~About the Author~
“Live and let live. You receive what you give.”
Born in a suburb of Chicago, Candace C. Bowen moved to Pompano Beach, Florida with her family at an early age.
On March 17, 2008, she witnessed deaf actress Marlee Matlin's amazing performance on Dancing With the Stars. Inspired, she selected her favorite time-period in history to form a rough story outline. Using a laptop in her free time, her first attempt at writing became a full-length historical romance entitled, A KNIGHT OF SILENCE. Available through Seven Realms Publishing, A KNIGHT OF SILENCE was voted Best 2010 Romance eBook of the Year by The Gatekeepers Post.
The idea for Candace's second novel came to her as she held two medieval religious medals. Literally created as she typed, her paranormal time travel romance, SPUR OF THE MOMENT, and its sequel, WICKED EMBERS, were born. Originally released in paperback, audiobook and eBook through Rhemalda Publishing, they are currently available in eBook and Audio through Amazon.
The second volume in the Knight Series, A KNIGHT OF BATTLE, is available through Seven Realms Publishing wherever books are sold.
Candace's romantic suspense novel, JACK OF HEARTS, surrounds the infamous Ripper murders in Victorian England. With a new take on what happened to Jack the Ripper, Candace once again contracted with Seven Realms Publishing. JACK OF HEARTS is now available wherever books are sold.
Also in late 2013, be on the lookout for VOODOO FIRE. Set in present-day New Orleans during Mardi Gras, the story follows a group of college kids encountering more than they bargained for when they conduct a séance beside the tomb of the infamous voodoo queen, Marie Laveau.
The third volume in the Knight Series, A KNIGHT OF VALOUR, is currently in the works.
Candace resides with her son and adopted cat in Pompano Beach, Florida.
RWA ~ Romance Writers of America.
FRW ~ Florida Romance Writers.
"Embrace your inner weirdness."
"I never claimed to be normal."
"If you can't be nice, be quiet."
"All things are possible if you believe."
"Inspiration is everywhere, all you have to
do is open your eyes."
“Writers don’t get mad; they get even in their novels.”
"The perfect hero isn't going to create himself."
~IN HER OWN WORDS~
My name is Candace Corinne Bowen. My parent's chose my given name for its meaning. Candace means, 'Glowing,' and Corinne means, 'Maiden.' It may sound dorky, but I often wonder if that's where my fascination for medieval history comes from.
After toying with the idea of writing since adolescence, an unhappy marriage had me looking for a way to escape. I found that in writing. I often find myself in a state of amazement that I have five published novels with a sixth scheduled for a fall 2013 release.
Several people have asked me where my ideas come from so I thought I would briefly share the workings of my slightly quirky mind. Being a visually oriented person, I often find inspiration in the strangest of places.
The story for, A Knight of Silence, came to me as I was watching actress Marlee Matlin dance. The image of her dancing in addition to her demonstrated award winning acting despite her deafness left a profound impression on me. Building on that image and combining my love of both history and romance, A Knight of Silence, is a tribute to all people brave enough to dance to their own tunes.
The idea for Spur of the Moment and its sequel, Wicked Embers,came to me unexpectedly. A collector of all things Medieval Europe, I purchased a pair of centuries-old religious medals. As I held them, a story formed in my mind. Tossing and rejecting several ideas that would believably transport my heroine to twelfth century Tintagel, a silver knight’s spur popped into my head. The rest of the story came to me as I was writing, sometimes faster than I could type. Originally released through Rhemalda Publishing, I ended up self-publishing the two through Amazon after Rhemalda closed. They are available in eBook and Audio.
The idea for, Jack of Hearts, released through 7R Publishing, came to me over dinner with friends. Talking over a Jack the Ripper movie, the idea for a romantic suspense story surrounding the family of Jack’s last victim was just there.
I do not use outlines and am completely lost when it comes to some of the terminology used by other authors. I simply come up with an idea for a story and put it on paper. The fact that people seem to like my ideas is surreal and means a lot to me.
My often overly brutal critique team consists of my mom and sister-in-law. If I receive their stamp of approval, I know I am onto something. Nervous by nature, I often hide behind humor. My mom believes I get my sarcastic sense of humor from my dad. Somehow, I do not think she means it as a compliment.
I live with my son and adopted cat in South Florida, but my heart has always been elsewhere. The best word to describe me is loyal. If I see a wrong, chances are I will leap before looking.
There is one last thing you should know about Candace C. Bowen. Unlike life, every story I write has a happy-ending. Now if I could only get the Chicago Cubs to listen…