Today’s guest blogger is Candace Havens. I first met Candy back in the fall of 2006 when my critique partners convinced me to join her online FastDraft course. I’d stopped writing for close to 15 months at that point, and needed a swift kick in the rear. Candy delivered it in spades. Two weeks later, I’d written almost 80,000 words in an urban fantasy (that I’ve yet to edit! Bad Leah!)

I learned two important things from that course – one was that you have to keep your butt in the chair and your hands on the keyboard and keep writing forward. The other was that writing is a business. You have to treat it like you would a job – you have to find time to write every day, set goals and meet them.

So I’m thrilled that Candy accepted my invitation to be a guest blogger today.

Could you tell us a little about your upcoming release, Dragons Prefer Blondes? Alex Caruthers is a sassy socialite who knows when it’s time to turn in her dancing shoes and kick some serious dragon booty. But when Ginjin—the dragon warrior who’s tried to kill her numerous times—chooses her as his mate, Alex finds herself in a situation that’s too hot to handle. For help she turns to Jake, head of Caruthers security—and a total hottie in a suit—and asks him to pose as her boyfriend. Their relationship might be fake, but Alex can’t deny that one touch from Jake makes her burn hotter than any dragon could.

Since this book follows The Demon King and I, do you find it harder to write sequels? The sisters in these books are so different it’s not really so hard. Most of the books I’ve done so far are part of limited series, so I think it might actually be easier for me.

Is there anything about Dragons Prefer Blondes you’d like to share with us? An particular scene you’re proud of? Something that inspired you? This book as so many elements that make it fun for me. Not only is she trying to save our world, fighting dragons and running her clubs around the world, she’s also trying plan a wedding for a friend, who happens to be the craziest bride on the planet. I love that one minute she’s slicing off a dragon’s head, and the next she’s helping her friend pick out a wedding dress with no one the wiser.

What’s your favorite scene of all your books? I can’t pick a favorite, but in all of my books there are scenes where friends/sisters are just hanging out. Those scenes always manage to move the story forward, but in a fun way.

Who’s been your favorite character to write? This question is like asking someone to pick a favorite child. I will say, Bronwyn, from my Charmed & Dangerous series. So much of me is in her, and I worked through so many issues with those books. She’s my very first fictional character and will always have a special place in my heart.

What’s your biggest distraction when writing? Life, and the day job. I’m an entertainment journalist, and no matter how hard I try to structure my days, they are always fluid and changing. I’ve had to teach myself how to write in 15-minute time increments when necessary because life gets so crazy sometimes.

Do you play music when you’re writing? If so, do you have a playlist you could share? My playlist changes with each book. I will say that I have listened to Joss Stone’s Body & Soul CD so many times I’ve lost count. Some other favorites are Carrie Underwood, The Dixie Chicks, The Killers, Rolling Stones, Marie Digby and I’m sure I’m forgetting several others.

Do you “cast” your characters using pictures or actors to help inspire you when you’re writing? It’s funny how my brain works. I usually have a character in mind, and I don’t really know what they look like. It comes out in the writing, then I usually sort of find a celebrity who fits that look.

You’ve written about Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse. You’re obviously a fan or admirer – do you try to use any of his writing techniques in your own work?
I am absolutely a huge fan! He was one of the people who greatly influenced my writing. I learned the art of dialogue from him, as well as writing tough but vulnerable chicks, which all my books have.

Your bio says you’ve interviewed everyone from George Clooney to Orlando Bloom (there were some women in there too, but who cares about them!) Considering the drooling and daydreaming that’s probably going on right now about these hunky silver screen heroes, can you share a favorite anecdote? LOL. I’ve been doing this for so long, 21 years in July, it’s tough to pick one. But my all-time favorite moment was when I was chatting with John Travolta a couple of years ago. I told him that when I was working on the set of “Urban Cowboy” as a dancer when I was teen, that he told me I had pretty eyes. He gave me the sweetest grin and said, “You still have pretty eyes.” Made my year!

With holding down a full time job that involves a lot of travel and being a mom, how do you juggle all your responsibilities with writing as well? You know, it isn’t easy. I tried to take a vacation last week and wasn’t successful. There was never a day when I didn’t have something work-related going on whether that was editing stories, getting stuff together for a publisher or writing something to promo my books. But that’s okay. Life is good, and I’m grateful for the opportunities that have come my way.

If you could go back to when you were just getting out of high school to give yourself one piece of advice, what would tell yourself? Believe in yourself! You’ve got the goods!


Candy is running four separate contests – commenters from this blog will automatically be entered into her contest #3. Go here for the information about her other contests – there’s also a treasure hunt and a photo contest, along with an opportunity to win something by helping her “spread the word.” And while you’re over on her website, check out the rest of her books too –

Oh, and by the way, Candy celebrated her birthday last Saturday, so …

Happy Birthday Candy!

I’m going to be giving away a copy of Candy’s Charmed and Ready today. Don’t forget that commenting here will also enter you in my weekly draw as well as entering you for the end-of-the-month Grand Prize draw. Look at all the chances you have to win!

Please welcome Candace Havens!

48 thoughts on “Please welcome Candace Havens!

  • June 28, 2009 at 4:45 am

    Happy Birthday Candace! And what a great interview! Thanks for sharing.

  • June 28, 2009 at 4:55 am

    June must be the big birthday month…Happy Birthday Candace! Very interesting interview. Thanks for sharing.

  • June 28, 2009 at 5:03 am

    Happy Birthday Candy!

    Great interview. I love your books and cant wait for Dragons Prefer Blondes.

  • June 28, 2009 at 5:05 am

    Happy Birthday to you Candace! Sorry its a bit belated but I always was bad with dates.
    I picked up your book The Demon King and I the other day and am loving it. But I don't have Charmed and Ready yet so please count me in for this contest and thanks!

  • June 28, 2009 at 5:07 am

    Great interview Candace. Your books sound fasinating.

    I'm wishing you a very Happy Birthday and many more to come.


  • June 28, 2009 at 5:26 am

    Happy Birthday Candace and Dragons Prefer Blondes sounds great.

  • June 28, 2009 at 6:04 am

    Thanks you guys for the good wishes! I'll take all those I can get. 🙂

  • June 28, 2009 at 6:12 am

    Happy Birthday! My birthday was yesterday and my friends and loved ones knowing me gave me lots of gift cards to my favorite book stores. You can bet Dragons Prefer Blondes will be purchased as soon as it becomes available. I've gotten my daughter hooked now. She loved the Bronwyn books.

  • June 28, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Candy, I haven't met a book of yours that I haven't loved. I met you a year or two ago, when Clover took me to one of your book signings (pink cookies–mmmm), and you've been on my must-read list since. 🙂 faith(dot)stencel(at)gmail(dot)com.

  • June 28, 2009 at 6:46 am

    Happy Birthday Candace.Great interview.
    Dragons Prefer Blondes sounds great,can't wait to read it.


  • June 28, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Many Happy Returns of the Day,Candy.
    Your books sound fantastic to read..
    superauntkx9 @

  • June 28, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Great interview and Happy Belated Birthday!

    A compliment from John Travolta *swoon*

  • June 28, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Great interview Candy! Hope you had a great birthday. Your book sounds very interesting.


  • June 28, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Hope you had a happy birthday Candace. Thanks for the visit and the blurb on the book. I am going to search this one out…

  • June 28, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Oh I do enjoy these interviews.

    And I enjoy catchy titles and a good cover and it looks like Candace has both!!!

    All the best.


  • June 28, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Happy Birthday Candace. Great interview.

  • June 28, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Candy, you rock Birthday girl!
    Leah got into your brain and picked it good. Awesome interview.
    Now to the more important part what kind of cake are you having *g*

  • June 28, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Happy Birthday Candy!

  • June 28, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Happy birthday (again) Candy! You always continue to inspire and motivate me as a mom of two to keep my rear in the seat and fingers on the plastic! Or, you know, whatever keyboards are made out of. Anyway, great interview 🙂

  • June 28, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Candy, love your work! I want to wish you a Happy Belated Birthday here, since I did it already on FB……….LOL. Hope you had a great day. Can't wait for your next book. And please, I need more Bronwyn!!!!!

    Lots of love,

  • June 28, 2009 at 10:22 am

    nice interview and happy late birthday.

  • June 28, 2009 at 10:46 am

    You guys are all so great!

    As to the kind of cake, chocolate is always at the top of my list… But today I'm craving carrot cake. Bring on the cream cheese frosting! 🙂


  • June 28, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Happy Birthday, Candace!
    Great interview. Thanks for sharing.

  • June 28, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Great interview. I recently read charmed and dangerous and really enjoyed it. I look forward to reading more of your books.

  • June 28, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Happy Belated Birthday Candy! What an interesting interview and how lucky you are to interview so many famous people!

  • June 28, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Happy Birthday, Candace. Yum, I wouldn't mind some carrot cake, too. Congrats on the upcoming release of "Dragons Prefer Blondes."

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  • June 28, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday Candace!! I confess this is the first time I have heard of your work and from what i seen and what I read Im very interested and wnat to read more with out a doubt will be hooked so please include me in to your contest would love to have a chance to read more

  • June 28, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Candice always amazes me! I want some of her vitamins. Or do you simply plug in and recharge? Love your yummy book titles, too.

  • June 28, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Hey Candace!

    I absolutely love your books and I already preordered Dragons Perfer Blondes! Can't wait!
    As to the comment on Urban Cowboy and John Travolta, it is one of my all time fave movies and next time I watch it I will look closer to see if I can see ya! That comment from John would make my year too! 🙂
    For those of you who haven't met Candace she is a really nice, talented and special person! You must check out her books if you haven't already!

    Thanks for a Great Blog!

  • June 28, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Happy Birthday Candace!
    Great interview. I'm looking forward to reading your books!

  • June 28, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Happy Birthday Candace. How awesome to talk with John Travolta. I just love him. So sad about his son. Anyway I haven't read your books but they sure look good. I need to try them out! Adding to my list. 🙂

  • June 28, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    It is interesting that you never get tired of writing which you do for your day job as well as with the books. Will be looking for Dragons Prefer Blondes in the bookstore.

  • June 28, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Happy Birthday Candace!

    Once again you had a terrific interview!

  • June 28, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Candy, you are so inspiring. Thanks for everything you do for other writers. I'm looking forward to Dragons Prefer Blondes!

  • June 28, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Candace! Amazing blog. You rock girl. Love the fastdraft loop. It got me back to writing after a five plus year dry spell. Can't thank you enough! The ms I completed during my first fastdraft has been through revision hell a couple times and is now in NY awaiting consideration! Would not have happened without Candace! Thanks again for all you do for us!


  • June 28, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    So I'm thinking I might come hangout here again. You guys have just made this so much fun! Thanks for all the kind comments.

    And Scarlet, that's the reason I teach those classes. When you get published, I expect to see my name in on the ack's page. 🙂


  • June 28, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Happy Birthday, Candy!

    Your books sound fantastic. I'm intrigued by them and look forward to reading them.

  • June 28, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday Candy! Great interview!

  • June 28, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Happy Birthday Candy!! Leah, I am going to be adding so many new authors to my list!

  • June 28, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Happy Bday. You are so lucky to have interviewed such fascinating people.

  • June 28, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Happy Birthday – hope it's full of fun, love and laughter.

    Lovely interview and a book that peaked my interest just by the word dragon in the title 😉 Guess it's on my wishlist now (my poor bank account :()

  • June 28, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!

    I can't believe both of your jobs are writing, but I guess that is why you can create such great books!

  • June 28, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday! Your book sounds like so much fun. I also love the whole slice off a dragon head then off to help plan a wedding. Sounds fun.

    lynda98662 at yahoo dot com

  • June 28, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Happy belated Bday Candy, hope you had a good one. Did you get some goodies??
    Congrats on the upcoming release. More books for my tbr list…
    Thank you for sharing with us. Great interview you 2.
    ioki underscore jo at hotmail dot com

  • June 29, 2009 at 12:24 am

    I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Candy. I love the sound of Dragons Prefer Blondes. I've enjoyed some of your other books, and this one sounds great. John Travolta sounds like a charmer. 🙂

  • June 29, 2009 at 4:05 am

    Happy Birthday Candace! Great interview! Thanks for sharing.

  • June 29, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Congratulations to Jody F, the winner of the daily draw.

    Future comments on this post will not be entered into the draws. Thanks everyone for participating and helping me give Candy a warm welcome.

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