~About the Author~
“Live and let live. You receive what you give.”
Candace C. Bowen is the award-winning author of the Knight Series.
Born in a suburb of Chicago, Candace moved to South Florida with her family at an early age. A writer of full-length historical romance fiction, she has broadened her scope to create tales of modern day horror, and historical adventure.
Author of: The Knight Series; A Knight of Silence, A Knight of Battle, A Knight of Valour, A Knight of Defiance, A Knight of Regret (Coming Soon), Spur of the Moment, Wicked Embers, Jack of Hearts, Voodoo Fire, Malevolence (Sequel to Voodoo Fire - Coming Soon), and The Stygian Stone (Order of the Knightshades).
Candace resides with her young son and adopted cat "Spuds" in South Florida.
"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…