Candace Havens is the author of Take It Like A Vamp, a new release under Entangled Publishing’s Covet line. Candace stopped by the virtual offices for a chat, and she brought along a present! One of you can win a digital copy of Take It Like A Vamp! Find out how after the interview.
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Candace Havens] I’m awesome and freaky busy. That’s how my assistant describes me.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about Take it Like a Vamp?
[Candace Havens] Nick and Casey are neighbors in a hi-rise condo development that he owns. They’re best friends, who are secretly in love/hots with each other. That friendship develops into something more. There are supernatural councils, nasty witches and a lot of other fun stuff involved that make things tough on the couple. It’s light, fun and I hope it makes you laugh out loud.
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Candace Havens] My publisher mentioned she needed a vampire book. I told her I don’t write vampires. She said she’d love a friends to lovers story and pow! The whole story was in my head and I started telling her about it. I wrote it in four days.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Casey?
[Candace Havens] Loyal, friendly and curvy.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Nick would never have in his bedroom?
[Candace Havens] Evil witches, bad wine and anyone who wasn’t Casey.
[Manga Maniac Café] If Nick had a theme song, what would it be?
[Candace Havens] In Love With A Girl, by Gavin Degraw
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Candace Havens] Hmmm. That’s tough. I think books in general and other authors. From Nancy Drew when I was a kid, to Jodi Thomas, one of my early mentors. I’ve been really lucky that way.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Candace Havens] Big bottle of water. Tunes. And my dogs, Harley and Gizmo. I know that’s four, but the dogs are kind of a pair even though one is a Great Dane and the other is a Japanese Chin/Maltese.
[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Candace Havens] Gosh, I’ve been really lucky with my picks. I guess the last one is Seducing Cinderella by Gina Maxwell. Love her hero in that one.
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Candace Havens] Nancy Drew.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Candace Havens] I covet sleep, but it never happens. I’m always writing. I do write about TV and Film, so that’s fun. Some day, I’d like to take a vacation to Paris where I don’t have to worry about anything except where I want to eat, shop or go next.
[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?
[Candace Havens] I am everywhere. (smile) My website is www.candacehavens.com I’m @candacehavens on Twitter and Candace Havens Author on Facebook. I’m also on Google plus, tumblr, myspace and probably social media sites I’ve forgotten. I’d love to hear from you guys, and thanks so much for letting me hang out.
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
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About Candace Havens:
Bestselling author Candace Havens has written six novels for Berkley including, Charmed & Dangerous,Charmed & Ready, Charmed & Deadly, Like A Charm, The Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes. Her books for the Blaze line at Harlequin include Take Me If You Dare, She Who Dares, Wins, Truth and Dare, and The Model Marine. She is also in the anthology Spirited, and the proceeds go to help literacy. In addition to Take It Like A Vamp, she has the steampunk novels Iron Demon (Oct. 2012) and Iron Blood (April 2013) from the Maisy Clark series debuting with Entangled Publishing.
Her books have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. Model Marine is a National Readers Choice Finalist. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more.
Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2000 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is the President of the Television Critics Association.
Author Website: http://www.candacehavens.com/