About Candace Jane Kringle:
Candace Jane Kringle is a junior at North Pole High. She likes candy canes, unicorn races, and making snow angels. Her father is the most well-known and beloved toymaker and distributor in the world. Her memoir, North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus, is her first book. After high school, she plans to enroll at North Pole University and write more books.
What inspires you to write?
Sometimes I peek at the letters people send my dad. A girl from Muskegon, Michigan, once asked for a new dad because hers wouldn’t let her stay out late and stuff. Boy, did she ask the wrong guy for help with that! Then it dawned on me that other teenage girls’ fathers can be just as mean as mine, and it might help them in some way if they knew what I went through in the year of my sixteenth Christmas.
Additionally, nobody outside the Arctic Circle has any idea how hard the North Pole works to make Christmas happen every year. Not just my dad and the elves. Every one of us plays an important role. People also don’t realize how wonderful it can be to live in Christmas year round. I hope this book sheds some light on the beauty of the North Pole. If it helps our struggling tourism industry, that wouldn’t be bad either.
Tell us about your writing process.
Since my book is a true story, I first had to sit down and figure out what parts of it would become the beginning, middle, and end. That resulted in a three-page summary. Then I expanded that into a sixty-step outline, then a detailed 25-page “treatment.” All that took two months. The first draft took four months. Two or three subsequent drafts were one month each, with two-month breaks in between for distance and to wait for notes from my editor. All-in-all, it was about a year. At least I didn’t age during that time (for reasons I’m not allowed to disclose).
Mostly I lock myself in my room and stay in my jammies all day while I write. The toughest part is resisting the urge to go out and play in the snow with my friends. Luckily I have Chefy to keep me inside with his delicious deep fried s’mores and other tasty delights. I wonder if Charles Dickens gained as much weight as I did when he wrote A Christmas Carol. And I can’t write a word if there’s even one bulb burned out in the Christmas lights in my room. That drives me nuts.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When my editor told me my book was ready, we made a list of all the agents I wanted to query. Then I checked it twice, like my father taught me. It turned out they were all on Daddy’s, um, “bad” list. So I decided to let the elves have a crack at publishing. This is actually the first book ever to be “elfpublished.”
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I love ebooks. We have a great infrastructure up here for delivering packages out of the North Pole, albeit all in one night a year, but it’s much harder to get physical books shipped into the Circle. Whispernet is like magic! Daddy got mad that the elves didn’t come up with it first.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Young Adult
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print