Saturday, June 21, 2014

Must Love Pets! (Part 1)

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Candace Carrabus and Zoe Dawson—two of the authors included in the Must Love Pets: A Romance Box Set —are here to talk about the inspiration for our work. 

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Candace Carrabus

For me, it comes from so many different sources. But I would say I'm mostly a visual person. I'll observe a couple interacting while waiting in line for a movie or in a restaurant, or even in another car while waiting at a stop light, and I start wondering what their relationship is, what they're talking/fighting/not talking about.

Zoe Dawson:
Then we're on the same page. I'm so visual. I started putting together a Pinterest Board with my hunky guy inspirations and I find that writing heroes, although fun before I was using a picture, became even more solid. I could visualize that character. Case in point, Joe Manganiello. I mean he is my Caleb right down to that hot muscled body. Who wouldn't get inspired by this picture? 

Zoe Dawson:
That is Caleb from Collared, my 4th Going to the Dogs book.

Candace Carrabus: 
Oh. Oh my. Excuse me while I catch my breath.

Zoe Dawson:
Yeah. I'm looking, too. Yowza forgot how handsome he is.

Candace Carrabus:
Okay, well, I'll see you one hawt young guy and raise you one hawt older guy… His hair and eyes aren’t the right color, but otherwise, he could be Leinos from my Horsecaller fantasy series.

He's 50, btw

Zoe Dawson:
Wow, nice. Unbelievable. I have to say there is nothing sexier than a cowboy, too. All that bronc busting and branding needs muscles. And, a man in a cowboy hat and boots. Yeah, swoon.

How did you come up with your idea for the Horsecaller fantasy and what is it about?

Candace Carrabus:
That one had been percolating in the back of my mind for years--long before the "fantasy with romantic elements" genre had a name, back when I thought epic fantasy often lacked a romantic element. 

And then, and then...I had a dream. Yes. I dreamed the beginning of the book. In the dream, I was riding my horse and we jumped through a portal to a different world. Doesn't that sound like fun?

Zoe Dawson:
So fun! 

Candace Carrabus:
Horses are and always have been such a huge part of my life. I wondered what it would be like if a place had once built their world around horses and then somehow lost them. My imagination took it from there. Raver had been swimming around my subconscious for so long that once I started writing, I couldn’t stop.

Zoe Dawson:
That cover is so gorgeous and the book sounds really fabulous. Gotta read it! AfterLife, my debut urban fantasy came to me in a dream. The whole idea. I got up and wrote a 22 page synopsis and went to town on research. It was magical.

Candace Carrabus:
Magical is the right word for when you’re in that flow. Love, love, LOVE the cover of AfterLife and can’t wait to read it. You must have been truly inspired if you got up and wrote a 22-page synopsis. Because synopsis writing is probably the hardest kind of writing there is.

I love that feeling when an idea comes to you all of a piece and you can't write it down fast enough. Honestly, lack of ideas will never be my problem. Finding time to commit them all to paper is the real challenge.

Zoe Dawson:
Yes, synopsis writing is tough, but I’ve got it down pat now. I have a spreadsheet I use. This is crazy. I think you are my soulmate writer. That is so my experience. There is nothing more exciting then to be percolating along and not be able to finish because it's 2am and you have to go to bed. The story idea is so vivid. Do you see it like a movie in your head? I do. It's great. I was so inspired and so excited. I still am. The story excitement has lasted 3 years!

Candace Carrabus:
YES!!! and it's very gratifying when readers say THEY can see my stories like a movie, too.

Zoe Dawson:
Yes. I get that response a lot. They say they can see it as they read it because of the description. I bet you love writing description, too!

Candace Carrabus:
Recently, one of my critique partners said, "You know, I never really realized how much description you do because it's so seamless and never slows the story. So, yes, I love description!!

When I used to commute to work, I'd think about the book I was writing on the ride there and on the drive home and start working as soon as I got back. I was fond of saying, "I'm writing a book I can't put down!"

Zoe Dawson:
OMG. We are kindred spirits and twins that were separated at birth. I swear. The car is where I do a lot of my prep work before I get home and can start writing. It's something about doing that mindless task that frees your mind and allows you to day dream. I think day dreaming is crucial to writing. If I'm staring into space, hey, I'm working.

Candace Carrabus:
Oh, God yes! (yeah, sounds like I'm having an orgasm, but you understand). I MISS that long commute for just that reason! Were we separated at birth??

Zoe Dawson:
Yes, I think we were separated at birth. I worry if I ever quit my day job. I won't be as productive. haha

Candace Carrabus:
I don’t think you have to worry. My second favorite place and time for "working" is lying in bed in the morning.

Wait...that didn't really come out right. LOL!

Zoe Dawson:
Ahem, yeah, I got your drift. LOL! Love lying in bed in the morning thinking about my books.

Candace Carrabus:
That’s better. LOL. What is it about that "space" that is so inspiring? I think it's that half-awake-half-asleep thing where ideas can just sort of float in. 

Zoe Dawson:
Candace, that describes exactly my feeling about that floaty place. 

Candace Carrabus:
And when I'm riding my horse--that’s my third favorite place to “write.”

Zoe Dawson:
I wish I had a horse. See we're the same there. So totally in love with horses. They are God's best creation.

Candace Carrabus:
They are amazing. I don't even have to ride. I just love being around them. They don’t judge and are very sensitive to our moods. Can’t imagine life without them. Small wonder they play a large part in most of my stories!

We could talk on and on, and really enjoyed this conversation about inspiration. Let’s hear from you! What inspires you?

Leave a comment to be entered to win your choice of a free ebook from Candace and Zoe and check out Must Love Pets: A Romance Box Set, available for download everywhere for only 99 cents.

About Candace and Zoe:
Candace Carrabus: I've been writing stories and riding horses-frequently simultaneously-for as long as I can remember. I grew up on Long Island and spent my formative years in the saddle-just imagining. After high school, I traveled to Ness, England and studied at a British Horse Society training school. This was an all-around amazing experience. When I left, I clutched a certification to teach riding in my hot little hand, and I enjoyed instructing riders for many years. Who am I kidding? We know it is the horses who do the teaching. All we can do is try to remain open to what they have to say.

Not surprisingly, my fiction and non-fiction are both frequently infused with the mystery and spirituality horses have brought to my life. My philosophy, in brief: (No, not in briefs, but that's a nice image, thank you very much.)

We are all immigrants in spirit, with our minds, hearts, and souls being the final frontier. You can find me at the following links:

Zoe Dawson: Zoe Dawson writes romantic comedy, new adult contemporary romance and urban fantasy, but will soon release syfy and erotic romance.
Under the pen name, Karen Anders, she's currently writing sexy NCIS agents, tough JAG lawyers, rogue Navy SEALs, courageous Marines--a mix of Navy and civilians investigating murder, espionage, and crime across a global landscape. These are the characters that populate her To Protect and Serve Series for Romantic Suspense!

When she's not busy with writing or her full-time job, she's painting or killing virtual mmorpg monsters, where getting armor for her characters is better than jewelry. She lives in North Carolina with her two grown children and one small, furry grey cat.
You can find her at the following links:



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    1. I hear you there Maureen. My family does inspire me and they are such a wonderful source of support!

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    1. I agree. I am inspired by people who pursue their dreams or just aren't afraid to use their talents.

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  3. My dog and cats are what inspired me. They don't judge me at all. They are there when I'm down and need moral support.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Isn't that the truth! That's one of my favorite things about my animals.

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