Interview & Contest: Candis Terry

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JCandisTerry_Headshot_Nov2012-205x300en: Today we are hosting Candis Terry as her blog tour stops at Romancing the Book. Candis, will you share a short bio with us?
Candis: Thank you very much for letting me drop by today.

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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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Candis: Anything But Sweet is about former Marine and cowboy Reno Wilder—a man who’s lost everything and is determined to keep things exactly the same because he fears change means more loss—and Charlotte (Charli) Brooks, a makeover show host/designer who comes into his life and literally wants to change everything. To say they butt heads is an understatement.

The idea came from my love of HGTV design makeovers and the big question “What if?”.

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 . . .
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.

Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Candis: My husband and I packed up and headed to Texas Hill Country where Anything But Sweet takes place. We rented a car and covered every place we could find on a map and some that weren’t. We talked to anyone who would give us a minute and were overjoyed to find that Texans are super friendly and willing to share their knowledge.

Also, I’m lucky enough to know a young man who is a former Marine who was willing to share a lot of his information and some of his stories from the times he was deployed. His experiences really helped me define Reno Wilder.

Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing?  Easiest? Most rewarding?
Candis: The most challenging are probably the deadlines. The easiest is creating the characters. The most rewarding is seeing those characters come to life and take over so all I have to do is keep my fingers on the keyboard.

Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors?  What are you reading now?
Candis: We could be here all day if I decided to name all my favorite authors. A few are Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Rachel Gibson, Jill Shalvis, Kristin Higgins, Janet Evanovich, J.R. Ward, Teri Garey, Kerrylyn Sparks, Coreene Callahan, Tessa Dare, Julia Quinn, Dean Koontz, and of course, Nora Roberts.

I’m currently reading Blue Flame by Jill Shalvis and was just given an ARC of Rachel Gibson’s September release Run to You. Can’t wait to dive into that one!

Jen: How do you come up with characters names?
Candis: I call my daughter. She comes over and I describe the characters and she helps me name them. We usually jot down about ten ideas and then start deleting from there. She’s very good at it. And it’s a fun thing for us to do together.

Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Candis: I love the outdoors. My family and I spend a lot of our time camping, fishing, ATVing, and enjoying the beautiful Idaho Wilderness. I have a huge country garden where I like to grow tomatoes, zucchini, onions, pumpkins, and more. I’ll admit I’m not very good at it but I keep trying. And I love to make fairy gardens with my granddaughter.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Candis: The second book in the Sweet, Texas series is titled Sweetest Mistake and will be available in December 2013. I’m currently writing the third book in the series which is titled Something Sweeter and will be released sometime in 2014.

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32 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Candis Terry

  1. Nancy Goldberg Levine says:

    This sounds like a great book and the hero and heroine kind of remind me of Luke and Lorelai from “Gilmore Gorls.” I love book set in small towns–I’m working on the sequel to my first-ever published romance novel and the books take place in a small town in Maine.

    It was fun reading your interview!

  2. Anne says:

    This book sounds captivating and lovely. Just perfect for this summer. Wonderful. Best wishes.

    • Hi Anne! Thank you. The book takes place in the summer so I guess as a summer read it might be a good fit. Best wishes to you also and Happy Fourth of July!

  3. Bette Hansen says:

    Love the new series…can’t wait for the next installment. The storyline for Anything but Sweet was so fantastic and unique. Keep’em coming

  4. Donna D says:

    I absolutely love the fact that your daughter helps you name your characters. I can just see my daughter helping me — well, not naming characters, as I do not write — but with some other aspect. She certainly has helped with our move and with ‘straigtening’ me out getting rid of extraneous stuff!

    I do not like change,and daughter helps me get over that.

    • Donna, it’s a fun process for me and my daughter. She has a lot of fun with it and we get to laugh a lot because, of course, we come up with some really outrageous names just for kicks! Happy 4th of July to you and thanks for taking a moment to stop by today!

      • Nancy Goldberg Levine says:

        I actually saw the name “Schmoopie” in a book of baby names. And I saw the name “Tea” on a list of patriotic names (for the Boston Tea party). It must be fun working with your daughter and her coming up with outrageous names.

  5. Leanna H says:

    I moved to Austin, TX from Minnesota a year ago and you are right Texsns are the nicest people. I love visiting the Hill country. I love reading all the books set in Texas now that I live here.

    • Hi Leanna! Love Austin! Have you been to the Salt Lick in Driftwood yet? Awesome atmosphere and food.

      Hope you’ll give Anything But Sweet a look. It sure was fun doing all the on location research for it!

  6. BookLady says:

    Congratulations on the publication of Anything But Sweet! It sounds like such a fun book for the summer. I love watching the HGTV makeovers too.

  7. Chris Bails says:

    I love small town stories. I live in the country just outside a really small town. I love it. I love the quite, I love the spring and summer winds, I love being able to see stars in the sky, and I love being able to hear the birds chip and the animals talk. This book sounds great, love the cover. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    • Hi Chris. And I agree living in a small town is something special. When we first moved to our town it had a population of about 6,000. It’s now doubled the size but still feels very small and everybody still knows everybody for the most part. Good luck on the giveaway!

  8. Barbara Elness says:

    I enjoyed the post and I think Anything But Sweet sounds like a wonderful story. I always enjoy two main characters that are very different from each other but find a way to come together despite their differences.

    • Thank you Barbara. Anything But Sweet might be the first book I’ve written where the conflict was so clear. I did have a lot of fun bringing Reno and Charli together. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Marcy Shuler says:

    This book sounds really cute, Candis. I can’t wait to read it. I love Marines and cowboys!

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