Monday, July 27, 2009


My guest today is award winning author, Candace Havens. Her latest book is entitled, Dragons Prefer Blondes.

Candy is a nationally syndicated entertainment columnist for FYI Television, has a weekly show on 96.3 KSCS in the Dallas Fort Worth Area. She’s interviewed Hollywood Stars George Clooney and Nicole Kidman. And she’s a successful novelist. She leads quite a glamorous life, or does she? We’ll let Candy tell us about her glam life.

A few weeks ago on Twitter I was talking about things I had to do around the house. One of my fans chimed in and said, “I thought you would live such a glamorous life being a successful author!” It made me chuckle.

First of all, I’m not quite Nora Roberts or James Patterson – at least not yet. (I’m working on it I promise.) I don’t have minions and if I want the laundry done, well… That said, I have had to learn to prioritize and even organize my time so that I can meet my deadlines for the day job at a columnist and radio personality, and my novels.

A typical day for me has the dogs waking me up just before 7 a.m. (sometimes earlier) and I head downstairs. Usually, I have the idea that I will let them out and go back to bed, but it never happens that way. Once I’m downstairs I’m awake, and then I decide I might as well check my email. About an hour and half later, I realize I’ve been sitting there for a bit. I grab some breakfast, a Diet Coke (Because I can’t live without it), and then it’s usually a quick shower and back down to the office.

If I’m working on a book I divide my day into sections. I usually work on my columns about TV, Film and Celebs first thing in the morning. Then I do lunch, and the next part of the day is dedicated to writing. That way if I want to write until two or three in the morning I don’t have to stop.

Well, I say that, but life is a crazy thing and often gets in the way of the writing. I’m also a wife, and the mother of two mostly grown boys. Also, since I write about film for the day job, I have to be gone a few days a week to preview the movies. It’s a perk to see them before they are released, but a time consuming one. Especially in the summer when there are big films every week. Or right after Thanksgiving when it’s time to view all the Oscar worthy films, my schedule gets crazy.

Still, like most women, I make it happen. I have to admit there are days when I dream of being in a secluded cabin I in the mountains, or at a beach house, where all I have to think about is writing. It just doesn’t work that way. And I know I’m not alone. There are lots of very famous authors, who have to wash their own clothes, go to PTA meetings, and take care of sick children.

But I honestly wouldn’t trade my life with anyone, well, except, maybe on laundry day.

Candace "Candy" Havens is a best selling and award-winning author. Her novels include "Charmed & Dangerous", "Charmed & Ready", "Charmed & Deadly", "Like A Charm" and "The Demon King and I". She is known for writing strong female characters, who save the world, but aren't exactly perfect. She is a two-time RITA, Write Touch Reader and Holt Medallion finalist. She is also the winner of the Barbara Wilson award.

Candy is a nationally syndicated entertainment columnist for FYI Television. A veteran journalist she has interviewed just about everyone in Hollywood from George Clooney and Orlando Bloom to Nicole Kidman and Kate Beckinsale. You can hear Candy weekly on 96.3 KSCS in the Dallas Fort Worth Area.

Her popular online Writer's Workshop has more than 1000 students and provides free classes to professional and aspiring writers.

You can find Candy at: Candy has several contests running during her Great Summer Blog Tour and you can find these:

Dragons Prefer Blondes blurb:
  • Alex Caruthers is a sassy socialite who knows when it’s time to turn in her dancing shoes and kick some serious dragon booty. But when Ginjin—the dragon warrior who’s tried to kill her numerous times—chooses her as his mate, Alex finds herself in a situation that’s too hot to handle.For help she turns to Jake, head of Caruthers security—and a total hottie in a suit—and asks him to pose as her boyfriend. Their relationship might be fake, but Alex can’t deny that one touch from Jake makes her burn hotter than any dragon could.


sherrie_super said...

Boy, I can so relate to that time and laundry thing. Oh, how a secluded cabin would be nice sometimes, but you're right...Real life is so much better. Great article!

amy kennedy said...

I swear, you are the hardest working writer in the universe, or at the very least, the Earth. Your books always make me happy.

My laundry doesn't. But, I have to say, doing the dishes have led to a few "a-has!"

~Sia McKye~ said...

Candy, welcome to Over Coffee. I'm glad you're visiting.

I got tired just reading what you do

Kat Sheridan said...

Good morning,Candy! How cool to meet a glamorous author! LOL! Seriously, I know how hard it can be to fit in all the things you *have* to do in a day, and all the things you *want* to do. It sounds as if you've got it figured out. Your books sound wonderful and a lot of fun, and perfect for the summer! Good luck with them! And that laundry thing? I'll trade you luandry if you take cleaning the bathrooms!

Sia, another great guest, and seeing as how I'm up so early, I could definately use some coffee and a nosh.

Judi Fennell said...

*waving to Candy who I got to meet at RWA last week! Oh crud, it was a week and a half ago now... I totally get the wanting to lock yourself in a cabin or shore house and just focus on the writing! would if we could...

Anonymous said...

Just got back from the week at the beach house, and I'm afraid I focused more on the local wineries than the writing! But I got so many story ideas . . .

When I'm feeling particularly burdened by housework, I think about what color these details will add to my writing. The balance in my life is excellent fodder for the creative brain--something I will keep chanting today as I tackle the floor mopping that has become a must-do-now chore. ;)

Anonymous said...

"Oh yes, very glamorous. LOL Just ask my husband who must live with me in my flannel pajamas for most of the day."

Melody Thomas

RKCharron said...

Hi :)
What a great blog post. I am looking forward to reading Dragons Prefer Blondes. Thanks for having Candace Havens here today.
Love from Northern Ontario

~Sia McKye~ said...

RK, it is my pleasure, I assure you. I loved the article too. Thanks for stopping by :-)

Helen Ginger said...

Wait a minute! Big time celeb authors do laundry? What's that I hear? Ah, a bubble popping. I don't mind laundry as much as cleaning bathrooms. I would give that job over to someone if I could afford a maid. To me, a one-time maid would be the ultimate Christmas or Birthday present.

Straight From Hel

Anonymous said...

Housework? Laundry? What's that? Okay. I do know, but I've discovered that if you do it, it just needs to be done again in a short while, so it's better not to do it at all. At least not until you have dust dragons under the bed. Then at least you can feel as if you've vanquished the beast.

~Sia McKye~ said...

lMAO! Pat. dust dragons? I have enough beasts to vanquish as it is. Of course, I have a big advantage, I have a Captains bed so there is no 'under the bed' for me. Now under the couch is a whole 'nother story, lol!

Sheila Deeth said...

What a perfect title. Do dragons do housework?

Sisters-in-Sync said...

I wash the laundry but lately it seems like it's weeks before it actually gets folded! My kids keep saying they don't have any clean underwear. Oh yes they do, it's in the baskets! Maybe someday i'll learn how to manage my time better, but I doubt it. Since I started writing it's all I think about! Forget cooking and cleaning...I've got characters to write about!


Candace said...

LOL. You guys crack me up. I don't like cleaning bathrooms, any more than doing laundry. That's why I bribe the youngest. :-)

You guys are so awesome to hang out with us today! -Candy Havens

aries18 said...

Great article and I'm adding these books to my list. I love strong gals in the lead and saving the world. Thanks, Sia.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Candy has been stuck in airports most of the day but will be stopping in tomorrow and as you can see, she was able to squeeze the internet to say hi.

Wanda, they sound like a fun romp. I love the idea of an inherited legacy/responsibility they must fulfill. But they do it with sassy attitudes.

Other Lisa said...

I've been totally slammed today and would love to hang tomorrow!