Spotlight on Candace Havens
Fighting evil in four-inch Pradas...
Caruthers Sisters #2
On Sale: July 7, 2009
Featuring: Ginjin; Alex Caruthers; Jake
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People always ask me if my characters are based on people I
know. My answer is usually sometimes, but usually it’s
almost always. Well, they’re usually an amalgamation of
people I know. Bronwyn, my witch in my “Charmed & Dangerous”
series has a lot of me in her. Kira, her best friend, who is
the star of “Like A Charm,” is loosely based on my college
roommate and dear friend Rikki Pate, with a little of my
best bud Shannon Canard thrown in.
In my Caruthers sisters’ series each woman is based on a
friend of mine, mixed with a celebrity I know from the day
job. I’ll never admit who they are, but I think they can see
themselves in my work. We are instructed to write what we
know, and well, I know people. (Smile)
PREFER BLONDES Alex Caruthers is a wealthy club owner,
but she also has one of the toughest jobs of the Guardians
Keys. She has to protect our world from dragons. She’s a
woman who has seen a little too much of life and she has a
hard edge, yet there is a side to her that is so nurturing.
She can’t help but care for those less fortunate. And she’s
loosely based on a writer friend of mine who shall remain
nameless. Jake, her love interest, is as close to the
perfect man as I’ve ever written. Though, he’s as equally
messed up as she is in some ways. He’s based on an old
boyfriend and a certain celeb, but please don’t tell my
One of the people she meets early in the book is an elderly
pub owner, who comes to her aid. In my head, he looks like
Ian McKellan, but he’s loosely based on my Grandpa Doc. I’ve
never told anyone that. My Grandpa was one of those people
who thought I could do no wrong. He really believed in me.
I’ve never had a chance to bring him into one of my novels,
The truth is, I never usually know who has influenced my
characters until I’ve already written them. Then I go back
on that first draft and I see that he is just like my
Grandpa, or Ms. Helen (in the Charmed & Dangerous series) is
just like my Grandma.
My bad guys are also based on people I know, and there are
days when I wish I could share. But I also believe in karma,
so that’s not going to happen. Writing is therapy and I work
through my issues with those people with words. But I know
who they are.
I tell you this as a warning. If you ever meet me, there’s a
really good chance you’re going to end up in a book
somewhere down the line. Whether you’re a good guy or a bad
one, well that’s up to you. (Smile)
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Bestselling author Candace Havens has published more than 25 books. Her novels have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion, Write Touch Reader Awards and National Readers Choice Awards. She is a Barbara Wilson Award winner. She is the author of the biography “Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy” and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities from George Clooney to Chris Pratt. Her entertainment columns are syndicated by FYI Television, Inc. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2000 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing classes. She does film reviews with Hawkeye in the Morning on 96.3 KSCS, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association.