Welcome to Wednesday! Today our guest is Candace West, an author since she was 12 years-old. Let’s get to know her better. Our first question, what genre have you never written, but would secretly like to?
Candace: Although I write historical fiction, I would secretly try my hand at contemporary Christian romance. Contemporary authors such as Shannon Taylor Vannatter and Denise Hunter write stories that keep me turning pages. To create characters and situations similar to their style would be a fun challenge. Historical fiction will always be my first love, though.
It is fun to try new genres and challenge our writing. Next question, who is your favorite fictional hero or heroine? Villain?
Candace: Atticus Finch is my fictional hero. A single father raising his children in times of inequality, Atticus takes a stand against his friends and peers to defend an innocent man presumed guilty. Though he has everything to lose, he refuses to let skin color define justice. He is brave and knows how to articulate his beliefs. Best of all, he passes that bravery on to his children, especially Scout, who befriends the town’s misfit and outcast. One of the things I love most about Atticus is that even though he knows they have little chance of winning, he still fights with no sign of giving up. When he and his children are threatened, he refuses to shrink away. He retains his self-respect while gaining the esteem of a community.
To Kill A Mockingbird had some very strong characters. Great choice. Our final question, give a shout out to a writer friend and your favorite book they’ve written.
Candace: Kathleen L. Maher is one my favorite author/friends. She writes beautiful historical romances with a powerful message of redemption and reconciliation. Her Sons of the Shenandoah series chronicles three brothers through the American Civil War. Powerful stories! As a writer, I learn so much from her style. She has novellas in Barbour books Lessons on Love and The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection. On March 15th, she is re-releasing Bachelor Buttons, a novella. I’m very excited about this one. To pick a favorite of her stories is almost like asking me to pick my favorite song! In a pinch, I pick The Abolitionist’s Daughter!
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Candace West was born in the Mississippi delta to a young minister and his wife. She grew up in small-town Arkansas and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. At twelve years old, she wrote her first story, “Following Prairie River.” In 2018, she published her debut novel Lane Steen. By weaving hope-filled, page-turning stories, Candace shares the Gospel and encourages her readers. She currently lives in her beloved Arkansas with her husband and their son along with two dogs and three cats.