Name Candace Calvert
Where are you from
I’m a native northern Californian, veteran ER nurse, grandmother to 8 (plus a first great grand!), a passionate cook, world traveler—and bird nerd.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My 9th medical drama for Tyndale House publishers, Maybe It’s You, releases February 3rd.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I wrote stories as a child, then in diaries, journals . . . for as long as I can remember. Writing is a great outlet and (to quote Anais Nin), a way to “taste life twice.”
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
A “triple whammy” that left me divorced, temporarily homeless and physically and spiritually broken—my first published work appears in Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I write inspirational contemporary romance, a medical subgenre that has been dubbed “hope opera.” Adrenaline-infused, warmly romantic, touches of humor.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title Maybe It’s You was actually my editor’s suggestion.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The unifying message in Maybe It’s You is one of forgiveness and healing, brokenness and worth—that no matter our mistakes, we are loved by God.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I think most works of fiction contain a bit of author DNA and I try hard to make my characters feel real and relatable. No actual personal events in this story, but definitely an overall blend of experiences and relationships. I hope my readers see themselves or someone they know while reading it.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
A literary work very close to my heart is The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. It touched me deeply when I first read it and again, quite recently, when I had the opportunity to tour the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
There are so many, and I have been privileged to meet more than few fellow Christian fiction authors. In the mainstream, I love work of Sara Gruen, Jodi Picoult, Anne Rivers Siddons, and Maeve Binchy—to name only a few.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My literary agent, Natasha Kern, my publishing team and my fellow authors—members of American Christian Fiction Writers.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. My second career, following nursing. Writing for publication isn’t for the faint of heart; tenacity is a must.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I’m happy with it—and eager to share with my readers.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Reading as child, most likely. And my father was quite a storyteller.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
This is the back cover “teaser.”
ER nurse Sloane Ferrell escaped her risky past—new name, zip code, job, and a fresh start. She’s finally safe, if she avoids a paper trail and doesn’t let people get too close. Like the hospital’s too-smooth marketing man with his relentless campaign to plaster one “lucky” employee’s face on freeway billboards.
Micah Prescott’s goal is to improve the Hope hospital image, but his role as a volunteer crisis responder is closer to his heart. The selfless work helps fill a void in his life left by family tragedy. So does a tentative new relationship with the compassionate, beautiful, and elusive Sloane Ferrell.
Then a string of brutal crimes makes headlines, summons responders . . . and exposes disturbing details of Sloane’s past.
Can hope spring from crisis?
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Since I write medical fiction, I’m careful not to use too much “jargon” or, on the other hand, talk down to my readers—people are more medically savvy today.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I do some limited travel for book events—and research.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The talented art team of Tyndale House Publishers.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
(Always) Finding a balance between time spent writing and time spent living my life—the juggle of the fictional and real worlds.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I had to research alcoholism, Russian organized crime, and human trafficking—all very interesting.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead
I think my heroine, Sloane Ferrell, looks a lot like Alexis Bledel of Gilmore Girls—those compelling blue eyes.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read widely, study craft, and attend conferences, network with writers ahead of you on the publishing path.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
That I appreciate you very, very much.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished Maeve Binchy’s Echoes.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I remember crying in my spaghetti over Charlotte’s Web.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Anne Frank, because of her amazing spirit of optimism—her open heart.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
I don’t know. Something like “Funny, grateful, caring.”
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Cooking, travel, gardening, bird watching.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I enjoy “Madam Secretary” and “The Great British (and American) Baking Show.”
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Appetizers, red, zydeco
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I was a nurse; it was a wonderful career.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Candace-Calvert/e/B0028ONKV2/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1