturing the #1 spot on Lady Leo, so keep on cooking!

Rae Winters said...

Thank you, Candy. I was surprised by how well A Taste of Passion was received, and the rekindling of Undeniable, the first book for my Romance Series.