Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Indie Romance Convention Author Spotlight and Interview with Candice Stauffer


Please welcome author Candice Stauffer!

I live in Zeeland, Michigan, where half the year is winter and the other, much shorter half, is summer. It’s a wonderful place to live as long as you own a four-wheel drive vehicle and happen to get a kick out of measuring the snowfall in feet rather than inches.

I write paranormal romance because I love to explore and manipulate the limitless possibilities of the genre. To be completely honest, I’m also very fond of taking a totally hot, powerful, immortal hero and using a strong, confident, beautiful heroine to turn his world upside down and make him fight like hell for a victory that seems impossible to achieve. Some might call it torture. I call it entertainment and character building. Regardless, it’s great fun!

I have a strong aversion for helpless heroines. Though she’s afraid, a heroine must always be willing to fight like hell—and, yes, even if the fighting is against the hero. I’m not sure why, but I tend to really enjoy it when the heroine fights against the hero. Putting a hero through the wringer builds personality, right?

Who or what is your writing muse?
That’s easy. The Phantom of the Opera. Everyone knows he should’ve got the girl. What the hell was Christine thinking when she ran off with a dim-witted jerk willing to use her as bait on stage? Hello! Wake up, Christine! The phantom wouldn’t have put your life on the line to string up Mr. Stupid Stinky Sissy in his magical lasso. Sorry for the rant. I could go on and on. It’s a subject I’m very passionate about. Why? I’m not really sure. It could possibly have something to do with the fact that Gerard Butler played the role of the phantom.  J      
What is your fave environment or conditions to write?
Alone. I get too distracted too easily when people are around. I suffer from an extremely short attention span.
Who or what do you enjoy reading?

I read any paranormal romance as long as the hero is a tall, dark and sexy chest beating alpha. He needs be ready, able and willing to use his scrumptious masculine attributes to tantalize and please me. Oops. I mean the heroine. I would never entertain fantasies about the hero tantalizing or pleasing me. Okay. That’s a big fat lie. I do it all the time. Who doesn’t?

What are you working on now?

I’ve two series I’m currently working on. In my Breath of Darkness series demon/dragon shifters are the main characters and vampires and werewolves are secondary characters. In my Decadent series vampires and werewolves are the main characters and demon/dragon shifters are secondary characters.

Fun Q's

Fave band?  I don’t have a favorite band. I don’t even have a favorite type of music. What I listen to depends on my mood. ‘Am I torturing a hero, plotting to kill someone or working on a hot and naughty sex scene?’

Dog or cats? I’m a dog person. I love cats, but I’m severely allergic to them.

Denim or Leather? Denim and leather. A girl can’t have one without the other.

Heels or flip flops? Heels. I’ve a nice collection of them, but since I live in Michigan ‘The Land of Everlasting Snow’ I end up having to wear big bulky snow boots most of the time.

Wine or beer? Neither. It takes whiskey to make this girl frisky. And rum. I like rum. And tequila. Tequila is good.

Mountains or ocean? The mountains. I don’t like sharks. As a child I was deeply traumatized by images of Jaws stalking and killing people in the ocean. Yes. I know Bigfoot is also big and scary, but he’s a solitary creature. I’ve done the math. I figure my chances of going for a stroll in the mountains and being eaten by Bigfoot are much less likely than going for a swim in the ocean and being eaten by Jaws. Why? Jaws is quite obsessive when it comes to hunting people down for dinner. Besides taunting us with occasional footprints in the mud, Bigfoot tends to keeps his distance from humans to prevent us from gaining solid proof of his existence. I figure it’s either that or he’s secretly filming a reality show about humans attempting to prove he’s real. I can almost imagine him sitting back in the bushes and having a good laugh. And hey, Bigfoot, if you’re reading this I would like to offer a suggestion: Just once, for a little dramatic boom, sneak up behind one of the hunters and poke him or her in the ribs.   

Boxers, briefs or commando for your hero? Commando! Life sure does have a way of being incredibly disheartening for us heathen savages. I would love to force him to run around and slay evil forces of darkness in his Birthday suite 24/7 to better entertain me with his big and yummy muscular contours. But I don’t. Once in a while, as seldom as possible, I dress him. Why? It’s my attempt to be a little well-mannered. I’ve been told in a civilized society making him constantly run around in the buff for my pleasure would be impolite.  J    



Will Caylee's salvation come from the solitude of the cold, dark grave or from the sinful delights of surrendering her body and soul to the seduction of a wickedly sexy, dark and dangerous, powerful immortal?

From the beginning of time, Haden's kind has fought to stop the deadliest forces of darkness from destroying mankind. He has never feared defeat until now. He would sacrifice anything, even his life, to protect Caylee. But despite possessing the dragon's fierce nature and power, there's little hope he'll save her from a lust-crazed vampire that a rogue demon is aiding. Instead of completing the ancient ritual that'll give his eternal breath to her and bind their souls together for eternity, will Haden be forced to kill Caylee to prevent her from suffering a never-ending thirst for blood?

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