Interview: Candy O’Donnell

Candy O’Donnell’s latest book is Night Crawler

I took a peek at your blog.  You are very active in social media venues.  There are many authors trying to navigate how to let readers know about their books.  What is your advice on to someone that doesn’t know where or how to start?

The first place to start is on social media. Build your own blog or website or have a professional do it for you. If you do not have one, make one as soon as possible then begin connecting with other authors/writers via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, etc. The more connections you make the more you want to write as your books sell. I also help to promote authors on various social media sites. It is all about helping one another. If you don’t wish to work with other authors then you either do it yourself or smack that wall of ego.

Author Candy O'DonnellWhen you are working on a new book, how much time do you spend on research, editing, and on pure writing.  How much time do you spend on marketing?

I spend as much time as necessary. I want my books to flow with ease. Sometimes it takes weeks or months to get it just so. I have discovered that some books have their own mind and go where they want.

Marketing is essential to any author with a new book. I do my homework and find good sites to market my books. Ask other authors and writers who they use, and make sure you attend book events to see who works for their authors.

I notice that you write in several genres.  Do you follow what you are currently interested in?

I write where my heart leads at the time. It is impossible to turn a non-fiction book, for me, into a fictional title. What seeps in is what is necessary at the time.

When you are writing, do you outline first or just follow where the characters take you?

I just follow where the characters want me to go and write my heart out. 🙂

In Night Crawler there is definitely a scary factor.  Do you love horror movies?  What movies or books influenced you or keep you up at night?

I grew up watching the scariest movies kids are allowed to view. Yes, I do appreciate a good scare. Elvira was one of my heros growing up and I totally appreciated her love of Halloween.

Early sorts like “Tales from the Crypt” and “The Twilight Zone” were all early influencers for me. I have to say that today, some movies are just too much for my heart to take. It took me over a year to view “The Conjuring.” It really was not that bad at all.

If you were to write a letter to yourself of five years ago… what would you warn, or encourage yourself about, or tell yourself to do differently.

I would encourage myself to follow my heart, never leave self-confidence behind, and don’t listen to the critics. Write, edit, and write again, then find a professional editor to bring it all together. And foremost: Stop listening to naysayers and never let others halt your forward momentum.

Do you enjoy any other creative hobbies such as painting, sewing, gardening, etc?

I love to crochet blankets (when I have time), swimming, walking the two pups (Zeke and Roodee), and I love spending time with family. Family time is so important and as a writer we sometimes forget that because we are so focused on our projects.

What’s your next book project?  Tell us about it.

My next book project will be released next year with Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. The series is titled: “Angels Reign Series” and it has angels and demons in it, but the scare factor is at a minimum. There are four books in this series and the first one is called “Hummingbird.” Second one “Dragonfly,” third one “Firefly” and the four one is “Butterfly.” I am looking forward to a February 20th release date for Hummingbird.

About the Author

At the age of twelve, she wrote her first mini book. Filled mostly with what took place with her mother and her long tedious bout with leukemia. It was a short story told as extra credit when she suffered a sprained ankle and had to be out of school for over two months. School officials refused to believe a word of what she had written until her grandmother, her guardian back then, entered the school with the truth. Everything she had written down was exactly what took place. Unfortunately her mother succumbed to the disease.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in History and Culture. After living with her aunt and uncle for over five years she wished to explore her uncle’s Native heritage and did so with vigor. She also has 6 Grad units in Criminal Justice. Someday she might go back and finish her Master’s.

Author Links
Twitter: @Candyodonnell

The Past Never Stays Where it Belongs!

Night Crawler CoverIn Westwood, California, was where John Francis, the town’s priest re-encountered the beast. To his astonishment, horrifying events began unraveling before him. These unprovoked occurrences soon turned to fright when Sister Teresa’s body was found murdered. When Kathy Riego stepped into the Sister’s shoes she showed him a renewed identification for the word love. John began this new relationship with a masked reality as the horrid beast began showing him a long forgotten past that was supposed to be buried long ago.

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