I interviewed the lovely Candis Terry on her tour with Tasty Book Tours about her latest release with Avon Romance, Anything But Sweet. Can’t wait to read this one.
Hi! And thank you so very much for having me with you here today.
Can you tell my readers a little about your book?
How did you come up with the idea for Anything But Sweet?
I’m an avid HGTV viewer and I love makeovers! I’ve tried a few on my own house when my husband has been out of town but taking on that big of a challenge in just a few days is kinda crazy. One day I had the big “What if” floating through my head and I followed it up with “ What if I had a heroine who was a makeover designer who came in to change things up and the hero hated change?” That’s pretty much the way it went and next thing I knew Charli and Reno began to take shape.
What will we love about Reno Wilder (other than that fantastic name)?
Reno had a really tough background and tragedy has completely stopped him from moving forward. He has an amazing sense of honour and loyalty and is truly willing to sacrifice his own happiness for that of others. He’s a protector of everyone and he guards his heart very carefully even though he has so much love to give. Watching him change and take chances even though he was scared to death was what made me fall in love.
Did he ever irritate you when you were writing this story?
What? Did you not hear me banging my head on my desk? He drove me crazy. Stubborn man! Stubborn, sexy man.
Charlotte sounds like my kind of heroine. Do you share any of her qualities?
I wish! Charli is a go get ‘em, glass half-full, optimistic kind of girl. I’m the glass half-empty type. Trying to keep up with Charli’s energy level was exhausting and probably more fun than I’ve had since Kate Silverthorne in Second Chance at the Sugar Shack.
A bit about your writing.
What’s your writing schedule like; organised, squeeze in an hour when you can, or something else?
For many, many years I wrote from the time I got off work from the day job until around midnight and on weekends. Now that I’m writing full-time I’m still not used to writing in the non-vampire hours. And like Dug, the dog in the animated movie UP, I am easily distracted. Still, I usually write anywhere from four to eight hours every day and on weekends.
Where do you write?
I used to have my office in a small spare bedroom, but once I sold my first book my husband thought I should move into the formal living room we have that is closed off by French doors. I’m not sure it was such a good idea. I have three huge floor-to-ceiling windows that look out into this amazing landscape where birds and squirrels and my dogs like to frolic so . . . yeah . . . total distraction.
Favourite writing snacks/drinks/beverages?
I’ll drink coffee all day if I don’t make myself stop. But then I turn to Diet Pepsi and that’s really no better. Not much of a snacker. Usually a few almonds or something crunchy will work. Mostly it’s the coffee.
Have you ever had writer’s block and, if so, how did you overcome it?
I think writer’s block hits us all. When that happens to me I know I need inspiration or to relax and clear my head. I’ll usually take a walk around our property (I live on a farm so there’s lots of room to walk), visit my garden, or the livestock, or play with my dogs. If that doesn’t work I take a hot shower (my brain really loosens up in there). If none of that works I’ll take my laptop outside and sit by our waterfall beneath the trees. I’ve found it’s all about putting yourself in a different place and a different state of mind.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A dancer. I was a performer when I was a kid who sang and danced. I loved to dance! Which is probably why my feet now hate me!
Do you have any advice for new writers?
Don’t make the mistake I did for 22 years of trying to write for a certain publisher, or a certain editor, or a trend. Stay true to yourself, your imagination, and your own voice. Write work that is marketable. And most importantly, I know how tough rejections can be (Believe me. I still have every single one I ever received). No matter how tough it may seem, if being published is your dream, never ever give up.
A bit about you
How do you spend your time when you’re not writing?
I garden (though I admit I’m not the best gardener). Also, we have a travel trailer and an ATV and we usually take off to the forest for a couple of days where we go on amazing rides, and fish in the lakes, and have great campfires.
What’s the best way for you to unwind if you’ve had a hard day?
Well, besides zonking out for an hour or two, I like to sit in our backyard which overlooks our alfalfa field and out onto the mountains. We have a lovely waterfall and lots of trees and it’s very relaxing.
What are you currently reading?
An ARC of Rachel Gibson’s September release Run To You.
What was the last thing you watched?
Tonight I sat down and watched HBO’s True Blood. Last week we took our granddaughter to see Monster’s University. It was very cute. How could you not love a monster wearing braces on his teeth?
What, to you, would be a perfect day?
Sleeping in past eight o’clock. A nice breakfast. Reading all day by a waterfall or bubbling creek. A barbecued dinner. And a nice cocktail to finish off the day. Or . . . having Disneyland all to myself and my family with every ride and every restaurant open and all the Disney characters walking around and the fireworks show!
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go, and why?
Scotland. I have a very strong Scottish heritage and I’m very interested in finding out more about my ancestry and seeing the land from which they came. And if you could throw in a few haunted castles, that would be even better!
And finally where can my readers find you?
I love to meet and chat with people. So please stop by and say hello!
Website at www.candisterry.com
Thank you so much Candis. And now a little more about her book, and be sure to check out the giveaway.
A man who doesn’t like change . . .
The Wilder family is something of a Sweet, TX institution: between their yearly BBQ blow-outs and their Hardware and Feed store, they’re an institution—an institution that ex-marine Reno Wilder has tried to preserve, in honor of his lost loved ones. But it seems like he’s the only one who’s got any respect left for traditions when a new TV makeover show rolls in to renovate Sweet to bring in more tourists. Everyone is pleased except Reno—and this cowboy is determined to keep everything just the way he likes it.
A woman who wants to change everything . . .
A woman who wants to change everything . . .
Inquisitive. Stubborn. Smart. Drop dead gorgeous. That would be makeover show host and designer, Charlotte Brooks—the woman Reno has declared war against. And yet, he can’t seem to keep away from her, or to get her off his mind. Charlotte isn’t afraid to back down from a challenge—of any kind—and she’s promised to prove to Reno that change can be sexy, hot, and very, very sweet, if Reno and Charli learn to let go of their pasts and grab hold of a future full of promise.
Candis Terry was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California and now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers. Only one thing has remained the same: her passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after.
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