Author Interview: Hearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson
Hello Everyone! Today I’m doing interview with Candace Robinson, author of recently published Hearts Are Like Balloons and Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault.
First of all, thanks to Candace for agreeing to this interview.
You can also read my review on both books here-
Hearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson
Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault (Glass Vault #1) by Candace Robinson
Know more about Candace Robinson and her books in this interview–
About the Author:
Candace Robinson is just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer. Her days are spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books. She live just outside of Houston, Texas, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30 degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees! She resides with her husband and daughter.
Q & A:
Q. When and why did you begin writing?
Probably last year right before I started writing my first book Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault. I always had ideas floating around in my head throughout my life, but I never had the time or the patience to be able to get them down into a written story. But then I finally could.
Q. How did you come up with the idea for your book?
Another floating head idea! So, I had this Nico and May idea in my brain before they had names, but the story never came together right. Then last year my dad passed away the same way May’s does in the story, and I kind of used my emotion and what happened to build off that.
Q. What sort of research did you do to write this book?
The cop scene in chapter 2, I might have had to research if it hadn’t happened to me, but all that played out like that. I did do a thorough search on gravestone rubbings, though, because I have always been fascinated by it.
Q. What book(s) have most influenced your life?
I normally don’t read any classics, but back when I was in high school, I read 1984 by: George Orwell. Before that I didn’t really think about things or life as deep, but that book caused me to really think.
Q. What have you written? (Books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
I wish I had a whole list lol. Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, Hearts Are Like Balloons, The Bride of Glass which is the sequel to Quinsey that will be coming out this year. I do have two other ideas floating around, so I hope they surface soon!
Q. Where can we buy or see them?
Q. What genre are your books? What draws you to this particular genre?
I feel like my genres are all over the place, even the ones in my head…
Hearts is definitely a contemporary. I wouldn’t even normally write a contemporary because to me it’s so hard to write an everyday story that can be true to real life. I honestly don’t know what Quinsey is… I have had people say mystery, horror, urban fantasy. I think it’s more urban fantasy with horror elements. I am actually drawn to fantasy, but I haven’t written it yet.
Q. How many revisions did you go through before a book is published? Do you have beta readers or is it just your editing team and their suggestions?
I have a couple people beta read, and then the editor goes through it two rounds. I usually am pretty set about leaving the story how it is, but I am open to adding in parts that can improve the book.
Q. What was your favorite chapter (or part) of writing this book and why?
Oh, that’s a hard one! The white chocolate candy store scene because I seriously love white chocolate.
Q. What was the hardest part of writing the book? Was there anything that you deleted or altered?
Chapter 1 was the hardest since it was a personal experience. I didn’t delete anything, but I did expand in a few areas during the editing process.
Q. Is there a message in your book that you hope readers will grasp?
If you lose someone that you love dearly, don’t forget about the ones that are still here.
Q. Do you read book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones?
I do right now, but I think I may have to stop lol. I haven’t been able to just brush off bad reviews yet, so if I get bad ones I do feel mopey for that day. I’m sad to admit that. The good ones though make me feel like I’m floating on air!
Q. What are your future project(s)? What’s it about? (*if relevant)
I have a New Adult retelling type of a story in mind and then a New Adult fantasy.
Q. If your novel made into movie which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead characters?
I am terrible with this. I feel like everyone I like is over thirty. So, maybe Hailee Steinfeld for Nico’s sis Violet, Zooey Deschanel is probably still too young, but I would like her as May’s mom Jana. If it wasn’t going to be an unknown for May, I would want Elle Fanning, and Nico a young James McAvoy (McAvoy is always my go to). Jessie is half Samoan, so maybe an unknown for her? I don’t know any actors that are half Samoan.
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you so much! The readers are definitely what makes an author or at least me want to write.
Q. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Just do it for yourself first because not everyone is going to like what you do.
Q. What is your favorite motivational phrase?
“I’d rather see the world from another angle” -Jewel
Q. Currently reading
If There’s No Tomorrow by: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Q. Favorite foods / Colors/ Music/ TV show/ Film
Food- Mozzarella cheese sticks,
Music- Kate Bush,
TV show- I like old tv shows like I Love Lucy,
Film- Pan’s Labyrinth
Q. Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
Just try to stay positive in life even at the times when you think positivity does not exist.
Q. How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
Book Links: Amazon
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Happy Reading! 🙂
Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles
1984 was also THE classic that had me thinking. I’m not a fan of classics, but this one is brilliant and frightening in so many ways. I love the title Hearts are like Balloons!