I had the chance to talk with Candace Robinson, author of Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, and pick her brain on her writing and publishing process! As a lot of writers know, writing and publishing is hard work; and it’s even harder against the demands of balancing work and a family. In the ever changing publishing world, I think it’s important to learn from other authors – and Candace is so nice and easy to talk to! I loved reading her work, and I recommend checking it out! (More information is at the end of this interview)
When did you decide to become a writer?
So, I’m 32 now, and it would have been at 31 when I wrote Quinsey. I wanted to write a book toward the end of senior year in high school, but I just kind of let everything sit there in my brain. I used to write poetry when I was around eighteen to nineteen. I’m not sure how good it was, though! Anyway, I kept telling myself I was going to do it, but then life would get in the way. I suffer from hemiplegic migraines which halted things. Then I had a daughter. When she was younger, she had a lot of seizure episodes and constantly got sick. I also worked full time. It always seemed there wasn’t enough time in the day. Eventually, I started staying home because of the migraines, and my daughter was in elementary school, so the opportunity finally hit.
Where do you do your writing? Do you have a dedicated writing space, do you go to coffee shops, and/or a mixture of both?
I actually have an office inside of the bedroom, but I can only write in silence. I usually do it while my daughter is at school, and my husband is at work. Otherwise, the noise just distracts me too much.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
So, in this book, they mainly came from my imagination. I am just a big fan of quirky people, so obviously Maisie is one of my favorites with her eye patches. One day I was playing around with my daughter’s big flower stretch headband and put it over my eye. I had a thought that day that it would be cool if there were eye patches that were awesome instead of just black! There are a few instances that were from real life like the carnival scene with Maisie throwing up. That really happened to me after riding the zipper so many times!
How did publishing your first book change your writing process?
It hasn’t really, but I do try to put more into each word now!
What advice can you give about marketing your books?
I suck at marketing! I did get a Bookbub deal with Quinsey, and if you can get a book on there, it definitely helps! Quinsey was #1 in its categories for a couple of days! I am trying out the Fussy Librarian later this month, so I will see how that one goes.
What do you think is the hardest part of writing? Any advice on how to overcome it?
Me being my worst enemy. I know some writers are like writing is the easiest part. Well, not for me! I continuously have to force myself to finish because I think that it’s terrible. But when I read through it afterward, I’m like we can work with this. You can always work with words, but you can’t work with a blank page.
Describe the last step of your writing process. How do you know when a manuscript is complete?
For me, I don’t! I feel like I could sit there a manuscript forever and always find something wrong. So, I come to a point when I do my final read through, I just have to shut it off and not look at it again.
Anything you’d like to say to your readers and fans?
Thanks so much for reading! With each book I write, I am trying to improve my skills not only for myself, but for them!
Her name is Candace Robinson, obviously. She’s just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer with days spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books. Candace lives just outside of Houston, Texas, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather. No, seriously, one day it’s 30 degrees and the next its 70 degrees! She lives with her husband and daughter. She can be found at https://literarydust.wordpress.com/ and https://authorcandacerobinson.wordpress.com/
About Quincey Wolfe’s Glass Vault:
People in the town of Deer Park, Texas are vanishing. There is a strange museum, known as Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, that appears overnight. Perrie Madeline’s best friend and ex-boyfriend are among the missing. Perrie, along with her friend August, go on a pursuit to search for them in the mysterious museum. Could the elusive Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault have anything to do with their disappearances? Learn more about Quincey Wolfe’s Glass Vault on GoodReads, or pick up a copy on Amazon!