The Naked Truth Series
By Candi Fox
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Talking with author Candi Fox.....
Thanks for stopping by to talk a little about your writing! Let's jump right in. When did you begin writing and why?
I’ve been writing stories most of my life. If I wasn’t writing them down in a notebook I was telling them out loud to whomever would listen. I was born with a vivid imagination. It just needed an outlet.
Do you have a favorite genre? Is it the same genre you prefer to write?
Fantasy, Sci-fi Fantasy, All things Paranormal. Paranormal is my preferred genre to write in. I love all the possibilities.
Do certain themes and ideas tend to capture your writer’s imagination and fascinate you?
I love writing about strong women. In The Naked Truth series Harley has already been through the fire, she came out forged and sure of herself. I love the things I can do with her. In my first series, The Killing Chronicles, Emma has just come out of the fire and is still moldable. She is not sure of herself. With her I get to write these wonderful emotionally raw scenes.
Anything can spark my imagination. A bridge, part of an over-heard conversation. I tend to people watch.
How do you balance long-term thinking vs. being nimble in today's market?
I read a lot. I do have books planned, several titles ahead for one series. I find that reading keeps me nimble, so I can change the contents in some ways to reflect the market.
How do you find readers in today's market?
The market is voracious. There are more readers than there ever have been before. It’s tough market out there with more writers as well. You have to do your best with every book.
Do you come up with the hook first, or do you create characters first and then dig through until you find a hook?
This is a tough question. I had to really stop and think. The characters speak to me first. It’s always the lead female. Once I have her developed in my mind she draws the story and the other characters to her.
How do you create your characters?
I use a 3D chat to create the vision in my head. Putting them together physically gives me ideas on personality. Then I hit the Pinterest boards. The more I can develop the character in this way the more they are developed when I write them.
What's on the top of your TBR pile right now?
I’m reading all the books from the Tulsa Immortal series. It will be my next writing project. I want to immerse myself in the world.
Tell me a little about the characters in Harlequin’s Deception. Harlowe Lake Kelly, Harley is the bomb. LOL. She’s strong, feisty, and passionate. She loves being a witch. She’s confident, says what she means. She has wicked sword skills.
Cowboy is complicated. He’s a beast, a sexy, sexy beast who wants to own Harley in every way possible.
Luciano, Luc is an ancient vampire. He has his own reasons for wanting Harley.
Aiden is a pawn. At least we think he is. As a jester, he comes with his own issues, all jesters have some measure of insanity. His intentions are murky at best.
Where’s the story set? How much influence did the setting have on the atmosphere/characters/development of the story?
White Horse, Oklahoma. A small town I made up. It’s half way in between Tulsa and Dallas. I made the town fit the story arc. Ten years ago, when the paranormal world collided with the normal world everything changed. It was the perfect place for Harley’s business.
If you had to write your memoir in five words, what would you write?
How often does your muse distract you from day to day minutiae?
I stop at the craziest times to take down notes in my memo app. I was at a Faith Hill and Tim McGraw concert. One of the songs Tim did created a whole new character. It never stops.
What do readers have to look forward to in the future from you? This summer I will have a novella with 10 other authors come out in July. My first book collaborating with Audra Heart for the Tulsa Immortal series. The third book of The Killing Chronicles will also be out by the end of the year.
Ten years ago, the world as we know it changed. The shift is what it became known as. Overnight, paranormal beings came out of the proverbial closet. Something in reality had shifted. Those who had no idea they were paranormal were awakened to a new reality. Ten years in and Harlowe Lake Kelly, Harley to her friends, is back in her small Oklahoma town, widowed and striking out in a new career, namely, a successful magic agency. Her uncanny abilities at using potions, spells, and other means at solving supernatural crimes, thrust her into a partnership with local law enforcement. Things would be great if it wasn’t for the three sexy, but deadly, men who stand at all corners of her new life. Lucien, the ancient, alluring Vampire who has made it clear he wants more than Harley’s luscious curves. Cowboy, who wants to possess her in every way imaginable, and Aiden. The newcomer who has strict orders from his Vampire boss... but she senses has his own agenda. But in a world where things and beings are never what they seem, life isn’t promised and love comes with many strings. So what’s a girl to do to untangle those strings?
About the Author:
Candi Fox, co-host of the wildly popular radio show Candi and Company with over 900 thousand listeners began her venture in the paranormal at the tender age of two, when she witnessed her first apparition. From that moment on the paranormal seemed to follow her. No matter where she moved, the house she lived in the house next door, or the house down the street always seemed to be haunted.
She often wondered if she drew the spirits to her. Little did she know that she was indeed a magnet of sorts. It wasn't until she was in her late twenties that she found people who could not only explain her gifts, but would also help her hone them. Armed with this new knowledge she began to openly explore hauntings and other paranormal phenomena.
Growing up in Indiana lent her the opportunity to explore many famous haunted places including the Hannah House, which was once part of the Underground Railroad. A little over two years ago she moved to Tulsa, OK and has began to explore the haunted landscape in a new state.
Candi lives with her husband, and furry children in Tulsa. She is passionate about the occult, saving and rehabilitating horses, horseback riding, magic, all things mystical and has her Reiki Mastery.
She uses her own paranormal experiences as well as her own life traumas to write from a grounded and realistic perspective about subjects that are hard to talk about and even harder to feel for yourself.