Candi earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from Azusa Pacific University, where she worked for a number of years as executive assistant in the Office of the Provost. Candi’s husband, Dave, and their four sons and their families, are active in local churches in Southern California.
Candi authored of the contemporary Cladach novel:
A Conversation with Candi
What first gave you the itch to write novels?
Candi: Stories have filtered through my mind as far back as memory can take me. I imagined myself as each character as they appeared in my head and became part of the story. That’s pretty much the way things continued through the years. Several years ago the company that I worked for went into bankruptcy and layoffs were imminent. My boss asked me what career path I might choose if money wasn’t an issue. Without hesitation I said, “I’d write a book.” When I went home that night and told my husband of our conversation, he said, “Well, why don’t you just do that? You don’t have to be unemployed to write a book.” With those words of wisdom, I began to write.
How did you get the idea for LOVE REKINDLED? What motivated you to write a novel about infidelity and separation in marriage?
Candi: I like to tackle topics that aren’t generally found in Christian fiction. I wanted readers to be able to feel the wife’s pain, the child’s struggle with abandonment issues, and the stark reality for the husband because of his infidelity. I also wanted it to be an encouragement to anyone who had ever had to live through this heartbreaking situation. There isn’t a lot of Christian fiction written on these issues, yet they certainly exist within the Christian community. For more than twenty years I have enjoyed a Christ-filled marriage; however, earlier in my life I went down the dark road of divorce and experienced first-hand the pain and isolation that infidelity instills.
What do you enjoy most about the writing process? Is there something you typically do while writing – like drink coffee or listen to music? If so, what is it?
Candi: I’m don’t begin with an outline. I usually know how a story that I’m writing will end, but I love the adventure of discovering what happens along the way! I can begin a story almost anywhere with any line but most often find myself rewriting or adding to the start of a story as the story develops and requires additional foundation work.
I always listen to music while I write, usually my favorite Christian radio station. That and a good cup of coffee are my good writing buddies. In the absence of coffee and an internet connection for the radio station, my iPod and laptop are just as supportive.
Tell us about a non-writing activity you enjoy.
Candi: My husband and I are avid explorers and rock hounds. We love to go off-roading in search of all kinds of treasure (his license plate is GLDIGGR). He researches old books, maps, and archives that tell where gold was found or loot might be buried, and off we go with our metal detector in pursuit. We have never found anything of real value, other than the thrill of the hunt and the joy of being together. Love it!