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Dragons Prefer Blondes

Dragons Prefer Blondes

Fighting evil in four-inch Pradas...

Caruthers Sisters #2
Berkley
July 2009
On Sale: July 7, 2009
Featuring: Ginjin; Alex Caruthers; Jake
304 pages
ISBN: 0425227804
EAN: 9780425227800
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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)

In DRAGONS 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 husband.

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, until now.

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.

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