Welcome to Writing for Christ Candace Calvert, it is great to have you here! So you’re a writer? What made you decide to start creating characters and story worlds?
I’m delighted to be here, Casey—always great to connect with you and your readers.
To answer your question, I was always a fan of make-believe. The kid who daydreamed, doodled, and lived to create “through the looking glass” scenarios with siblings and friends. Writing is a validation of that quirk—and a really good excuse to continue it into adulthood!
What is the one title that has significantly impacted your life?
In addition to the Bible . . .
To carry on with my previous answer, I’ll pick a children’s fiction title: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. I was so caught up in that fictional world! It spun my imagination like . . . a web. And, in truth, made me sob in my spaghetti plate. I finished reading the story just as I was called to the dinner table. It’s important to me that my hopeful fiction touches readers’ emotions—laughs, tears, and sighs.
If you could get a do-over when it came to learning this whole thing called writing, what would you go back and tell yourself?
Don’t pressure yourself to “get it done, be published”—that isn’t validation as a writer. Much the same way it’s vital “ . . . to be still and know” in our relationship with God, it’s important for writers to take the time (while working at learning craft, of course) to really discern where this journey is leading them. When hard work, passion, and calling combine, it’s a blessing worth waiting for.
5 preference questions:
Homemade or take-out? (Grin) You’re asking a “foodie”—hand me my apron, please!
Email or snailmail? What, no texts? Seriously, I do all the fast things, but receiving handwritten cards and letters is a beautiful thing. I love sending handwritten notes to readers.
Online shopping or Black Friday deals? Online. I don’t see shopping as a contact sport.
Books or movies? Books. With popcorn.
Note-taker or memorization? Memorization—unless an idea wakes me up. Then I’ll actually jot a few pertinent notes via the computer.
Yes, I’m asking you to play favorites…which of your books is your favorite, published or unpublished? And if this is your debut novel, has your favorite been published yet?
(Please plug the other books’ ears wouldya?) My favorite, so far, may well be my current release, Life Support. The story issues are important to me, and these characters really wrapped themselves around my heart.
Places for readers to learn more about you?
Readers can find me hanging out on Facebook and Twitter—and I’m always available through the contact page on my website. My blog, Authors’ Galley, is a fun mix of authors and food. Here are those links:
Thank you for being with us today!
Thank you for hosting me, Casey and friends—enjoyed it!
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