Today we have Author Candace Wilkins on the blog. Please help me welcome her to my blog. Thanks for stopping by.
Can you tell us your name and a little bit about yourself?
My name is Candace Wilkins. I am a blogger, licensed ministers, speaker and new author. I have spent most of my professional life, managing a Christian bookstore. I learned a lot about book-sales and marketing. I am married to an amazing partner and supportive husband, Hakiem Wilkins.
What do you do when you are not writing?
Usually I’m reading, listening to my favorite podcasts, or eating something I have no business partaking in. LOL
Do you have a day job as well?
I used to but not anymore. Currently, I’m a full-time writer.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I actually started writing in elementary school. In English, we had a creative writing portion and it was my favorite! I wrote all kinds of stories and plays. I’d enlist my classmates as characters. It was amazing! I JUST finished my first book at the end of 2018. It will be out June 4, 2019. “Letters to the Finishers (who struggle to finish).
How did you choose the genre you write in?
I’m not sure I’ve officially chosen a genre. My first book is what the industry would label “Self-Help” (I hate that term by the way) or “Christian-Living/Devotional” It doesn’t mean that I’m not going to write something different in an entirely different genre. This book genre sort of ‘chose me’. It was something that I’d struggled with all my life and a friend of mine said “That’s your first book.” And, it was.
Where do you get your ideas?
Honestly, from everywhere. Sometimes I’ll see a scene play out in real life that isn’t dramatic and I’ll wonder what would happen if ‘this or that’ would have occurred. But mostly, I get ideas from my own life; whatever I’m dealing with, friends I have etc. I usually just take it a step-further.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Absolutely! Isn’t that part of the process?!
Is there any author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
A lot of Christian book authors have influenced me as that is what I was surrounded with in my job for almost 15 years. There really are too many to name but I would say that’s the type of books that have impacted me the most.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
Not a novel…but if I could go back, not really. The process (while difficult at times) has been pretty seamless so far. Ask me after the book comes out! LOL
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
Right now, it’s a lot of social media marketing. We are currently working on a book tour though.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
“Letters to the Finishers (who struggle to finish)” : this is not a book for the go-getters. It’s for the stay- putters. The disabled-dreamers. The stuck-in-a-rutters. The pattern-holders. The self-saboteurs. The fear- incapacitated. It’s for those who are stuck in the start- stop cycle in various aspects of their lives. It’s for the person who can’t seem to get over the hump of finishing. This is the book the author wished someone had written for her. In the form of letters and in a way that’s both dynamic and challenging, Wilkins reveals her own journey toward becoming a finisher, including the role that childhood trauma and bad habits played in hindering her forward movement. Letters to the Finishers is not about changing specific behaviors to get a desired result. It’s about confronting and changing yourself. If you’ve ever struggled to finish what you have started and have no clue as to how to remedy that, this is the book you’ve been waiting on.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Most if not ALL of the stories in my book are based on my real-life experiences.
What project are you working on now?
Currently, it’s all about “Letters to the Finishers (who struggle to finish)” Can’t say I’m actively working on a new project. However I keep looking at this novel that I started two years ago. Maybe I’ll pick it back up later in the year. We’ll see.
Will you have a new book coming out soon?
“Letters to the Finishers (who struggle to finish)” comes out June 4th, 2019.
I also have an essay featured in the book “Sex and the Church Girl” which releases May 15th, 2019.