Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Conversation with Tawdra Kandle, author of 'The Path'

Tawdra Kandle writes romance, in just about all its forms. She loves unlikely pairings, strong women, sexy guys, hot love scenes and just enough conflict to make it interesting. Her books include YA paranormal, NA paranormal and contemporary romance, and adult contemporary and paramystery romance. She lives in central Florida with a husband, kids, sweet pup and too many cats. And yeah, she rocks purple hair.

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About the Book:

Abby Donavan came to the small beach community of Crystal Cove to start over. After a painful affair broke her heart and derailed her burgeoning career, taking over management for the just-opened bed-and-breakfast was the safe choice. In this sleepy town, Abby figured she could bury her memories and forget the pain. 

When the chance to have her own hotel falls into her lap, though, she can’t resist the temptation. Making the old Riverside Inn into the showplace she’s always dreamed of running offers the second chance she never expected. 

Abby didn’t expect another kind of second chance to land on her doorstep at the same time. Ryland
Kent wants to help her bring the Riverside back to life, and his passion for restoration is irresistible. But as much as she wants to ignore it, she can’t help seeing another spark in his eyes . . . one that offers to reignite her own flame. 

Sometimes the path to a happily-ever-after is anything but smooth.

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Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

When am I not writing? If I’m not actively writing a book, I’m working on promotions and other writing-related fun, like planning releases, working with other authors and exploring new venues with my team. Since I’m now also co-running Indie BookFest2016, I usually have to tackle tasks there, too.

And outside all of that—I love to read, to cook and to travel with my family. And football!

When did you start writing?

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. My first short story was published when I was thirteen. For a time, I focused on non-fiction, parenting and homeschooling articles and curriculum, but about seven years ago, I returned to my first love, fiction.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

I think finishing the first draft of my first book was the pivotal point. For years, I’d been coming up with story ideas, noting them in a folder, starting books but then losing momentum. When I finished Fearless in the fall of 2008, something broke loose, and suddenly, knowing I’d done it once, I was able to writing over twenty other books in the ensuing years. It’s been life-changing.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

If I could get to Ireland without flying (or being aware that I was flying), that would be my preference. I’ve always wanted to spent time in the UK, and I have a feeling it would ignite my muse!

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

That’s just cruel, offering something no one can give me! Well, I’d finish the short story I’m working on, and then I’d probably tackle the job of cleaning off my desk. I might even take a nap.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

Scotland, maybe, or England during the Victorian era.

Back to your present book, The Path, how did you publish it?
The Path, like all of my books, is indie published.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

I made several trips to New Smyrna Beach, which is the inspiration for the setting of all the Crystal Cove Romances. That’s not a hardship!

Why was writing The Path so important to you?

This was the third book in the Crystal Cove Romances. I’d introduced Abby in the very first book, and I didn’t have a sense of who she was or why she was in Crystal Cove. But as soon as I began planning the book, the story unrolled before me, and I absolutely fell in love with Abby, with Ryland and with the hotel they both come to love. Telling their story was a joy.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

I usually find a character first, either from an earlier book, or when he or she simply walks into my world. Once I know a few things about the character, the rest of the story just reveals itself.

Any final words?

Thank you for having me, and enormous thanks to all the readers who enjoy my stories.

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