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Monday, September 16, 2013

Interview with Candace Osmond

What inspired you to become an author?

I used to make up a lot of stories when I was a kid, to the point where I almost believed them myself. I had to channel that imagination into something like writing or else I would have caused a lot of trouble for myself as an adult lol! Plus, I've always enjoyed writing. Just like reading, I can get lost in creating a story and the characters that live in it.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I like writing in first person POV. I read somewhere that authors who write in this POV are considered "method writers" because we have to really get into the main character. We feel what they feel and reflect it onto paper.

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

Well, the first book was easy, Iron & Wine. It represented the two worlds that Avery Quinn lives in, the cold human world full of iron objects and the magical land of Faerie. I guess the second book was easy, too. It's full of fighting, death, and blood. Hence the name Blood & Bone.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes! It's hard to stay true to yourself, especially in your younger years. And everyone falls off the wagon sometimes. The best you can do is just try to learn from your mistakes.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Cassandra Clare. Her ability to create people and magical worlds as if they really do exist have always left me in awe after reading one of her books. I look to her and what she does as inspiration for my own career.

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

My biggest project is a bit of a secret. But I'm teaming up with a few other industry professionals to create an amazing platform for new writers and aspiring authors to break out into the publishing world. The goal is to help the writers but also to improve the quality of self-published work available to the world. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook to be kept in the loop!

Do you have to travel much to do research for your books?

I travel in my mind. Growing up around folklore on the east coast really instilled a lot of great ideas and perspectives that I use in my writing. It doesn’t matter where I go, I can always close my eyes and picture what I need.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

Corey Majeau from Coris Designs. He does my covers, created my website, and also does amazing work for other clients and authors. You can find his stuff on Facebook under Coris Designs or just follow him on Twitter @coreymajeau. He really enjoys working with indie authors and helping them with amazing cover art.

Do you have a song or playlist (book soundtrack) that you think represents this book?

I listened to a lot of sad songs for writing Blood & Bone. There's a lot of loss and pain that just can't be dreamed up. Music really helps put me in that place. Off the top of my head I can name Lykke Li, Cold Desert by Kings of Leon, Dying by Hole, tons of Paramore, My Chemical Romance, and a bit of Radiohead were on my repeat playlist.

Blood and Bone
The Iron World Series
Book Two
Candace Osmond

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

ISBN: 9781301362028

Number of pages: 250 roughly
Word Count: 74,960

Cover Artist: Corey Majeau from Coris Designs

Book Description:

The stakes are high in the second installment of The Iron World Series as Avery Quinn decides which path her life will take. Become a vampire and be with Jack forever, or pledge herself to the Fey and help save Faerie from the horrible Queen Mabry?

The more she thinks about it the more she wants to remain human. But as she sinks further into the magical world she has come to love, Avery realizes that remaining human is next to impossible, especially when a dark king sets his sights on her. To make matters worse, a secret society of shape shifters have sworn themselves as Avery’s enemy all because of a certain classmate with a caustic temperament.

With a mythical war brewing and Evaine close on her heels, Avery must decide who to give her humanity to before it’s too late

About the Author:

Born in 1985 as Candace Osmond in North York Ontario, I began to travel with my parents at the very young age of four years old. I had lived all over Canada and seen everything my country has to offer, from the enchanting shores of Newfoundland to the gigantic snowcapped mountains of British Columbia all by the time I was ten. I did, however, spend most of my life in Eastern Canada where I was surrounded by folklore and legends, not knowing how they would shape my personality and imagination for the rest of my life.

Being the only girl of my age in a small group of kids, in an even smaller town, left me spending most of my time by myself and, in result, letting my imagination take over. I would sit by the shore and dream up stories of mermaids and other fantastic creatures to pass the time. Coming from a family with writers and artists dispersed throughout, it was only natural that I spend my time writing, drawing and reading. I dreamed of becoming nothing more than an artist, a creator of any kind. By the age of eleven, I spent most of my waking hours scribbling down short stories, poems and anything else I could think of, while adding my own personal illustrations. By the age of fourteen, I had won numerous local and minor arts and writing competitions.

I excelled at anything art and literature related so, naturally, I planned to attend university for nothing more or less than that. In 2003 I planned to attend university for Creative Writing and Literary Studies. But, with the fear that I would spend all my time and money on an education and end up in a field that I may very well struggle to succeed in, I backed out and attended school for Design instead. Now, a successful Designer specializing in interiors, I met a man and fell in love. His passion and talent for art far exceeds my own, but he motivated me and awakened my old habits of staying up late and waking up early to scribble down dreams and ideas before I had forgotten them and they disappeared forever.