Interview with Candace CampApril, 2012
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
CC: quiet on the outside, exciting in my head
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
CC: Do your best.
What Readers want to know...
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
CC: lots of free time and all the books and DVD's I want
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
CC: going blind
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
CC: probably right here in my house
SS: With whom in history do you most identify?
CC: I don't really identify with either one of them, as I share few traits with them, but I always was drawn to Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots.
SS: Which living person do you most admire?
CC: I never thought I would say this, but I admire Elizabeth Taylor. She's weathered a lot of unhappiness and seems to have maintained her balance and she's done a great deal of good with her work on behalf of AIDS patients.
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
CC: I hate to say them; I'm afraid everyone will notice them now---but I check and recheck to try to get rid of all the "well"s, "just"s, "only"s and "merely"s.
SS: What do you regret most?
CC: I really regret that my mother died right after my daughter was born, and they never had a chance to know each other.
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
CC: I would love to be able to sing well---or even passably.
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
CC: I'm proudest of my daughter, though I'm not sure that's something I achieved.
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
SS: What’s your best quality?
SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
CC: I think maybe one of the dogs I've had because they're very pampered and are also the happiest and most loving creatures I've ever been around.
SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?
CC: I'm pleasant and easy-going.
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
CC: Rhett Butler...still
SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
CC: de Bois-Gilbert, the Templar Knight in Ivanhoe; I found his love and desire for Rebecca and his inner struggles, his desire to save her, all to be much more compelling than the bland and noble hero.
SS: If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
CC: There are a number of historical people I admire, but I don't really have a burning desire to meet and talk to a certain one of them. The historical person I would most like to talk to would be an ordinary, everyday person from the 1800's, just to hear first-hand what their life was really like.
SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?
CC: people pontificating on a subject they don't know anything about
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
CC: reading, watching DVD's or watching football
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
CC: My utmost fantasy profession, which would entail changing just about everything about me, would be a musical theater star (especially in the thirties and forties.)
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
CC: empathy, sense of humor, kindness
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?
CC: (not in order--I have no order and there could easily be five or ten more)" Imagine" by John Lennon, Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen, "Up Where We Belong" (that love song from An Officer and a Gentleman), "Sometimes When We Touch" by Dan Hill ('our song' for my husband and me), Creedence Clearwater Revival's version of "Heard it Through the Grapevine"
SS: What is your birthdate?
SS: What were your previous occupations?
CC: attorney, administrative assistant in Trust Dept. of a bank, teacher
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
CC: writing, by far
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
CC: Amarillo High School, Amarillo, TX; University of Texas at Austin; West Texas St. University; University of N. Carolina, Chapel Hill
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
CC: Bruce Springsteen
SS: What is your favorite movie?
CC: Casablanca, if I'm limited to just one
SS: What is your favorite television show?
CC: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
CC: Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, Nora Roberts and JD Robb, Lisa Kleypas, Michael Connelly, Dick Francis, Margaret Maron, J.K. Rowling, Jim Butcher, Elizabeth George, Anne George, Robert Parker, Linda Fairstein, Bill Bryson
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
CC: Catch 22 (My favorites are not always the same as the ones I consider the best books, but this one is both.); Gone with the Wind (Yes, it's dated and not at all PC, but this is the prototypical historical romance, imo.); Pride and Prejudice. (No explanation needed, is there?); Jane Eyre (my favorite brooding hero); Cotillion, The Talisman Ring, and Friday's Child by Georgette Heyer (These three are my favorite Georgette Heyer novels and I have read them more times than I can count. I lumped these three together as my fifth book because I couldn't choose among them.)
SS: Is there a book you love to reread?
CC: I used to reread books alot, but nowadays, the only one I re-read are these three Georgette Heyer books--- Cotillion, The Talisman Ring, and Friday's Child. Reading them is like being with a close friend.
SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
CC: They say write what you know. My take on it is "Write what you know with your heart." You don't have to know all the details of the period or whatever; you can find those out. But write what you know in the sense of what resonates with you, what you know and understand with your heart, not just your mind.
SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
CC: I love _______(insert character). I think it is always my characters that readers like the most.
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