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Friday, 11 April 2014

Interview with Candice Burnett, author of Death has a Daughter

Death has a Daughter (Death has a Daughter #1)
Behind 138 Pages
Released: 31 March 2014
Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: Self Published
Buy Me: Amazon
At the Other End:
Cendall, history’s first female Grim Reaper, has until her eighteenth birthday to prove she’s worthy of the role.  The only obstacle in her way are those pesky Guardian Angels who protect human souls, but Cendall is certain she can handle any Guardian who gets in her way. However, nothing could have prepared Cendall for Lacie—a soul that is protected by multiple Guardians, wanted by Demons, and, most startling of all, can see Cendall. 
Cendall uses every trick in the book to try and slip past Lacie’s Guardians and collect her soul, but a Demon interferes at the last moment.  In the chaos, Cendall accidently saves Lacie’s soul, along with one of the injured Guardians.  Realizing Cendall fears termination for her mistake, the Guardian blackmails her with an offer she can’t refuse: in exchange for his silence, Cendall must keep Lacie’s soul safe from the Demon, until he recovers from his injuries.
Cendall agrees—with the intention of checking Lacie’s soul off her list, the instant the Guardian is healed.  But as the three of them are forced to work together, Cendall begins to question why Lacie is wanted by the Demons and if her name actually belonged on Cendall’s list in the first place...
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Author Bio:
Candice Marie Burnett  graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Marketing.   She’s loved writing from a very young age, but has only recently pursued publishing her debut novel Death Has a Daughter.  She grew up in Woodhaven Michigan on a small farm with her mother, father, brother and sister.  She now lives in Atlanta Georgia, with two fluffy pugs and her husband, who has an overworked, undefeated, guardian at his side.  
Find Candice:
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Interview:
1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
Death Has A Daughter is my debut novel.   I am currently working on three other novels though.  Two come out at the end of May this year, and the second book in the series Death Has A Daughter comes out August 2014.

2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
Relief and panic all at the same time. Due to this being my first novel all I do is check for new reviews.  The first few days were the worst, I probably checked once an hour.  Now it’s not as bad, but I still check at least once a day.

3. What inspired you to write this novel?

A few different things.  The first was that I wanted to write a novel from the perspective of a character that most people have grown up to fear.  I wanted to give the ‘bad guys’, or bad girl in this instance, a chance to tell her side of the story.  

I’ve also always been fascinated by the idea of Guardian Angels.  When I was younger I swear I was protected a few times by mine, and in 2012 one saved my husband.   

The last reason is just that writing has always been something I loved to do.  I love to share with others the stories that are inside of my head.

4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?
They hurt of course.  I’d be lying if I said they have no effect.  They do help though.  Especially during the query phase. I put my query on a few forums and it was slaughtered.  After the slaughter though, the query was much better, and I can now say it fuelled my fire.  As for my negative reviews, not everyone is going to enjoy my stories and I understand that.   I just hope that if they are negative their at least constructive.   

5. How long was the writing/planning process?
The writing process was three almost four years.  I had the entire story outlined pretty quickly, but I was going to school and working full time when I first came up with the concept.  Being a bit of a procrastinator, I didn’t become serious about sharing my story with others until the summer of 2013.   Once I decided I wanted to become serious about it I buckled down, finished editing, and got together a marketing plan.

6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
I was blown away when I first seen my cover.  It just felt so perfect.  It summarized in one picture, what my entire novel was about.  

7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?

Yes three more stories are planned for this year.  Two of them are complete and just waiting on editing. They are about a Vampire Slayer named Caylee.   

The third book I’m working on is the second book in the Death Has A Daughter series.  I’m about a month away from completing it.

8. Top 5 books

  • Chronicles of Narnia; The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Little House on the Prairie Books
  • Black Dagger Brotherhood Series
  • Vampire Academy
  • Nightworld

9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
The Gardella Vampire Chronicles by Colleen Gleason.  I love novels with strong female heroines that have a sense of humour.  This series was thrilling, different, and brought me back in time.  

10. Why read your novel?

 It’s unique and tells a story from a perspective we normally don’t get to see.  It is thrilling, different, action packed, light-hearted and fun.  To put it simply, it will be like nothing you’ve ever read before.  

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