Author Interview: Candy Rayne

10711093_691627540933442_6568954232856501722_nCandy Rayne was raised as a Navy brat moving to various places during her childhood. She has lived in Lemoore, Visalia, and San Diego in California before moving to Norfolk Virginia where she graduated high school and went on to get an Associate’s Degree in Social Science from Tidewater Community College. From there she moved to Pascagoula Mississippi, where she currently resides. She joined the electrical apprenticeship program through Northrop Grumman which is now Huntington Ingalls. She has been building naval ships for close to seven years now.

She is married to a very loving husband and has three gorgeous children. She got her big break as a published author from Glenda Wallace, owner of Pink Kiss Publishing. Candy Rayne’s first novel Tangled Web was published on December 25th 2011. Yes Christmas day! What a wonderful gift. She went on to have Concrete Rose published in June of 2013. With this being her dream she has no plans of stopping anytime soon.

my picShe has a page on Facebook under the name Candy Rayne Author where she loves networking with other entrepreneurs to help everyone get their product to whoever may be interested. Candy Rayne loves going to book festivals to promote her books and has been to The Fall Into Books Literary Festival in St. Louis MO, The Decatur Book Festival in Decatur GA, and The National Black Book Festival in Houston TX. She has plans to go to many more in the future. She also has a page on Facebook called Friends Against Verbal Abuse where she shows the dangers of this much overlooked epidemic. This page is not to be judgmental, but to give out knowledge to the people who may need it. You can also follow Candy Rayne on Twitter under Candy Rayne Author as well.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Candy Rayne

It’s rare to find a writer who does nothing but write for a living. Do you have a job other than writing, and if so what is it? What are some other jobs that you have had in your life?

Candy Rayne: I am currently a marine electrician at Huntington Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula Mississippi. This is a very complex job where we pull cables that can range up to several hundred feet long, lay out the area for the foundations for the electrical equipment, and also hook up the electrical equipment. So they definitely get their money’s worth out of us. Other jobs that I have had in the past range from housekeeping, to daycare assistant, to thrift store associate.

Tell us a little bit about your books. What are their titles and if you have more than one which is your favorite? Briefly let us know what they are about.

tangled web photoCandy Rayne: My novels are titled Tangled Web and Concrete Rose. They are like my babies and both very special. I definitely can’t pick one favorite!

 

Tangled Web is about a young lady who is raped outside of her home. This definitely caused a huge ripple in her life. She has to deal with this while dealing with the fact that her sister is pregnant by her best friend’s man. This causes a riff in the friendship when she needs her friend the most. When her best friend finds out that her man intends to marry the mother of his child she reacts in a way that turns the whole town upside down!

 

BIWBT6mCAAEPwVfMy other novel Concrete Rose is about a teenage girl who is brought to the United States from Africa by her family and the family of the boy she is betrothed to marry. Her family is to inherit a large sum of money upon her marrying this gentleman. When it is seen that she may be interested in another young man she becomes confused and must decide which way she wants to go.

How did you feel the day you held the copy of your first book in your hands?

Candy Rayne: This was definitely a feeling like no other! I felt like a superstar. I felt so epic that nothing in the world could bring me down. I knew from then on that this was my calling and that my dream and passion was coming to light!

What inspires you and motivates you to write the very most?

Candy Rayne: My biggest inspiration is the fans that come up to me and ask me when I am coming out with another book. People ask me at work, on Facebook, and sometimes when I am walking through the grocery store or any other random place. This makes me feel like a local celebrity and I definitely appreciate the support of EVERYONE!

What about your family? Do you have children, married, siblings, and parents? Has your family been supportive of your writing?

Candy Rayne: Yes, I am married and have three wonderful children. My parents and also my brother are very supportive of my writing. My whole family loves to help out when I go to book festivals or anywhere to sell the books. This has been like one huge adventure for them!

The main characters of your stories- do you find that you put a little of yourself into each of them or do you create them to be completely different from you?

Candy Rayne: My characters are all created to be their own individual person. I don’t purposely create them to be like any other person. I have always had the gift of creating different people and families in my mind. This was one of my favorite past times as a child. It just took a little time for it to catch up to my brain that being an author was my calling!

When growing up, did you have a favorite author, book series, or book?

Candy Rayne: I had a couple of favorite authors. I liked Beverly Cleary and Ann M. Martin. I really liked the Baby-Sitters Club books and also the Ramona Quimby series. As I grew older I started reading urban fiction and started reading authors such as Zane and Eric Jerome Dickey. I also like Stephen King. I like a well-rounded bunch of books.

What about now? Who is your favorite author, and what is your favorite genre to read?

Candy Rayne: Right now, I like to read urban fiction because that is the genre I am writing in. I just like to try out all sorts of different authors because there is so many greats! I really love Naleighnia Kai. I met her personally at a book conference and she is really a fun loving person to be around. A real sweetheart unless you get her riled up! Ha ha!

Hey, let’s get morbid! When they write your obituary what do you hope they will say about your books and writing? What do you hope they will say about you?

Candy Rayne: Well, first of all, I hope they say I have talent! I hope they say that my books were fun to read and extra exciting. I hope they say that I was a person to follow my dreams and never give up. I know I will be on my death bed trying to type up a book. I’m gonna have a computer in the hospital, like just one more line!

Do you watch television? If so, what are your favorite shows? Does television influence or inspire your writing?

Candy Rayne: Well, honestly, I like to watch a lot of ID network and I really don’t like to focus on the murder mystery type of thing. I really get into nitty gritty drama in my books. The television shows that I like to watch don’t really reflect much in the novels I have written so far. And it is funny because I tend to try to stay away from shows and movies that are like the books that I write because they make me emotional. I don’t know why?

Thinking about your writing career, is there anything you’d go back and do differently now that you have been published?

Candy Rayne: Yes, I would have definitely started writing a lot sooner, then I would have way more books out now! Writing is definitely my passion and had I have been doing this longer I would have way more exposure and many more books for everyone’s reading pleasure!

What is your main goal or purpose you would like to see accomplished with your writing?

Candy Rayne: My main initial goal is for people to be entertained! I would like to take people’s minds off of their troubles and bring them into a very entertaining world of a fictitious character. Also they don’t have to feel bad when something happens to the character, because they are not a real person!

How has having a book, or being published, changed your life?

Candy Rayne: I definitely have more to bring to the social media than I had a crappy day or I had a great day. I can actually offer people something that they may enjoy. I feel like a local celebrity when people approach me in the store or at work and tell me they heard I wrote books. They know who I am so they love to support me and buy a signed copy!

Many authors have said that naming their characters is a difficult process, almost like choosing a name for their own child. How did you select the names of some of your lead characters in your books?

Candy Rayne: Honestly, I just toy around with different syllables in my mind. Some names are actual real names and some of the names come straight out of my mind. If my characters come from different cultures then I try to make their names reflect their culture. Name selection is one of my favorite parts of the writing process.

Have you ever had a character take over a story and move it in a different direction than you had originally intended? How did you handle it?

Candy Rayne: Oh, my gosh, that happens to me all the time. My characters go off and meet people and put whole other people in the story that weren’t intended to be there. I have no choice but to run with it. Hey, I can’t control these people!

Now that you are a published author, does it feel differently than you had imagined?

Candy Rayne: Yes, it definitely does! Each of my novels feels like the birth of a new child. All of my accomplishments make me feel so proud. I love the feeling of having something to add to the world that brings many people joy and happiness!

Here are some ways that I can be reached!

Author’s Info: http://authorsinfo.com/community/profile

My website: www.candykhotedd.weebly.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCandyRayne

 

Facebook Like Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorcandy

Twitter page: https://twitter.com/CandyRayneAutho

Instagram: http://instagram.com/authorcandyrayne/

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